Daily Prompt: Tree

via Daily Prompt: Tree

A collection of trees from around the world over the past year.

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Durdle Door, Lulworth, Dorset

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Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

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Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire

 

Happy tree spotting!

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Exeter Bound

A little late with the updates… Apologies. Life just gets in the way sometimes.

Having spent a year in the beautiful north devon, I have now relocated to Exeter (when work calls…).

Here are just a few snaps of where I have been exploring over my first two months in Exeter. Working on an acute medical unit means that life is busy! Jumping at any opportunity to get out there and see what is around the corner.

Exmouth

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Sisters shoot in Exmouth

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Bystock Ponds

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Teetering on the brink of summer meets autumn

More to follow…

Stockholm by snow

A late post of my trip to Stockholm last February to visit my brother and his wife.

A fresh morning outside fotografiska

A fresh morning outside fotografiska

First hot chocolate of the vacation on a crisp winter's evening

First hot chocolate of the vacation on a crisp winter’s evening

Practising our photography skills outside fotografiska

Practising our photography skills outside fotografiska

Contemplating

Contemplating

capturing the lone duck

capturing the lone duck

Breaking February's icy waters

Breaking February’s icy waters

boats: a common mode of transport around Stockholm's archipelago

boats: a common mode of transport around Stockholm’s archipelago

a necessary hot chocolate on a frosty afternoon in liljeholmen

a necessary hot chocolate on a frosty afternoon in liljeholmen

an evening spent ice skating

an evening spent ice skating

skiing!

skiing!

mastering the 'T-bar' lift

mastering the ‘T-bar’ lift

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The mini break comes to end. Still smiling at all the happy memories

The mini break comes to end. Still smiling at all the happy memories

Weekly photo challenge: Minimalist

Having been in the library all day (revision is so fun!) I haven’t had the opportunity to go out and explore scenes that I think depict minimalism. So these are two images that I have selected from previous outings as my interpretation:

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The Weekly photo challenge is a really nice way to exhibit your photos and see other people’s interpretations and superb photography. Click on the link for more information!

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Rainbow on a Sunday afternoon

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Back to the blog, hurrah!

The last few weeks have been very busy, filled with portfolio work and slightly more terrifying… Job applications!

When applying for a job as a junior doctor in the foundation programme, the UK is split into 21 deaneries (regions) and as part of the application process you have to rank them all in order of preference for where you would like to work. With this now done, it is a waiting game -a game that involves lots of work for imminent exams and then on March 5th all will be revealed and next year’s new junior doctors will be allocated a deanery for work.

With finals around the corner (6 week countdown has begun!) most of this weekend was spent in the library. This was quite uneventful, so I won’t bore you with all the details of how many pages of revision notes have been made and how many hot chocolates have been consumed (as a child at heart I am yet to acquire the taste for tea or coffee).

This afternoon I took a revision break and went to Ashton Court for a walk in my wellies with my sisters and my sister’s boyfriend. This is something I absolutely love about autumn and winter, I find just being outside in the cool country air so refreshing. There is nothing better than putting on wellies and going for a walk in the crunchy leaves and getting your boots all muddy. There is something about it that is just so carefree and brings me back to those endless happy days of childhood.

The walk was just what I needed after a busy week and long weekend of study. We were even lucky enough to (mostly) dodge the rain showers that were forecast for the whole day. There also happened to be an ice cream van halfway along the walk (bonus!) so naturally we felt the need to replenish that blood glucose with a mint chocolate chip ice cream (delicious).

Whilst at the ice cream van a little girl came by on her scooter. The path we were on was wide and to one side there was a fairly deep puddle. Of course the only appropriate route for child and scooter was to go straight through said puddle, and how much enjoyment she had from this! Isn’t it funny how easily a child’s mind can find pleasure in these little things -I have to admit though, even at 22 years of age, I still love cycling through puddles with my legs out to avoid the splash oh and of course I can’t keep track of how many mole hills I jump on…!

Ashton Court

Ashton Court

When on a walk with trees in the vicinity it is hard not to spot the ones that look perfect for climbing. And so that is exactly what I did. Luckily this did not involve any trips to the eye hospital -when I was 6 years of age, I climbed a tree during lunch break (I must have been a little rebellious as a child as tree climbing was not permitted at school). Having climbed the tree, I then also managed to fall out of the tree. No broken bones, but one very bruised eye resulted in a trip to the eye hospital the following day -I remember this fondly as I had the whole day off school with my mum and was allowed two treats from the paper shop (a creme egg and tic tacs). It didn’t put me off though, I still love a good tree climb!

A lovely end to a productive weekend.

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Party in the bank account and Sunday baking

So this weekend turned into a bit of a party for my bank account..

With my old laptop about to give up the ghost, and great reviews from my sister and friends, I decided to take the leap and replace it with a Mac. So I am now blogging from a MacBook Pro retina display -day 2 and so far I have been very impressed with this upgrade! More on the Mac when I have had time to play around and can review it properly.

So after acquiring the Mac, one of my first tasks was to renew the tax for my car. This is of course the time that you also discover that the MOT has expired… at 16.45 on a Saturday and with the tax expiring on Monday. After 6 phone calls I managed to locate the only garage in Bristol that will do an MOT on a Sunday and so I grabbed their last space. But the fun didn’t stop there. One failed MOT later and 4 new tyres to pass the MOT (on top of the splash out for the Mac).. my wallet is feeling a little lighter today.

So now for some more indulgence on a Sunday afternoon:

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Mars bar crispy cake (made with my sister)

A quick and yummy treat on a Sunday after a very busy weekend.

Recipe:

  • Mars bars x4
  • butter 200g
  • rice crispies (as many as you want -I used about 200g)
  • chocolate 250g

Melt the mars bars with approx 125g of butter, stirring at times until a smooth mixture is formed. Then add the rice crispies, mix together well, and press into a baking tray. Melt the chocolate with the remaining butter and pour on top to form a smooth layer of chocolate covering -as thick as you like! Leave in the fridge to set for as long as you can resist eating -if you’re really hungry you can always put it in the freezer (that’s what I did!)

Enjoy 🙂