The home life project: April.

I actually had no idea it was home life project weekend, well not until about 5pm on Sunday evening anyway. I had it in my head that it was next weekend! Luckily this weekend I felt the urge to get out my camera a bit more (maybe this was my subconscious’s way of telling me I was supposed to be doing HLP!) I have spent the last week with the wide angle lens on my camera. It wasn’t a cheap lens, one I got for Christmas and I had become so comfortable with the 35mm I wanted to see what the wide angle could do with a bit of practice. So, I kept it on all week and got some pretty good shots!

 

 

I was however relieved to have that gorgeous depth of field, the lightweight and sleek 35mm came back and I was eager to have a play. This months edition of HLP has no story, On Saturday we spent the morning in bed, before heading over to Ribby hall village to try out their new pirate ship pool. we did a KFC dinner followed by a relaxing evening at home and our weekly movie night (This week we finally watched fantastic beasts and where to find them.)

And on Sunday, we lazed about for a bit, did a food shop, I went for a run and made a roast dinner, and that was pretty much it. None of my photos reflect any of this. Ha. But here they are anyway.

 

I will have to remind myself properly next month. Then I’ll be able to have a proper go!

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

 

Home life project: March edition.

I’m really loving this months HLP, I seem to have gotten my mojo back a little bit after barely picking my camera up for the past month. For this months edition, I wanted to get out of the house for the day, watch my little un’s run free and capture the beginnings of spring with it. My favourite season is Autumn, however there is something so special about spring, especially in the early days, the beginning of a new cycle, the purity of clear blue skies and the thirst for warm rays against your skin. This weekend has given me everything I needed to tackle this new month.

I documented our Saturday, a beautifully bright and kinda’ warm day. We had a lovely slow morning, lazing around, I did some cleaning, spent the majority of the morning outside clearing up the decking and giving my hens some attention. For the afternoon we hit Brockholes nature reserve, one of my favourite places. We walked for a couple of hours, through the woods, the open meadows, let the children play over on the park for a while before finishing up with ice cream by the lake. All in all it was a lovely day, and definitely what the doctor ordered.

 

 

 

 

 

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

 

Home life project: February.

This months Home life project, is a little different to how my usual ones are, only because I ended up splitting it up over two days. Saturday afternoon out with the girls ended up being so stressful, I didn’t really have chance to take my camera out and I really liked Saturday mornings photographs, so I just decided to finish it off on Sunday instead.

Our weekend wasn’t really that eventful, it was actually perfect. Everything been so hectic recently, I just wanted to cancel all plans and just be. Which is exactly what happened. We had a lovely lazy morning in bed with the girls. Followed by a lunch out – which wasn’t an all that good experience. I hadn’t eaten all day, they forgot my order, lied about it…. and then sent out the tiniest slither of chicken and some wilted lettuce on bread out too me. – I ordered a club sandwich. I don’t really deal with the hunger that well. Ha ha It should be mentioned they did take it back, send out a very delicious replacement lunch and gave us free desserts to compensate though, so it wasn’t all bad.

Sunday went even slower, Sam made a whole Sunday lunch, leaving me to binge watch four hours of modern family whilst the girls played. I did NOTHING! All day long, other than loading the dishwasher, putting on a wash and showering the girls… I did absolutely nothing. Perfect.

 

 

So thats this months home life project. I did completely forget about this months challenge which was Reflections. I really must start making more of an effort with those! And, I didn’t get any photos that I liked with me in them – So this month I really want to practice getting myself in some of these shots, naturally. I’m so ridiculously uncomfortable in front of a camera and it shows! But practice makes perfect doesn’t it? Also Clare (Home life project host) sent me over this really good link last week that gives some amazing tips on getting yourself in on lifestyle pics.

It should be a very productive month, photography wise. Hopefully I’ve made some progress for next months edition.

Robyn,

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The home life project 2017 : January.

It doesn’t feel like two minutes ago that it was Decembers HLP, but here we are in a brand new month and a brand new year! I’ve been so excited about this months edition, mainly because I rarely have my camera out of my hand nowadays, and I don’t blog much about family life, but our days together really are my favourite thing to photograph.. so its nice to be able to share some of those family photos over here.

So, anyway. This month. I wasn’t really sure what day I was going to photograph this weekend, but then I had a ton of college work to get through on Friday – so that ruled that day out- and on Saturday our day out plans had to be postponed whilst sam recovered from illness *Hangover* So, I just left it until yesterday. We had no real plan in mind, but I’ve been eager to get out of the house a lot more recently, so we settled on somewhere outdoorsy, and seen as we did a woodland hike earlier on in the week, it made more sense to go to the beach. So after a slow morning, we wrapped up warm and spent the majority of the day chasing the tide out on a very foggy beach. *At one point, I had no idea which direction we had come from, or which direction we should have been going, it was so weird, and obviously  unnerving… turns out you follow the tide lines and hope for the best before the tide starts coming back in again!*  After a long walk, breathing in all that refreshing sea air, we headed to a pub close by for  lunch, before heading back home too lounge before the girls were bathed and put into bed. It truly was a lovely Sunday.

 

 

…And then of course there was the January Challenge which I dedicated a lot of time to thinking about, but left it so late to actually do! This is about three minutes before bath time, I didn’t want to force them into any poses or anything, so I think I just about managed to grab one before they noticed. It was so weird peering in on the family from outside… felt a little bit like a stalker. Ha ha.

 

So, thats that. The first Home life project of the year. Its great to be starting a brand new year with this, I can’t wait to see where the year takes us.

 

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

The home life project- December Edition.

How is the end of 2016 already?! How did this year fly by so quickly?! Well technically its not the end of the year just yet, but this is the final HLP post of 2016! I’ve heard from Clare (the host of this awesome project) that The home life project will be back in 2017! yay. So fear not, Brand new year, brand new HLP. If you fancy having a go next month would be the perfect time to start, It isn’t a contest, it isn’t for professional photographers. Its just a fun little project to document candid family life a day (or weekend) each month -I’m going to do a full run down of my favourites at the end of the month. Anyway, back to this months edition.

I’ve been so excited for this one, fairy lights make for a beautiful backdrop to any photo’s, this weekend I’m documenting our Sunday, Saturday was a bit of a write off since Friday night we attended Sam’s grandma’s 80th Birthday party, lets just say the wine was flowing a little too well. So Sunday, it was typical in how our Sunday’s go, slow. We eased through the day, not really achieving much, but savouring the last day of the weekend.

Perfect.

 

 

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

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Home life project – November edition.

This months Home life project, was all but forgotten about, until 11am on Sunday morning, I was slogging it out at the gym when i realised. Ooops. In my absolute defence though Izzy picked up some sort of Sickness bug on Friday, so the entire weekend has been spent cradling her and trying to get her to nibble on toast and sip water. Not really HLP worthy.

Anyway, I did manage to grab a few images, but not enough to actually link up to the home life project linky. But I thought i’d post them anyway. There’s only four.

 

So there we are. Not my best HLP. But I WILL do better next month, especially since the Christmas decorations will be up… Hello twinkly light backgrounds!

Here’s the link for Novembers Home life project, here you can find people that actually remembered to have a go this month.

 

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

 

Home life project- October.

For the past two months, i’ve skipped The home life project. Not without having a go first though, I just either got caught up in other stuff, or just didn’t like the photos I had produced. A lot has happened in the past two months, I seemed to have developed a real passion for photography. I now attend an evening course in Level 3 Photography, and in complete honesty, I  can’t remember the last day I didn’t pick up my camera. I haven’t yet been through my photos from earlier home life projects. But I think at the end of the year, when I do. This months will show a noticeable difference.

This month I feel like I really ‘got’ The home life project. Every single photo on todays post was completely organic, no posing, no planning. Just following the girls round with my camera for the day. There is quite a lot I missed out, We did actually take a trip into town on Saturday, but it seemed there was about 10,000 people with the same idea, it was far too a stressful experience for me to even think about taking out my camera. Our day really can be summed up as ‘relaxed’ (apart from the trip to town.) And I think one of my favourite photographs from todays post is Mischa sat on the sofa playing on her Nintendo DS.

Anyway, here are my photographs.

 

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And thats it for another month of The home life project!

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

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Home life project – August edition.

I’m finally back for HLP. I’ve missed the passed two months, but.. if your follow  me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll know I was gifted a brand new camera last month (early birthday present.) and oh, wow.  It’s the best thing i’ve ever been given! I’ve spent the last few weeks playing around with it, practicing the different functions, trying to find the perfect balances on manual to produce beautiful pictures. So, with that in mind, I wanted this months HLP to be the best one I had done yet.

As of Last Tuesday, its official the Summer holidays. Also as of last Tuesday, we became Hen parents. So of course, we are loving being home right now, spending days out in the garden, watching them and there weird little ways, learning about them and finally we are being given eggs from our new feathered friends.

I thought this month, we’d go with Sunday. Actually, I did have plans for Saturday, but life got in the way, and I didn’t really have chance to pick up my camera until Sunday morning. Anyway, this is how our day went.

 

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Starting the day with tea & my hens.

 

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A quick Sunday food shop, means fresh flowers for me. (£1.30 for this beautiful M&S bouquet!!!)

 

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Back from Grannies & Mischa needs a nap.

 

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Out in the sunshine, digging for worms.

 

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Mishap with the swing ends with Mischa having a face full of mud!

 

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Post Sunday lunch dessert.

 

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Enjoying a post dinner laze.

 

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Play fighting never ends well.

 

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Burning of the last of that energy before bed.

 

 

So, that was our Sunday. A lovely relaxed day.

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

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Home life project: May edition.

I actually almost forgot it was The home life project weekend, luckily the little nagging part of my brain, the one that reminds me to take Mischa’s PE kit to school on mondays, or that the milk is running low – reminded me the second I opened my eyes on Saturday morning.

On Saturday Sam had to head up to Ernshaw livery yard to get some footage of the horses for their website. So I had the option of hanging round the house with Mischa and Izzy until he had finished, or joining him. I was promised lots of lush green land for the girls to run around on and the perfect countryside back drop for my HLP photos – Of course I was in! What was only supposed to be a flying visit, resulted in us staying for around 3 hours, with so much to see, and Phil (the owner) only too willing to show us around, we spent the afternoon exploring and filling our lungs with crisp spring country air.

Once back from our adventures, I ignored the urge to order a takeaway, remembering my vow to eat a little healthier and so I got cracking on dinner, trying out one of the Davina – 5 weeks to sugar free recipes. I made up the Mushroom and butternut squash barley risotto. (I’ve managed to find a link of the recipe Here.) You MUST try it, it so delicious, not hard to make and the pearl barley is a fantastic – less stodgy alternative to rice. – I paired mine with a grilled chicken breast.

Once dinner was done and the girls had their daily fix of the power puff girls, it was bath and bed for them and a Saturday night catching up with The big bang theory and New girl for me.

 

 

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All in all a wonderfully relaxed Saturday.

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

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*You can see the footage of the horses that Sam captured on his drone – Here.*

 

 

The home life project: April edition.

I missed last months Home life project and so this month I really wanted to work hard to get some good shots of our day. For April’s edition I decided to shoot our Saturday. We did have plans to go to a local farm (I was really looking forward to documenting that for the HLP), but its April and we live in the north-west of England, so obviously it rained all day long. Instead we decided on a relaxed morning at home followed by venturing out into our local town centre for a bit of shopping.

I planned on documenting our entire day, but for some reason (I suspect its something to do with age..) My camera is not dealing well with any low light situations at the minute. Over the course of the day I took around 200 photos, only eleven made the cut, all of which were before about 3pm, when the sky turned a dark shade of grey and nearly all natural light was gone.

 

Saturday 2nd April: Making the most of a rainy day. 

 

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It might not have been as much fun as going to snuggle newborn chicks for the day, but a trip into Lush – who were as fabulously accommodating with my girls, and their need to touch everything as they always are – followed by a stop off for cake at Patisserie Valerie wasn’t a bad way to spend the early afternoon at all.

 

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

*If you’d like more information on how to take part in the Home life project, pop over to the linky’s host Maybush studio. She has lots of helpful tips and tricks. Plus, rules if you want to take part and the archives for the months we’ve already done.*

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