It’s The Little Things: Looking For Skimmers


Fathers Day: 2018

Teenager count: 2

Mum count: 1

Dad Count: old bugger!

Lulworth Cove: Check

Chats about stuff:

Science, check!

Geology, check!

Not dying, (me over the little rocks, Reece on a 100 foot cliff) Check!

Ice cream: Well, they are still technically kids… Check!

One happy and extremely proud Dad…. CHECK!

Thanks guys! love you so, so much! XXX


Manual 365/171 The Old Fella!


I started my fathers day at 1am this morning howling at the moon with my daughter, why? Because it was there and it needed to be howled at.

It reminded me of walking home from the pub with my dad a long long time ago in part of the galaxy now far far away. Looking up at the unpolluted night sky. We marveled at our insignificance in the great scheme of things. Contemplating the distances and time needed for those lonely little photons to streak across time and space to strike the back of our eyes and create a moment of wonder and awe. Most definitely not a waste of 300 million light years!

Those moments, together with many others installed in me the ability to look at the bigger picture and set aside my own nonsensical opinions and think about the whole, to challenge the ignorant and question the confident even to the point where there are a number of things that we no longer agree on.

But now I am the father, stumbling through life trying my hardest to utilise and evolve the same principles with my children. Reason trumps all, even if it proves you wrong. Oh, and not to overuse Star Wars clichés…

Thanks Dad, I love you!

Peace Peeps! x


Manual 365/152 Ooo! Ooo! Ooo!… Not Logged In… Bugger!

I haven’t done it for ages and am first to admit I’m a Prime Amazon floozy! It’s the next day delivery, zero postage cost and simplicity hooked me from the very beginning. every time I picked up my Kindle and my finger hovered over the Amazon store icon the under used Ebay button just next to it seemed to shrink that little bit more. I’ve been expecting a little red “Missing you!” icon to appear next to it. Today though Amazon let me down, well when I say Amazon I mean one of their trusted sellers, trying to bill me 10.95 for next day delivery *tuts* not this Fella, I’m Prime Motherhubbards! And next day on the 31st is not the 2nd…

But I really need to replace my lens and I’ve got the go ahead from the Boss(es) (Cheers Dear and Guys) to get my Fathers Day prezzie early and with the readys (cash) burning a hole in my pocket I click on the sad little icon.

Actually, to be honest, I didn’t because I was sat at the PC, the new PC that I’ve never logged into Ebay with but in my sweet shop excitement I didn’t realise that tiny little detail and after I’d searched Nikon Lens and a 18-105mm flashed up, the lens that was about 80 quid more expensive new than the lens I was after and there was 6 minutes to go. Plenty of time to do the research, Seller Feedback 100%? VR? yes, it’s Nikon so it’ll fit. Reviews? “Good”, “good”, “better than what you were after.” and “good”

Right, I remember this, wait until 5 seconds from the end and then bid your max you either win or you don’t. two minutes to go and sitting at £87… Ok, the time refreshes automatically but does the bid? *clicks the refresh button* page crashes…Fuck! *Back Button* Back Button* page reloads. 56 seconds left, I fill the bid section with what I’m prepared to pay and glance to the top of the page where it normally says “Your Ebay” it took a couple of seconds for it to register (about 8… 48 seconds left) but eventually it did “Log In” screamed at me. “Password?” I screamed at the wife. “I don’t know!” she screamed back at me. We are now down to less than 20 seconds, I scooped up my Kindle, hit the Ebay icon (I’m sure I heard “Yay!” as it loaded) search “Nikon 18-105mm” click on the top auction and the bid now button, bid something and see the words “Auction ended” as I hit the confirm bid button but the following screen declares “CONGRATULATIONS,YOU’VE WON THE ITEM! Pay now Sucker!” and my Adrenalin peaks as I collapse into a nervous heap on the floor. I am positive, and I might just check with the seller, that my bid went in in the last second of the auction!

My love for Ebay has been rekindled but I need to offer thanks to Amazon, one, because if it wasn’t for your Trusted Sellers I would have never had bought a better lens than I was expecting for less than I was willing to pay and two, the Kindle saved the day!

DSC_0772.jpgVery text heavy tonight guys, hope you’ve enjoyed. Today’s shot is from yesterday, I spent most of the day gardening and there are sweet peas in our front flower bed, normally they get ignored and mowed but this year I’ve decided to give them a bit of a chance and strung up a “lattice” for them to become established. Within an hour they had grasped on and today they’re storming but it’s been grey and damp and I like the fact it’s the first grasping leaders and they’ve forgiven me for years of mowing!

Peace Peeps! x