236-2020 – Fixing the ATV


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about fixing the ATV, by inspecting the spark plug. Apparently, it is not a good idea to have the ATV not being used for long periods of time because impurities in the gasoline clog the system and the ATV won’t start. We also believe that the problem is the spark plug because the ATV starts when gasoline gets pushed in directly in the burning chamber, but as soon you stop it, won’t start again. If any of you has an idea how to get this going, […]

235-2020 – Gulas


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about a traditional dish in Transilvania: Gulas Our neighbours invited us to join them for lunch and they cooked a wonderful Gulas with chicken and polenta. They made it in a crockpot hanging over a wooden fire. Delicious! The food was wonderful, but the homemade cognac topped it all. Smooth and aromatic. Like, comment & share!

231-2020 – Hitting the nail in the head


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about my neighbour hitting the nail in the head literally, while sitting on top of his future garage roof. In one day, two people managed to build a garage and a workshop enclosure. Cudos to them, impressive what skill people can do. Fair to say that a lot more work is required, but the main structure is up. Like, comment & share!

230-2020 – Circle of Fire


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about the Circle of Fire. In order to achieve this image, I used a chain with a burning piece of wood at the other end and spin it for 60 seconds. I used the Slow shutter app on my iPhone 11 Pro and this is the end result. I have tried to use different illumination sources and settings and I got something like this… This small house was behind the circle of fire but it was very dark in the garden tonight. Like, comment & share!

227-2020 – Early Birthday Celebration


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about my early birthday celebration. Tomorrow I’ll be 42 years old, but I feel younger than ever. Today we’ll start the celebration a bit early with a bottle of silver tequila “Patron” 100% de Agave – The perfect white spirit made from the finest Weber Blue Agave. Thank god these things don’t get spoiled, because it’s at least 5 years old. Like, comment & share!

226-2020 – Two Chickens Dust Bathing in the Garden


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about two chickens dust bathing in the garden. A chicken dust bath helps to remove excess oil, as well as external parasites like lice and mites. My mother-in-law has spread a handful of wood ash to create a dust bathing area for them to do the work themselves. When done bathing, the chicken will shake off any excess ash and dead parasites. As usual, I hope you’ve learned something. Like, comment & share!

224-2020 – Pallet Bench


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about my first completed pallet bench garden furniture project. From start to finish the entire process took about 4 hours and the most time-consuming task was painting the pallets. Next, we will add a few pillows for extra comfort and rounding a few corners. For now, the bench found its place underneath a mulberry tree where my father-in-law used to sit. If anyone is interested, maybe I can make a short tutorial on how you can make your own pallet sofa. Like, comment & share!

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223-2020 – My Little Helper


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about my little helper, who is painting the last pallet, soon to become a comfy bench. I still haven’t decided on the final design. My neighbour has a vertical rear panel, but I am thinking to have it on an angle in case I want to slouch. Any suggestions are more than welcome. Like, comment & share!

221-2020 – Mushrooms Stew


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about the mushrooms stew I’ve made out of the mushrooms we got yesterday. I’ve used Chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarius) mushrooms only. I chopped two red onions, 5 garlic cloves, 1 bell pepper and 1 tomato. After a few minutes I added the mushrooms and a bit of stock. I forgot to mention that I boiled the mushrooms beforehand and simmered them before adding them to the stew. I seasoned the stew with a bit of salt and cayenne. On a second pan I boiled some water and […]

220-2020 – Mushrooms


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about a bunch of fresh mushrooms from the forest. I have to admit that I don’t know which are good to eat and which one are poisonous, but the guy who brought them to us is an expert on mushroom, plus my mother-in-law knows a lot about mushrooms too. Like, comment & share!

218-2020 – Yellow Flowers


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about an interesting phenomenon I noticed in my garden in regards to these yellow flowers. In the morning, these yellow flowers were covering a good chunk of the garden, as seen in the picture above, but in the afternoon they were gone. On a closer look, it seems that these yellow flowers don’t like the sun’s heat too much and they close up, as you can see in the image below. Like, comment & share!

214-2020 – Killer Claws


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about the “killer claws” that struck our family today. My father-in-law passed away this morning at 4 am after fighting for his life for 1 week due to a cerebral stroke which rendered him unconscious. God blessed his soul!

212-2020 – Bucegi National Park


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is an aerial image of Bucegi National Park in Romania. Initially we joined the queue to hop on the cable car from Busteni to Babele, about 2200 m altitude. After 1 hour in the queue, we realised that we were almost not moving, so we end up taking a taxi to “Cabana Piatra Arsa” via Sinaia. From there, it was a nice climb up all the way up to “Babele” aka “The old ladies” and “the Sfinx”. Like, comment & share!

211-2020 – Starting a Fire


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about starting a fire, either because I had to start the fire in the wood burner to make hot water for shower or get the BBQ ready. I spent most of my day cleaning the wood burner and the BBQ both full of ashes after years of use. Happy to report that both are fully working as intended. Initially the wood burner stopped working and lots of smoke was coming out until I cleaned the chimney. It was full of residue. Also I had to remove […]

208-2020 – Maternity Photoshoot


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is an extract from a maternity photoshoot with Tatiana, a beautiful 37 weeks pregnant lady. The entire session was around 1 hour long and included 3 different backgrounds (white, brown and black) and a short session on location. If you are pregnant or you know someone who is and looking for a fun and creative maternity photo session please let me know. Like, comment and share!

207-2020 – Sword Lily


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is of sword lily, a flower I didn’t know I have in my garden, also knows as garden montbretia. We’ve been away for 10 days and beside the sword lilies we also enjoyed a few ripe strawberries from our garden. Let’s not forget about the tomato plants. Before we left some of them had flowers and today I saw this… Soon we’ll enjoy our own tomato salad. I can’t wait for it. Like, comment & share!

206-2020 – Family Reunion Photoshoot


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is one of the few images I managed to capture during our ad-hoc family reunion in Preston. What is not visible in the photo is heated debate we’ve had in regards to where is best location to take the photo. A few things to consider: my mum just had hip surgery a week before, my stepfather had a stroke a few years ago and can’t stand up still for too long, my daughter started crying, one of my sisters hate having me taking her photo because 10 […]

205-2020 – Homework Time


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about my daughter doing her homework. She is clearly missing her nursery, teachers and friends. From the technical point of view, this image was captured on iPhone 11 Pro, on 52 mm lens and portrait feature, dialling the F number all the way down to 1.4 to get the blurred background. I only used Lightroom mobile app to make the image smaller for web use. Like, comment & share!

199-2020 – Harris Museum


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is a long exposure shot of Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library in Preston. Throughout the entire exposure, a person in an yellow T-shirt crossed the square from left to right in front of my camera. A yellow and orange wavy line has been recorded in the final image. Like, comment & share!

198-2020 – Tom Finney


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about Tom Finney’s statue outside Preston North End Stadium in Preston. It looks better when the water fountain and the lighting is on. Sir Thomas Finney CBE was an English footballer who played from 1946 to 1960 as an outside left for Preston North End and England. He is widely acknowledged to have been one of the sport’s greatest-ever players. Like, comment & share!

195-2020 – Freshly Squeezed Fruit Juice


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about my breakfast, lunch and dinner for today, a freshly squeezed fruit juice. The reason I didn’t have anything else for breakfast, lunch or dinner today was because I can’t swallow, due to a condition called tonsillitis, which I developed a few days ago, apparently because I took antibiotics a few weeks ago to prevent a bladder infection. Like, comment & share!

190-2020 – Daddy Pig


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is a portrait of Daddy Pig on a black background in the Ozgo Productions Studio. This image was taken with the iPhone 11 Pro with the 55mm lens and Slow Shutter app using a torch swinging from above as a main light. In post, I cropped the image 1:1 in Lightroom and adjusted the levels a little bit. I am not very happy with the reflective surface I used as the floor and retrospectively I think I should have extended the black background and let the toy […]

189-2020 – Ideal Combi Boiler Repair


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about my Ideal Combi Boiler Repair experience. The long story short, my boiler was taking a long time to make hot water and recently developed a rumble noise, usually after I used the hot water, but not exclusively. See below video. I service my boiler every year and this year the hot water issue it happened just before the service day, so my hopes were really high that will be solved. It didn’t. Instead, Jake the boiler engineer said that the Plate Head Exchanger is the […]

186-2020 – Football Tennis


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about Football Tennis, a sport I used to play in Romania in the 1990s. On my way back I noticed how people were enjoying a pint of beer in the newly opened pubs, under the supervision of two police officers. Too bad they are not allowed to drink while on duty – not fair. Venues are told to “assist (NHS Test and Trace) by keeping a temporary record of customers and visitors for 21 days and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data […]

184-2020 – A Stubborn Bird


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about a stubborn bird eating from one of the feeders. I was fascinated by the perseverance and as always the reward is well deserved. The poor bird was standing on a tiny branch, just thick enough to hold its weight, plus was leaning forward and towards the bird feeder, hopping to find a treat inside the hanging pine cone. I am not a specialist, but I believe this bird is called Magpie, from the Crows birds family, one of the many British Garden Birds protected by […]

183-2020 – My Aneroid Barometer


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about my aneroid barometer, which until today was hanging on my wall as decor and not used for its intended purpose-predict the weather. I just learned how to calibrate it and from now on I will try to see how accurate is compared with the main weather channels and the actual reality. I am starting to appreciate old technology. I am blown away by the simplicity and craftsmanship and unlike our today gadgets don’t require electricity to function. Next, I will try to get myself an […]

182-2020 – Great Deal


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, might be useful to you if your car is due for and MOT and Full Service, and looking for a great deal. Please note the * which basically means that most likely you will end up paying more. I paid £213 (when I booked it online) not £188 and the entire process took 2 hours not 1 hour and 30 minutes as advertised. Drop the car and wait or comeback when ready. The staff is very knowledgable and overall I had a pleasant experience. Definitely recommend the […]

181-2020 – Higher Mommy, Higher!


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about one of the few fun activities my daughter can enjoy during our daily walk around the block. As I was taking the photo Diana wouldn’t stop laughing and shouting: Higher Mommy, Higher! Like, comment & share!

180-2020 – Tomato Flowers


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about the first tomato flowers shooting out of the plants I transplanted 6 days ago. The flowers were splashed with mud hence the black spots here and there. As you can see in the images below, the plants are not very tall at the moment but happy to see the first flowers already here. I took the photos with my Canon 5D Mark 3 and Oshiro 60mm, f2.8 Macro lens, but when I edited them in Lightroom I noticed that lens profile is missing for this […]

179-2020 – Perfect Pose


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is a perfect pose of Diana, which technically she took it herself. The camera was setup for a group photo of our family, on 10 seconds timer when Diana suddenly pushed me aside demanding to take the photo. She pressed the shutter and quickly run in front of the lens and stroke this pose. In Adobe Photoshop, I extended the background a little bit and exported it as *.jpeg full resolution and smaller version for web use. Below are a few more images captured during the same […]

175-2020 – Kidney Stones


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about my kidney stones who woke me up at 4 am today and made me check into the hospital. After 3 hours of continuous pain, the stones finally came out and the pain suddenly stopped. The IV paracetamol they gave me had little or no effect in taking away the pain. To make sure, the doctor send me to do an MRI scan and confirmed the stones are out. At 8:40 am they sent me home, but before that the nurse removed my IV from my […]

174-2020 – New addition to the garden


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about the new addition to the garden, 20 tomato plants. It took me about two hours to dig and plant all 20 tomato plants. Each plant cost me £1 and I spent another £1.99 on Bamboo Stakes and £4.49 on Levington Tomorite, a tomato food ready to use. Like, comment & share!

172-2020 – Healthy Breakfast


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about my healthy breakfast recipe with Gluten Free Oat so Simple by Quaker, warm milk, grapes, sliced banana and raspberries from my own garden. I hope my recipe will inspire you to live a healthy life closer to your friends and family and start growing your own fruits and vegetables. What you see on TV should be for your entertainment only. Sooner or later we are all going to die, let’s live this life to the fullest. No regrets!Like, comment & share!

171-2020 – Pigeons on a birds feeder


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about 2 pigeons resting on a birds feeder. I’m very impressed about the zoom capability of my phone. The birds were at the other end of the garden, about 10m away and the 10x zoom on my iPhone 11 Pro managed to bring them in the frame. In Lightroom mobile I cropped the already cropped image as 1×1 aspect ratio and still looks great. I understand that the image resolution is not the same, but for web use is more than enough. I forgot last time […]

167-2020 – Angry Bird


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about an angry bird resting on my garden’s fence. I am not an expert but after a quick research I believe this is “blue tit”, recognised by the blue cap and yellow breast. I captured a few other birds on camera, but I have no idea what they are. Feel free to name them in the comments below. Like, comment & share!

165-2020 – Egg underwater


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is of a broken egg underwater. It looks like a big nose under a helmet. What do you see? Leave a message below. This is the second part of the session I started last night when I photographed a strawberry floating in water. I started setup around 11pm so In the first session I only had time to shoot, edit and post the strawberry. After midnight, meaning today, I resumed my photo session and these are some of the images I am kind of happy with. The […]

163-2020 – Mushrooms and Chicken in white sauce


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is a recipe of Mushrooms and Chicken in White Sauce, called “Ciulama cu pui si ciuperci” in Romania. It might not look appealing but it taste divine. Coincidentally, I had some leftovers polenta from lunch, which works a treat with this recipe. I’ll try in a few words to explain how it’s done. I chopped the mushrooms, 2 small onions and put into a pan with sunflower cooking oil. At the same time, I boiled the chicken in another pot, with some vegetables (carrots, parsnip, onion, bay […]

161-2020 – Double vision


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about me sitting in a merry-go-round spinning until started seeing double. Luckily, my double vision is due to a custom setting on the Slow Shutter app on my iPhone, rather than me actually having problems with my eyesight. I did feel dizzy afterwards and a bit sick to my stomach, but I recovered shortly after. Like, comment & share!

158-2020 – Heavy rain


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about the heavy rain everyone with a garden was waiting for. It’s wonderful when is sunny and hot for a while, but like humans plants NEED water to survive. Rain/water is one of the main ingredients of our echo system and is really hard for me to believe that rain/water appeared out of nothing and totally by chance, without divine intervention. I call it divine intervention, some call it GOD, some call it The Architect but in the end, sooner or later we all going to […]

157-2020 – Keeping the balance


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about keeping the balance on a wooden beam in a new park for kids we discovered not far from where we live. Usually all the kids parks are closed, but somehow this park remained open. I can’t explain the joy on my daughter’s eyes when I told her that she could go and play freely. Like, comment & share!

153-2020 – Birds Village


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about the Birds Village I built in my garden, a slight upgrade since yesterday when I created homemade birds feeders. Even better, if you are into birds watching you might like the video below. Like, comment & share!

152-2020 – Homemade Bird Feeder


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about a homemade bird feeder we’ve made from paper towel cardboard tubes. This was a quick father and daughter activity in which we both stick our fingers into the peanut butter jar and spread it all over the tubes to make a sticky based for the seeds to stick on. Then I run a piece in string through the tube and hang it from a branch of the cherry tree in the back of the garden. Now we are waiting for hungry birds to have a […]

151-2020 – Seven Sisters


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is of the beautiful Seven Sisters, a series of 7 white chalk cliffs along the English Channel in South Downs National Park. We walked all the way to the Belle Tout Lighthouse, where we stopped for a family picnic on a beautiful sunny afternoon. On our way back we dipped our feet in the sea water and layer down on the rocky beach. Everyone was keeping their distance and 99% were mask free. Like, comment & share!

149-2020 – This is not coronavirus


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about something we all seen around this time of the year, and is not coronavirus. In case you haven’t spotted, an ant is resting on the leaf of one of the raspberry plants I have in my garden. Like, comment & share!

147-2020 – Tall Grass


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is looking at the tall grass in the communal garden forgotten by the Basildon Council, probably due to Covid-19 situation. If someone from the Basildon Council is reading this, maybe they are considering sending someone to cut the grass before our house is swallowed by the tall grass. Like, comment & share! @BasildonCouncil

145-2020 – The Corpus Clock


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is of the Corpus Clock in Cambridge. The Corpus Clock is one of the most distinctive public monuments in Cambridge and has been admired by residents and tourists since its inauguration in 2008. It is an unusual device for the measurement of time being both hypnotically beautiful and deeply disturbing. We spent a wonderful afternoon in Cambridge and the weather was wonderful. Below are some of our memories from Cambridge. Like, comment & share!

144-2020 – Land snail


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about a land snail hanging upside down from a shrub’s tiny branch. This snails seems to defy gravity or is just simply holding tightly to the leafs. I don’t know if I caught it having dinner or getting ready for bed. I snapped a photo and move on with my life. Like, comment & share!

143-2020 – Inside Sundial


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is from Inside the Sundial metal art work at Basildon Town Centre Roundabout. This was taken with the Insta360 Pro 360 camera. The image looks a bit distorted but this is the main reason why I choose it. You have to imagine a metal ball with an arrow running through it and me inside the ball. From the outside it looks like this. Like, comment & share!

142-2020 – Cherries


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about a bunch of cherries hanging from a tree. We found this tree not far from home during our daily walk and all 3 of us grabbed a branch and enjoyed the first cherries of this season straight from the tree. Like, comment & share!

140-2020 – Root Sprouts


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about a tree’s root sprouts I found not far from my home. Recently this tree has been cut of but nature always finds its way, sometimes in unexpected places. Nature always wins!Like, comment & share!

139-2020 – Special Delivery


Today’s photo of the day, part of “a photo a day challenge 2020”, is about a special delivery I found in my garden this afternoon. Before anyone calls social services I want to assure them that the subject is alive and well. She actually entered inside the box on her own accord. Like, comment & share!