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2023 in pictures

As we finish 2023 and look forward to 20024, I have had an enjoyable time looking back at the photos I took throughout the year. As with the last 10 years, I have managed to take a least one photo every day as part of my Project 365, which allows me to remember what happened during this year of my life and reflect on the year as I usually do.

January

I like to start my year with a photography trip and this year was no different with a trip to the SVR. I’m hoping to do this same in 2024. There was the inevitable flooding in Worcester and I also managed to catch up with Gary.

2857 has just left BewdleyMet up with Gary

February

We went to Madrid in February and made coffee & churros our thing while there. I attended OpenUK’s first State of Open conference and also spoke at the PHPUK conference. The PSVR2 turned up in our household, but didn’t stay the course over the year, though I have high hopes for Apple’s Vision Pro next year.

Coffee and churrosMike's opening keynote

March

We had snow at the start of March and a highlight was visiting the KWVR with Kevin. The biggest disappointment was catching Covid just before QCon and so missing the conference and forfeiting the rather expensive ticket price. I realise that some people would have gone to the conference anyway, especially given the cost of the ticket, but I wasn’t prepared to.

Steam crane on the KWVRBahamas in the snow!

April

April was all about photography. I spent a day in Somerset at Tucker Mill and in tunnels with Stuart in early April taking photos and also took three separate days for railway photography. James spoke at the PHPSW user group this month too.

Stuart at Tucking Mill ViaductJames presenting at PHPSW

May

May is birthday month as both our kids have a birthday in the first half and again we went to Liverpool for lunch with our sons. I spoke at the Endpoint conference in May which was fun as it was 10 years since I last spoke there. The day after, I had brunch with Juliette and visited Keukenhof to see tulips. May also included the phpday conference in Italy and I had a great afternoon with extended family on my dad’s side towards the end of the month.

Celebrating birthdays at The Smugglers CoveBrunch with Juliette

June

The highlight of June was spending 3 weeks on holiday in Spain. We had ice cream every day and know Santiago at Jijonenca quite well now! A very lazy holiday where I did very little, except to make headway in Tears of the Kingdom.

Ice cream at JijonencaSwitch on holiday!

July

We celebrated eldest’s gradation in July. He gained a 1st class honours degree in Computer Science and started work with a games development company in September. I’m incredibly proud of him. I also caved and bought a Studio Display which is lovely, with the exception of the terrible camera. I also started doing more railway modelling as it’s a hobby that takes me away from the computer.

Eldest's graduation2F 3138 at Melcome Road Sidings

August

The highlight of August was my sister’s wedding. We had a very enjoyable time celebrating with them. With my eldest having left home, I took over his bedroom as my new office, starting this month by clearing it out and decorating it. We also had a few days in Derbyshire celebrating a friend’s birthday and visiting places.

Selfie with the new Mr & Mrs EddlestonFirst dance

September

In September, I attended the apidays London conference and visited the SVR for railway photography at their Autumn Gala. I also attended PyCon UK with Georgina. She’s been to this conference before and it’s rare that we go to a conference together.

Mayflower emerges from Bewdley TunnelKevlin's keynote at PyCon UK

October

We visited Sylvia in Tallinn in October and I spoke at the Platform API Summit in Stockholm, also catching up with Michelle and visited Skansen. The day after I attended TechMids conference in Birmingham; it’s my local conference and I enjoy the mix of talks.

DinnerAfter conference drinks

November

In November, we visited Elgar’s birthplace. I like Elgar’s music and he was born and lived in Worcestershire, so we probably should have visited The Firs before now. We also met my grand-nephew for the first time this month when he was only a couple of months old. My parents are besotted with their first great grandchild!

The Firs, Elgar's birthplaceDad with his great grandson

December

In December we said farewell to my wife’s grandmother who died aged 103. She was tack-sharp and with it until the end. We enjoyed visiting her and will miss her. I did a photography trip to the Birmingham Christmas Market and my final steam train photo of the year was of Flying Scotsman. We had a great Christmas with family and plenty of time for Zelda!

The flowers for Margaret Blacklock's funeralCollaborating on a puzzle

Another year passed and this one had many more highs than lows. I’m looking forward to 2024 and taking many more photos!

One thought on “2023 in pictures

  1. What a lovely reminder of all you did in 2023. I enjoyed reading your ‘diary’ very much. Well done! Happy New Year to you and your family.

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