You’ve Gotta Catch ‘Em All!!

Ah yes, I have a bucket list (blog and list found on ‘The Challenges‘ page of this blog) and this just happened!!

56: Replay a childhood video game

I replayed and completed Pokemon Yellow!!

Yes, I grew up with the original series. Yes, I had the three original starters you are meant to get in the TV show plus Pikachu to face the Elite Four and Gary.

Was it worth it?


I got addicted to this again as much as I did when I first played the game on the classic Gameboy. Trained hard, played hard and so much fun!! It was like I was transported back to my youth… it was a great experience, so many hours, so worthwhile, I am going to miss it. You know, unless I replay it again or try out Pokemon Blue or Red. Shame I can’t complete the Pokedex but my aim was to face the Elite Four and Gary and beat them the first time around, which is exactly what I achieved 😀

Childhood awesomeNESS!!

Perseids: Meteor Shower

Perseids - Meteor shower

I just love nature, especially star-gazing so when I realised that the peak of the Perseids meteor shower was peaking on a night when I wasn’t due at work the next day (18th August), I inevitably had to stay up. Not expecting much because of living in a town, light pollution etc, luck was on my side! Whilst I didn’t see lots, I saw a fair few as I settled down on the bench in my back garden, on my back just staring up into the sky just waiting for the magic. Also, with this time, I finally learned and spotted where the Big Dipper is, part of Ursa Major aka The Great Bear. Turns out, dead bang in front of my bedroom window 🙂

Inevitably, I had to try out the shutter settings on my camera, the longest shutter speed only being 16 seconds but I am pleased at the results and in a more rural environment, could have presented so much more. When I need a new camera (the current one is only a year old), I am definitely looking to upgrade.

The Header and The Icon

What a contrast!

The header picture was taken by myself during a visit to the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, England with family.The museum is an open-living area where all the buildings are from the industrial revolution (yes, really) and all volunteers dress and act as people from this time period. The site is massive with all the buildings you would expect to find in a town including shops, schools, pubs etc with a small canal, train and buses. You can easily spend the entire day here like we did just to cover the entire site. I throughly recommend it (click here).

All the smoke you can see is from when they had to release all the pressure from the pipes of the industrial area near the mines and this was the result. I took many pictures of this unexpected event but this is my favourite.

The icon picture was taken in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Scotland with two dear friends/ex-colleagues I worked with over two summers at a USA Summer Camp, one of which happenes to reside in this beautiful area and another visiting from overseas. The evening this photo was taken, we were taking a walk around the grounds taking in the beautiful landscape, an incredible sunset and wildlife.

If you are wondering why these photos…. I like them, they are so different from one another and the composition.

Enjoy The Journey!

Brand new website (I have a history, a good one I swear!) and this has primarily been set-up as a collective with links to previous blogs (a.k.a past challenges & a bucket list) as they are dotted around and not in one central place.


Not quite like Grand Central Station but you get the drift….

I aim (Note: I aim.. I am a terrible blog poster/updater) to use this blog to comment on my travels, where I went, the good, the bad, the ugly and also some photographs. I’m no prographer with no fancy camera, it does a few tricks and I am learning about aperture and shutter speeds as these are two things I can manipulate on the manual setting of my camera. Learning by doing 😀

You never know, though it could happen…. this could turn into anything and everything. Enjoy the journey!