Sunday, 30 June 2013

Cookies :)

I'm not gonna lie, I didn't do an awful lot today. The wedding yesterday used up all of my Zan energy, causing my feet to complain a lot today. But no matter - it's always good to have a day for relaxing and reflecting on a lovely wedding day, and preparing myself for another week to come.

I decided that my preparations would involve cookies, so I baked some:

179/365 - Zan bakes cookies.
They were really nice when they came out of the oven - crisp outside and gooey inside. I just went to have another one to check what they were like after cooling. They're a bit chewy now, but still good! I'm pleased.

Anyway, I'm gonna go rest my burning feet. More thoughts tomorrow :) Hoorah for cookies! :)

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Zan's Wedding Craziness 2013: Wedding the Third

Today, I was very honoured and pleased to be part of my friends Angel and Tony's wedding. This is the third of six weddings for me, so it also marks my half way point. I'd been given a role that gave me the rare treat of being involved in every part of the wedding, whilst also being as subtle as possible, by ensuring that the entire wedding would go according to plan.

It was super super busy, but I did get to part of the bride's day in a way that no other guest does, and since I've known Angel for a million years (16? 17 years?) it was actually very very nice. I have some nice photos too:

178/365 - Zan celebrates Angel and Tony's big day.
There I am with Angel! :) There's a mysterious hang attached to her head. Haha.

Here's Angel's bouquet, it's so pretty! My mum was the florist and did a fantastic job! :)

I sneaked a photo of the photographers taking photos! :)

Here's Angel with bridesmaid Fiona. The makeup artist is behind still working hard on the Angel beautification process.

And having spent a good long while stuffing Angel's dress in the car, there she is with her Dad. Doesn't she look beautiful? :D

After this series of photos, there wasn't any more time to whip out the ol' camera. I spent the day speedily buzzing to and from groups of people and making sure everyone was happy and taking care of all the tiny details. It was a lovely day and I met some lovely people, as well as getting to spend the time with old friends. 

The ceremony was beautiful, the buffet was epic and plentifully-catered, and the evening meal was meticulously crafted. In fact, I met a lot of very organised, flexible and diligent events people during the course of Angel's wedding, who made everything much much easier. I would like to give a special mention to Roy from the church, Jess from the pub and George from the restaurant. These people know how to do their job and should be applauded for their awesomeness!

This wedding was absolutely wonderful. The newly wedding couple glowed throughout and all the guests were pleased with the day. It was really exciting to be part of such a large event and am pleased that it all went well. I'm really happy for Angel and Tony - my biggest congratulations to them and the best of wishes for their married life together! Hoorah for Angel and Tony! :)

Friday, 28 June 2013

Freebie Fridays - Giveaway Day 2013 Winners

Last week, for those of you lovely people who are interested in freebies, I announced my yearly Giveaway Day. If you correctly guessed the amount of teabags in my box, I could give you a load of freebies.

And would you know, noone guessed it right! There were in fact 28 individual teabags in my box. Here is the photographic evidence:

177/365 - Zan delights in sharing her freebies with others with competitions!
Please note - bottom row of teabag packages contain multiple teabags thus making 28! :)

I can however announce that we have 2 very close guesses (out of the 4... but hey, it was more responses than last year. In fact, double the responses!) and those were by....

Second time winner Wai Wai Wai, who almost correctly guessed 29, and my college friend Sarah who almost correctly guessed 27.

Congratulations to you both! I hope you can hear the metaphorical applause that is rippling around the world in celebration of your win. I'll be contacting you both shortly to arrange your free bag of free goodies to be sent to you!

Thank you to the 4 people for your participation - maybe there will be 8 responses next time! :) Haha!

Hilariously of course, I didn't get any freebies this week either but I decided not to do another Giveaway Day because I was ridiculously busy with a wedding. So I shall report on my free acquisitions next week. In the meantime, check out the freebie showcase and I shall be back next week. Hoorah!

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Play Across the Lifespan

I've never been to a conference organised by the Leeds Met Playwork Team before, so today when I arrived in Leeds, I really didn't know what to expect. But I was definitely excited - I'd be hanging out with some lovely people that I don't see very often, and so I knew it was going to be fantastic.

The Play Across the Lifespan conference was set up to bring a wider range of professionals, angles and focusses together to discuss, inform, and learn about play. It's been a little different from other play related conferences because the focus wasn't only on the child, but on play itself as a central role in enhancing life. Although the delegate list was relatively small, it was very varied, and hugely interdisciplinary, and in turn gave the conference a little bit of sparkle.

176/365 - Zan takes part in a play conference. :)

Up until now, I think I have been to about 6 play conferences. The first one ever was in Atlanta, Georgia, where I went with my supervisor at the time, Rachel Alymer. It was a frightening but positive experience that planted a seed of desire to do more. Maybe I like the rush, maybe I genuinely enjoyed it. Maybe I just like to cause myself unnecessary stress. Maybe despite my own fears and worries about the whole thing, it actually went well...

Anyway, 1 US Coalition for Play conference, 2 TASP conferences, 1 Spirit of Adventure conference and 1 Eastbourne conference later, I arrived vaguely prepared to present in Leeds about my journey through playwork and my PhD.

It was pretty scary, standing in front of experts talking to them about something they already knew about. But I did it. They were engaged, there were discussions, there were smiles and laughter, constructive comments and applause. I'm really pleased, and glad it's over.

After the conference, we all attended my tutor, Professor Fraser Brown's Inaugural Lecture. I still don't really know what that means, but it was really good. Lots of fun stories, anecdotes and just general awesomeness. I'm so pleased that Fraser is my tutor, and I'm so happy for his Professorship and contributions to the playwork field.

There he is, Fraser Brown. His face was all over the building today. On all of the screens and posters that were put up to advertise the event. It was pretty funny.

Anyway, a visit to the pub and a train journey home took a tired Zan back to Manchester. I am absolutely exhausted, but excited. It feels like we made a breakthrough yesterday. I'm not sure what that might be, but something clicked for a lot of people yesterday which has something to do with play. And that makes me happy.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

"What's in a name?"

I'm wondering if you know where my choice of words for my title are from. I've dug it out from my dim and distant education. Here's the whole quote:

What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;

Does anyone know the writer of these words? And can you guess what started me thinking about this? Roses of course! :) Lots of them. All downstairs in the kitchen, waiting for their next mission: Angel's wedding.

There are so many! And they're all lovely!

175/365 - Zan admires the intricacies of a rose.
Look at that. Just look at it. Amazing.

My mum was explaining to me about a whole wealth of flowers and their names and how they were all different from eachother. I have to honestly say that I really wasn't listening, because nomatter that the names for these flowers are, they are incredibly beautiful, and I was distracted by these tiny little beauties. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. And in this case, a rose by any other name would look as pretty.

I'm really pleased that I was able to take a moment out of my day to admire a little bit of nature. These roses took my breath away today, and I hope that they will add grace and beauty to Angel's already amazingly planned wedding. Only 3 days to go! :)

Hoorah for roses, and hoorah for tiny beautiful things :)

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Today Was Sunny

Not an awful lot happened today, but sometimes you have to have days like that! I did a bit of this and a bit of that. I spent some time in the sun, and admired the skies. Then I chased some birds around a car park. I kid you not. It was fun :)

174/365 - Zan has some Zan time.

At the carpark where I was, there are always loads of little birds. They don't really seem very scared of people any more, so I decided to follow one around the carpark to get a good look at 'em.

These birds have attitude! Look at him give me the evil eye! :)

I've taken a couple of days off to relax and prepare for a few crazy days ahead. I'm going to be doing a load of stuff for my friend Angel who's wedding is on Saturday, and I'm also attending a play conference at my uni. Very exciting stuff. But very very busy. I hope to be able to blog as well as maintain the wonderful state of calm, so watch this space! :)

Monday, 24 June 2013

Drawing Zan

I was sorting though some of my old greetings cards earlier on today and I came across some rather brilliant drawings of me that I couldn't help but share. They made me laugh so much and kinda made my day!

173/365 - Zan admires drawings that other people did of her.
From left to right, the drawings are by: my brother Clem, one of my siblings who didn't declare themselves, and possibly Tanya Lau? That's what it said in the card, but I have no recollection of it!

I like how everyone's got the glasses in, and how I seem to have a 5 o'clock shadow in the pink card. Also, for as long as I remember, I've had long hair so isn't it funny that I have a bob in all three drawings? :D

These cards have made me smile all day. I think this is the funny thing about having younger siblings cos they draw you birthday cards with you in it. I don't remember drawing either sibling a card with their face on because I figured out really early on that I suck at drawing people. Hmm. I'm ready to be proven wrong though cos I don't remember all of my doodles :) I'm going to keep these cards to show my siblings when they next come back to see me.

Anyway, hoorah for keeping memory boxes, and hoorah for precious drawings of me! :)

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Umbrolly

As I watched the rain drizzle down today, I completed 8 short pieces of work for my PhD. I was very pleased because progress for the ol' doctorate has been going slow. But at last I have something to show for it. :) I'm super happy :)

After I finished everything, I sat back, played some computer games, and then did some drawing. No prizes for guessing what inspired my drawings today:

174/365 - Zan does some weather-inspired drawing.

I really like the effect that the black has on the page of slightly faded words. I also think it looks a lot better when there's a bit of colour on the page, wouldn't you agree? I've really been enjoying my book doodles. You can see my other drawing experiments here, here and here.

There's actually another unfinished weather piece to show you yet, but maybe we can leave that til tomorrow. Tomorrow! :) Hoorah for drawing, and hoorah for being productive! :)

Saturday, 22 June 2013

A Piece o' Pizza

After the success of Father's Day pizza, I really really wanted to make a pizza today. So I did. And we had it for tea! Yay! :)

170/365 - Zan makes pizza!
My mum requested Mattessons sausage pieces as the topping. There's also cheese and tomato on there, in case you didn't notice.

I really like my pizza dough recipe so I think it's almost time for me to make it's very own recipe card and add it to my collection. The crust was crispy, but the texture was soft inside which makes for a delightful eat. I have to master shaping the thing though, but there's still time. I'm just a bit scared about throwing it too hard and it getting stuck to the ceiling or something stupid like that. Hahaha.

Anyway, hoorah for pizza and hoorah for baking! :)

Friday, 21 June 2013

Freebie Fridays - Giveaway Day 2013

Since I started Freebie Fridays many moons ago, I said that the week I don't get any freebies, is the week that I give freebies away! It happened around this time last year, and now it's happened again!

So allow me to announce:

Zan's Freebie Fridays Giveaway Day 2013!

This year, I decided to go for a little challenge. The person/people to correctly guess how many free teabags I have in the following photo wins a goodie bag of freebies! :) Ready for the pic?

169/365 - Zan sets up the Giveaway Challenge.

To win, you need to correctly guess the number of teabags in this box. You're not guessing the amount of separate packages in this box though. Nah, it would be too easy if I simply asked you to count what you see. In some of these sachets, there are more than one teabag. Oh yes! You need to guess the amount of individual teabags of all types. This isn't quite as easy as just a giveaway! :)

Answer and winners will be announced next friday (28th June). You can keep on guessing until I post the next blog up :)

So, please leave you guesses in the comments page of this blog (along with your name and email address too so I can tell you if you've won), or of course you can voice your guesses on the Facebook link I've posted up to tell you all about this. Wooohooo!

Check out the Freebie Friday showcase to see what you might be receiving! :)

Happy guessing! :) And happy Freebie Friday! :)

Thursday, 20 June 2013

A Tiny Celebration :)

Remember my friend Saffia? Well today I met up with her in Leeds because I needed to congratulate her on two great things: getting a new job and getting engaged! :)

We went to Patisserie Valerie to celebrate the occasion. I've been wanting to go to this place for about 2 years, and last time I was in Leeds with Saffia, I said to her that we'd go to celebrate something great. And today we did! Here are some photos:

Very excited for French-style foods :)

This is a croque madame. It was delicious! That's a poached egg on top :)

168/365 - Zan enjoys blissful cake. Absolutely blissful.
This was Black Forest Gateau. Perfect balance of flavour, sponge was light and the cream was smooth. Wow.

And here is my Saffia with our cakes. She had chocolate gateau (which was also delicious). And there's her ring too! :) Woohoo! :)

I'm really super chuffed for Saffia and all the good news. I'm so happy for her, and really want the best for her job and for the up-and-coming wedding! :) Woohoo! :) We had a lovely lunch, had fantastic cake, then a fun little wander round Leeds. It was great to catch up and just be super happy about happy things! :)

HAPPY! HOORAH! What a great afternoon :)

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Ladybird Party

I went to the opticians today to get my eyes checked. Just a routine thing really, but today, my new lady optician wanted to dilate my left eye. So for a good 3 hours, I looked like this: O.o

With my redundant left eye that wasn't helping with any form of balance, I decided that I'd keep it closed so my head wouldn't hurt. But what do I do with just one eye? I had no sense of depth, so writing and reading was out of the question. I closed my eyes and had a think - what activity do I do that only involves one eye?

Photography!

I decided to hang out in my sunny back garden with my good eye to the camera and look for things to take pictures of. It started off as one of those boring sessions - just leaves and trees and sky. But then I found some little critters that I absolutely adore: ladybirds! A whole party of them:

167/365 - Zan joins a ladybird party.

I was really pleased that I found so many ladybirds today. They were all on the same plant which I found pretty curious. I tried to find them elsewhere but apparently, that plant was where it was at. I don't often see the black ladybirds with the red spots and I saw three today so that was pretty cool. But I still like the red ones with black spots. They're my favourite.

Anyway, I think my eye is back to normal now so I'll do some things that require a bit more coordination. Hoorah for ladybirds, and hoorah for photography! :)

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Floral Experiments

When I was much younger (but not much smaller) I learnt in biology about active transport. It's basically how plants transport stuff throughout the organism from higher concentration to lower concentration. I think.

Anyway, I just remember the experiment where we made our celery turn red by putting one end in red food colouring. It was fascinating stuff, and when I looked at the white flowers my mum had brought home, I decided that it was time to do an experiment.

166/365 - Zan experiments with colouring flowers. Using science of course. Of the remnants of science she still remembers. Possibly.

For the first hour or so, my mum and I kept peering at these flowers to see if they'd magically changed colour without us noticing, but soon we left it alone. The next day, we were both very pleased to see that our little experiment did in fact work, but not quite how we'd expected it to:

The food colouring had definitely started going into the flowers, but instead of colouring the petals completely, they have only got to the edges in tiny little dots. The split colour one looks especially cool at half yellow and half red with a hint of orange in the middle. Fantastic!

Now, those two photos were taken in a bit of a hurry at lunchtime today, so when I'd got home from work, I took some time to take better and more detailed photos, and by then, the flowers had absorbed more colouring too:





I hadn't ever quite realised that water was taken up by the flowers into the petals through vein-like structures. These photos reveal much about the secret life of flowers, and makes it seem quite whimsical, and slightly magical. That first photo makes it look like a fairy wing! It's all sooo coool! :)

I'm quite pleased about this experiment, and I reckon I've got another day's worth of colour changes to work through yet, so there might be another post about this yet! Stay tuned! :)

Hoorah for flowers, and hoorah for experiments! :)

Monday, 17 June 2013

Dotty

There have been a few things going on with my life which have been making me go dotty. Absolutely round the bend crazy, and for the bulk of it, I reckon it's because I've been stuck at home. Cabin fever will have that effect on you after a bit, so I keep myself mostly sane with various baking experiments, photo projects and periodic disappearances from home.

Today? I went a bit dotty, to go with the theme. I've been keeping the punched holes of my hole punch for a while now and have decided today to do some photography with them:

165/365 - Zan goes dotty with dots.

I did manage to get some quality PhD time in today though, which makes me pretty happy. And a whole bunch of work done for Pop-Up Adventure Play. I'm pleased that although I'm feeling a little frustrated with the work I'm doing, I'm still being productive. That's a win in my book. Next task: to make everyone else happy. Bring. It. On.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

A Three-Course Dad's Day:)

It's Father's Day today, and my Dad asked me for soup and a pizza. So that's what I gave him. Plus a little extra. :) For Father's Day, I made my Dad a Zan-made 3 course meal.

Here's the starter - home made vegetable soup and some zan-made bread rolls.

164/365 - Zan makes pizza from scratch!
We have a deli meat pizza here. I'm not sure what kinda meats, but they were yummy!
Pizza as big as my torso!

And for dessert we have a fruit and custard tart. Nom nom nom.

I'm super pleased that everything came out well. The soup was an odd colour and the tart had a soggy bottom but all in all, it was fantastic! We were all well fed, I managed to solve some riddles of my parent's dietary needs, and everyone was happy. My dad was really pleased today, and that's all I wanted. 

My job here is done :)

(I also had a moment of - why yes, I can make a 3-course meal. Which was also lovely.)

Happy Father's Day! :)

Saturday, 15 June 2013

My Day In Pictures

I thought I'd do a photo collage of my day. It wasn't particularly exciting day, but I liked that I could take some time out for photos:

163/365 - Zan makes a photo collage.

I'm a bit tired today, but I'm happy. The sun's back out and the world is right again. Tomorrow will be epic PhD day, and Father's Day! Hoorah! :)

Friday, 14 June 2013

Freebie Fridays - cream, toy and books

It's time again for my weekly exploration of free items which I have obtained mostly by accident. Free things give me such joy which I cannot explain, but isn't always understood by everyone. Freebies are awesome. What else can I say? :)

This week is particularly awesome:

162/365 - Zan marvels at freebie awesomeness
We have:
a wooden toy (Courtesy of my friend Andy who got it for me at a conference which I don't remember the name of)
and 3 sachets of cream

But of course, that's not all. Those of you have been reading my blog also know that I got a mysterious and unexpected gift on Tuesday. I still have no idea who sent it me, but I feel that because it was such a wonderful gift, it deserves a second mention, and second photo:

This is so far the best freebie I have ever had. Ever. Beats the chair I got, hands down.

This week has certainly taken my Freebie Fridays blog posts to a whole new level. Some of my friends have told me that I should try to get a car or something exciting like that and I've mostly laughed at them to say, you know, nah - that's ridiculous and un-acheivable, but after this week I've been wondering how possible it could be. Hmmm.

Anyway HOORAH for Freebie Fridays, a huge thank you again to the mysterious book gifter (on behalf of myself and Pop-Up Adventure Play of course) and yay for freebies! :)

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Rain.

It rained almost all day today. Constantly. Non-stop. If there's one thing that Manchester's weather's good at doing is raining. The great thing about it is that we basically never have a drought, or a hose pipe ban. The bad thing is that when it does rain, it's miserable. It's grey, it's lifeless, it's dull. And it makes you feel sad.

It does provide opportunity for photographic experiments like this:

161/365 - Zan plays with bokeh. It's what they call that artistic blur.

But because I live in England after all, and the English weather can change at a moment's notice, I was given blue skies and sun very shortly after messing about with the artistic blur:

Look at this sky! Dramatic clouds after a day of rain.

My head feels a little bit like today's weather, except I'm still waiting for the weather to break. I'm sure that the sun will come through soon so I can clearly see the blue skies.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

A Little Playful Morning

This morning, I went to visit my friend Tracey and her little girl Isabelle. I'd met Tracey last Monday for a giggle and a meal, but today I wanted to have some play time with Isabelle, and more of a catch up with Tracey. Here are some pics:

This is Isabelle. I met her around this time last year. Here she has decided she must write.

Here is Isabelle, giving her mum a hug.

Of all of the squishy toys that Isabelle has, this is my favourite. Isn't it funny? :) I love that it's basically a ball with ears and a face.

160/365 - Zan hangs out with Isabelle and Tracey.
Hello Isabelle! :)

It was great catching up with Tracey as Isabelle enjoyed rummaging through her mum's luggage that she was trying to pack. It's a real shame that they're going back to Hong Kong already because I'd love to hang out more, but I'm sure we'll see them again soon. Next time, Isabelle will be much bigger, and will be talking to us all, and noone will understand but we'll respond anyway. Hahaha.

I pray for Tracey and Isabelle as they voyage off back to HK. It's a long trip for baby, but it's a longer trip for mum who will be exhausted. I really hope that everything goes well, and that they arrive safely back home. I also pray for calmness and serenity for both mum and baby so that they can both relax, enjoy and relish this childhood to the max. Isabelle - remember to sleep more! Tracey - remember to ask for help from your friends and family, and from God.

What a lovely way to spend a morning! Hoorah for Isabelle, and hoorah for Tracey! :)

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

A Mysterious Gift

Today, I received a surprise package in the post. It was unexpected, especially because I hadn't ordered anything, and mostly because it was so heavy. The package was in a brown jiffy bag, and was about 30cm x 20cm x 10cm. It was addressed to "Suzanna Law, Pop-Up Adventure Play" so I thought I'd open it to see what it was.

And guess what it was?

159/365 - Zan gets really excited about mysterious postal gift. 
There was a lot of dancing around the house, and stroking of the volumes.
You may recall me talking excitedly about wanting this exact set of books a few weeks back.
Last google search shows it costs over £100!

But who sent it? I looked for a note, a sticker, a sign - something! But there are only little clues! 
  • First - it has a return address of The Book Community
  • Second - it was originally addressed to "Pop-Up Adventure Play, c/o Suzanna Law", and 
  • Third - there's a label underneath the address label where I can faintly make out the word "(Donation)". 
What does it all mean? I've already sent an email to The Book Community, but have had no reply. It's no surprise that my address is known because that's the registered address for Pop-Up. 

Now I have many questions: Who sent it? Why did they send it? Can I keep it? Who do I thank? How can someone be so generous? What's the story behind this wonderful gift?

I really want to find out some answers to these questions, mainly because I want show my appreciation - this thing costs money, so even as a donation, someone is making a loss. I want them to know that this is a really well received, well and truly appreciated resource to Pop-Up Adventure Play which will be treasured. And as a PhD student in play, this is going to help with sooooo many of those niggly fiddly things that I don't have the time or the money to read about in full. Mystery gifter, you are truly wonderful! Thank you so much.

If anyone has any thoughts about the origins of my books, please let me know. I want to be able to thank them in person.

Hoorah for post, mysterious gifts, and play! A great combination day! :)

Monday, 10 June 2013

Loaf.

For about 3 weeks now, I've been looking for a new pair of trainers. I only seem to wear trainers - they go with almost every outfit I own and fits in perfectly with any spontaneous moment of play I have. I've finally found some new trainers, and they're gonna go on some fantastic adventures with me:

Hello new trainers! :)

For almost the same amount of time as I've been looking for new trainers, I've been wanting to make some bread. The process is so satisfying and fundamental that I just had this need to reacquaint myself of the bread baking process.

158/365 - Zan makes Z-bread!

I'm actually making another loaf as I type now - one that's loaf shaped due to household popular demand. Apparently, if I bake the bread in a loaf tin, the sandwiches will not be an odd shape. We'll wait and see.

Anyway, so that was my day. There was also some boxes involved, and I also saw Shazia, wrote some feedback for the Playworker Development Course and ate some fish fingers, but for all those moments, I didn't feel like taking a photo. So I didn't. :) It was a productive day though, so hoorah, and bring on another productive day tomorrow! :)

(And here's the photo of the loaf that's shaped appropriately for sandwiches.)

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Thinking About Play

Today, I have spent the bulk of the sunny day sat inside thinking about play. It's kinda the opposite of what I normally do, and it struck me as ironic that it's so easy to spend time thinking/writing/talking about play, but doing it is so difficult. It reminded me of the comment that my friend Ric left on my blog a few weeks back:
"It's kind of apt, not working on your play phd because you're too busy playing... wonder if that would work as a way of completing your course? I mean, it's not a work phd, if you were doing a phd on work you would have no excuse to be playing when you were supposed to be... working."
I've been thinking about this ever since he left this comment. I dearly wish that it would be part of my play PhD to actually play. I guess spending a moment each day at play helps to re-focus on why I play is important to me, and whenever I get to spend time with children, I remember why it's important to them that I complete my research, and continue working hard for my charity. I think it's important not to be out of touch with what I'm studying, and in the absence of playful opportunities with children, I must allow myself some time to get into the play state and enjoy some time doing stuff for my own enjoyment. :)

Here is a completely unrelated photo from my day of thinking. I snuck outside for a few minutes to get some sun, and to stare at green things. I hear they make your computer-strained eyes feel better. It worked.

157/365 - Zan takes a brief break from thinking about play, to play.
This is not a rose, it's a Camellia. It may also not really be red. But it looks nice slightly filtered eh?

When thinking, and typing, and reading, and studying gets too much, I walk away from it all. In the Winter months, it's down to the kitchen to bake, but in the summer, when it's nice like it has been all week, I go outside. I don't do anything in particular. I just stand outside and breath in the fresh air, and look into the distance, rediscovering life in 3D. And sometimes, things catch my eye, so I shuffle up stairs, grab my camera and then several clicks later, I'm refreshed, refocused and ready to work again.

And when going back to the computer doesn't yield any results, I just go outside and play again.

I love play, and I love thinking about play. But there is a balance, and I'm getting the hang of getting it right for me. :)

Saturday, 8 June 2013

First BBQ of the Year

I can't believe it's taken us so long to fire up the barbecue to greet the great weather we've been having, but finally we did! My parents and I hosted a barbecue for my friends Andy and Lisa, and we had a good giggle whilst listening to live music from the huge festival in the park nearby and music from the party next door. Our community was pumping tonight! :)

156/365 - Zan relaxes with good company and good food. And a musical onslaught from everywhere.

Here is my Dad, doing all the cooking. There is Andy, not doing the cooking.

I am taking a photo of Lisa, taking a photo of sausages!

Barbecue time! :)

I really enjoyed my time with my friends and parents, and we had lots of fun eating lots and lots of food. Our party was so great that the neighbour's cat (we have no idea who he belongs to) came to join in with our fun too! It was really good to catch up, share stories and enjoy eachother's company, and I'm super thankful to have people to do that with :) Hoorah for friends, family and food! :)