1 day 12 pics, February edition

With the photography course I do online, every month there is a photo challenge. It takes place on the first Saturday of the month and means that you’re to take one photo every hour for 12 hours during that day. It’s both fun and challenging – you need to have ideas for photos, create ideas for photos and see beautiful or interesting things in every situation that you can create a photo from.

I failed this month. We had been in town to do some work and to buy wood for a little shed when I realised it was 2.30 pm and I had totally forgotten about the photo challenge. However, I had taken a few photos in town, so I decided to do the challenge anyway, although I would probably not be able to take 12 photos – at least not one every hour.

I’m going to do these posts every month, and they will all be quite random unless I’m away somewhere where I can take “themed” photos. This time it’s definitely random! It will tell the story of my Saturday – which can be boring to some, but deal with it! I hope that with every month, my photos will be better and better. We’ll see! This, however, was my 1st of February 2020.

Since I wasn’t able to take two more photos around midnight, I’ll pick two photos from town around 2 pm. Our town is a lovely, quirky, colourful one with some nice little shops. Like this one, where you can find ANYTHING.

When we came home, I went into the garden and was happy to see new leaves coming on the roses. They don’t die down here as I’m used to in Sweden, but they kind of go into some rest mode during the winter. Now, however, I was delighted to see new leaves coming, and even a flower on another plant. Spring will be here soon!!

During the afternoon, we spent some quiet time inside. My husband fiddled with his new toy, I practised the guitar and tried to go through all my unsorted songs here and there.

At 6 pm we had dinner, and with it, I had this gluten-free IPA from an Irish brewery.

I’ve continued to organise songs. I have countless songbooks that I don’t use, and that I’m going to give to a charity shop. First I need to look through them so that I don’t miss any good songs in there! But I’m surprised to see that in books for guitar with ballads and traditional stuff, most songs are printed with extremely complicated arrangements and most of them in keys like E flat, A flat and similar. That doesn’t seem like much trad to me, and I wouldn’t have the patience to try to decode those keys that I normally never play in!

The first Saturday of the month means there’s music in a nice little pub outside town. Always enjoyable!

The last picture is taken with my phone. It’s not a great photo but I didn’t want to fiddle with my camera in the middle of the session! And this was also the last photo I took because in the dark there’s no point really. Next time I’ll start in the morning!


  • Brandy
    10th February 2020 at 8:08 pm

    Those are gorgeous photos!

    I wouldn’t do very well at a photo challenge. I’m usually very forgetful when it comes to remembering to take photos. 😛

    • Susanne
      10th February 2020 at 8:56 pm

      But you see that I nearly forgot, right? Most of the time that I’ve been into photography, I’ve been too busy with other things to follow photo challenges more regularly. Now I’m getting more serious with it and also have a better life and can make time for it, so I hope that will help.

  • Kirsten
    11th February 2020 at 3:07 am

    I love all the photos and they are beautiful but the first two and the cat are my favorites. The first one because I love the sign especially the “Auld Shite” part and the colours in the picture are beautiful. We have a few towns here, like Lunenburg, that are really colourful and pretty. The second photo, I just love photos like that. There is something so beautiful about old buildings. I absolutely love the old houses, pubs, and other buildings all over Ireland and Britan. I would love to take a trip with Eddie and stay at one through AirBNB or similar. The cat is so pretty! I love cats. Such beautiful colours. He or she looks so content I can almost hear the purring 😀

    • Susanne
      11th February 2020 at 10:03 am

      I also really like those photos, especially the one of the wall. I’m very much into old, rustic buildings and areas/surfaces.
      If you like colours and old buildings you’ll have to come to West Cork. Actually a friend of ours has two cottages that people can rent through Airbnb (I’m not a fan of Airbnb otherwise), in a fantastic area near Clonakilty, you just need to book very well in advance.
      The cat is Ester and she loves sitting on Daniel’s lap these days. She never was a “lap cat” but in the last few months she’s changed – getting old maybe! 🙂

      • Kirsten
        21st February 2020 at 2:04 am

        I absolutely love old, rustic buildings. I really want to come to West Cork. Cork County is where my family is from. I don’t know if it is West Cork specifically but I will have to ask. I have never tried an Airbnb but Ireland is second only to Germany on my list of places I want to visit or in the case of Germany re-visit. We will need to make some plans in a few year’s time.

        My cat Max was never a cuddly cat either but over the last year since our move down here to Deep Brook from Halifax, he is super cuddly and a lot calmer then he was in the city. Not sure if it’s that he has more room, cause really he doesn’t, it’s such a small house. But he is getting older as well, he’ll be 9 in October 2020. I think they do mellow out as they get older.

  • Michelle
    14th February 2020 at 3:43 pm

    I love them, especially your pet cat in that candid moment.
    I love challenges like this and these pictures has the aura of calmness.

    • Susanne
      14th February 2020 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks, Michelle! The cat picture is my favourite too. 🙂

  • Allie Mackin
    18th February 2020 at 8:36 pm

    Oooo thanks for sharing your photos, I love them. I shoot street style and boy is it challenging. I shoot with a 50mm 1.4 which is hard lens to get sharp focus and then I shoot in manual and the lights changes and people are moving fast and you have no control over them and then the are a ton of other photogs it i crazy.

    Allie of

    • Susanne
      19th February 2020 at 9:46 am

      Hi Allie! I can imagine shooting street style must be challenging because portrait-style photos need to be super sharp! But why is that lens hard to get sharp focus with? That type of prime lense is supposed to be the opposite. But yeah, when people are involved, photography is always more difficult!

  • Anne
    3rd March 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Late comment (as always)… I love the second photo of the wall, and the one of your guitar frets. Just lovely. Also, is that a concertina in the pub? It does not look like a full accordion…

    I particularly appreciate when bloggers show us pieces of their real lives. I don’t do that as much because I am trying to stay relatively anonymous… but I really like peeks into others’ lives. It helps me think about possibilities and what can be. Thank you for sharing yours!

    • Susanne
      3rd March 2020 at 6:31 pm

      Thank you! I also love that photo of the wall. Yes, that’s a concertina! A lovely instrument 😍
      I agree with you about sharing from your personal life, I think that makes a blog more interesting. It’s difficult to share and still not share too much, but I really like blogs with a more personal touch.

  • Ashley
    6th March 2020 at 2:51 pm

    That is a nice challenge to do! I’m not sure I could do it but I can see how it can force you to really take in your surroundings and learn about knew and interesting angles and perspectives. Those are all lovely photos, btw. ♥ I think my favorites are the Plant and the Guitar one. XD

    • Susanne
      19th April 2020 at 9:50 pm

      Thank you! And I’m sorry for not replying until now. I was away when you wrote your comment and when I came back, the world went crazy. Anyway, I totally agree, the good thing with photo challenges is that they force you do look more at the world around you to find interesting perspective and to see photos wherever you go.


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