Number 365 !!!!

Well I did it !!!
The final photo,how this year has flown by! I might be standing here with my balloon & glass of fizz but I can't say it has been hard work & no great feat of endurance !! I have enjoyed every minute of this project chronicling a diary of my daily life which is what I set out to do,

Thank you to all 365ers... through you I have learnt the meaning of DOF, POV, Bokeh etc all of which I knew nothing about when I started out.
I have learnt that not every piece of the photo has to be razor sharp or in focus. Sometimes a glimpse or angle of a building can be better than the whole or even a letter box shot can be amazing ( I can see @ phil_howcroft nodding !)

On top of all that a BIG thank you to all the people following me & I apologise if I haven't always commented on your photos as much as I should have . It is so difficult sometimes to keep up with every one & specially if I am not following them which is sometimes the case.

To every one who regularly comment on my offerings, you know who you are, the biggest thank you of all & I feel over the year we have become friends ! I love to see your life styles in different places.

I intend to carry on but will have three weeks break from mid February till 7th \March although I might be tempted if I get chance to upload a photo, not always easy in the'' wip wops'' of NZ.

In my view you cannot claim to have seen anything until you have photographed it !
Emile Zola.

On we go !!!
Congratulations Mum, I have been waiting! Wanted to be the first to say well done on your 365 diary. I too have enjoyed your daily chronicle, with our busy lives it's been lovely to have a quick peek of what you have been up to if we haven't had chance to speak!!! Your photography has come on sooooo much and even Jack regularly compliments you on your capture. I am proud of you xxxx
posted February 4th, 2012  
Well Pat, it's been fun foillowing you, and I have enjoyed the time as well. It is a great site, and there are so many neat people on here that seem to be old time friends. Good luck, and I was glad to hear you will be continuing.
posted February 4th, 2012  
You wouldn't have been the first if my computer wasn't playing up I have tried twice to make this comment... Well done Pat
posted February 4th, 2012  
First of all, how beautiful you are, Pat. Both inside and out! Your photos have inspired me and your comments have given me the much needed support to keep on going. Thank goodness you'll be coming back . . enjoy NZ and remember that we will be waiting for your safe return. Congratulations . . you're a winner! :)
posted February 4th, 2012  
Well done Pat. It's been great fun for me here in Shanghai to see a daily glimpse of life back in my beloved Lancashire. We move back to Oxford in a few weeks' time, but will be in Lancaster for my sister's birthday in April. I can't wait.
posted February 4th, 2012  
CONGRATULATIONS!
It is a great feeling to have come through a whole year of sharing in this fantastic project and your final photo is just lovely!
It's so nice to follow friends through a year whether close by or further away, and like you say it is an amazing community. It really shows what mutual encouragement does for little bursts of talent and creativity, if we carry it forward and share it with others it grows and grows!
Hope you have a fabulous time in NZ and enjoy watching Max explore his little life while you are with them............and the bigger ones too!
LOL XX
posted February 4th, 2012  
@mrsfeet What a lovely comment for your mum! Maybe when your course is complete you will have time to have a go too!
posted February 4th, 2012  
@sarah19 Mum has quite inspired me but I'm not sure whether I could rise to the challenge of finding a photo every day - there would be just too many foot-related ones, hehe! Maybe one day though, thanks :)
posted February 4th, 2012  
Congratulations! It's been such a joy getting to know you. And many thanks for all your fun and positive comments on my photos... much appreciated. I'm pleased to see that Harry got in on the act - can I spy him on the balloon?!! Looking forward to shots of Kiwiland!
posted February 4th, 2012  
Congratulations, Pat. It's been lovely following your year through your photos and you should be proud of the accomplishment. You make light of it, but we all know at times it can be a bit of an endurance test. You show clearly that you have an active and a happy life in your retirement (or semi retirement?), and also a lovely home with dear family, and friends both near far. Thank you also for your kindness on commenting on my efforts throughout the year. Good to hear that you will be continuing after a well deserved break. My project will be ending in the next week. I'm not far off that 365th photo either. :)
posted February 4th, 2012  
Congratulations Pat! I have really enjoyed your project, sharing your life in Lancashire. Thank you for all your encouragement, today I reached the half way mark! This is a lovely picture of you.
posted February 4th, 2012  
Blimey Pat that was a near thing - I've been out freezing all afternoon watching hockey and I've got rubbish photos so I thought I'd have a night off 365 to watch rugby with a glass of beer. As the rugby's a bit boring I've been browsing so luckily I haven't missed your 365th picture!! It's been a pleasure and a privilege getting to know you and your beautiful kitchen and family and animals (not necessarily in order of priority!) And my heart is in Lancashire so it's lovely to see a bit of home as well. I have some silent followers who also look in on 'happypat' as well so we have a chat about Henry or Max or Booths!! It's great to hear you're carrying on - love your 365th photo and I'm switching to G & T in your honour!!
posted February 4th, 2012  
Well done! Isn't amazing how much our daily lives have changed from our observations for and from 365! Enjoy your time off! Safe travels.
posted February 4th, 2012  
Well done on completing the task. Glad to read that you're carrying on with 365, it would be good to think that you can scale down the commitment, but that's so difficult without feeling that you're ignoring people. It shares that particular feature with pregnancy; you can't be just a bit of a 365-er !

I do think your finishing shot is particularly good.
posted February 4th, 2012  
Congratulations! Now, I hope when i get to my 365th photo i will come up with something like this! Enjoy your break but don't disappear....^_^
posted February 4th, 2012  
Congrats!
posted February 4th, 2012  
Congratulations! It's great isn't it? See you in 3 weeks ....
posted February 4th, 2012  
eva
Congratulations to the first 365! Enjoy your break and hope that you will be back here soon again.
posted February 4th, 2012  
Well done Pat, you made it. It has been great seeing scenes and views of your part of the country over the last year, also an insite into B&B and your lovely 'homely' home. Congratulations.
posted February 4th, 2012  
WHOOP WHOOP! Congratualtions Pat! (I'll check for typos tonight!!) INdeed you did it and well worthy of a glass of fizz and balloons and a big old party! Glad to hear you'll be continuing. It's been great following you and sharing your daily activities, and I appreciate all your comments on my site too! Have a great time in NZ and we look forward to seeing you in a few weeks. When the weather gets better I'll drop in for that cuppa too!
posted February 4th, 2012  
Pat well done on completing your 365...oh and thanks for the mention in your 'write up' of your final pic :) .....I enjoyed following you, I enjoyed your pictures...I really liked it when you did a glimpse of Blackpool, because those shots always brought back memories of my youth and visiting my grandparents :)

I said I'd pop back to see your final picture....I think it's really nice when 365'ers do a selfie on the final pic (I copied Judith;s style in mine @judithg) as you can see the happiness (and relief in my case !!!) for completing.

A great final picture Pat. Well done , I hope the fizz was dry and bubbly (I was going to say as sweet as your smile), but fizz just has to be dry !!!

Well done Pat , Phil xxx
posted February 4th, 2012  
Congratulation well done
posted February 4th, 2012  
@mrsfeet Thank you Cathy for your lovely words & I know all my family have kept tabs on me here & in NZ & it has been good to know you have been able to share in our lives a bit through this project. Jack has been a great help too in answering my queries re camera settings etc, it has helped a great deal that we have the same make !! Love to you all ! XXX
posted February 4th, 2012  
@digitalrn Thank you Rick , you have always been a faithful comment maker ! I appreciate it .
posted February 4th, 2012  
@snowy Thanks Diana I feel we have quite a bit in common & I always look forward to your posts & feel at home with your life !
posted February 4th, 2012  
@karenann Well what can I say Karen about your lovely words, they are quite moving & nearly brought tear to my eye !! You have always said lovely things in your comments & are the best replier to any comment I know !! Thank you !!!
posted February 4th, 2012  
@twiddlepin Well I never knew you were a Lancashire lad Robin!! Thank you for your insight into Shanghai & China it has been most interesting. Thank you for your regular & kind comments & safe trip home in the next few weeks ! Lancashire is waiting for you !
posted February 4th, 2012  
@sarah19 Lovely words Sallie & to you the biggest thanks of all for introducing this wonderful project to me !! If it hadn't been for your beech photos I would have missed it all !! Thank you X
posted February 4th, 2012  
@jmj Hi Jennifer, you too have been a faithful commenter who I can't remember ever missing commenting I really appreciate that. Love to hear & see your beautiful photos from your special part of the world.
posted February 4th, 2012  
@sabresun Your sense of humour Matt & funny quirky pictures have made me smile many times...your family of wood creatures is a story all it's own & your imagination can run riot !!! Thank you for all the encouragement over the last few months & I hope you carry on too when your project comes to it's finish !! At least we won't have to do one every day if we are stuck for ideas !
posted February 4th, 2012  
@louisefrance Thank you Louise for your follow & comments, I don't know how you find the time when you are working & I admire you greatly being so organised !!
posted February 4th, 2012  
@judithg Well Judith , what to say,
I have so enjoyed your follow & looking at your wonderful photos !! I have felt a real kinship with you having both been educated in Preston & it was amazing to find out you had been to the RIVAL school..hilarious !!! Thank you so much for your 365 friendship & your fun & friendly comments !
posted February 4th, 2012  
@bpaquette Thank you Barbara I have enjoyed seeing how life is in the USA & around the New York area & look forward to seeing more of your photos !!
posted February 4th, 2012  
@ellida You are right Graham & I think the commenting bit has been the hardest to do & why I have tried to not follow too many as I do like to comment as often as possible on the ones I follow. Thank you for your kind comments on my photos & I enjoy your travels around the world !
posted February 4th, 2012  
@tooki No I won't disappear Tooki I enjoy this too much !! Thank you for taking the time to comment !
posted February 4th, 2012  
@lacedxxoo Thank you so much for your kind comment...I will look at your project tomorrow !!
posted February 4th, 2012  
@islawight Hi Isla not going until the 15th February so you will see me tomorrow !! Thanks for all your comments & I have enjoyed watching your very sociable life in London !!
posted February 4th, 2012  
@redrucksack Thank you Eva for your kind words, I know I am not following you so appreciate them even more ! I will probably add you to my following list as I feel I will have a bit more time now not as committed to every day !
posted February 4th, 2012  
@samdan Thanks Lesley for your regular comments & if you ever need a B&B in Lancashire you know where to come !!
posted February 4th, 2012  
@sparkle You would be so welcome for a cuppa any time you are passing in that busy, busy life you lead Juliette !! I have learnt such a lot from your photos which are wonderful so many thanks for that but also for taking the time to comment on mine !!
posted February 4th, 2012  
@phil_howcroft Well Phil I'll let you into a secret ..the fizz was ginger beer !!! Too early to open the wine & not really a fan of drinking wine on my own anyway but it looked good hey !!! We Northerners have to stick together & I include Judith in that, I know she pines for some hills sometimes !! I have so enjoyed your comments & teaching
me about 'letter box'' & contre jour'' , your wonderful street scenes & the nitty gritty of life in Arnold a place I had never heard of before!! I will look forward to seeing you & Ruby again on 365. x
posted February 4th, 2012  
I'd totally appreciate that! Thanks!
posted February 5th, 2012  
@mgozzard Thank you Margaret all the way from Canberra !! Appreciate your comments & following !
posted February 5th, 2012  
OH Pat , this is a perfect photo ! You look SO Beautiful & HAPPY :) I have loved to comment back & forth with you and I feel in so many ways we are now " friends " Happy to hear you will carry on for another year ....1 just seems too short huh ? Congrats to you ...this site is amazing & so are YOU xoxo
posted February 5th, 2012  
@judithg Forgot to say how I have enjoyed Mont'y's contribution to this project Judith & also thank your silent followers too for their kind thoughts &'' bottoms up'' !!! xx
posted February 5th, 2012  
@jquinn Thank you so much Janet & I have loved seeing photos of your lovely family which I can tell are the apple of your eye !! One reason alone to carry on would be to see the end result of your exciting new house !! Thank you for all your lovely comments!
posted February 5th, 2012  
Thats what i love about this project we live across the world but are able to to connect through our photoes and joy of photography
posted February 5th, 2012  
Congratulations Pat - it's a HUGE achievement. I am really pleased to have become friends through this project. This photo is so lovely - you look gorgeous. What a fabulous and fitting final photo (read that back - lots of effeses LOL - PS I love the re runs of Green Acres. Lisa always gets her "effeses and her wubbleyous" mixed up) Thrilled to know that you're staying on. I would have been shattered if you closed up shop. I hope that you get to post while you are in NZ. That's a place I have always wanted to visit - so I might be able to do it through your lovely photos. Enjoy the break - and a big hug through cyber space. xoxo
posted February 5th, 2012  
Awesome, Pat! Congrats! Its such a huge accomplishment!
posted February 5th, 2012  
well done Pat. it's a great achievement!
posted February 5th, 2012  
Simply Wow...Have a safe and fizz-burping time down under...watch out for the sheep they bite and luv Cadburys dairy milk...or so they say...
posted February 5th, 2012  
CONGRATULATIONS! I really enjoy following you. Have a great time in NZ and enjoy the grandchildren, they are the best. Great photo.
posted February 5th, 2012  
@mgozzard Exactly why I love this project Margaret, thank you so much !
posted February 5th, 2012  
@murnane Oh thank you so much Marg for your friendship over this last year & I have enjoyed it so much. Your comments & interest have been wonderful & I have so enjoyed seeing your world in Australia..where else would we have been able to do this ? Thank you for the cyber hug & I am sending one back to you with love !x
posted February 5th, 2012  
@nicedof Thank you so much for your comments & interest , much appreciated !
posted February 5th, 2012  
@bremnerette Thank you Laura & it was thanks to your mum I did this !!!
posted February 5th, 2012  
@tsingtao I am sure I will partake of a glass of fizz now & again, my daughters -in-law are very generous !!! Thank you for your kind comments but most of all for your posts which have kept me chuckling many a time , I love your sense of humour & you don't post half enough for my liking !!!
posted February 5th, 2012  
@jimmyveee Thank you James for your frequent & helpful comments, I love seeing your home in Cape Cod so continue the good work !!
posted February 5th, 2012  
missed this yesterday..........WOW!!! huge congrats...very, very well done...love what your daughter had to say...happy you are not leaving!
posted February 5th, 2012  
Dear Pat, I had not seen this yesterday but glad I didn't miss it completely so I can congratulate you on your accomplishment and wish you a lovely break in NZ with your family. I will so miss you if you were not here anymore so I'm happy to know you plan on staying on. I truly enjoy your photos and stories because they are always infused with warmth, humor and heart. I love the glimpse we get through your photos of life in your corner of the world. You look fantastic in this picture and I truly hope we can meet in person one day and become lifelong friends. Big hug, Monica.
posted February 5th, 2012  
Oh, yes. This is a HUGE Fav!
posted February 5th, 2012  
@ruthmouch Thank you so much Ruth & I have hugely enjoyed your photos of Beruit & have a different picture of it completely since I saw your photos !!! Yes Cathy is lovely to put her comments & I am so glad of her !!!
posted February 5th, 2012  
@meisen325 Lovely words Monica & I have been so touched by all that has been said on here & would not have missed this for the worlds !!! I Sometimes I tell people I am doing this project & I know some of them think it's nothing & they aren't interested but they truly don't know the friendship & community that is on this site !! I love your photos of NY & hope to see many more !! Thank you.
posted February 5th, 2012  
@meisen325 Or even Washington !!! Sorry I forgot where the White House was LOL !!!
posted February 5th, 2012  
Well done Mum! We have all loved looking at your photos, especially the ones of around and about 'home'. It's been lovely to keep up with the local sights. Congratulations from us all. x x x x x
posted February 5th, 2012  
Well done Pat! I always love to see what you have posted for the day. It always seems to be a little picture into your life. Onto the next 365!! ;-)
posted February 6th, 2012  
Hi Pat!! Congratulations on finishing your project! I'm sorry I missed you on the day....but I found this shot on PP and jumped right on the computer to give you a virtual hug!! What a way to go out!
I've thoroughly enjoyed seeing your day to days. I think one of my fav shots of yours is your cooker with your socks drying, I just love it! http://365project.org/happypat/365/2011-11-25

I'm glad you'll be carrying on and I hope you will show us your amazing shots from NZ!
Give Henry a squeeze for me :) Travel safe xo
posted February 6th, 2012  
COngratulations!! POP Page is exciting way to go out!
posted February 6th, 2012  
congratulations!!
posted February 6th, 2012  
You are on the PP!!! Congtrats!!
posted February 6th, 2012  
cool! congrats!
posted February 6th, 2012  
Congratulations on PP!! A well deserved and fitting tribute!
posted February 6th, 2012  
@floralchick Thank you Lesley & I know you all keep up with me in NZ !! See you next week ! x
posted February 6th, 2012  
@winemonologues Yes onward wwe go !! Thank you Fife for your comments & interesting look into your world in China !!
posted February 6th, 2012  
@shutterbugger I couldn't believe it when n I saw this on the PP but am really pleased ! thank you for your fantastic comments & lively words..such a lot of warm friendly folk on this site !!
posted February 6th, 2012  
@kaustin Thank you so much for taking the time to comment..I appreciate it !
posted February 6th, 2012  
@sheetalthakker Many thanks !!
posted February 6th, 2012  
@msk1p2 Thank you too for taking time to comment !!
posted February 6th, 2012  
@meisen325 @jmj I know & I couldn't believe !!!
posted February 6th, 2012  
Congratulations, Pat!!! Well done! Where has the year gone? I was holding my breath while reading your narrative hoping that you weren't saying farewell...and I'm so thrilled to see that you plan to continue with 365!! I know you'll enjoy your well deserved break ~ is that your trip to NZ? I can't wait to see the photos you take while you're with your precious grandson and family. You have been such a treasure on 365 and I have enjoyed sharing the first round of your photo journey with you and look forward to round two! Love this wonderful celebratory shot! You look gorgeous. Congratulations on making the PP! And congratulations again on reaching a 365 milestone!!! :)
posted February 6th, 2012  
Congrats Pat... I haven't seen you photos before, however that doesn't matter... what matters is that you've had fun doing this project.

I've been doing 365 Project for the last 2 years... this year being my 3rd year. And just at the beginning of this month, I've started up a blog of photos that didn't make it here or on Facebook; just for the fun of it called 'What Eye See'... it's a great way to journal photos for yourself and for fun. Here's the url if you're all curious (and I only just started it the other day, so there's nobody following me yet).
http://whatmyartistseyesees.blogspot.com.au/

Congrats again... and you know, you can always start a blog like I have if you've still got the photography bug and want to keep going with it. :D
posted February 7th, 2012  
Congrats! Fantastic!
posted February 7th, 2012  
Congrats on completing it! And great idea for a celebration and photo!
posted February 7th, 2012  
Congrats on a great year of accomplishment. looking forward to more of your pics.
posted February 7th, 2012  
Congrats!! Well done.
posted February 7th, 2012  
@peggysirk Wow Peggy thank you so much for those lovely words & would say my greatest pleasure has been getting to know all my lovely friends on this project !! It has been very uplifting & for any one a wee bit lonely I think would be life saver !!! Yes off to NZ on the 15th for 3 weeks to see the family & Max. Probably won't post much while I am there as too much to do & I also aim to have a bit of a break but will definitely be taking photos. Harry not going with me this time but we have just booked to go with our daughter & family for Christmas & New Year .
posted February 7th, 2012  
@mozette Hi Lynda, thank you so much for your kind comments & ideas for a blog & I will look at yours tomorrow ( bedtime here now !) I have loved this project & would like to make some sort of memento. Great idea & thanks for the suggestion !
posted February 7th, 2012  
@portereliz1958 Thank you Elizabeth you are very kind to take the time to comment !
posted February 7th, 2012  
@espyetta Always ready for a celebration Marybeth !!! Thank you for your wishes !
posted February 7th, 2012  
@sailingmusic Thank you very much Myrna I will check yours out tomorrow !!!
posted February 7th, 2012  
@kiwichick Thanks Lesley , you are very kind !
posted February 7th, 2012  
Pat, I feel like we know each and I so enjoy your "company".... congratulations on a job well done!! enjoy NZ with your family, I'll look forward to "seeing" you on your return!
posted February 8th, 2012  
Oh, Pat, I am so, so sorry I missed your big day! Congratulations on a job well done. I have so enjoyed following you, getting to see a glimpse into your part of the world - especially that warm kitchen of yours. So glad to read that you will be continuing. Sounds as though you are heading to New Zealand? Have a wonderful journey.
posted February 8th, 2012  
@shepardx2 Cheers Margo & thanks for all your comments over the last few months & it's true I feel we could all be good friends if we ever got chance to meet up !!
posted February 8th, 2012  
@barbsmith Thanks Barb & you too have inspires me with your lovely pictures,specially enjoyed seeing your knitted projects that you do so well !!! This site is a great friend making place & what I put to Margo certainly applies to you too !!!!
posted February 8th, 2012  
Wonderful shot, Pat!! You look great!! And congrats on 365 done!!))
posted March 8th, 2012  
@nyusha Thank you Anna & I have enjoyed every minute of this project !
posted April 2nd, 2012  
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