Thursday, 1 May 2014

My Awesome April

Time for a wee catch-up folks...
April was a really jam-packed month for me. 
I did my scuba review with Aquatron in readiness for the Rescue Diver Course, stayed with Mark's mum in Ballachulish for few days to give her a wee hand with the spring cleaning, then we had Little Birds Market, I attended a Social Media Event with Business Gateway, hooked up with lovely Sara of Hello The Mushroom and Lynsay aka Miss West End Girl in Edinburgh, went back up to Ballachulish for a days diving  in Loch Leven with Mark and Ben, studied HARD for the Rescue Diver Course, went to the first ever Aquatron social evening and started the Rescue Diver Course.
In between doing all of the above, I've sandwiched Frocktasia's online selling activities, although I have to admit that they did suffer somewhat last month with everything else being so full on. 
Never mind, onwards and upwards is the motto for May.
I've got loads of frocks waiting to be added to my Etsy shop and this month we've also got another Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair to look forward to.
The Rescue Diver Course is going very well, so far we've done the classroom & two pool sessions.
There is still one pool session to go and then it is the grande finale at Loch Long on the 18th, the day after Judy's. Mark and I are going to be well and truly cream-crackered after that weekend I can tell you.
I've been wanting to do this course for ages and although it is hard work and a lot to take in, I am thoroughly enjoying it :)

Here's a medley of April pics...
It was fab hanging out with Sara & Lynsey in Edinburgh, the weather that weekend was AMAZING!
We popped in to Armstrong's to peruse their fabulous selection of vintage & retro attire.
This was the day after Edinburgh, like I said we were blessed with some truly stunning spring weather. This was our first ever UK saltwater dive, so far we've only done open water diving in freshwater. It was also the first time we dived in our Scubapro drysuits. Was it cold? In the bet :)
The visibility in the Loch wasn't all that great on the day but I still managed to see crabs, sea urchins and loads of brittle stars. After the dives mum had cooked us a wonderful meal of yummy veggie chilli and rhubarb crumble that we devoured in her garden.
Last Friday I went to the first ever Aquatron Social Evening to listen to Annie & Martin talk about tips & tricks for underwater photography and videography. These guys are so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I'm so pleased for Mark that he gets to work with such a fab bunch of people. Then on Saturday the Rescue Diver Course started with the classroom session, behold my neat freak course work and Annie's adorable wee dog :) 
To round off a pretty perfect month, Mark and I decided to go walkies on his day off. 
Tuesday felt like the first day of summer here in Rutherglen, so we made our way to the Linn Park and the fabulous White Cart Walkway...
My awesome Hello The Mushroom tote bag got its first outing, thank you Sara :)
I'm so chuffed that we ended up living within striking distance of so many awesome parks. 
It makes the outdoorsy part of me jump with joy.
A celebratory cartwheel display...
Hurrah, spring/summer is finally here :)
Hope you are all doing grand folks?!
I will leave you with a cover tune that makes me smile from ear to ear and throw some odd shapes, enjoy :)
Loads of love,


Leslie Wilson-Rutterford said...

Fab to catch up, Jennie. Your outdoors there looks sublime. i love how you had a cosy knitted afghan for the cold metal bench. Cutie Dachsund, no, not a dachsund! a mix with a chiwawa? Forgive my spelling. And such a perfect song to end it all with!! I can see you're going from strength to strength, which is very encouraging for peeps like me still emerging from the doldrums. Lots of love to you both. xxx

pastcaring said...

The views of the loch are stunning, and how brilliant to have fabulous parks on your doorstep too.
Always fun to catch up with other bloggers - seeing Sara again myself on Saturday, along with a posse of other lovelies! xxx

Vix said...

Glad things are going so well for you and Mark!
Looking forward to meeting Sara on Saturday! xxx

Panty Buns said...

Holy Moly! You have been quite busy haven't you? Your endeavors, hard work, accomplishments and adventures in April would have been enough for at least 12 detailed blog posts if not more, with even more of your fascinating life adventures still on the way! That's quite a complex diving outfit Mark is wearing in the fifth photo. That loch scenery looks spectacularly beautiful. Just how cold was that water? How deep is it and how much will it warm up by Summer's end? What kind of crabs were they? I'm glad you avoided stepping on the sea urchins. The possibility of getting a glimpse of your future underwater photography and videography is intriguing! The skirt you wore at Linn park is lovely. You're quite an adventurous couple. I love that GIF celebratory cartwheel display. Happy May! Enjoy your Spring!

PinkCheetahVintage said...

You guys are living it up!! I know you are happy to be diving and exploring!!!! <3

Penny-Rose said...

Glad that the diving course is going well. Brrr I would how cold it gets in that water. Love the cartwheels!

Underemployed1 said...

You are a beautiful, brave, creative, and all-round wonderful lady. And I am SO jealous that you can do a cartwheel which I never, ever could quite manage...

Mrs. D said...

I was just writing a post about the days in Edinburgh and of course, I had to link you up :)
Lovely photos, seems like you are having a good time in the great outdoors! <3