Category Archives: Tuesday With Vous

Tuesday With Vous: Samuel Marlow

Remember my friend Samuel?  Well, he’s basically one of the coolest people ever.  And not just because he’s my very first two-time contributor to Tuesday With Vous… All-around, he’s an awesome filmmaker and person and I’m thrilled that he’s sharing his day with us for a second time.  Because he was shooting film and because he wanted to show you a day in London, these photos are actually from last Friday, not Tuesday.  I know that’s kind of like cheating, but when you’re a two-time contributor here on LKS, the rules don’t apply.  Now, take it away, Samuel! 

Friday, June 14, 2013

I had such fun on the previous Tuesday With Vous, I jumped at the chance to have another go, if for no other reason than try my newly-acquired (though in itself very old) Halina 35X.

This is only the second roll of film I have put through the camera, and the first colour film, since replacing the light seals in a DIY fix. It’s an old camera (1959) with many quirks that I’m still getting used to.

As a result of one of these (a sticky rewind wheel) I thought the film had fully rewound and exposed the first few frames to light by accident. Luckily only a couple of shots were lost, and I could work around it.

Another of the camera’s idiosyncrasies is that the focus, shutter speed and aperture must all be guessed, meaning the exposure can be a it hit-and-miss.

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Getting to bed late is nothing new for me, but I am particularly aware of it with the Solstice just a week away. I took this as a souvenir.

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This shot was exposed when I took the back off the camera. I’ll know for next time…

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The greenery has exploded the last few weeks. Combination of rain and sun.

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The bus dropped me off opposite Tunbridge Wells’ war memorial.

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Getting close to Charing Cross.

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Underground, overground, Monument free.

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An ugly photogenic urban oasis amid new buildings going up on Leman Street in Tower Hamlets.

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New and old. Clean and dirty.

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View West down Oxford Street, looking gratifyingly quiet.

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The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up. Sadly prophetic as Michael Llewelyn Davies, on whom the statue was based, died in a suspected suicide pact at the age of 20.

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People on Westminster Bridge in rush hour.

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Southbank in the evening sun.

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Soft focus.

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Visiting the NT Prop Store reminds me why I initially trained as a production designer.

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Still enough light in the sky to photograph outdoors.

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Selfie in the train window.

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Home by midnight to a nice green glow.

Be sure to check out Samuel’s website, take a peek at his work, and follow him on twitter, too.  He’s a real Tunbridge Wells talent and I’m forever grateful that he took the time to share his day with us… twice! xx 

Tuesday With Vous: Liam Rogers

Tuesday, May 21, 2014

Name: Liam Rogers
Location: Royal Tunbridge Wells
Occupation: Photographer / Filmmaker / Artist / Business Development and Marketing
Camera: Nikon D300 + Nikon D5100

Tuesday begins with three dreams.

tuesday_with_vous-1Dream One.

tuesday_with_vous-2Dream Two.

tuesday_with_vous-3Dream Three.

I awake.

tuesday_with_vous-4The first thing I see.

tuesday_with_vous-5Reduce choice. Colour block.

tuesday_with_vous-6The birds.

tuesday_with_vous-7Effervescent orange.

tuesday_with_vous-8Assessing former representation of myself.

tuesday_with_vous-9It’s not easy picking green.

tuesday_with_vous-10Eureka!

tuesday_with_vous-11Still life.

tuesday_with_vous-12Good luck, bad look.

tuesday_with_vous-13Plotting.

tuesday_with_vous-14Scheming.

tuesday_with_vous-15More colour choices.

tuesday_with_vous-16Organic light.

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The Talking Clock dictates that time passing costs 37p.

tuesday_with_vous-18Remembrance of things past.

tuesday_with_vous-19To dream once more.

Oh Liam, wonderful Liam!, thank you a million times over for sharing your Tuesday with us.  And thank you, reader, for following along!  If you would like to share your Tuesday with us (all of us!) all the information is right here.  Also, make sure you follow Liam on Twitter, which is where we met and our story begins.  Romantic, no?  xx 

Tuesday With Vous: Caroline Smith

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Name: Caroline Smith
Location: Kent/Sussex border
Occupation: Responsible for editorial and advertising sales at Playground magazine (a free magazine for families in West Kent and East Sussex); blogger at Beyond The Playground; also mother to teenage boys, dog owner and wife to long suffering commuter Mr Smith.
Camera: Canon PowerShot, a handy little pocket-sized camera

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I rise with the commuter and make him a cup of tea.  I count my blessings every day and one of them is that I don’t have to commute.

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I head into the office to check emails and Twitter.  Angelina Jolie is trending.

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It’s possibly the only time that the sun will shine today.  I walk the dog in the woods around the house.  The bluebells look and smell gorgeous.

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I sit at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee and have a quick peruse of a gardening catalogue.

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The weather is deteriorating, so I decide upon appropriate footwear for my client visit.  The boot rack is one of the best things I’ve bought since we moved to the country.  It’s seriously muddy in the valley for much of the year and the family has a wide range of shoes and boots.  The mud dries, drops to the floor and it’s easy to sweep up.

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As well as my wellies, I grab my newly purchased raincoat to jazz up a dull day.  Fashion is not my passion, but I love the coat’s colour and pattern.  I hope that the Weather Resistant Organic Cotton does what it says on the label.

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After criss-crossing from Sussex into Kent and back several times, I arrive at the Bodiam Boating Station in Newenden to meet Vanessa and Alex.  I’m going to help them with some marketing and publicity.  The Dannie Lee is one of their boats, moored on the River Rother.  The meeting is held in a caravan, their temporary home.  Their story is a whole other post for another day.

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I have a wander up the River Rother.  The rapeseed is in flower and is a strong contrast to the grey sky that has set in for the day.

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I kill time with some window shopping in Cranbrook before my next meeting.  The fairy sculpture constructed out of chicken wire grabs my attention, the price tag cheekily attached.  Cranbrook High Street is reflected in the window.

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I have an appointment with Annie of Grierson Publications on Cranbrook High Street.  I snap this quote from the Dalai Lama which is framed and hanging on the wall in her office.

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I pick up two copies of The Ultimate Nepalese Cook Book, published by Grierson: one for me, one will be a giveaway for the magazine.  Annie recommends the Sherpa Lamb Curry.  A percentage of each sale goes to the Ghurka Welfare Trust.

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On the way home I buy half a kilo of asparagus from Birchden Farm in Groombridge.

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The dog wants a walk, having been shut indoors all afternoon.  We head along the railway line, through the wild garlic, one of our favourite places.  The smell of garlic is wonderful.

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I meet the commuter for a glass of wine in the Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells.

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We watch a film at Trinity.  The commuter asks me if I’m going to get up in the middle of the film and take a picture.  I don’t.  The film is average.

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We drive back home along the lane.  A couple of deer jump out and cross from right to left, but I’m far too slow with the camera.

Thank you, Kate, for letting me take part in your Tuesday With Vous project.

And thank you, to Caroline, for letting us take a peek at your Tuesday!  xx

Tuesday With Nobody

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It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of this terrible news: there is no, I repeat no, Tuesday With Vous this week.

“Why?” you cry as you beat your chest and throw ash upon your forehead.

Because a contributor wasn’t able to fulfil their photo-taking duties and I didn’t have my camera available to pick up the slack.  It’s sad, but it’s okay.  We’ll all move on together and next week will be back to normal.  Promise.

Now, let me take this moment to again invite those of you who are interested in contributing to Tuesday With Vous to please step forward.  I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again, this format is excellent if you:

  • Enjoy taking pictures and want to share your photography skills or the unique way in which you see the world
  • Do something creative for a living and want to visually show potential clients or customers what goes on behind the scenes whilst educating them about how you do that awesome thing you do
  • Own or work for a small business and want to share with the world how lovely your shop/boutique/restaurant/bar/zoo/salon/bowling alley/whatever is.  Seriously, I’d love to know what goes on behind the scenes of my favourite places, and I think a lot of other people would be, too.

So what are you waiting for?  Get in touch and let’s share your Tuesday!

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Tuesday With Vous: Carolyn Gray Edition

I knew who Carolyn was long before we actually met due to the fact that, though she’s far too humble to admit it, she plays a key role in making sure a great number of local organisations and causes get the attention and community care they need. On top of volunteering for this, that, and the other (this post included!), she runs a terrific blog and manages to stay up-to-date on all the local Twitter happenings (follow her at @CarolynTGray). I’m incredibly grateful to count her as a TWV contributor and I hope you enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at her Tuesday.     
 

When I first met Lady Katherine, she said “Oh Wow! You are the Queen of twitter”, but I think that may be a bit of an over statement. However, because of social media I have gotten involved in a lot of projects, which are taking up my life while I have no full-time work.

I had a polaroid camera when I was about eight, and was always writing stories, and then poems, and knitting and sewing, so I guess those things have never gone away. Currently, while looking after a household of increasingly tall children, I’m writing articles for several local free magazines. I’m also on the committee of my local (Grosvenor and Hilbert) park friends group, and help make their newsletter. We are planning a big Family Day for the 6th of May, so that’s taking a lot of time. I took on tweeting for Tunbridge Wells Writers group, and manage several facebook pages, too.

Tuesday, April 9th

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School holidays so I’m up later than normal. First thing, coffee and a twitter catch-up!
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Our dishwasher has stopped working properly… 

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My Darling-Daughter and I need to go into town, but it’s still raining. Our cat goes outside, but won’t pose for a photo.
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DD and I are walking into town, dodging puddles.
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Bonus photo, we should have got here for 11:00 but were late….(trying too hard)
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We were between having a coffee in Costa, and applying for DD passport in Post Office. Looking backwards was the better view (is that often the case?)
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Lunch-time, at home.
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Checking emails, and tweeting for Tunbridge Wells Writers.
15I’ve gone to the drizzly park to meet ‘a man from the council’ and another committee member to assess the field before the Family Day. Local springs are literally springing up all along the far edge of the football pitch….
16Drying out the maps from the park, we are also having to plan around repairs to a broken Victorian wall. (I’m resisting writing a history lesson here….)
17Getting ready to go out, to knitting and writers groups. Only once in a blue moon do they fall on the same Tuesday.
1818.5Two bonus photos as I race along the High Street.  As usual I’ve met someone I know while walking and got talking, not at knitting group at 6pm as I’d hoped.
18.6Second challenge of my day, at knitting group we are going to test patterns in a “30 minute knits” book.
19Happily knitting and nattering in Javabean.
20Knitted crowns, as you do.
21A short trip back along the road to see what the writers are up to. Meeting in the ‘gallery’ area of The Black Pig as there is a function in the function room.
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When the fifteenth alarm of the day goes off I’m thinking it must be time to go home and stop the alarms – snooze or dismiss at 22:00?
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Home, but phone is full of all these notifications, I feel the need to read them all before sleeping. Midnight, pleased to no longer have an alarm going off, and thinking about what I’m doing!
Many thanks to Carolyn for contributing to this week’s Tuesday With Vous.  If you’d like to contribute, you can find all the information here, or just drop me an email at kate (at) ladykatherinesims.com. 

Tuesday With Vous: Samuel Marlow Outtakes

Last week, the talented Samuel Marlow was the man behind the lens for Tuesday With Vous (if you missed it, be sure to check out his post!) and today I wanted to share some of his outtakes with you.  I really like these pictures and the texture of photographs makes me want to shoot film.  (The birdbath photo, in particular, has my heart.)

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If I sometimes seem a bit weird, or appear to ignore you in the street, this is what I’m thinking about…Sam_TWV_Ex02

The birdbath has been frozen solid for four days!Sam_TWV_Ex03

Lunch.  Seth Rogan Josh.  Sam_TWV_Ex04

Leaving the house. Sam_TWV_Ex05

View from the bus. Sam_TWV_Ex06

Lots of Easter Eggs.  Will all be gone by the time you read this… Sam_TWV_Ex07

Waiting for Scott. Sam_TWV_Ex08

Proscenium arch in the Opera House. Sam_TWV_Ex09

Sitting room in the street. Sam_TWV_Ex10On the way to the Writers.

Thanks, Sam!

If you’re a creative, a small business owner, or simply someone who’s a little photo-happy and would like to contribute, please get in touch.  I’m always happy to share a new perspective, regardless of whether you’re here, there or anywhere.

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Tuesday With Vous: Samuel Marlow Edition

I met Sam the way I meet most people in Tunbridge Wells, through Twitter.  Shortly thereafter, I met him in real life and immediately, I felt the currents of creativity running off him and asked him to contribute to TWV.  He obliged.  Enjoy his post, visit his website, take a look at his work, and follow him on Twittertoo. 

I’d only known Kate for a few days before she propositioned me to take part in her Tuesday With Vous project.  Her only stipulation was that it should be photographed on a “proper camera”.  I, in turn, agreed on the condition I could shoot film.  The result is that these photos come to you a week later than normal, as I couldn’t find anyone willing to offer me a one-hour photo service at 2 o’clock in the morning!

I took the photos on my lovely old Pentax MX, which was my constant companion through two years at college.  I bought it second-hand from Redbox Cameras (called Adams Photographic at the time) ten years ago when I started college, and this particular camera is older than I am.  One of the reasons I went with it is it is the same camera my Dad owns, so I was already familiar with how to use it.  Olny after leaving college did I add to my collection of lenses with a 28mm (used in a few of the shots here) and others, but for more than two years, the f/1.4 50mm lens the camera came with fulfilled all my photographic needs.

Of late, though, I have had less time to use it, and with everything else I carry around I have taken to leaving it at home.  It was lovely, then, to be “forced” to use it for Kate’s project, and I feel the urge to try to carry it with me again.  As I had to use up all 36 exposures on the 800ASA roll of Fuji Superia, I ended up taking more than the stipulated one photo per hour.  Some of these “outtakes” Kate has said she will share next week.

Tuesday, March 27th

Sam_TWV_0800Considered a few views from my bed for my first photo of TWV. Decided on this one…

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Regardless of the fact it comes at a fairly predictable time of day, morning always seems to take me by surprise. This is my surprised face.

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The e-mails that have come in overnight. Mostly newsletters and spam…

Sam_TWV_1100Two teas down. Moving onto coffee.

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Was on the phone for about 20 minutes, discussing time lapse with a client. Missed midday as a result.

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A brass statue of Vishnu who sits by my monitor. Four arms would be useful sometimes…

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Still at the computer.

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On the bus.

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I find it useful to have people around when I’m writing, so coffee shops are a good place for me. I know, I’m such a cliché!

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Hanging in Basil café with Scott.

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I’ve always liked plants breaking out of man-made structures.

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Lime and soda.

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Camera shy.

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This was a half-second exposure. Impressed everyone stayed so still.

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Kate. How meta!

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Selfie on the way home.

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Putting some stuff away in the gear-room. Masks from Scene 17 of “All About Town”.

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Some light reading before bed.

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Big fat furry cat-puss.

A major thank you to Sam for sharing his day with us & an equally major thank you to you, dear reader, for visiting.  And remember, if you’re interested in contributing to Tuesday With Vous, you can find all the information here.  xx

Tuesday With Vous (Yes, VOUS!)

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Every Tuesday, I take a photo every waking hour, on the hour, in an effort to focus my eye and my lens on something beautiful/interesting/unique, to pay homage to the goodness that goes unnoticed most days, and to share snippets of what I’m up to with you lovely people.  Because I know you’re all tired of seeing pictures of Le Chat yawning, I sometimes recruit a creative/interesting/super awesome person to take on Tuesday photo duties and share their day with us.  If you want to be one of these creative/ interesting/super awesome people, drop me a line and let’s schedule a Tuesday for you to take pictures and share.

Now, I can hear your objections already.  You’re all like, “Trust me, Kate, my life is not interesting enough for TWV.”  Au contraire, mon ami!  As the very wise Betty Draper once said, “Only boring people are bored” and I firmly believe that life is only as interesting as you want it to be.  I don’t care if you’re an engineer, a dog-walker, a road surveyor or a painter, your life is unique and you have a story to tell, so send me an email, dust off your camera, and get snapping!

Still not convinced?  Check out the Tuesday With Vous & Tuesday With Moi archives.  See, not scary.  Fun!  You can be as creative as you like and because the internet is awesome, you can share from wherever you are in the world.  SUPER FUN.  xx

Tuesday With Vous: René Sterling Edition

When I started Tuesday With Moi, it was an exercise to focus my eye and my lens on something beautiful every waking hour, on the hour.  Since I started last June, it’s helped me develop my eye as well as my technical abilities but has also proven to be an interesting way of visually charting my own movements, feelings and growth.  A couple months ago, I asked some friends to contribute to the genre and thereby started Tuesday With Vous, which lets us see from a different perspective and experience the day in the life of someone who will introduce us to a whole new world, their world.  

Today, I’m pleased to share these terrific black and white photos by René Sterling.  These are the first film photos I’ve had on the site, which is very exciting as I have a great appreciation for film photography and am hoping to try my hand at it this coming summer (if we’re lucky enough to have one, that is… Oh England!).  I love René’s work and, as I scroll through his photos, I find myself fascinated by the situations he finds himself in and the quiet way he captures the commotion around him.  His life seems so full- full of creativity, full of art, full of that intense energy of living- and I find his work both moving and inspiring. His creativity seems boundless, and in addition to taking photos, he produces videos, DJs, and makes simple wooden jewelry that I’m a little bit in love with (but more on that in another post).  Plus, René has great boy style, really great boy style.  He’s like a Hip-Hop Star Pirate and just exudes coolness.  Obviously, I’m thrilled to feature him on the site.

Because René was shooting film and because Wednesday is my day to post TWM/TWV, we elected to have him share his Friday with us.  These are the images he captured.  Enjoy.

Friday, February 15th 
2. treeforestrow 3pm15:00 Tree Forest Row

3. coffee&cig 4pm16:00 Coffee & Cig

4. drive 5pm

17:00 Drive

5. 6ochoc

18:00  6 O’Choc

6. necklaces 7pm19:00 Necklaces

7-1. cherub 8pm20:00  Cherub

8. tawn 9pm21:00 Tawn

9. est1989 10pm22:00 Est. 1989

10. ltdedition 11pm23:00 Ltd Edition

11-1. station 12_25am 0:00 Station

12. lastcall 1am1:00  Last Call

13. steamed2am2:00 Steamed

14. sug 3am3:00 Sug

You can find René on Twitter and Tumblr and view more of his work on his website.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The Redcoat on New Year’s Day Edition

Last week I asked Kate if she was going to invite me to contribute to Tuesday With Vous, and she said yes!! It was coincidental that she then suggested I do next week which just happened to be New Year’s Day.  I had already decided it was unlikely that I was going to follow her usual structure as I doubted I had the patience to take a photo on the hour, every hour, so I broke from that format and did my own thing.  I’m married to her, I don’t have to play by the rules… So, without further ado, let’s begin.

It was most exciting to be greeted by a very blue sky first thing in the morning, (okay – it was actually 10 am before we got up – sorry, before I got up, Kate was still in bed) as we have not experienced such a glorious splendor very often since we arrived here, back in May.

 This was less exciting………

But this made me feel better again, to see the sun warming our little Christmas Fern. It is actually a Norfolk Island Fern – which we both love because we don’t have to pick up any needles and we can re-use it again next year.

I went out for a quick stroll and thought how appropriate this signage was for the start of a new year. I had not noticed it before.

And when I got back, I prepared breakfast for us both. I know, uncooked sausages are not particularly attractive or appetizing to look at. Take my word for it though, they were very tasty.

After breakfast and because it was so nice out, we decided to go for a walk. I got these shoes out in readiness………

Kate said, “I thought we were going on an athletic walk.”  So, a little reluctantly, I put these on instead.

 And we set off!! It was a melancholy day for Kate, so I decided to keep my distance. We did walk together at some points but mostly we were at a distance……..

It was therefore not total harmony. We often walk together but not, if you see what I mean, and one of the things I love about Kate is that we are very similar in this regard. There are times when we talk as we walk, and other times when we are both quiet, reflecting on things separately, coming together at certain points on the journey and then drifting off slightly. One thing for sure though, is that we are always in perfect step with one another.

After our walk, we had some more coffee. Kate read quietly and I played Scrabble with friends on my iPhone.

This year though, I shall do less of that and more reading.  Jeff and Kim bought this for me for Christmas, and I promise to do my best to read it.  Loved the film.

It was getting dark as the sun began to set. This is at the back of where we live and I just loved the colours (colors, USA).  

And on the other side there is St John’s Church. The sky was still quite blue, even in late afternoon.

Around 5 pm I opened up an email from a friend (Simon) who had written to wish us a Happy New Year. His email told the story of a French Professor who was presenting to a group of Senior Executives from a number of US companies to talk about time management. The presentation started with an experiment whereby the Professor produced an empty glass jar which he then proceeded to fill with large stones. When he could not fit anymore of the stones into the jar, the Professor asked if they thought the jar was full? To which they all cheered Yes!! The Professor then found some smaller pebbles and began to fill in the gaps between the large stones. Again he asked the question and this time the executives, starting to understand where he was going replied No! The Professor then poured sand into the Jar and finally he poured in some water. He paused at this point and stated that the purpose of the experiment was to demonstrate that if one had filled the jar up firstly with the pebbles and then the sand and water, there would not be enough room for the larger stones. The executives were a little confused, until the Professor explained the significance. What are the large stones in your life? Health? Family? Friends? Your Goals? Doing what you love? Fighting for a cause? Taking time for yourself? What we must remember is that it is most important to include the larger stones in our lives, because if we don’t do so, we are likely to miss out on life altogether. If we give priority to the smaller things in life (pebbles and sand), our life will be filled with less important things. Because of this, never forget to ask yourself, what are the are stones in your life?


After reading his email I browsed through my Instagram. I have always loved Instagram, ever since Kate downloaded the app to her iPhone when it was first launched, I was so jealous!! I only had a Blackberry. Now that I have an iPhone, I can share pictures and comments with friends all over the place, it is FUN!!!

If you can get hold of this, do. I threw together some chopped carrots, spring onions, fresh ginger, garlic, mushrooms and rice noodles to make a glorious soup for our supper.

I did not take many photos after this, apart from when Kate and I played cribbage later in the evening while enjoying a couple of Manhattans, a drink Kate introduced me to. I am happy to say, however, that I did take these last two photos because I WON!!!!

Really bad photograph

And a very sad, defeated face…… LOVE YOU xxxx

Happy New Year

Kate here- hi.  Oh my glob, that picture! Atrocious.  And by atrocious, I mean a winning example of glamour.  I mean, are those forehead wrinkles?!  Whatever.  Anyway, many thanks to David for taking over photography duties for the day (though he disregarded all my posting requests- tisk tisk) and a big thank you to you for sticking with us and for checking in. Kisses!