Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Hooton Pagnell... A different time.

Here are some pictures that I have taken today at Hooton Pagnell, which is near Barnsley/Doncaster. This village is very small and has hung on to the world that once was in the 1950's. It is an aesthetically beautiful place that I drive through most weeks when visiting my sister. Today I decided to actually stop and take some pics instead of seeing it from behind my steering wheel. I am glad I did. Not only was it nice to have a wonder around and take pictures, it was so nice to sit down and relax for a few moments before walking again to create my next picture. Even though it was cold it was 'fresh'. I rally enjoyed myself and I hope you like the pictures I have to share with you!

Acne and it's best friend, pain!

Well, a little update on how the acne issue is going.... it isn't improving at all so far. I have been on my meds for over 3 weeks now. The doc promised that the pain would subside after a week. To be honest yes it did for a few days but the the ref lief did not last long. My skin is now, again, feeling so sore and painful. I honestly do not know what the next step will be. My skin shouldn't be causing me so much pain. Yes, I have acne, yes they last forever. The issue I have on top of all this is the pain. I am taking my meds and applying my Erynthromycin solution (spelling?) but no better. Any solutions from you out there would be amazing because this is so bad. I am feeling very sorry for myself. I know it is not a massive deal compared to what others have to deal with. Forgive me for moaning.

As a side note.. I can not believe that there is hardly any research going on to try and identify why hormones/sebaceous glands/cysts/acne/spots cause such problems for some people AND HOW to stop it!

I have now noticed that the make up I have (Mac Studio Fix and Estee Lauder Double wear) no longer sit nicely in my skin. They now seem the emphasise the blue/redness of my acne! Any help anyone please leave a comment.
Thanks for reading

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

On The Move

I have been gaffing about for ages saying that I wanted to take pictures on the bridge of my local motorway... You might think I might be crazy.....but it is to get the effect of using the shutter speed on my DSLR. I finally 'pulled my finger out' and did some photos... only simple ones and it was my first time so please be kind ;-)

Langsett Reservoir

here are some pictures I managed to take during my time at Langsett Reservoir! It was a lovely morning and it was FREEZING but as my other half says "It was 'Fresh'"ha. It was a shame there wasn't much happening in terms of the lighting, it was a very dull morning with only a small glimpse of the sun at the beginning of the walk, but I was happy when I found a toadstool!

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

I went to the West Yorkshire Playhouse today (Leeds) to watch the play 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof' by Tennessee Williams. I was always a fan of the film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman.

I really enjoyed the play for many reasons. The Southern American accent was executed brilliantly by the protagonists. Brick, Maggie, Big Daddy and Big Mamma are fantastic characters to play and the actors did a great job.

The sexually frustrated Maggie was exciting to watch. She oozes the need to be taken by Brick. I wont go into the details of the plot as you could research that at anytime. The production surprised me in terms of its staging. It was a thrust stage setting that worked really well. The audience became the fourth wall, although there were moments throughout the production, the characters would look directly to the audience. This allowed the audience to engage with the characters.

The set was very naturalistic, using appropriate furnishings of that time period. The use of suspended cotton from the ceiling was great for subtext. The gobos used for the lighting when Brick ventured out onto the veranda worked great to suggest to the audience how he was feeling 'trapped'. The use of lighting I felt was not as naturalistic as it could have been but the cues for marking the moment worked well, as did the sound effects.

The relationships between the characters were obviously an important part of the rehearsal process, as you really felt the tension and the climax to the play combined good use of characterisation, lighting and a fantastic dramatic pause at the end.

WY Playhouse
Really enjoyed it and it reminded me that I really do need to go to the theatre more often!

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Sunday evening feeling.....

Couple of things to do with Sunday evenings and the feelings that occur during this time:

1: Lazy times. Nothing better than curling up on the sofa with my gorgeous dogs and my other half

2: The dark and cold evenings make you want to snuggle up with your quilt and warm yourself up with a hot chocolate

3: Feel slightly sad inside that you perhaps didn't do so much with your weekend and always ask the inevitable "where did the weekend go?"

4: You start to remember that tomorrow is actually Monday..the first day of the working week and that there are 5 of these working days to get through before the next day off Ummmph!!!!

5: You start to make a pact with yourself "I will do more with my days off that don't just involve doing the sodding housework".

6: You start to experience the feeling of doom that will consume you fully as soon as that alarm goes off in the morning (but to be honest that feeling has already started as you are now thinking about it...the feeling started before you even turned on the alarm before going to sleep)

7: You start to think that if you won the lottery you would never moan about a Monday morning again!

8: You realise that there are worse things that could be happening to you, so you just try and accept the feeling of doom and try to cheer yourself up with a hot chocolate

9: You decide that there is no point being miserable so you start to look forward to the restful sleep you will hopefully have when you retire to bed....

10: You go to bed!

Chuff me.....what A sunday evening I have planned ;-)

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Skin problems a Go Go

Well..... to say I have had enough of my problem skin is an understatement. I have now gone back to my doctors to ask for help. My poor face is suffering terribly with my acne spots. I have been in so much pain again it is ridiculous. So after managing to beg for an appointment with the receptionist at the doctors I have been seen! The result of this appointment..."let's put you back on antibiotics". Oh yes fabulous..let's! I can then be on them for 4 months again and still have spots and scares! I am so fed up with it. The doc asks due if I suffered from acne is a teenager... yes I did... I was put on the devil drug Roaccutane for a year. His reply was"oh because most people suffer from acne either as a teenager or as an adult, but not both"...oh really? Well that is I get to suffer from it during both stages of my life. "It's just your hormones, there's nothing you can do about it". Fab. "Cheers doc! May I just compliment you on how smooth and scar free your face is...what a lovely complexion you have" So while I go and pay for my prescription of drugs that will only help with the pain of the inflammation.. I will go and sit in a dark room and feel sorry for myself!