Sunday, 17 October 2010

Timely

The lovely Abi has started to post a series called 'Monday Sequence'. She shares three photos which are linked in some way, and we're invited to play along by sharing three photos of our own that are also linked, and which are inspired by her sequence - and the theme needn't be that obvious, so we can take it in all sorts of different directions! :-)

Last Monday Abi shared an adorable photo of herself as a child, a card she received for her 18th birthday, and a clock. This suggested to me the theme of time passing, which made me think about how much I am ruled by the clock - as a teacher I need to be constantly aware of the time so that activities will finish by break (while also needing to be flexible and respond to the pupils' varied needs....) On certain days of the week The Children have extra-curricular activities, so the timings of dropping them off, collecting them, making sure they're fed etc can be quite tight! Even if I don't have much to do myself on a particular day, I still need to make sure I get The Children to school on time and that I remember to pick them up!! And, of course, as it gets closer to the time The Doctor is due home from work, I still get butterflies and start listening out for his key in the door (while trying to time dinner so that it's ready promptly when he does get home).

I thought of lots of different photos I could take along this theme: TV schedules, diaries, people rushing around.... But in the end I decided to photograph some clockfaces, because the main point of this theme for me was my need to keep checking the time.

Here's my watch:


Here's a rather lovely clock on a building near where I live:


And here's the display in the clock department of Ikea:


So why is it, with clocks everywhere, I still often seem to be running late?!

(I'd hoped to have a layout to share with you, too, but I haven't had time to finish it....)

This is my post for the 17th day of Blogtoberfest - 17 days and still on track!

15 comments:

debs14 said...

I find that the more organised and early I try to be, the later I end up being! Don't know how you teachers manage to finish lessons on time, especially with little ones in the class who are not good at pacing themselves!
At my son's old school they didn't have a bell at the end of lessons which means the normal battle to walk down a corridor with a heaving mass of students going in various directions. The teachers finished about the same time and then let the kids go when the lesson was over and it staggered the congestion in the corridors. Don't know how it worked so well, but it did!

Deb said...

Oh yes...racing against the clock is something that I think we've all become familiar with. I like the idea of having a theme with three photos...and I always LOVE the IKEA clock section so much! Makes me want to buy one of each. :o)

scrappyjacky said...

I always seem to be clock watching as well....I always wear a watch....and just hate it if for any reason I haven't got it on....feel totally lost.Love your take on Abi's 'sequence'.

mise said...

Surely The Doctor would enjoy a small carafe of wine while waiting for an unprompt dinner?

Ruth said...

I'm a great one for being on time, if not early. Sadly, DH is not. *sigh*
Re The Doctor & his supper ~ I suggest a cheeky wee glass of something or a cup of tea first. Unless, of course, he doesn't get home until 8pm or later!

Lizzie said...

Well, I suppose it's a fact of modern life, that we're all constantly clock-watching. One of the nice things about having a new, small baby, was being able to relax for a while and not be ruled by timetables (except for Health Visitor or Dr. appointments and the once-a-fortnight coffee mornings with the other mums from my NCT group!). It was lovely to just drift along for a little while and not have to achieve anything by a specific time. Of course, it was only a brief interlude! The first thing I do when I get out of bed, is put on my glasses and my watch (even though I then have to remove it again to take a shower!).
Still, I do better when I have a deadline. I can drift for ever if I have no timetable to stick to....
Love the photos and it's cute that you still get butterflies when you're expecting the Dr. to be home.. if dinner is late, you can always offer him a glass of wine and a kiss...

Miriam said...

I love this, my working day is run by the clock, but on Friday night I put my clocks into drawers! you know, I never realised that until now! will have to post about it...thanks Mel

Miss Smith said...

These photos are great and they'd make a lovely page! I run all my clocks either 4 or 9 minutes fast partly because I have being late and partly out of habit. And I hate it when I forget to put a watch on. Would never have thought to photograph clocks or document this.

Thanks for the inspiration!

Denise said...

Life does seem to be always in a rush. I have a real problem wearing a watch though as I always seem to get bad eczema where the strap is.

The Creative Beast said...

YAY for seventeen days of blogging Mel!!

those clocks are wonderful...isn't it interesting the variations of timepieces that exist?? =-)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Great job Mel! I somehow missed this post; I saw the one with the shoes but not the timely one. Will have to go back and check it out. Do want to play along with the series.

Rinda

Amy said...

I love clocks ... and I have to agree with Mise, a small carafe of wine is a lovely way to pass the time while waiting for the domestic goddess to finish her cooking ;-)

Sian said...

A thoughtful and thought provoking post. I was thinking along the same lines recently, thinking about how the school pick up routine changes as they get older and more independent.

Karen said...

Time flies even when you are retired and have, supposedly, more time. But if you have lots of interests the time fills just as quickly as it did when when you were working full-time with two kids at home! I once asked Tracy's grandmother if time had slowed down for her once she was in a home for the elderly. "Oh, no," she said, "the days fly by!"

Rachel B said...

I used to be early for everything.......until I had children! Now I'm always late - normally due to last minute nappy changes before we are due to walk out of the door!!!