2018: In Pictures


31 July 2018: Giraffe Pen
You can never have too many pens, right? Admittedly this one isn't the most practical thing to carry round, but I love it!

30 July 2018: Yorkshire Pudding Pies
I noticed these in the Metro newspaper and it's now my mission to try one.

29 July 2018: Jane's 65th
Jane and Christine are two of Mam's good friends, so here's the trio braving the elements at a Blyth beach hut to celebrate Jane's birthday with coffee and cake.

28 July 2018: Horrid Henry
Saturday afternoon TV is crap, so I watched the kids channels. I recall being compared to Horrid Henry's mam once...

27 July 2018: Back Lane
During the break in our AA meeting, I took the opportunity to step outside for some fresh air.

26 July 2018: Progress
After another few hours chipping away at it, my jigsaw is coming along nicely.

25 July 2018: Alcohol Free
I didn't want to miss out on the quiz, so this drink came in handy. I'm positive it tastes exactly the same as the version which contains alcohol.

24 July 2018: Dice
Ok, technically a die since there is only one, but tough. I'm still working out what to use it for.

23 July 2018: 24 Hours
At my AA meeting this afternoon I received a chip to celebrate 24 hours without a drink.

22 July 2018: Shooting
I spent the afternoon out shooting pigeons with Carl and Mickey. I'd never even held a shotgun before today, but I managed to get two birds! Carl definitely looked the most professional.

21 July 2018: Burger Cushion
I couldn't resist.

20 July 2018: Chilli Morning
When Nass asked me to look after Chilli for the night at the last minute I was more than happy to, as waking up to this face is always a pleasure.

19 July 2018: Damage
I knew most of this already, but damn they make it look sinister here.

18 July 2018: Just for Today
Some thoughtful reading material for today.

17 July 2018: AA
I went to my first meeting and really enjoyed hearing the experiences and advice people had to share. Rossetti was definitely a good choice of venue and I came away with some useful information and several phone numbers of kind people who are happy to offer support.

16 July 2018: Jigsaw
I've been meaning to get started on my giraffe jigsaw for a while, so here's my first attempt. Not bad for a few hours work but there are some tricky bits to come.

15 July 2018: Lovely Morning
I love lazing about on a Sunday morning with the windows open and a blue sky to look at.

14 July 2018: Goodbye Kevin
Kevin is leaving for a 2 year spell in Ecuador soon so I met up with him, Lisa and Finn for a few hours sitting on the beach. Kevin couldn't resist his last chance for a while to jump into the North Sea!

13 July 2018: Tall Ships
I went through to Sunderland with Mam and Chris for a look at the Tall Ships.

12 July 2018: AA Meetings
Now that I have a care plan in place, it's time to start looking for AA/SMART meetings to get to. I don't know if I'll make this exact meeting, but I've been told Rossetti is a good one for a newcomer to go to.

11 July 2018: Semi Final 2
Ken was so nervous he brought his own toilet roll, which Kath promptly stole. It was indeed a nervy affair but sadly resulted in England losing to Croatia.

10 July 2018: Semi Final 1
France knocked out Belgium to take the first spot in the World Cup Final.

9 July 2018: DNA Sample
I finally got round to getting my DNA sample ready for submission. It's taken a few days as I kept forgetting you aren't supposed to eat or drink anything for 30 minutes before hand and I'd always done one or the other each time I remembered. The awkwardly placed finger is to hide the unique reference number!

8 July 2018: Sunday Supper
Excellent food for a Sunday - curry and a garlic naan.

7 July 2018: Quarter Finals
England face Sweden in a World Cup Quarter Final match today. This was both a lucky charm and a stress ball.

6 July 2018: Glorious
Another glorious sunny day.

5 July 2018: Spice Girls
This bloke's Spice Girls t-shirt is amazing.

4 July 2018: Mam's Garden
Naturally, I hid in the shade.

3 July 2018: Tat
With England due to play Colombia I was delighted to find this topical bit of tat at Ali's house.

2 July 2018: Shorts
I couldn't find any shorts I was happy with today so I converted a pair of trousers.

1 July 2018: Ancestry DNA
I'm excited to submit my DNA to Ancestry for analysis. Hopefully there won't be any surprises!