A Photo Per Day || April


So another month has passed us by, and to be entirely honest, it's been incredibly hazy for me. April didn't have any defining moments, nothing special happened that I can write about in this month's overview blurb. I read a lot, walked a lot, and was with my own mind far too much. Not really exciting, is it? Me and my better half did celebrate our two year dating anniversary, and my hair was transformed from a dreary brown to a more thrilling red. But.. that's it. Heck, one of those was impossible to photograph. I think my photos reflect the mehness that was April for me. It's a lot of outdoorsy shots, books, and throwbacks. Which is somewhat depressing. So, my hope for next month's A Photo Per Day is to share photos that I actually took the day I upload them. I want new memories, it's tiring always living in the past. But for now, here's April.
01/04/2017: You know when you just need to read something that makes sense to your brain, but struggle to find anything? Well, that's usually my problem. But today was my lucky day. I suddenly feel less alone, and less crazy. It feels as though someone stroked my soul and said "It'll be okay". Thank God for words. 
02/04/2017: My heart throbs with the need to be outside. Back here. Clean air, the sound of laughter, smell of the ocean.. I can practically taste it. I tried to go for a walk today and the discomfort was unbearable. Fibromyalgia is rearing it's ugly head. I sometimes forget that some things are just out of my reach right now. It's a hard reality to swallow. 
03/04/2017: Throwback: My little kitchen helper. I can't help but mini squeal at his cuteness. Those ears are adorable. I'm the proud mama of an amazing cat. Most certainly the highlight of my everything. 
04/04/2017: Superfood Pasta aka: working my way to a Transformation Tuesday. Grilled halloumi, pasta, pesto, broad beans, avocado, red onion, sugarsnap peas, red and yellow peppers, rocket, and cherry tomatoes. Yum. 
05/04/2017: Wooden bridges that lead to an adventure in the forest. If I was 6, I'd be looking around for the fairies that floated along the water and the nymph's that dance between the trees. I miss having that kind of imagination. I look forward to having children and reliving it all through them. 
06/04/2017: Currently Reading: Wild by Cheryl Strayed. "The breaking of so great a thing should make a greater crack" - William Shakespeare. I'm 40 pages in and this book has already made me cry twice. So beautifully written. I'm already seeking escape and adventure. Late night and a #friyay feeling, here I come. 
 07/04/2017: Throwback: Me, sporting a fetching sailor costume (#stoptryingtomakefetchhappen), and my Granddad circa 1999 (98?). If I had the courage to dress how I wanted, it'd be all fun costumes and petticoats 24/7. Not to mention satin slips and all the collars. Maybe one day I'll be head strong enough (and have a more stable income) to do so. Who doesn't love a sailor? My Granddad gifted me this photo yesterday as an Engagement gift and it's the most thoughtful and sentimental gift I've received in donkeys. It's the little things in life. Memories and family matter. Which is why my brain is a jumblesale of confliction and worry right now. I need an outlet. PS: Shoutout to Bruno just sleeping in the background. What it must be like to live the cat life. 
08/04/2017: Happy Caturday from myself and Mr. Bruno "Buki". I'm not feeling overly well (fibro is kicking my booty after a few emotional days) but I'm planning on a blogging day tomorrow and it's nice having something to look forward to. I need to get myself a schedule, yet I can't really because my health is so unpredictable. Blegh. Frustration isn't strong enough of a word. 
09/04/2017: What more do you need on a Sunday blogging morning? I find it really amusing how us British folk have Frosties, whereas Americans enjoy some Frosted Flakes. Why do theirs sound so hip and cool, whereas ours are named as though a 4 year old chose it? I ask the big questions. And two coffees aren't enough caffeine to get me to write a decent caption, it seems. You live and learn. 
09/04/2017: Thrifty Book Haul || Click HERE to read. I love me some secondhand books and giving money to charity at the same time? Win-win. Have a looksy at the books I found in my new haul post. My #TBR list is definitely growing. 
10/04/2017: Do reds have more fun though? 'Tis the question. I took a giant leap and had a game of "let's dye my hair". I wanted it way more copper (think Felicia Day), but it's a start. It's weird. But a start. My nose is now attacked by the smell of boxed dye. Fume explosion. 
11/04/2017: I wish my mind was as calm as this water. Instead my head feels like a waterfall. My waves are bashing against the rocks and soaking through the wood of the trees. So if you need me, I'll be sitting here waiting for the calm. 
12/04/2017: LDR: 5 Tips On How to Help Your Relationship Survive" || Click HERE to read. New post on little tips and tricks to make the miles easier on the heart. I've been in two long term relationships that have been separated by distance and let me tell you, it's hell. Pure hell. But love is love and when you find it, the feeling in your heart when together is worth all the agony it takes to get there. You just learn to adapt. Give it a read if you have the time, or comment here with any other tips you've discovered along the way. I'd love to hear them! 
14/04/2017:  I'm craving Summer. Warm sun on my skin and snowcones. All the snowcones. Look at the prettiness! 
12/04/2017: Repost @billiamswn with @repostappHow adorable are these two good looking fellas? The dynamic duo.
13/04/2017: #TBT: The busy streets of Germany, alive with people and decorated with wonky street lamps. What more could you want? I loved this trip (even better because I got to spend it with the beautiful @tinkcrbcll). I really like this photo. The way the gentleman's pants compliments the flowers. The imperfections of the stones on the grounds. The buildings. Vintage goodness. 
15/04/2017:  Have y'all (cool enough to say that yet?) read my latest book haul? Click HERE to read. Thrifty goodness! . I'm almost done with Wild and I've loved every second of it. Cheryl's character is everything I've needed over the past few months. Her ability to be wise, lost, found, spontaneous and reckless all at once.. it's inspiring. And helping me feel sane. Often characters are one dimensional, whereas she is made up of smarts and mistakes. It's reality. Pure and simple. Have you read it? What are your thoughts? May write up a book to movie review, if I risk tainting these beautiful pages with a movies mind-eye. 
15/04/2017: Happy #Caturday! Throwback to house renovations and a wailing kitty. This was actually captured mid-yawn, but let's just pretend he was yelling. It's far more amusing.
16/04/2017: Happy Easter! This pretty much sums up how my morning has been. If there's one day of the year where you can eat chocolate for breakfast, it's Easter! (And Birthdays, and Christmas, and Halloween..)  Enjoy the sugar rush!
16/04/2017: Yesterday I added a new daily on the app Habitica for myself (blog post coming soon about the app itself, just FYI) - to take a new photo everyday that is worth keeping. My camera roll tends to be crammed with Instagramable photos, but not memories. Nothing I'd print and put in a album, you know. Now, I truly believe that both are important (30 year old me will no doubt want to know what 20 year old me was reading), but my goal is to be mindful about snapping more shots of the people and animals surrounding me on a daily basis - no matter how annoying they may be (looking at you, Lily! Aka: the fluff ball in this photo). Wish me luck! I want my lives! That's a Habitica reference, just in case you think I've gone mad. Plus, taking photos is often my happy place. I felt meh today. Not pretty, not overly happy, just.. meh. But I know I'll forget that in future when I look at this photo. Instead I'll think of how cute she looks, or that I miss my red hair (as I don't think it's staying for too long). This is what I'll have to remember this day by, and I'm okay with that. 
17/04/2017: New Post: A review of the infamous Finleys Bar & Grill! || Click HERE to read. 

I first heard of Finleys from an episode of My Ghost Story and instantly wanted to go be nosy. Sadly, we didn't have any paranormal experience ourselves when visiting but we did have some yummy food. If you're thinking of taking a drive there yourself, check out my post of facts that you're unlikely to find elsewhere online. This is why I love blogging, I can now give the answers to the questions that I so desperately wanted the answers to prior to going. Take and give and all that jazz. 

18/04/2017: Sometimes you just need some classic chips covered in salt, pepper and extra vinegar. It's a comfort thing. Though I'd happily exchange these for a crispy sweet potato version. A girl has her favourites.
19/04/2017: Currently Reading: A Year Of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman. I'm around 1/3 of the way through and enjoying it, though it is far from what I expected. Been a while since a book surprised me in that way. It's definitely making me want go to the ocean and take a sniff. What's your current book of choice?
20/04/2017: Bluebells have officially sprouted and spread like wildflower. It's a beautiful sight. This is the first year I'm going into Summer knowing that I'm an outdoorsy person, so that's something new. Yeah. New. Speaking of new.. I was talking to my mother last night about Fibromyalgia and the symptoms I've seemed to gained from losing others. It's like a carousel, I just keep spinning in it. It's entwining around me like ivy. But my problem is, there are so many symptoms and now I'm never sure if my low days and mental struggles are caused by the chronic illness, or if this aspect of my life is curable. This is probably nonsensical, but alas.. my current thought train. I don't want to seek guidance as I'm fearful they'll just shrug and go "Could be caused by the Fibromyalgia. We can refer you somewhere." Again, I silently add. I don't know. My brain is a muddle. So.. Let's just look at the flowers. Walking Dead reference there? Yeah. You're awesome.
21/04/2017: Sunsets are beautiful to watch. I did it once with my better half and now it's officially on my "to do more of" list. The small things in life can be the most memorable. 
21/04/2017: A new Book Review is up on the blog! A Year Of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman.  || Click HERE to read. This is by far my favourite paragraph of the entire book. The words are beautiful and rest softly on my heart and mind. I just want to reread them until my eyes grow tired. Beautiful. Oh! There's a drinking game involved with my blog post. Take a shot everytime I say "beautiful!". Kidding. Kind of.
22/04/2017: "Listen to the trees as they sway in the wind. Their leaves are telling secrets. Their bark sings songs of olden days as it grows around the trunks. And their roots give names to all things. Their language has been lost. But not the gestures."
23/04/2017: New post alert! "Interview With A Podcaster" || Click HERE to read. Get a glimpse at the man behind the voice of Future Flicks@somenerds's @billiamswn gives us a rundown of everything you need to know about having a podcast and offers helpful suggestions, as well as a Ghostbusters quote. What more can you want? Give it a looksy if you have the time! There's some good advice crammed in there.
24/04/2017: Chapped lips, unruly eyebrows, uneven skin tone, and a nose that doesn't suit the other features. Welcome to my face. I wrote a post not too long ago commenting about how I ought to appreciate my features for what they are, and I stand by that. So.. Here's me balancing the odds. Nice hair colour (boxed but.. yolo? I still don't know how to use that.), fairly clear skin, eyelashes that are semi visible without mascara, lips that aren't bleeding. Does that last one count? I'm going to say it does. I find it rather nice that if I make an effort with my hair, I'm semi okay with my face. Same vice versa. I suppose that's a lucky trait to have. To be honest.. Since watching so many vloggers and reading blogs, I've become appreciative for my skin. I'm never entirely happy with it (who is?), but I'm comfortable enough to be barefaced and I'm ever the thankful one to bloggers for helping me gain that trait. I'm not a confident gal by default, but I can throwaway the foundation and be okay with it.  That's why blogging about your own problems is never waste of time.
24/04/2017: "Hollowness: that I understand. I'm starting to believe that there isn't anything you can do to fix it. That's what I've taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete: you mould yourself through the gaps." - Paula Hawkins, The Girl On the Train. 
25/04/2017: Bath Musings: "Blame my mind, not me." || Click HERE to read. Bath Musings is a new series I'm starting on my blog that is somewhat of a real time journal for my bad mental health days. I'm nervous as all heck but I think it's necessary to discuss such things, and as I explain in the post, it may (hopefully) help me realise that I'm not actually flawed as badly as I feel. Lately I've been really struggling with fogginess (is that a word? maybe). My reality is not seeming like my reality and it's a hard thing to open up about. Partly because I feel as though someone will read it and think that I'm a loon. Alas, here's to stepping out of my comfort zone and being brutally honest to strangers. What else is the Internet for?
26/04/2017: "I am just a leaf. Just a leaf falling from the tree so that a new body may grow."

27/04/2017: Currently reading: Paper Towns by John Green. Okay, that's a lie. I've just finished Paper Towns and it was okay! I went in with quite mellow expectations, not fully knowing what it was going to be like. Halfway through, it was coming across as meh to me. But that could've easily been put down to my last read A Year of Marvellous Ways (review up my blog! Click HERE to read.), and how much I loved that. So I had to face that dreadful reality that all us readers how to face at some points of our lives - this book isn't the one I was reading before. I can't expect the same results. Sucks, I know. But alas, I continued reading with a clean slate of a mind and grew to really enjoy this story. Margo has to be one of my least favourite YA characters ever, but I grew attached to Q and his friendship group. The last 4 or so chapters were easily my favourite and I found myself hoping that they'd be longer. The roadtrips, laughter and friendships definitely let an imprint on my heart. I can only wish to have the same. John Green's writing is as beautiful as ever, and a good hearted easy read. Perfect for Summer, if I do say so myself. Have you read Paper Towns? What did you think?

28/04/2017: If you're an anxious person or just have trouble winding down, I can't recommend lavender oil enough to you. I find it extremely hard to fall asleep 5/7 nights of the week. My mind won't seem to stop pestering me. This 79p oil obviously isn't going to be an instant reliever, but it helps far more than the other pricer things on the market. Put a few drops in your bath, mixed into your nightly lotion, or even add a couple under your pillow. Put on some fairylights and take plenty of deep breaths. Drink some caffeine free tea (or red wine, I vote for the latter) and you'll be thankful for this budget friendly remedy. What are some of your tips for relaxing on a budget?

29/04/2017: I went on both of these rides today. A fair bit wild for me. I think I'm having an early life crisis. Fun nonetheless. 

30/04/2017: And as we come to a close on April, I will keep to my apparent theme this month and upload an outdoorsy photo of nature. I really need to get out more, but you know, to new places. 

- Anne x

January: HERE
February: HERE
March: HERE

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