Monday, July 27, 2009

This is living

Somehow, it's gone midnight and the weekend is over already. The last few days have been somewhat harder than normal, balancing work stuff + family stuff + trying to have a life. I will admit to having the odd pity-party, and I think that's allowed :) No-one said dealing with all of this was easy, right?

But I am still keeping a balance, and just because some things are tough doesn't mean that I ignore everything else. This weekend was the Last Night of the Proms at Osborne House. Good friends, a lovely picnic, and some fabulous music in a wonderful setting. The best way to enjoy life is to live it.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


lunch with gran
Originally uploaded by kate bucci

This Thursday I am especially thankful for lunches with Gran. I've been going to lunch with Gran (and previously with Jonpa, of course) for...what, the last three years? Something like that. It's not always on a Thursday, and some weeks it doesn't happen at all. But it's always good to take time out of the office and spend some quality time with family. This photo is from a couple of weeks ago, but this week Gran has been pretty ill and it's really made me appreciate what I/we have. Nothing at work is so important that I can't take time out to share with special people.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Doing it with bells on

So, yesterday we were at Folkstation in Havenstreet. I haven't been there for years - when you live in a tourist destination you somehow forget to do the touristy things. It felt a bit like going back in time, with the old English custom of Morris dancing carrying on in the corner, and the equally old custom of drinking beer in the sunshine going on in the field. Some great music - absolutely loved Smoke and Mirrors, and will definitely be hunting out some more local (folk-ish) gigs!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

One week later...

The internet and my PC have been conspiring against me successfully updating my's hoping it works this time!


I love cats. And I love photography. So pretty much the perfect way to spend an afternoon is at a private leopard sanctuary taking 900+ photos of these beauties - and that's where I was last weekend. I've narrowed it down to the 48 best which you can see on my Flickr page

At first I was slightly uncomfortable taking photos of cats in cages - even cages which are specially designed for photography with little cut-outs to put your camera through. These are wild animals and I really felt they should be out there in their natural environment. As the day progressed, though, we could see that the animals were obviously well looked after and their keeper really adored them. These are animals which just wouldn't exist in the wild, and the sanctuary is doing a brilliant job looking after them.

We were just a small group of ten, and after going round the cages as a group we were allowed to wander off and take photos as we chose. It was amazing just to sit there and watch a huge panther lie in the sun, with only the wire netting separating us.

A big, big thank you to Anna for bring a fabulous friend and organising a fabulous weekend.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Far too tired to blog right now

This weekend was amazing...loads to share and lots of great photos. Updates to follow!

Friday, July 03, 2009


It's Thursday, so it's time to celebrate all the good stuff again.

choir concert

I've been back blogging for a week. Y This photo says it all. The concert was amazing and words can't do it justice. It was an amazing experience and I'm so grateful for the people I shared it with. Y Long weekends off work....

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

New look

new hair + dress

New hair, and new favourite dress. Love the blue. Love the shape. Can't believe I love wearing dresses!