#100daysofwellbeing: Days 99 & 100

Day 24 - My favourite shot
Day 24 – My favourite shot

Well, I did it! I took a photo every day for 100 days. I am rather proud of myself, and I learned a lot along the way. Before I ramble on here are Day 99 and Day 100. 

Day 99
Day 99
Day 100
Day 100

The whole exercise has been a lot of fun. I take a daily walk and have several routes close to Fennell Towers and knowing that I needed to take a photo each day has really made me look and observe my surroundings. I noticed people’s front gardens, the bark on trees, birds, insects, the sky, small flowers, the shapes in the natural world and more. It made me slow down, which can only be a good thing, and notice the beauty in almost everything. I have definitely improved my wellbeing through this project. 

It has also had an impact on my photography. The Delightful Mr F taught me to use an SLR when we first met, and I have enjoyed taking photos ever since. Although all these photos were taken on an iPhone and not on my beloved Fuji X10, they are still good quality shots, and it allowed me to learn more about composition and light. Coincidentally, the BBC ran this article on how to improve your photography which includes a suggestion to use your smart phone to develop your skills daily. They call this “photo-sketching”, analogous to artists who sketch daily to practise. I love this idea, and am going to continue using my iPhone camera like this as I think it really helping me improve. 

Day 24, the shot of the dandelion is by far my favourite shot of the 100 I took. I think I will get a print of this and put it in my office to remind me to continue to be mindful and to slow down once in a while. 

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#100daysofwellbeing: Days 92 – 98

Blogging while the rain pours down outside
Blogging while the rain pours down outside

Well, who would have thought it? Here I am with only two days to go until my 100 days project is complete. I’ll write a little post with reflections on how it went next week, but for now here are this week’s photos. It was one of those weeks, where I ended up with lots of niggly things to do, like clean the washing machine. On the plus side, The Delightful Mr F and I went to Foyles in London on Saturday and spent two hours wandering around. A purchase or two was also made! More on that in a later post. 

 

Tree Bark
Tree Bark
Ladybird
Ladybird
Snoopy (courtesy of Moleskine)
Snoopy (courtesy of Moleskine)
David Walliams talking book
David Walliams talking book
Puddle
Puddle
Merry-go-round
Merry-go-round

#100daysofwellbeing: Days 71 – 77

Day 77
Day 77

Well, here we are again, the time is flying by and I am nearly at the end of my 100 days. This week has been incredibly hot, which my MS has been grumbling about. I did still manage to get out and about in the woods, where I saw the cows that live there paddling in a stream. I couldn’t get close enough to take a photo though, they were rather protective of their cool patch!

Our green roof has started to flower (Day 75), which is always nice to see. The lavender an honeysuckle are out in full force in the area, and when I am out walking, the scents are beautiful. 

Today is a reading day. Extra points for anyone who can name the book I am reading on Day 77. 

Day 71 - Canal
Day 71 – Canal
Day 72 - Lavender
Day 72 – Lavender
Day 73 - Woods in scorchingly hot weather
Day 73 – Woods in scorchingly hot weather
Day 74 - Stormy Weather
Day 74 – Stormy Weather
Day 75 - Green Roof
Day 75 – Green Roof
Day 76 - Flowering Heather
Day 76 – Flowering Heather

#100daysofwellbeing: Days 64 – 70

Day 70 - Fresh Jostaberry compote, berries from the garden
Day 70 – Fresh Jostaberry compote, berries from the garden

It was a bit of a shock to be back at work after our lovely holiday. We did our best to cling onto that holiday feeling though. A heatwave is forecast next week in the UK. Typically when we say heatwave here, we mean it is warm enough that we can go without knitwear, but this time, it is a proper, full on, possibly getting to 90F heatwave. Britain will stall as we can’t cope with any sort of extreme weather. We are very middle of the road here.  I am not sure whether I will get out to walk at all. Heat is really bad for MS, it makes everything temporarily worse, so depending on how hot it is I may plump for indoor photos next week. 

Anyway, here are this week’s shots.