After a lazy start that mostly involved gawping at the floods on the news, I had a productive day. First I started writing a blog post about education for this blog, which I may publish at some point (I haven’t decided whether or not to yet), and then I wrote a long article for a client on the subject of inaccurate British stereotypes, which was fun. After that I wrote another page of web copy for a different client, and I also had time to write a letter by hand to my Grandad. Lee went flying with one of his students and got some more photos of Oxford in flood again: http://www.airexperiences.co.uk/uncategorized/uk-floods-oxford-still-water-february-2014/
I had the morning off and Lee and I had an excursion to Studley, where Lee had found a little shop specialising in beer brewing. Having started the process of brewing the beer with the kit I got him for his birthday, things are going a bit slowly, so we were in need of some advice. The chap in the shop was most helpful and gave us lots of advice, and even better, he had a tiny black Lab puppy behind the counter!! Here she is:
He let me pick her up, too. She was only ten weeks and so soft and cuddly! *love*
After that we went to the airfield, as the weather had cheered up considerably. We thought we might fly over to Worcester to get some photos of the floods, but by the time we got there the windsock was horizontal. Typical. So we ended up going home and doing some work instead. I wrote most of an article for a client, about Rome (an easy and enjoyable subject for me to write about), and got started on a whitepaper for a different client, about Google Analytics.
After another lazy start involving coffee in front of the weirdly compelling news coverage of the floods, we spent the day working and listening in amazement to the severity of the wind as another powerful storm passed through. It was a productive day; I finished my article on Rome, wrote a page of web copy that a client requested this morning, and did a load more work on the whitepaper I mentioned yesterday. We’ve also been liasing with the Oxford Mail, who are buying the photos of Monday’s flood for a double-page spread in their printed and possibly online editions this week. I stopped work at 4.30pm and made my favourite baked treat – banana bread.
We started the day with a fantastic hour-and-a-half motorglider flight over to Worcester and Tewkesbury to get some photographs of the floods there. It was so nice to be airborne again after many weeks of being stuck on the ground thanks to the weather. The sky was a little grey to the south but otherwise blue sky and sunshine ruled the day, and with clear skies, the snow-capped Malvern Hills were a beautiful backdrop to flooded Worcester. We took it in turns taking photos and flying the plane. Here’s one of the photos I took; the rest can be seen here: http://www.airexperiences.co.uk/aerial-photography/uk-floods-worcester/
We also found out that one of the photos Lee took on Monday was on the front cover of the Oxford Mail today!
We’ve been told that our double-page spread should be printed tomorrow, so that’s exciting.
We spent the rest of the afternoon sorting through our photos from the morning, putting them up on the blog and contacting various journalists and newspapers. I also did some more work on the whitepaper, but found it hard to concentrate as I was in aviation/Air Experiences mode. I soon had to knuckle down though, as I had a sudden influx of work all at once: about six whitepapers and four blog posts, for two different clients. I worked late and finished the whitepaper and the first of the blog posts, which felt a satisfying start.
Just before we went to bed I went on Twitter and had a look at the #TomorrowsPapersToday hashtag and found that one of the photos I took of a flooded Worcester Cricket Ground is on the front cover of the Daily Star tomorrow! I wish it had been a broadsheet, but at least this means there should be some cash coming our way soon!
It was also on BBC News – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-26169252. Our blog is going pretty crazy again too – we’ve had 1,250 unique visitors today. Nothing like the last lot of Oxford flood pics (60,000 over three or four days), but still way above average!
We decided in the run-up to our first Valentine’s Day last year that we weren’t going to ‘do’ Valentine’s Day – i.e. none of the naff chocolates/flowers/cards – it’s all such a cliche and it’s exactly half way between our two birthdays too, and nobody needs that many cards and presents. All that said, this Valentine’s Day was a special one for us because we had been invited by Charlecote Park to plant a tree in their grounds. This came about because of the article I wrote on Charlecote for Warwickshire Life magazine – the people at Charlecote saw it and got in touch inviting Lee and me to plant a tree as part of their new year tree planting project. Lee and I also went to Charleceote on our first date, so it’s a special place for us! I’ll write about the tree planting in more detail on my other blog once I receive the pictures, but for now here’s a photo:
Happily the weather held off just long enough for us to plant the tree, and after we had done that and posed for photos, we ventured down to Oxford. Our first port of call was a supermarket, where we bought all the newspapers our flood photos were in: the Daily Telegraph, the Mirror, the Daily Star, the Oxford Mail and the i (mini Independent). We also swung by the station to get a copy of the Metro, which also featured one of our photos. A resounding success this time round, and it’s made us a tidy sum to put towards the Florida holiday so yay!
After that we had lunch at Yo! Sushi:
And then went to the Ashmolean Museum, which I’ve not been to for so long that I’ve forgotten how to find my way around!
We just had time to call in at Paperchase for a lovely cuttings book for all our press cuttings, Marks and Spencer for the Valentine’s Dine In deal and then my friend Hanna’s work so that we could collect yesterday’s Oxford Mail that she’d saved for us because it also had our photos in. We did very well for press coverage, as we also featured in various local papers and the National Trust website in conjunction with our tree planting! Here are a couple of the links:
And here we are in the Oxford Times – this is the feature that appeared as a double page spread in there Oxford Mail printed edition: http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/11010273.Flooding_from_the_sky/
We celebrated in the evening with Champagne, steak and chips. All in all, it was the best Valentine’s Day I have ever had! :)
Saturday and Sunday
Saturday was spent with my grandparents, which was lovely, and today the weather is glorious so Lee is instructing, and I am trying to make a dent in the mountain of work I have to try and get done before the end of the month. Wish me luck – I’m going to need it!