Website admin

I’ve decided to shift my domain name over to another provider, which will be a bit cheaper. I’ve also decided that I want to move my hosting to somewhere which doesn’t cost this much – I’m currently paying £60 per year which isn’t *massive* but at the same time is probably more than I really need (these days, you can host files on a variety of free services, and you can get free WordPress hosting on any number of places…)

So, if this blog kind of disappears for a while, don’t worry. I’m working on it. And you will, of course, be able to find me on Twitter where I will keep you up to date 🙂


Things… happening

Just wanted to post to reassure you that things are still happening. As far as I am aware the world is still spinning on its axis, and nothing is going majorly awry on a planetary basis. (We’ll leave the thorny issue of climate change out of it for now.)

I’m pretty busy, as you might expect, with my studies – they’re beginning to pick up pace. I’ve also started to get involved a bit with music at college, and we’re going to see about getting more involved at church (local church, not placement church, as I think I have already mentioned).

Um… I think, to be honest, that’s pretty much it for now. I’ll try and write something interesting about what I’m studying soon! But most of it is “intro to ….” at the moment.

Night Tree

Night Tree

Originally uploaded by phillsacre

This was a picture taken at a BBQ we went to last Friday. Unfortunately I didn’t have my tripod with me but I managed to balance the camera on top of a chair and this one didn’t come out too badly. I love the colour of the sky, really dramatic.

First week survived

Well, I’ve survived my first week at Oak Hill! It was a really good – but busy – week. We both met lots of people, and I’m still struggling a bit to remember names. That said, everyone has to wear name badges for the first three weeks of term so it’s not that bad.

I’m gradually easing myself into the workload as well – we’ve been given lots to read and do, and I’m starting to make lists and work out what it is I need to do when.

I’m also starting to learn New Testament Greek, which is going well so far: I feel like I’m making progress! I can read and pronounce most words – slowly – without referring to the alphabet. Now all I need to do is learn what the words actually mean… how hard can that be? 😉

Anyway, at the weekend we went for the first time to our placement church, which is Christ Church Leyton. It was about half an hour’s drive but the traffic wasn’t bad. We were invited out to lunch and got home mid-afternoon. In the evening we went to Christ Church Cockfosters (where we’ve gone for the past couple of weeks), which is much more local to us, and I think will probably be the church where we’re able to get more involved (the only downside of our placement church being in Leyton is that it’s too far away to really go there for midweek meetings etc.)

Right, that’s all from me. Ta ta for now.

And… breathe.

Apologies for not updating much over the past few days – term started here at Oak Hill on Monday, and it’s been pretty much non-stop ever since. I think I’ve managed to fill out most of the forms, fill out my elective module choices etc, so that’s all done.

I’ve met lots of new people, and am beginning to remember people’s names. (I’m not very good at names in general but I don’t think I’m doing too badly).

All in all it’s been a good, but tiring, week.

I’ve been allocated a study, and this morning I stuck my name on the door. I also put the room number on the door in binary (if you have to ask why, you clearly don’t understand.)

That’s pretty much all from me for the moment. I’ll try and update again soon with a bit more info!

Moving and everything

Hello there! This is my first proper blog post since moving down to London (well, if you don’t count the Project 365 posts. Which probably most of you didn’t. But still.)

So, yes. Last Monday we waved goodbye to Colchester and headed down to London. My parents helped us out with moving (they picked up a van and drove it down for us). Phil’s parents met us at our new house and gave us a hand at that end. In general the day went smoothly – we were pretty much packed by the time Mum and Dad got to our house! We’d also managed to get a surprising amount of stuff in our car. In the end, we only filled about 2/3 of the van which was pretty impressive, given that I was worrying about not being able to fit everything in before!

So, to cut a long story short, after signing the contracts and moving all our stuff in, we had dinner with our parents, then they headed off and we were left with the task of making the house more home-like. It took a couple of days for the house to really look like a home, but we managed it! We had to take a trip to Ikea to buy one or two necessary bits of furniture (i.e. some shelves and a new computer desk).

But the house now looks pretty good, all we need to do is get some pictures to put on the walls!

Apart from that, we went out to a puddings evening on Thursday with some other people from college. It was nice to meet a few people who I will be studying with this year. Term starts a week tomorrow, really not long to go now!

This morning we went to Christ Church Cockfosters, which we enjoyed, and this evening we’re going to head off to see Mike Neville at St Simon Zelotes, Chelsea. It will be nice to see him again, and hear him preach!

So, that’s pretty much been our week – sorting out, unpacking, orienting ourselves in the East Barnet area. There are still a few things to do, but we’re nearly there now! One thing which I am looking forward to is getting the internet here on Tuesday – for the past few days we’ve been using local BT Open Zone hotspots, which has been really useful but not quite the same as having the internet for yourself. We can’t watch iPlayer programmes, for example, and YouTube doesn’t really stream properly (i.e. the internet is a bit slow for that kind of thing, general browsing is OK though).

Right, um, that’s a bit of a brain dump I’m afraid, but still. That’s all from me for now!

Project 365: The End.

Day 184: Peace and TranquilityDay 190: GuitarDay 196: Tree and SkyDay 200: Sat NavDay 205: Piano HandDay 211: Reflected Tree
Day 224: Piano KeysDay 228: Boat in WaterDay 231: A beach in North WalesDay 237: WaterfallDay 242: The ColneDay 246: Late Evening Gate
Day 277: DucksDay 302: Salt and PepperDay 310: Fence alongside a fieldDay 325: Wedding RingDay 328: Pick FlowerDay 341: Fordham Church
Day 356: ScrabbleDay 361: Mirror, Mirror...

Best Of: Part 2, a set on Flickr.

A couple of days ago I finished up my Project 365 challenge. I’ve now gone through and picked 20 of my favourite pictures from this half of the challenge and put them into a separate set.

It’s been, to borrow a word from the X-Factor (not that I watch it, but still) a ‘journey’. I’d never have thought, twelve months ago, that I’d be able to really finish the challenge – let alone get into photography and enjoy it!

Although I’ve been enjoying not having to take photos every day for the past few days, a part of me misses it and I think I will go out and take photos a bit more often from now on.

So, thanks Alex for suggesting this, I’m glad I completed it! And thanks everyone who has left supportive comments – they have all been appreciated.

That’s all from me for now.