July 14th, 2014

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Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

I mentioned the shopping trip to Llandudno a few days ago but hadn't got around to processing the photos. As it's grey, overcast and drizzly today, it was nice to look at the brilliant sun and blue skies of such a short time ago. Here is the view from where I sat to eat my lunch.

Llandudno beach

Whenever I go to Llandudno for shopping, it is traditional to buy M&S sandwiches and eat them sitting on the promenade, fending off seagulls. You did, literally, used to have to fend them off. Before now I've sat with my back to the wall of the shelter and swatted at them with a handbag, but since the council brought in draconian anti-seagull feeding bylaws, you hardly get troubled at all. One or two did creep up to stare at me, but getting up and walking towards them in a menacing fashion made them go away.

It's always nice to see that Llandudno is still popular with visitors. So many of the North Wales resorts have sadly declined. Admittedly, the majority of the holidaymakers looked to be over 60, but once the schools break up, there will be families too.

Resting in the shade

After finishing my lunch, I walked up past the pier before heading to the shops to buy what I'd actually come for.

Llandudno pier
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26 Weeks

I did a 365 project in 2010 and managed a photo-a-day for a whole year with just a couple of days missing. Not wanting to do something quite that demanding again, for the past several years I have done a couple of 52-week photo challenges. It's worked pretty well and I usually found the limitations of the set topic made me take photos that I wouldn't have taken otherwise and it has resulted in some good photos, but for some reason, this year I'm struggling with the alphabet challenge.

I don't know whether there was something different about this year's topics or whether it was because the teaching ate into my time or whether I'm just a bit jaded with photography and need to re-think what I'm doing, but for the last few months I've been taking a desperation shot on the last day of the week. I have therefore decided to stop at this point which means I've been through the alphabet once.

So here's the mosaic of the 25 photos I took for the challenge. I missed one a few weeks ago, so it's not 26 as it should be, but this way it fits into a square better. Oh, and I will be continuing with my own personal challenge, which is far more flexible and more related to what I'm actually doing.

alphabet challenge 26 week mosaic

1. Cadair Idris, 2. Crocheting a blanket, 3. Charging..., 4. Crochet blanket, 5. Crocheting around the edge, 6. Welsh cakes, 7. Golden Nut Corn Flakes, 8. Corner-to-corner cushion, 9. Elizabeth House inverted colours, 10. Small scissors, 11. Padlock keyhole, 12. Easter basket with chocolate, 13. Pussy willow catkin, 14. Old railway, 15. Old books, 16. Garden panorama, 17. Tawelwch / Quiet, 18. The last apple, 19. Stripy carrier bag, 20. Phrase books, 21. Old signal at Penmaenpool, 22. To be used up, 23. Sheltering from the wild weather, 24. A beautiful summer's day, 25. Zig zag