November update

Since our trip to the Peak District, I seem to have got myself nearly to the end of November without me updating my blog!  So to rectify the situation, please find below a summary of our November:

The same week as Remembrance Day and the terrorism events in Paris, I made a trip to see the ceramic poppies at St. George’s Hall. I think the timing of my visit made the atmosphere even more considered and sombre than I expect it would have been otherwise.   It is a beautiful, poignant display and, despite the poor weather, there was a lot of people who had come to see them.  As I said, it was very quiet given the amount of people that were around.

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Afterwards, I caught up with Rachel for lunch and to see a play called, “Flare Path” at the Liverpool Playhouse.  Although this wasn’t very action packed, it was quite gripping and I quickly became engaged with the plot and characters.  It is reviewed here: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/review-flare-path-liverpool-playhouse-10424807

After the weekend, I went away with work for a week at a power station just south of Edinburgh.  It is a beautiful spot and the coast line is lovely, however, the work involved long days and given that our daylight hours are so limited this time of year I didn’t get to see much of the area in the day light – never mind have a chance to explore it.  The work was really interesting though and I learned a lot.  As always, I was glad to get back home to see Paul and Stella on Friday evening.  I met them both at Paul’s Friday night pub night which is usually a boys only affair. Stella seemed to have been accepted by them and I was tolerated for an hour or so. 🙂  The next day, we enjoyed a nice morning walk together in one of those rare moments of November sun.  Stella ran and ran and ran.   Nothing new there then.

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In the afternoon, I had a lunch and shopping trip with Helen and Harriet in Heswall.  We ate at the Burnt Truffle which had been reviewed in Harriet’s foodie magazine she gets and it did not disappoint.    I had aranchini which were rice balls stuffed with cheese and carrot soup to start.  And it wasn’t too expensive either.  Another review from the Liverpool Echo:  http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/restaurant-review-burnt-truffle-heswall-9760797

On the photography front, I attended a “MeetUp” event in a studio in Liverpool one evening after work where I had my first experience photographing proper models.  It was quite an informal event and there were people there with varied experience (amateurs like me through to professional wedding photographers) and ideas.  Although there was no formal tutoring, there was lots of discussion amongst us and I learned a lot from the others.  My favourite picture was this one of Karen where I used a prism to get reflections of the lights in the lens.

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I also had one of my colleagues, John, over for a studio photo shoot with his family in November.  I’m still working on processing these pictures but I don’t think I’m going to struggle to get some good ones given that I was working with his two beautiful little girls, Eve and Louisa. 🙂

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November also brought Ella and Hannah’s 11th (yes 11th!) birthday.  We met them for a meal on the day of their birthday and enjoyed spending the evening with them all.  They are lovely, gracious and articulate girls and I’m really very fond of them indeed.  We also finally got our van back after it being away for bodywork… It looks great and now Paul is busy putting it all back together in a new and improved way.   And the other noteworthy thing was that I baked a cake for work to enter it into our bake off competition – the idea was to raise money for Children in Need.  I made a Pudsey Bear inspired sponge cake which didn’t win any prizes but I was quite pleased with my first efforts with fondant icing… And I was glad I was able to contribute to the fact that the organisation managed to raise £4000 for the charity.  Quite impressive.

And now I think its just about time to get my Christmas cards written and the house decorated!  2015 – you have just flown by.