Photo A Day – November 11: Sunday night #FMSphotoaday

SUNDAY NIGHTS have a new routine for me – we usually have a hearty soup and fresh bread, then I retreat to my desk and work on the next chapter of The Artist’s Way, ‘a course in discovering and recovering your creative self”. Author Julia Cameron suggests taking an hour or so to read the next week’s chapter of this… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 10: Can’t live without #FMSphotoaday

TONIGHT I HAD the privilege of attending a ‘Celebration of Freedom’ for a young man I have supported who has won the right to remain in the UK following a successful appeal against a decision to deny him asylum and return him to a country where being gay can mean imprisonment and even death. His courage has been amazing and… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 9: Small #FMSphotoaday

‘IF YOU THINK you’re too small to make a difference, try spending the night with a mosquito.’ — African proverb.   I’m cheating again as this is not my own photo, but it has been a busy week, and this is the most interesting response I could think of for the ‘Small’ theme. It also reminds me of the inspirational… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 8: Every day #FMSphotoaday

EVERY MORNING for the last nine weeks I have sat at the dining table, lit a candle, played some reflective music and written three sides of A4, know as ‘Morning Pages’. Inspired by The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, a 12 week self-help programme for ‘creative recovery’, Morning Pages clear the mind at the start of the day. Julia explains how they are… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 7: Reflection #FMSphotoaday

AFTER AN 11 hour day in work I have come home to review the personal statement on a job application form that needs to be submitted tomorrow, and the text looks something like this. Summing up a career and why I want a new job is an interesting and challenging means of reflection. I love my work with the LGBT youth group,… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 6: My favourite #FMSphotoaday

SINCE TODAY WAS our ‘demiversary’ (six months since our civil partnership) I am cheating by sharing my favourite photo taken on that day instead of today. As my friend Sean catches the owl that flew the length of the church aisle carrying our rings, our family and friends looked on amazed, as we had kept this moment secret. This was… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 5: Home at 5pm #FMSphotoaday

THIS IS an unusual sight for me at 5pm on a weekday – our front door! As co-ordinator of the UK’s longest running LGBT youth group, I work late at least two evenings a week. This week we are increasing to opening three times a week, for the first time in its 36 year history. In the last three years,… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 4: TV turn-off #FMSphotoaday

  THERE SEEMS to be a synchronicity about some of the Photo A Day prompts – Friday was about ‘Colour’ just as we are choosing our carpet colours, today is about TV, just as we are getting rid of ours. The decorator arrives tomorrow so we are clearing the lounge/dining room today. I put details of some bookshelves, the corner… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 3: A very British breakfast #FMSphotoaday

  FOR BREAKFAST this morning we had boiled egg and soldiers with a pot of Earl Grey tea. Each egg was delivered in style on the back of a Mini. These very British egg cups were a gift to us from one of our best friends for our civil partnership, to remind us of the fun we had trying to… Read more »

Photo A Day – November 2: Colour #FMSphotoaday

SIX MONTHS after our civil partnership (the first to be registered in a place of worship in the UK) we are nesting before winter comes. Today a carpet fitter came to measure up, and a decorator arrives on Monday. It’s all about colour and compromise – we have been together almost five years and lived together for four, but I… Read more »