Dear Parks and Recreation,
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I never knew I could love a cast of people so hard.
See other Friday Thanks here.
Oops, I meant to write this in October and just never made the time! Oh well, better late than never, no? Here’s the third quarter of our Colour 365 – orange, red and pink. These colours were pretty fun to do, much more bright and vibrant than the beginning of the year!
August saw me getting laser eye surgery and then shaving my head for charity, so it was fairly busy! Another fun month to complete, I really have enjoyed doing these bright colours. They’re easier to find as they’re so much more eye-catching, and seem to be more in abundance than blues and greens.
It was our two year wedding anniversary in September, so we took a little spa break to Bluestone to celebrate. We stayed in a studio with a pink door sign (fate!) and felt thoroughly relaxed by the time we got home. That didn’t last long as I was co-ordinating a conference for mid-September, but at least there was a fun unicorn party to end the month on a good note :)
We’re into the final leg of the year now – purple has been completed, silver is almost done and then it’s just gold for December and we are done. I can’t wait to see them all together in a rainbow!
If you want to check out everyone else’s progress (or join in!) then you can see the Flickr group here :)
Issue 8. Crikey. When I first had the idea for Télégramme way back when in 2010 I thought it would be easy, in all honesty. Find some photos I liked, put them in a layout: Boom. Magazine.
In reality – Télégramme is hard work. The weirder Flickr gets the harder it becomes, too, as 90% of my photos are still sourced from there. But it’s done and I’m still proud of it :) If you like photography I suggest you give it a read (it really won’t take long). Maybe it’ll inspire you?
It’s a compact issue this season (one of my featured photographers stopped responding to emails) but it’s still a beauty, I think (although, of course, I am probably bias). It features photography from: Dora Kontha, Marija Majerle and Michael Anaya – thank you, for agreeing to be featured and for lending me your beautiful work :)
Same deal as always: If you like this issue I’d love it if you would please considering sharing it. Tweet it, post it on Facebook, write a blog post about it – whatever you feel like doing is a-okay by me. I don’t make any money from this and I never will, but I’d love to share these artists with more people, and the only way I can do that is if you guys get on board too :)
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It’s been two months (and a few days) since I shaved my head for charity – can you believe that? Time. Flies. I thought people might like to see the progress that it’s making, so here are a few quick shots of it growing! Apologies if we follow each other on Instagram, you’ve already seen these my friends ;)
Head shave day! It was shaved to a number 1, so it was pretty damn short. In fact, I think my eyebrows were longer than my hair which is a pretty weird thought, actually.
On bald days we wear pink.
There was a small triangular patch at the front that started to grow back in a different colour, which was pretty weird. Heh.
Jen had a unicorn party so I sprayed my head with glitter and rocked it.
At this point it was starting get fluffy, but I still couldn’t really point it in any direction and have it stay there.
At six weeks you take gratuitous selfies, apparently, because you can barely see my hair in this, ha. The different coloured section turned into a strange cow-lick, because that’s always fun for everyone.
& this is where I’m at now! :) It’s just starting to get to the stage where I can manipulate it, and if I move around a lot in my sleep then it sticks up like a fluffy baby bird in the morning. It looks kinda tall in this photo, I think I have a tendency to mohawk it with my fingers subconsciously, ha.
I’m excited to see how it moves on from here, it’s pretty much at the point now where it looks like a deliberate haircut choice, heh. Next stop, pixie cut!
After I shaved my head, we headed down to Gwdihw (pronounced good-e-hue) for a much needed gin. Gwdihw is Welsh for owl, which is appropriate as they happened to have some furry friends from the local owl sanctuary there and you could pet them. For free. I’ve had “pet a tiny owl” on my Life List ever since seeing this amazing video…
so you’d better believe I petted that owl.
I’m not sure if you can tell from my very understated expression, but I was a little bit excited about the prospect ;)
(Thanks again to Amy Davies for the photos! :) )
I added “learn how to french braid my hair” to my 31 for 31, not really thinking about the fact that I was due to shave my head in August and that my hair probably wouldn’t be long enough by June 2015 to attempt it. If you’re wondering if I am particularly good at forward planning, I think this is perhaps your answer.
Luckily, I realised ahead of time and french braiding, it turns out, is not that difficult to learn. The photo below was my third attempt – not the tightest by any means but definitely passable as a french braid, right? When (if?*) my hair gets longer again I’ll give it another go, but for now I’m counting this one as completed :)
This time last year we were celebrating our one year wedding anniversary* in Paris. I cannot believe I let a whole year go by before writing this – where are my manners?
I’d had “see Paris from the Eiffel Tower” on my Life List since I first wrote it – and in my head in general for years and years before that – so it was super gratifying to finally be able to tick this one off. We had the absolute perfect weather for it, so thank you, Paris, for that. You’re the best.
(click for larger sizes)
Paris is pretty incredible to see from the tower, FWIW. I deliberately didn’t look at my watch as we waited because I didn’t want to know how long we’d queued – it wasn’t about the wait for me. We were there to climb the tower, and that was that.
If you’re in Paris but you’re not sure whether it’s too touristy a thing to do I urge you to do it anyway. It is touristy, but who cares? Just look at that view. 100% worth it.
*Side note, we’ve just celebrated our two year anniversary. Time is flying!