When The Week Gets You Down

This week we had some bad news, and I don’t like to share my bad news, but it was the kind of thing that sets the mood for the rest of the week.

And so this post is here to explain why there won’t be a proper post this week. I did have one planned, but well. I just can’t bring myself to write anything.

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Spring Has Arrived! Sunday Vlog Roundup | Week 8

The Sunday Vlog Roundup is a list of videos detailing what I’ve been up to in my vlogger’s life. Our channel name is Something Vloggy, and I create the films with my other half, Ian.

Mondays Video

We got all excited about the arrival of spring, so I took a walk around to film some lambs and flowers. I was lucky enough for a Bumble Bee to photobomb one of the flowers.

The sun peaked out from behind the clouds, and the bees are back! Spring has maybe, hopefully, arrived! To celebrate I show you more lambs.

Finally, Some Semblance of Spring Is Here! (With More Lambs)

Fridays Video

We talk about some plans for the channel that we’ve been mulling over all week.

It's been all about castles this week.  We tell you what's to come and our exciting channel news.

What have we been doing? – Friday Show #13

Busy Busy Busy

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If you didn’t read the header, which I’m guessing you must have. I’m somewhat busy. Almost beelike in my business. Which is why there will be no proper blog today. it’s also why I have done no writing or editing. I really really want to get back to it though, and I think I’ll be able to next week.

But, I am glad to be busy because it means I’m getting slowly but surely caught up with the backlog of stuff I needed to do before I got so ruddy sick.

So give it up for progress and health!

Also, spring looks like it’s starting to show, finally!

 

Sunday Vlog Roundup | Week 7

Arthur's Stone

The Sunday Vlog Roundup is a list of videos detailing what I’ve been up to in my vlogger’s life. Our channel name is Something Vloggy, and I create the films with my other half, Ian.

Mondays Video

This Week we went for a walk which covered a motte and bailey castle, a church so old no-one really knows how old it is, a hill with magnificent views, and a Neolithic Burial Chamber called Arthur’s Stone.

Arthur's Stone

Fridays Video

Megan the rabbit joins us for this episode. She was making chumping noises on the floor, so we decided to pick her up and include her.

On Inconsistency and Creating

Last Week I managed to get a boatload of writing and editing done, I’d just got to the point where I knew where I was going and was excited to be getting there. I was looking forward to my next editing session when I wrote my One Week Without Milk post, but I never got back to it.

Where it Went Wrong

This week I have done zero writing, zero editing. It all took a backstage to the video editing. It was a one day shoot, one day recuperating, two days spent in a darkened room editing, and a day of creating metadata and sharing on social media. Although creating videos has a much faster turn around than writing, it’s still a lot of work to create one video. And the end product never looks like it took as long as it does.

What’s Involved in Creating a Film

But it was a ten(ish) minute video, which was created from footage on a five(ish) mile walk. The walk had a lot of historical interest points, which meant not only talking to the camera and joshing about (normal vlogging), but talking about the history of places, and gathering b-roll (which is pretty scenic shots that lead from section to section or cover the talking points).

So that’s a lot of footage to sift through, and there are two cameras worth. So it takes a while to put it all together, then give it a colour pass (which is harder when the shoot has taken all day and the light changes quite drastically), then sort out the audio, add music, create graphics.

So that takes time- and hasn’t even included the research element.

On Wondering If I’m Whining or Winning

I’m not sure whether I’m justifying my lack of writing to myself, or reassuring me that I have been doing productive things.

Other than that I’m slowly catching up with all the things I was meant to do over the period I was ill, which is a relief. There’s still an awful lot to do, but it feels good to be back in a position where I can actually do it.

How has your week been? 

Sunday Vlog Roundup | Week 6

Going stir crazy - Jo takes a walk

The Sunday Vlog Roundup Is A List of Videos Detailing What I’ve been up to in my vlogger’s life. Our channel name is Something Vloggy, and I create the films with my other half, Ian.

This week covers our recovery from being ill, and we discuss our future plans on the Friday Show.

We have dropped down to two vlogs per week, we’re planning on alternating between DIY and an Outdoorsy type video just until we can get a backlog going, as with all the setbacks, we were scrabbling a bit to keep on track.

Mondays Vlog

Recorded just before Jo went down with a cold- In which Jo shows you some of the peculiarities of living in a 17th-century house, and shows you a few interesting tidbits on a walk nearby.

Going stir crazy – Jo takes a walk

Recorded just before Jo went down with a cold- In which Jo shows you some of the peculiarities of living in a 17th-century house, and shows you a few interesting tidbits on a walk nearby.

The Friday Show

Our Friday Show is all about connecting you with you lovely people of the internet.

We’re Back And Better Than Ever! | Friday Show 11

Our Friday Show is all about connecting you with you lovely people of the internet. In this episode, we talk about good news in the world of littering, our Patreon page, what we’ve been up to and what we’re planning to do.

One Week Without Milk

The Decision

Last week I decided to cut milk out of my tea and it’s proven to be less of an issue than I thought. Black tea is not as gak as I remember it being, but that’s only because I brew it for a shorter amount of time. I also drink more mint tea and flavoured tea (specifically Vienna Creme Caramel). I have yet to try milkless coffee. I just don’t feel brave enough.

I could have gone with a milk substitute, like my other half- who drinks rice milk, but I didn’t want to do that. I don’t like any of the replacement milk I’ve tried, and I don’t feel like acquiring a taste for it.

The Reason

I stopped putting milk in my tea because I’m very prone to sore throats, and the glands in my neck are usually swollen.

I read somewhere that milk can cause throat problems and so I decided to withhold milk from my tea, I thought it was worth a try.

The Result

One week on and whilst my throat still feels slightly sore, the unforeseen advantage is that my skin looks so much healthier. Quite dramatically so.

I am quite prone to spots, and under the no milk tea regime they are clearing up quite nicely. Also, my skin feels much smoother, less oily, less temperamental to being over cleaned/ under cleaned. A balance I struggle with because if I overclean I get dry face and irritable spots, if I under clean to compensate, I get oily skin and spots.

But since cutting out the milk my skin behaves so much better. As for my throat, that’s still a wait and see.

Will I Go Completely Milk Free?

I rarely eat cheese, and I have been eating alpro soya yoghurt for a while for lunch. I actually prefer it to normal yoghurt, of course, it doesn’t beat Greek Yoghurt, but nevermind.

However, I think having a little bit of dairy in my diet from time to time will be fine, but cutting it down from my multiple cups of tea cuts into most of my dairy intake anyway.

I have also cut down on wheat-based products because too much makes me bloat, but I still have wheat from time to time, in pasta, or the odd slice of bread. Just not every day, and that too is fine.

And I think that’s the key to life, everything in moderation.

Why Not Cut It Out of My Diet Entirely?

I don’t want to run the risk of becoming completely intolerant to these things. If I cut them out I run the risk of hypersensitivity to those foods, and that would be a pain.

I want to be able to go places and eat whatever I feel like. And I don’t want to have to be that person who gets invited to dinner, but has to say “oh, I don’t eat this, that, and the other.”

And l like cheesecake, and milkshakes, and pasties, having one now and again won’t be my undoing- unless I completely cut milk and wheat out of my diet, and then these things are more likely to become an issue.

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So that’s my story, I was going to update you on my week’s writing, which is really getting underway (I’m on chapter 5 of the rewrite, and I have some things to say about how it’s going, but it’ll keep for next week) but I wanted to talk about this in case it helped anyone else who might have similar skin problems to me.

Have you cut down on milk, or cut it out altogether? If so, what’s your result been?

Sunday Vlog Roundup | Week 5

Sunday Vlog Roundup | Week 5

The Sunday Vlog Roundup Is A List of Videos Detailing What I’ve been up to in my vlogger’s life. Our channel name is Something Vloggy, and I create the films with my other half, Ian.

This is less of a roundup, and more, here’s one video!

We only did the Friday Show this week, because we were both ill. Well, we tell you all about it in this video.

We also talk about our new filming strategy, so we can create better quality videos, and spend less time scrabbling with trying to get three videos up a week.

On Pantsing.

Going into the cold I found myself with the time to get some writing and editing done. Once it hit, however, I found myself with no concentrations to give. But that nice sweet spot between creativity and tiredness was lovely.

On the couple of days that I did manage to write it was a glorious sensation of progress. I weaved in my old draft with the new by writing the bits that needed to be added, and tweaking stuff that needed to be rewritten. I’m currently four chapters into the rewrite. Well, the current rewrite, in which I have changed the entire world construct.

I’m hoping that this is the last draft before the round of rewrites. I know I need to develop a few of the characters, but I can polish their personalities in the edit.

I have a massive amount of envy for those that can produce a clean draft first time around, alas, that does not seem to be how I work. I am a pantser. No matter how much I plot and plan, my brain refuses to give up the whole picture immediately, and so I pants.

Part of me quite likes the fact that it’s such a struggle to get it right because the outcome is far more rewarding than just being able to do it. However, I would quite like to get this story out of me now. Mind you, I have several more follow up books and at least one prequel around this story. So it won’t be finished with anytime soon.

Do you have any seemingly never-ending projects?

Sunday Vlog Roundup | Week 4

The Sunday Vlog Roundup Is A List of What I’ve been up to in my vloggers’ life as Something Vloggy, which I create with my other half, Ian.

Last week we were snowed in and kerosine leaked, and this week we both have epic lurgies. I’m writing this through some sort of haze, but since I missed last weeks I feel I should make the effort to post this one, even though it’s very late.

The main reason I want to share this batch of videos is that one of them (filmed last Monday) is short, sweet, funny. It shows ut at our silliest and is also an apology video.

The other one contains cute and bouncing fluffy lambs.

Last Monday’s Video Is a Whimsical Apology

We thought about creating a thumbnail for this, but the closed eye profile that YouTube chose could not be improved upon in our eyes.

 

Last Weeks Friday Show

This video updates you on the Kerosine spill that I also talked about in my last blog post (Well, That Was A Right Faff)

We are aware that something didn't go to plan this week, but are you?  This video will bring you up to speed on why we didn't post the Wednesday video.  Could it be the lingering smell of Kerosene? Watch to find out.

What Happened This Week And Why | Friday Show 09

Ian Was Too Sick To Film and So I Went To Film Lambs

I was completely prepared to make that sacrifice.

Although it might keep snowing, and spring seems elusive, the lambs are still here, and they are just as cute and playful as ever!

A Day In The Life Of Lambs – Spring 2018