Monday, 22 December 2014

Tap Tap Tap.......hello?


Well, that was a little unexpected.  I didn't really mean to stop blogging for so long.  It turns out I am a truly terrible juggler and don't cope well with extra balls being hurled at me at all....

OK, so it's been a while and I'm not sure how to pick up again.  So, er, here's a random list of things in my head at the minute:

  • I'm am just getting over the 'nuts' bit of Christmas and in to the this is actually what it's about part.  Phew.
  • We have the best Christmas tree EVER this year.  I fear the needles are not keen to stick around but that's a problem for another day.
  • Have you got your word for next year yet?  I think I do, I'm just making sure...
  • Looking forward to doing Susannah's gorgeous workbook over the next few days.   I've done it for the last 3 years and I really recommend it (plus, it's totally free)
  • It's weirdly warm at the minute.  I sat outside by the river overlooking St Paul's Cathedral one day last week for Christmas a coat but still, it is DECEMBER!
  • I'm currently making stollen for the first time.  Dan Lepard hasn't let me down so far...
  • Signing up for Kim's new class....anyone else?

Anyway, enough about are you?

Image processed using Kim Klassen textures pumpkin grunge, history texture and sonnet 2.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Views from the Top

Last week we were in Paris.  Generally the weather was lovely but the skies clouded over and darkened just as we made our way up the Eiffel Tower.  Despite living in Paris (a good few years ago now!), we'd never been up and it was really the Moo having it as number 2 on her visiting wish list (the Catacombs were number 1!) that made us do it.  I'd always been put off by the crowds and I'm not a massive fan of heights.  However we got there early (I managed to book tickets for the first lift up) and it was definitely worth it.

Paris in a globe

View from the top {1}

View from the top {2}


The look out

View from the top {3}

Next time we're there we might go up the Montparnasse Tower (concrete block above).  After all, if you're in it, you can't see it. ;)

All of the above were shot on my new Fuijifilm X100s.  I am still finding my way with it but it's love for sure.  And I didn't injure my shoulder carrying it around all the time.  Win!

Plus a venir.....

Thursday, 16 October 2014

A Change of Pace

Land and Sea

The Pilgrimage {1}

The Pilgrimage {2}

The Beach

I seem to have been concentrating on still life a lot lately....and this weeks lesson at Be Still 52 reminded me of the world outside and how great it is to mix things up a bit.

I am not a natural landscape photographer and am often disappointed with what I come home with but when you are spending time with people you love, in a place as breathtaking as this, somehow it all falls into place.

These were all taken on holiday in Northumberland.  The pilgrim route to Holy Island across the sands and the final shot is on Snook Beach.  I think we saw maybe 4 other people.  At peak holiday season in August.  Quite a change for this suburbanite.  And a reinforcement that a change of pace can be just the creative adjustment you need. :)

Friday, 10 October 2014

Dear Friday

In the kitchen.

Dear Friday,

It's lovely to see you.  It's been a full on week but today I am feeling quiet and calm.  I can hear the rain outside and I'm actually quite glad of it as I have managed to do the things I need to do without getting wet and now I have the perfect excuse for some bread making and faffing in the kitchen.

It's hard to believe that there is only one more week til half term and next week promises to be busy too.  But for now I am savouring the quiet of today and the anticipation of some family time this weekend.

Oh Friday.  You are definitely my favourite.

Love, Me

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi {1}

Wabi Sabi {2}

Wabi Sabi {3}

Pare down to the essence but don't remove the poetry.
Leonard Koren

Tuesday, 30 September 2014



I have spent longer than usual fighting it but OK, autumn, I surrender.  And I have to admit you are being quite lovely with your nice sunny weather and your pretty autumny colours.
So now I've surrendered, autumn, stick around for a bit.  Please?

Image processed using Kim Klassen textures pumpkin grunge and grunged up.
Linking up with Texture Tuesday and the Writealm.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014



Still not back in the swing of things!  But having some fun with my camera and a little editing.  :)

Image processed using Kim Klassen texture and then some.
Linking up with Texture Tuesday.

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