I need an adventure, STAT. I realized as I was going through pictures for the last two weeks that I haven’t gone on a real adventure since the new year started, and that means my photos have been limited to my daily commute.
Earlier today, my flatmates and I were commiserating about how quickly the time is flying. It seems like just last week that we were getting settled into the flat, and yet it’s February already. There is so much that I want to see and do, and the time is slipping away faster than I can believe. This term is busier than the last, and all my old exploring time has been taken up with papers and presentations. I have four major assignments due this week alone, but I’m determined to go somewhere exciting next weekend.
In the mean time, I’m trying to find the beauty in the mundane. The thing about taking a picture every day is that it forces you to look closer. If my schedule won’t allow me to explore new, unfamiliar places, I’ll just have to document the little details I might otherwise overlook. Even the places we think we know by heart have secrets left to discover if we’ll only take a moment to look for them.
The dairy cows at Nafferton Farm enjoying their warm and comfy straw beds as they chew their cud.
That moment when you are sick and you grab your tissue box just to discover you used the last one last week and didn’t realize it! UGH x 1,000,000,000
I cannot stress enough how much I like the YSA group here. They are my surrogate family, and I love them so dearly.
Jess The Grad Student had a miniature farm on her windowsill. E-I-E-I-O. I’m growing lettuce, mixed herbs, and spring onions in these cute little mini green houses. I can’t believe how quickly they are growing!
All the pretty row houses covered in snow.
Unbeknownst to me, while I was kneeling in the dirt to capture this shot, I was being watched. When I stood up, there was an older gentleman standing there, quietly observing. He asked me what I had found, and I pointed out this feather. He then told me that he’s also a photographer, and we ended up talking for a good long time about everything under the sun. I thought about asking him if I could take his picture, but I’m a chicken, remember? I’ve been regretting it ever since. It was a beautiful moment, and I wish I had a picture of the human that made it so great.
There is almost always a seagull sitting on this spire.
After Institute on Tuesdays, we always have a fun activity. This week, we played our own version of “The Cube” (a British game show somewhat similar to Minute to Win It). Good times were had by all.
I’ve never been inside, but something tells me these rooms would be a grand place to assemble.
This building is just a boring old pharmacy, but I had never noticed before how interesting it looks with all the mismatched reflections.
I didn’t think it was that cold this week, but apparently, it was cold enough to freeze the boat pond. It looked like a perfect mirror, and the reflections were absolutely stunning. What a magical place!
Sometimes, you don’t realize that something is missing until it comes back. I haven’t seen a colorful sunset since I’ve been here, and this one was spectacular! (The photo doesn’t really do it justice, but I was in a hurry and couldn’t go find a better vantage point…) I didn’t really think much about how wonderful it was until all my friends at Ladies’ Night that evening raved about it. Apparently, super colorful sunsets are a rarity here. Huh! And here I was, think I’d just been really unobservant or that the city buildings all get in the way.