#Augustbreak2013 – The complete set (including the days I didn’t make)

I really enjoyed participating in the August break challenge. It was so diverting just when I really needed something completely different from work to think about! Looking back over the pictures, while some of them were taken during holidays and at previous points during my life, most of them were from this month. I think they show the variety of my experience and things that I do. I know, there are loads to do with cats, bikes, and climbing – but there are also pictures of flowers which I see on my walk to work; churches on the skyline and loads of other things!

I loved the creativity of this challenge so much, that I’d like to do something similar for September. Is anyone undertaking a challenge in September?

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#Augustbreak2013 #Smile 31.08.2013

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Photo: CanadianKate

This was taken after climbing a couple of months ago. I guess it was a good training session!

#Augustbreak2013 my #fave thing(s) 29.08.2013

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Photo: CanadianKate

I don’t have one ‘fave’ thing. I have many. This made the challenge for 29 August very difficult! In the end, I decided to do a collage of thing(s), people and places that I love as representations of wider areas.

  1. My OH. Obviously I love him.
  2. Photography. I’m not great, but I love taking pictures and trying to see the world a little differently. I’m becoming more confident in whipping out my camera to take random shots – this monthly challenge has really helped with that!
  3. Reading. I have always loved reading. While I’m currently reading candy for the mind (Kim Harrison, Karen Chance etc) I love dropping out and immersing myself in a different world. Hopefully post thesis I’ll have the ability to read more than drop-out fiction.
  4. Climbing. I adore it. It’s part of me; even though I never will attain the grades of Alex Puccio, Anna Stohr and Shauna Coxsey, I still love where it takes me and the feeling of achievement.
  5. Mountains. I grew up near them. I love being in them. I love travelling. Sometimes, when I’m brave, I love riding down them. I do like cycling up them.
  6. Outside. Some of my happiest memories are of being outside. Hiking, running, swimming, cycling, sleeping, sitting, just being.

#Augustbreak2013 #Smell 28.08.2013

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Photo: CanadianKate

I was in the office early today and hadn’t had my morning cup of coffee. Breaking open the fresh packet of ground beans wafted the scent of roasted coffee around the room and that was soon added to by the smell of freshly brewed coffee. This is exactly what I needed after only getting 4 hours sleep the night before! I’m still not quite awake, but I’m getting there!

#augustbreak2013 #number 27.08.2013

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Photo: CanadianKate

I’m up against a very tight deadline for a thesis chapter. My deadline is Monday, and the closer it comes, the more anxious and incoherent I am. I’m rewriting my theory chapter 1 1/2 years after the last draft and have had 3 weeks to remember ecofeminism and feminist security studies as well as write the thing! I’m find it very difficult to translate my thoughts on paper in any form of coherent argument. This image represents the sum of nearly 3 weeks worth of work. In reality, it needs to be deleted, restructured and rewritten.

#augustbreak2013 #YES 26.08.2013

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The feeling after working a move for ages and finally getting it: YES!!! Photo: CanadianKate

 

 

#Augustbreak 2013 #sundaymorning 25.08.2013

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It’s Sunday morning. The TV is tuned to the motoGP and the OH is ensconced on the sofa, with the cat. Photo: CanadianKate