A photo an hour: 21 September 2019

Happy Monday friends! I’ve come to the realisation that photo an hour posts are my least popular in terms of both views and comments. But that’s okay – this is not a complaint, just an observation. I shall continue posting them because I quite enjoy being able to look back and see what I did on a random day two years ago – even if it mostly wasn’t anything interesting. Anyway, September’s photo an hour date fell on Saturday. I took part on Twitter and now I shall also share the photos on my blog. As always, Jane and Louisa were the hosts.

9 a.m. Starting the day with tea, as always.

10 a.m. Cross stitch, but soon I’ll be going for a shower.

11 a.m. I got dressed – yay me! Now opening my post, which included this candle. Look how shiny!

12 noon. Off to the Post Office, where I sent my brother’s birthday present.

1 p.m. In town. There was an emergency services event happening.

2 p.m. Back home. Time for a cuppa before I commence cleaning.

3 p.m. Gotta empty that dishwasher! (And then refill it. Where do all the dishes come from?)

4 p.m. Hoovering the living room.

5 p.m. Second load of laundry about to go in.

6 p.m. Jan was at an all-day choir rehearsal, but he said he would be home by 7 and would want food… guess I’d better get started then.

7 p.m. (ish – I got distracted and took the photo a little late). Food and Pointless Celebrities.

8 p.m. Going back to the 90s as I start my Buffy the Vampire Slayer re-watch.

9 p.m. More Buffy.

10 p.m. On to episode 3. When this was finished we went to bed, and since it was still before 11 there are no more photos.

How was your Saturday? A little more exciting than mine, perhaps? If you want to join in next month, October’s photo an hour will be on the 12th. Simply take a photo every hour and either post it to Twitter or Instagram (or both) using the hashtag #photoanhour or save them all up and write a blog post. Or do all three! Whatever floats your boat. Have a great week my lovelies.

A cross stitch design and a “geeky” website

Remember when I told you my favourite pen pal had decided to stop writing to me? Well, not long after that I went searching for a new pen pal site, since the one I used to use (run by the German post office) had closed down. I wanted one that seemed serious and safe, i.e. wouldn’t publish my home address anywhere! I quickly came across something called the International Geek Girl Pen Pal Club, and despite not being sure whether I actually count as a “geek”, I decided that most people who label themselves as such were unlikely to be judgemental and decided to sign up.The site only actually matches official pen pals once a month (among those who sign up for a new pal), but there are also forums where you can meet people. Everyone who joins the site is also sorted into a “house”, which is a special forum that only members of that house can view. These are sorted by age, and believe me there are many people around my age there! Despite the name, this is not a site just for young girls! (There are even a few males on there).


Each month, my house hosts a themed swap, which basically means you are assigned a person who entered similar interests in a form and you each send the other person a package containing things relating to the theme. September’s theme was “Back to (Fictional) School and I was matched with a lovely French girl. One of the questions I asked when I wrote to her was which fictional school she would most like to attend, and her answer was Sunnydale High because she would like to hang out with Buffy and the gang. She also told me she’s a librarian (which, by the way, sounds like an awesome job – although sadly she revealed that she doesn’t really get to read the books they have there). So I decided that an appropriate addition to her package would be a bookmark. You read books at school, right? So it fit right in with the theme. Of course, it couldn’t be just any bookmark – I wanted to cross stitch it, and I also decided to design it myself. Step one was to trawl the Internet for some Buffy quotes – which just goes to show it’s been far too long since I last watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Then I charted the writing, designed some “books” for decoration (okay, they’re rectangles… but thy look bookish!) then began stitching. Once it was done, I thought it looked a bit bare, so I added a border before mounting it on white card and adding a border with some other card. Here’s the end result:

Buffy cross stitchSo, what do you all think of my cross stitch designing skills? Be gentle, I know it’s quite simple but I was proud of it! 😉