My Week - with Fiona Purnell

Fiona Purnell
Fiona Purnell

January blues: IT’S that time of year again - all the festivities are over and it’s back to work for every man and his dog this week. No more thinking about Christmas until some time in November (although the stuff will be back in the shops come August). It’s one of the most miserable times of the year and it’s definitely not been helped by the dreich weather we’ve been having of late. But I’ve decided to try to remain positive this year. It’s my last year in my 20s and I want to make the most of it. There are 355 days left of 2013 and I’ve already a few ideas of how to make sure this year is a good, and memorable, year.

New toy: FOR most 29-year-olds a trip to the zoo may not be the way they choose to celebrate, but for me it was the perfect destination. A huge animal fan, it gave me the chance to play with, sorry test out, my birthday present. My new toy is a digital camera, more hi-tech than any camera I’ve ever had before. There are so many buttons and settings on this thing I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m not usually a techno-phobe, but even after

a good few hours of use, I’m still lost when it comes to all it can do. The zoo was a good place to experiment, although some animals wouldn’t oblige and sit still. I have to say a huge thanks to the pandas as they were perfect subjects, lying still and barely moving for the entire time we were watching. But my best photograph of the day - and there were a good number taken - was not of a zoo resident. It was of a robin, which just so happened to be bobbing around in the zoo looking for food. He sat still just long enough for me to capture his cute little self sitting on the fence. Lovely.

Must watch: ON a similar note, I mean it’s about animals and images - all be it they are better than those I captured on my camera at the weekend - I was glued to the television on Wednesday evening for David Attenborough’s latest programme, ‘Africa’. Every time I watch one of these BBC nature programmes, the images which are being filmed just seem to be more and more incredible. And the quality is top notch. The highlight for me was seeing giraffes fighting. It’s not something I’d ever really thought of before, but I guess their horn-type things on the head have to be used for something. It’s amazing to watch and if you missed it, I strongly recommend you try and catch up on iPlayer.

This week ... Ate too much birthday cake ... caught up with friends...