2 years of Project 365

Today marks 2 years that I have been completing Project 365.

Project 365 is an app that is described as ‘Take a picture every day of the year, become a better photographer and never forget a day in your life.

Taking a photo a day can be a challenge and a commitment but it is now just part of my daily routine.  I find myself thinking about what my photo will be during the day. There are very few days when it comes to 8.30pm, when the alarm reminder goes, and I realise I have not taken a photo. So I whip out and take something in the garden or of my dinner! The best days are when I have taken several and it’s hard to decide.

When the photo is uploaded it appears in a calendar format, I also upload mine to Flickr and place them in sets.

Not surprisingly my life revolves around social gatherings, friends, food and family!!

The sets in order of popularity are Friends, Me, Overseas, Food, Exhibitions, Family, Nature, Cooks Beach, Dyeing and a few more.

It has improved my photography skills and I use it more as a visual diary of what I have been doing.  Some photos have lots of other memories attached to them. It is amazing how many times I have referred back to photos for dates or occasions. And more importantly it reminds me what a full and varied life I have.

Take November for example.

Project 365  November

Project 365 November

It began with a weekend in New Plymouth with 11 great friends who have been meeting around Labour weekend for the last 10 years.

1st We went to an opening at the Kina gallery and I ran into 2 of the 3 people know in New Plymouth.

2nd I was fascinated with the design of the Te RewaRewa bridge just north of the city and we walked from there back into town on the Coastal Walkway

3rd  We had a fun purple night to mark our 10th anniversary

4th Attended the funeral of an old mate

5th Shared my great nephews 2nd birthday on Melbourne Cup day

6th Had my sister in law and her family stay from Melbourne. This is Toby and Bella feeding the ducks at the Hamilton Lake, but look at those stunning clouds.

7th  Attended a charity art auction ‘Beads of Courage’, the waitress’s dress matched the beetroot hors d’oeuvres she was serving!

8th Had lunch in a café with artist friends and met buddy Annabel

9th We are very fortunate to have NZ Dotterels nesting at Lonely Bay

10th Our son Blair was at the All Blacks v France game in Paris and emailed me this image of the Stade de France

11th Trying out a new App called Camera Plus

12th Young Toby got to go on a site visit with my husband to see graders and rollers etc.

13th Friend Brigid‘s gumboot sunburn line

14th Art on the wall at the new Chim Choo Ree Restaurant in Hamilton to celebrate a girlfriends birthday

15th Celebrating my daughters 24th birthday at Cooks Beach while she is in Perth

16th Scallops for dinner from Opito Bay

17th Organic Berry Ice cream from Tairua Organic shop

18th Looking down on Garden Place, Hamilton from Milk and Honey café

19th Strawberry and Chocolate Tart at Punnet Café

20th Cut this off an old tee-shirt bought in San Francisco many years ago

21st Ice Breaker Christmas gift for Blair

22nd Me and Potter legend Barry Brickell from Coromandel at opening of his exhibition at Waikato Museum

23rd Gorgeous Ellie visited

24th Visited a friends Jewellery exhibition ‘Wear’, at Royal Studio at Kingsland

25th Blair filming Ritchie McCaw after narrowly beating Ireland in Dublin, establishing an unbeaten record for the calendar year in professional rugby

26th Meeting at this café to discuss a Ceramic exhibition that I am coordinating in 2014

27th Walked round the Lake twice

28th Attended Dick Frizzell artist talk at Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville

29th Tui on Flax at Tairua lookout

30th Friend Gary at Cooks beach