365 Day Challenge & April Highlights

It’s with great sadness – and a bit of relief – that I start this post on a bit of a negative one. After much deliberation throughout April, I’ve decided to stop participating in the 365 Day Photography Challenge. For the foreseeable future, at least!

There are a few reasons behind this decision and it has not been taken lightly. The main reason to stop is that of time. Or lack thereof.

I work full time and part time in the evening during the week, plus I’ve started to study the AAT Level 4 qualification. Factor in trying to spend time with my boyfriend, family and friends, go on walks for physical and mental health and trying to allow myself to have a bit of ‘me time’ too. It all adds up. And it doesn’t leave me with a lot of wiggle room for much else. Therefore, attempting to take a photo every day and to make it interesting and not the ‘same old, same old’ each time was getting too much.

It’s not all negative, though. I enjoyed being challenged and pushed to try different things. And I definitely want to attempt it again in the future. I’m sad that I couldn’t achieve my goal. But, for me, 2019 is just not the year for it. And because of that, I’m trying not to be too hard on and disappointed in myself for stopping. Maybe once I’ve qualified from AAT and am back down to working one job, I can try again.

As I’ve mentioned, I did like using my camera more and I don’t want to stop doing that. I learnt a lot from the three and a bit months of the challenge and want to carry on taking photos of things that aren’t solely from travels and adventures. Just not every day!

Therefore, let this post be the start of monthly highlights! This series will give me a chance to share the images I’m proud of or simply want to post, that might not necessarily tie in to a post already published. These monthly round-ups will also be a space for me to divulge what I’ve been reading, watching, eating and any other random highlights and lifestyle bits that may crop up.

Let’s get cracking with April!

LIFE.

Spring is full of flowers and I was lucky enough to receive some gorgeous ones from my lovely Mum and her boyfriend, Nick, in April. Aren’t they beautiful?!

April Highlights: Tulips. - Amy Tinson Photography April Highlights: Baby's Breath. - Amy Tinson Photography April Highlights: Yellow Roses & Baby's Breath. - Amy Tinson Photography April Highlights: Yellow Roses & Baby's Breath. - Amy Tinson Photography

Jodie and I spent a lush afternoon catching up in Broadway during April. The weather was gloriously sunny and the village looked gorgeous. We walked all the way to the top, quieter area and admired all the picturesque cottages.

April Highlights: Broadway, Worcestershire. - Amy Tinson Photography April Highlights: Broadway, Worcestershire. - Amy Tinson Photography April Highlights: Broadway, Worcestershire. - Amy Tinson Photography April Highlights: Broadway, Worcestershire. - Amy Tinson Photography April Highlights: Broadway, Worcestershire. - Amy Tinson Photography April Highlights: Broadway, Worcestershire. - Amy Tinson Photography

During our wander, Jodie also diverted us down a little lane and introduced me to the hounds of Broadway, who were soaking up the sunshine. A couple came for a quick scratch around the ears, whilst the others were simply too comfy to move. All were adorable!

April Highlights: Hounds of Broadway, Worcestershire. - Amy Tinson Photography April Highlights: Hounds of Broadway, Worcestershire. - Amy Tinson Photography April Highlights: Hounds of Broadway, Worcestershire. - Amy Tinson Photography April Highlights: Hounds of Broadway, Worcestershire. - Amy Tinson Photography

Easter was a busy weekend, full of walks and catch ups. Starting with completing the Winchcombe and Belas Knap circular with some of my family.

April Highlights: Winchcombe & Belas Knap circular, Gloucestershire. - Amy Tinson Photography April Highlights: Winchcombe & Belas Knap circular, Gloucestershire. - Amy Tinson Photography

On the Saturday, I travelled to Birmingham for my friend, Caz’s, belated birthday celebrations. We went for dinner and drinks – see more on that in the ‘food and drinks’ segment below – followed by a night at the theatre. ‘Jekyll & Hyde‘, a modern twist on a classic tale, was awesome! It was well-acted and had an unexpected twist and message to it!

April Highlights: Birmingham. - Amy Tinson PhotographyApril Highlights: Birmingham. - Amy Tinson Photography

Monday called for another walk, this time with Dave’s parents and around Ashton-Under-Hill.

April Highlights: Ashton-Under-Hill circular, Worcestershire. - Amy Tinson Photography April Highlights: Ashton-Under-Hill circular, Worcestershire. - Amy Tinson Photography

FOOD AND DRINK.

I’m 27 and am definitely feeling it. Translation: I feel old. I’m nearer 30 than 20 and my youth seems to have disappeared over night. So, when I met up with my friend, Evie, earlier in the year, we were both keen to have an ‘old school’ night out. We sure painted Worcester red in April! We started with cocktails in Cosy Club, then in The Brick Room. Here, we watched and sang along to live music before making our way to Sin to dance the night away. It was a load of fun, although the hangover on Sunday was less so. But at least we got it out of our system for another couple of years!

April Highlights: Worcester dinner & drinks. - Amy Tinson Photography April Highlights: Worcester dinner & drinks. - Amy Tinson Photography April Highlights: Worcester dinner & drinks. - Amy Tinson Photography

I’ve mentioned that I spent an evening in Birmingham with Caz during the Easter weekend. As well as attending the theatre, we went for dinner and drinks. Dinner was at Miller & Carter and was delicious! Hands down, the best Banoffee Pie I’ve ever eaten! We’re both also lovers of cocktails – let’s be honest, any drinks really! – and so, found a bar on the canal to spend the rest of the evening in. It was another brilliant evening with a brilliant friend.

April Highlights: Birmingham dinner & drinks. - Amy Tinson Photography

MISC.

To finish, here are the final – slightly random – images captured throughout April.

April Highlights: Bobz, the cat. - Amy Tinson Photography April Highlights: Bobz, the cat. - Amy Tinson Photography

Mum and Nick’s *cough* actually ‘my’ *cough* cat, Bobz, who loves it any time I visit because of the amount of cuddles he receives!

April Highlights: Dewy morning in Gloucestershire. - Amy Tinson Photography

A dewy morning in Gloucestershire.

April Highlights: Work cat. - Amy Tinson Photography

OK, I admit it. I’m a bit of a crazy cat lady. I just love them! This little cutie is often hanging around my evening workplace and is always up for a little head scratch.

There you have it, my April highlights. It was a fabulous month and I felt much happier not having the pressure of taking daily photos.

May is another hectic month, with a day trip to Bath, a wedding and a weekend away to Wales. But that just means there’ll be plenty of highlights to go with it!

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