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#SavouringJanuary – An Instagram challenge

It’s been a while since I completed an Instagram challenge. I always seem to find out about them after they have started, by which point i feel it’s too late to join in. So when I spotted The Green Gables sharing an post on Instagram about #savouringjanuary Instagram Challenge, I really wanted to join in. January can be such a tricky month. Once you’ve got over the excitement of a new year, and all the changes that you’re planning to make for that ‘new you’, January can be quite bleak. It’s still dark most of the time, the weather is usually crap, everyone’s on a diet or doing Dry January and no one has any money. By looking for something positive every day was a really good idea. So much so that I kind of miss it. I am always on the look out for things to pap on my phone, but I liked having a daily focus. It made me think about my day in a different way. Here’s a collection of my favourites.

Savouring January 2016I realise that I post an obscene amount of Poppy/cake/river views! But that pretty much sums up most of my days, besides being at school. It was nice to be able to share some elements from my work life, such as the marking and planning and countless lists to remember everything that I have to do.

On my last post for #savouringjanuary, Gabrielle from The Green Gables left a comment, telling me about the weekly #savouringhappiness Instagram post. I’m really going to try and post something for that every week. I can’t promise that it won’t be cake or Poppy based! I will try to look out for some more variations! I think it’s important to remind ourselves of the little things that can make us happy on a day to day basis, especially when we’re struggling. This term has been incredibly busy and I am counting down the days until the half term break, just so I can catch up on my sleep and try to get ahead for the next term. As I’m feeling worn out, I need to keep my eyes peeled for anything that can brighten my day. Head over to my Instagram to see what I come up with.

A Beautiful Mess app for Pictures

I love taking pictures on my smart phone. Most of the time, I use Instagram. I am a huge fan of it, with the different filters it has (that help hide my poor photography skills!) and how easy it is to share on Twitter & Facebook. So when I saw the Emma & Elsie over on A Beautiful Mess had created an iPhone/iPad app that enabled you to add different features to your pictures, I was very excited! I love how they enhance the images on their blog so was keen to have a go on a few of my images with their fabulous app.

beautiful iris

poppy

The app is really easy to use and comes with a ton of features, with the option of buying add-on’s if you want to add more. It’s a reasonable 69p and has a lot of potential. It’s great for bloggers who want to add a little something to their photos without having to the trouble & cost and hassle of something like Photoshop. Great huh?!

What are you favourite photo apps? Do you use Instagram or did you switch over to Flickr?

Oxford Botanic Garden

Begonia Augustinei

Saturday was all about relaxing & avoiding doing jobs/chores. So the plan was to head out to Oxford, breakfast at Oxfork & then stroll down to the Botanic Garden. We decided to buy an annual pass as it means unlimited visits to both the Botanic Garden & Harcourt Aboretum, another favourite walking spot. The reason I like both these places is that there’s always something different to see as the seasons change and it means I can take tons of photos to feed my Instagram addiction. We spent ages walking around the garden & were rewarded by seeing some great things & plenty to fill my Instagram page. Below are the pictures I took. Apologies if theย names are wrong/missing!

Begonia Augustinei

Begonia Augustinei

Passiflora Alata

Passiflora Alata

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Dichotisandra Thyrsiflora

Dichotisandra Thyrsiflora

Not sure what this little fella is, but it’s a bundle of seeds

Not sure what this little fella is, but it's a bundle of seeds

Fungus growing on a John Downie

John Downie

Jay

Jay

Now I love all these pictures, but my favourite is the one of the Jay. We’d been looking at some Goldcrest birds, trying to figure what they were, and we spotted a Greater Spotted Woodpecker (my OH has a bird identifier app on his phone!) Then we were walking along & I spotted the flash of the blue on the wing of the Jay. It’s a much bigger bird than I thought a jay might be, as I’ve never seen one before. We followed him around for a bit then he settled on this tree. I never thought I’d get picture of him, but he stayed still for ages! And I just kept taking pictures and walking closer and closer. The picture above is the result. What do you think?! Not too bad for an iPhone picture!

This is why I love going there – you never know what you’re going to see. Plus it’s like a little oasis in the middle of the city. We’re going to go back further into winter to see what else has changed. If you haven’t been, you must go! It’s lovely. And you can always just sit & read on Will and Lyra’s bench and watch the world go by. Let me know if you do go and share any pictures you take! x