Pragmatism in the real world

2009 in pictures

Like last year, my wrap up is mostly an excuse to show off some of the photos I took in 2009!


Other than the snow, The big thing that happened in January was that an article I wrote was published in php|architect.

My php|architect article in the Jan 2009 issue


We had daffodils in snow at the start of this month and then towards the end, the PHPUK conference took place.

Paying attention during Chris' talk


Spring arrived in March. The Severn Valley Railway had its Festival of Steam gala, and I took a day off so that I could photograph it.

Festival of Steam at the SVR


A month of punctures. I went to a Microsoft community event in London too.

Scott and Derick


This is birthday month in our household. It was also our first trip away camping this year.



What little good weather we had this year, was in June. I popped up to Manchester for a PHPNW meet. DPC 09 was also held in June and I spoke on caching.

Cal and Ivo interview Andrei


We finished decorating the living room in July. We also had a week’s holiday in Wales.

Cilgerran Castle


I started using a Wacom tablet in August as I was getting a pain in my wrist. August is school holiday month, so we went away for another week, to Cumbria.

Old van at the pencil museum


We sold our Pathfinder in September and didn’t do much else. I took the kids to visit to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway during the month too.

Giving up the token


PHP Conference season started again for me with PHPNW 09. I spoke on project management.

Kevlin's keynote was excellent


Another month, two conferences! ZendCon 09 where I gave a tutorial on the Zend Framework certification and spoke on project management. I also visited Alcatraz. IPC 09 was also held in November, where I spoke on caching and deployment.

Andi wraps up ZendCon 09


The final month of the year saw me working way too hard. We did take the kids to see Santa though.

Teddy Bears

Here’s to 2010!