My first 10 on 10

Since this is my first 10 on 10 I thought it polite to introduce myself.

As my hero once said my name is Martin Giles and people call me Martin Giles. I guess God make me an Englishman at birth but living in Sweden are so many years I have now turned into something Swenglish.

10 on 10 what a totally awesome idea. Describing your day using 10 photos, on the 10th of the month. How lucky and humble I feel that my first 10 on 10 should fall on a Monday. Mondays always seem a busy day for me, I’m not like the old 80’s band the boomtown rats… I actually do like Monday’s a fresh week, a new start. So please do me the honor and follow me through my 10 on 10. I would like any feedback possible please, I do need it believe me. I also hope I have been able to introduce a little Swedish culture in today’s 10 on 10 as well.


The start of the Monday morning is basically the same as most mornings, coffee coffee coffee what a beautiful word in the morning. I do enjoy my morning coffee sometimes I wonder if I could make coffee in my sleep. Unfortunately I’m not a great sleeper so coffee can be at all different times of the morning but I do try and make it around 7 o’clock.


While I’m drinking my first coffee I’m also reading my first emails of the day. I have friends from all over the world so I get email arriving all different times of the day, so this is a ideal time to sit down and sort through the first incoming. Then it’s time for my second cup of coffee and get in touch with my best friend Randy, Having a best mate in Richland WA might seem a tad awkward but actually it’s quite good we get to talk to each other twice today on face time its like being in the same room sometimes, we can be working and not speak for half an hour but still stay on-line.


Another chore on Monday mornings is to go out and pay the parking fee for the week. Living in the middle of the city has its pros and cons, one of the pros is that you are close to everything one of the cons you have to pay parking charges I pay on a weekly basis it cost me about $10 a week so it’s not too bad.


I have a doctors appointment at 1 o’clock so that will give me enough time to fix my medicines for the week and to have a spot of lunch.


I thought instead of just taking a photograph of a sandwich or a bowl of soup even an omelette I’ld show you the inside of my refrigerator instead, this is basically what Swedish people have in their fridge.


Today 10 on 10 Monday falls on the day I have to go and see my cancer doctor I have multiple myeloma which is a bone marrow cancer, I was diagnosed back in 2010 and since then I have had a stem cell transplantation which was very successful and I have been in remission now for two years.  I have to go back to my doctor every eight weeks for some blood tests and to see if the cancer is still behaving its self… Good news it’s still in remission and I don’t have to go back until the end of April.


Often on Mondays I pick Rebecca my daughter up from college and we go to my sons apartment and have dinner and hang out with them for a few hours until my grandson Theodor has a shower and goes off to bed.

This is the thing that Theodor loves most in life is a shower. You only have to say the word shower to him and his in the bathroom like a flash standing waiting still as a soldier on point duty. One thing is to sure it isn’t often you see a little boy who will shampoo’s own hair. Ever since he was baby he has loved water.

She loves her nephew he loves his auntie.

Thank you for following me through my First 10 on 10 I have really enjoyed taking part. Please have a look through the links that follow at some of the other people who participate in this great project .

Beth Wendland, of Elizabeth Wendland Photography:

Sara Arigoni, of The Blessed Everyday Photography:

Amy Rhodes, of Amy Rhodes Photography:

10 thoughts on “My first 10 on 10

  1. I’ll tell Beth your ready at the starting blocks:-) Thank you for your help we work well together buddy, as long as you don’t Lightroom my photos 🙂 we are like honey and bread in so much we do but in Lightroom cat and dog, night and day. chalk and cheese, you name the opposite thats us when it comes to post work.

  2. Hi Sara Thank you for your kind words! Family is everything to me! Taking photographs is a way of capturing that second to enjoy and cherish for ever after! I have digital photos from back in the early 90’s 20 years ago and I still look and enjoy them today, its even fun to use some of todays software to improve the quality. Check back next month…sounds fun:-)

  3. Martin, thank you so much for joining us this month! What a lovely day. So glad for your good news at the doctor, and I love seeing your time with your family, too. I loved your 10-on-10! Great job! I’ll look forward to checking back with you next month, too! ~Sara

  4. I love this Idea of 10 on 10 with photos, now I need to figure out a way to get in to the group as well.. Do you think they will accept a bribe? LOL I loved working on this with you and helping in the little bit that I could. It was fun, thanks for letting me participate!

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  6. Martin – I LOVE your post! Congrats on the good news from the doctor 🙂 It is so great that you FaceTime with your friend so often, and I love that you guys hang out online without talking! That totally makes me smile. Thank you for sharing your day.

  7. Martin, what a lovely peek into your day! I love that you get together with your children for a dinner, and a good visit.
    Thank you for joining us this month, I thoroughly enjoyed your take on the, 10 on 10!

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