Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

Selfie was nominated as the word of the year last year by Oxford Dictionaries, narrowly beating bitcoin and twerk.  I’m not really a selfie-taking type of person, or even someone who will ask others to take pictures of me.  In fact, I rarely take pictures with any people in them.  It has to be quite an exceptional situation for me to think about it.  Like this one.

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On the side of Pen-y-Fan, Brecon Beacons.

I know, its a terrible picture.  You’d barely recognise me from it.  You’d barely recognise anyone from it.  That’s because the phone I took the picture on was in a waterproof cover, and the rain was so heavy it was running over the screen, over my hand and down the sleeve of my jacket.  But as the wind was blowing the rain down my face and neck, and down the front of my jacket, I didn’t notice it too much.

I couldn’t really see the screen either, as my eyelashes were filled with windblown rain.  And the wind was so strong, it felt like nails on my skin.  Gusts were pushing me off my feet.

I love the mountains.

The weekly photo challenge can be found here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

In the English town of Windsor, on the River Thames, there is a full-sized replica of a Hawker Hurricane aircraft, positioned as if it’s skimming low over the gardens on the river’s edge.  It commemorates Sir Sydney Camm, designer of the aircraft, and local resident, and something much more.IMG_1783

The Hurricane was known as the workhorse of the RAF during the Battle of Britain in 1940,  contributing to what was considered a decisive victory for the British.  Hurricanes shot down more enemy aircraft during WWII than all other types of aircraft combined.

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is object.

2014 Travel Resolution #4: Travel More

Wanderlust, by adventurediva on Flickr.

Happy February! How did last month manage to pass so quickly? I have no idea. So slightly later than I intended, especially as it’s no longer January, here is my final suggestion for a resolution to make 2014 a brilliant year for travel.

#4. Travel More.

Ha, that sounds terribly simple advice, but please don’t think this last resolution is a cop-out and I couldn’t be bothered any more. A lot of us are tied down to a number of commitments, family, work, pets or property, that means the lifestyle of a full-time traveller is one we can only follow vicariously through reading blogs and browsing pintrest. But travel is all about your mindset, and I want to show you it’s possible to have amazing travel experiences with limited time. Here are my top 5 tips: Continue reading