Yearly Archives: 2013

It’s December and Advent is upon us. This year has flown by.  Lots of change and lots of new adventures.  I can’t believe it is soon over. In the interests in getting friendly with my camera and creativity again, I have decided to post a picture a day for advent up here.  I made this decision and then yesterday (the first of December) I completely forgot to take any pictures!  I did however get some snaps on my phone (a very old HTC, so nothing groundbreaking). A challenge is a challenge and the best camera you own is the one that you have with you.  So here goes:

 

1st December: Mountain biking in the snow 01DEC2013

A hobby I have picked up this year.  After our Basel Badgers festive brunch we joined with some other bikers and climbed up a big hill into the snow and then back down again.  We were out for a good 3 hours or so and my toes were frozen by the time I got home.  Great fun!

 

2nd December: Pink Christmas Tree

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Yes, we have a pink Christmas tree!  Not very big, but brightens the room!  There are some self made ornaments on there too (not this one though!).

 

3rd December:  Tour underneath Basel with my agency

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It was a really excellent night!  Really nice to catch up with people I haven’t seen for a while and make some new acquaintances.  Basel is very clean underground and coming out by the Mittlebrukke at night was pretty special too.

 

4th December: Irish Musicians

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I took some photos of an Irish Session band tonight.  They play in The Nelson pub in town every other Wednesday evening.  You should definitely check it out, it was an awesome evening – a good craic!

 

5th December: Lava Lamp 05DEC2013

Maia came home with hand written instructions on how to make a lava lamp.  It was a successful experiment.

3/4 oil

1/4 water

Food colouring (we used green, but red would probably be better)

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6th December: Gratiiman Breakfast 6thDec For St. Nicholas Day we had a nice sociable breakfast at work.  Yummy! These are actually taken with my mates iphone.  I’m pretty impressed with the camera – almost enough to want one myself! 

 

7th December: Angel Market

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The Ängelimärt in Allschwil.  Once a year, if the little kids dress up as Angels they get gifts from the stalls.

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It’s also a bit of a tradition here to have Harley riding Santas.  This is the first time I have seen them, so I can’t resist adding this in too!

 

8th December:  Roast dinner with family

The dinner was yummy and the company was warming.  This is Maia at the train station waiting for a train on the way home:

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9th December: Meeting a new little lady

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Very good friends of mine finally welcomed a very special little girl into the world.  I’ve been anticipating this arrival with excitement for some time.  Newborn snuggles are the best!  Well done guys, she’s beautiful.  Love you all! x

10th December:  More baby

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This time with me in it!  I couldn’t stay away, so went back for another visit after work.  You can see the remnants of my purple hair from dressing up as an Evil Minion for the work end of year party!

 

11th December: Dinner

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Forgot to take anything else, so this is my dinner being cooked.

 

12th December: Frost on the rooftops

 

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From my kitchen window.

 

13th December: Tourists enjoying some sights

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And an extra one because this bokeh is just beautiful!

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14th December: Contrasts

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Pretty wall display.

 

 15th December: Waiting for a tram

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Ahh, Europe!  (from my phone because I didn’t really take any other photos)

 

16th December:  Our other christmas trees

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They have a 3d effect which is pretty cool!

 

17th December: Maia’s Christmas Show

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Taken outside afterwards by lamplight.

 

18th December: Pi Pan!

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From a kickstarter I backed.  The tin arrived today!

 

19th December:  Lego rocks!

 

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Maia found the Winter market in the cellar when I was doing some washing, so we built it slowly during the month of December instead of at Christmas.  This carousel is a work of art and Maia loved building it with the help of neighbours and freinds.

 

20th December:  Sleepy head IMG_8730

No pictures until the end of the day.  My baby sleeping.

 

21st December:  Girls girls girls! (and one boy)

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Such sweet tenderness.  A day with a few of my favourite people at a special time in their life.

 

22nd December:  Fake Christmas Day

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Selfie of me and the girl on the little beach by the lake in Neuchatel after Ice skating.  It was a bit cold!

 

23rd December: Busy day ending with an overnight train

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Taken outside in Mulhouse before catching my sleeper train to Montpellier.  Third trip this year to see more fabulous people for a Christmas break.  Yey!

 

24th December:  The chocolate loves me!

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A nice little treat for me at the Christmas markets.

 

25th December: Christmas Day!

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The girls that I got to play with on xmas day in the sun in the South of France.  Never have I had such a warm Christmas.  Thanks so much for having me, it was wonderful.

 

Beyond Advent, because I want to…

 

26th December:  Cathedral of Images

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Something super special.  It was an hour and a quarter to get there, but – oh, so worth it!  Driving in countryside that beautiful passed in no time too.  I wonder if this video will work.  It was something else.  I highly recommend it if you are in the area.

 

27th December:  Beachside sunset

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After a great beachside cycle ride.  Just what I needed after all that yummy food and drink. 

 

Wishing everyone a happy and fun 2014!  Maybe I’ll be there to capture some of those moments!

Claire x

 

Hello world!

How on earth has it got to April already???

So, as there has been very little activity here on the blog and over on my facebook fanpage, I thought it was about time I made another post and updated everyone. Two things: I am still alive and I am still in Basel.

My quest for a programming job bore fruit and I am currently working at Actelion as a Drug Safety Programming Expert. It’s been an interesting few months – I started just at the end of last year on only a few days notice. I am working 50% and this is actually working out to be a really nice balance.

Here are a few thoughts:

1. I LOVE being in a big company again and getting a regular monthly paycheck.
2. I LOVE going for lunch with ‘the girls’, otherwise known as the ‘french connection’ (they are all mostly french speaking).
3. I LOVE the routine of going to the office – something that I had already started in March last year with my office in town.
4. I LOVE having weekends back (after about 5 years!!!) – half with my wonderful daughter and half to do as I like.
5. I LOVE having met a lot of new people that are completely different from my client base.

So, all in all, I am pretty happy with the changes. The 50% means that I can still pick up my daughter at 3pm when she finishes school. I have to be in every day, so days are short for programming work, meaning that on the days I don’t have my daughter each week (Wednesday and Thursday) I can come home and get on with some photography work outstanding – including all my personal stuff. Would you believe that my daughter Maia STILL doesn’t have any albums of her own – this will change in the next few months for sure.

Do I miss working as a photographer full time??? Honestly – not entirely. I am super proud of everything I have achieved and feel great knowing that it’s something I am definitely skilled in. I would totally love to come back to doing it again one day, but preferably with a more stable home life in the background. I love that I have created lots and lots of happy memories for hundreds of families and I love that I have a skill I can use in all walks of life – to gift, to sell or to keep for myself.

I did start a ‘Picture-a-day’ Tumblr at the beginning of this year based on macro photos to keep my trigger happy finger in check. This has fallen a little to the wayside, but I hope to pick it up again and perhaps catch up with posting other photos that I took on the same day in previous years – that is, if I didn’t take a photo that day. Keep an eye out for an update when I get some free time to dedicate to the task.

One exciting trip this year so far – that I took on one of my precious weekends, is the one that I took to visit awesome friends in Montpellier back in Feb. I enjoyed some much needed sunshine on the beach alongside some super days full of laughter, great food and shared time. Here is evidence of that:

Photo credit: Susanna Reay

I’ve been reading books on Simple Living lately and found lots of interesting blogs. I am thinking of posting about how I am reacting to these influences and how I am finding it all. Also, I want to put up more of my every day photos – maybe a summary of each month?

Anyway, if you are interested in my random musings and photos, just leave a comment and it will spur me to add more.

I hope you are all well and happy and I hope to interact with you soon!

Claire x

P.S. If you ask really nicely and I have the time, I am still taking on some photography assignments. Preferably family related ones.