A few milestones

Well, hello there! Happy New Year, one month in ;) It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I hope all of you have been well.

I took a few pictures when I went to Guildford this week. I haven’t been taking a lot of photos lately, mostly because I’ve been working on my Berklee music biz classes (that means staying at home to study most of the time!!!). The photog work I have done has been Roxi-related, either for her solo project or for her various bands.

But when I went into Guildford the other day to do a bit of shopping, I decided to take along my handy little point and shoot in the hopes that I would slow down enough to look around. I almost forgot to take photos, though! I was out for about an hour when I realized. Oops! I guess I’m a little bit out of practice.

These days, so much of my time outside of my house has been spent running errands, dashing here and there, missing all of the details that I would have noticed nearly five years ago when we first moved to England. Can you believe it? Five. Years. And JaPRA is five years old too. Some of you have been here since the very beginning. Thank you for that, my friends x :)

Abbot Hospital, established 1619.

On a cold day in mid-February 2007, I walked very slowly around the Parliament buildings in London and thought, “I should never, ever take it for granted that I’m living overseas. I will always remember this thrill of living in such an incredible place.”

Angel Posting House has a stone vault undercroft that dates back to 1300. I think there are supposed to be ghosts here too!

Well, five years later I probably have taken all this a tiny bit for granted. Especially since I’ve been on a hiatus from the blog. The nice thing about photography is it forces you to slow down and really look. And the nice thing about blogging is it gives you a chance to think. I’m hoping to get back to this space, at least on a weekly basis. I’m down to my last four classes for my certification program at Berklee, and I’ve decided to take only one class at a time instead of doubling up. I’m striving for a bit more balance this year ;)

And one last milestone… this girl is turning 17 on Saturday. She’s an incredible person, a talented musician, a smart chickie, and the dearest daughter and friend. I’m so proud of her. Happy Birthday, Roxi girl!! xxx


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About the Author: JaPRA is an expat Texan living in Boston (by way of London by way of Houston) with her husband (Mr. DJ), their 19-year old daughter (Roxi), and their dog Trudy.

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  1. Christine says:

    Happy Birthday to Roxi! Welcome back to the blogosphere! Fabulous photos, have to get to London one of these days.

  2. Aledys Ver says:

    It’s good to see you back!
    Happy birthday to Roxy and congratulations on all her achievements the past year. And good luck to you with your diploma!
    Beautiful pictures of Guilford – so many interesting details… walking about with the camera opens your eyes to things that we normally don’t see when we go about our daily routine out on the streets….
    Hope to see you here more often though I can imagine that you have much more important things to take care of than your blog! ;)

  3. Amanda says:

    good to see you back in the blogworld! fantastic shots, esp the errant boot on top of the pedestrian crossing sign, as well as the one of roxy – happy birthday wishes to her ;-)

  4. Ragaja says:

    It’s been a year (You’ve been in England 6 years now!) and I bet a lot has changed ;)

  5. Kath says:

    Happy Birthday Roxi, I haven’t been shopping in Guildford for so long, must change that!

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