Wednesday, 31 July 2013

August Break

I'm so thrilled that Susannah Conway is hosting the August break again this year.   I've done August break for the last two years and it's a great opportunity to take a little bit of a blog break whilst also staying connected and present.  This year there is a twist as Susannah has introduced a (completely optional) prompts list which I am (mostly) intending to follow along with.  As always with August break the main point is that it's fun with no rules so it will be very much as the mood takes me. ;)

I'll also be following along on instagram and snapping away as things catch my eye when I'm out and about so come and see me there. (Find me @catchingsundust).

What about you?  Fancy a break with a little bit of fun thrown in?  Come and join the party!

The August Break 2013

Monday, 29 July 2013

Hello Monday

Hello Monday (even though you're nearly over!)

Hello lots of catching up with friends

Hello to fun outside - the weather has cooled but is still gorgeous (yay for summer :)

Hello sunflowers.  You are gorgeous

Hello you.  What are you up to?

Linking up with Lisa Leonard.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Starting Gently

School's out and we in the 'quiet phase'.  I've learnt over the years that the Moo needs a good few days of quiet at home to really decompress once term has ended.  So our days are currently spent quietly at home and are filled with trampolining, TV watching, jigsaw puzzling, Lego building, reading (Swallows and Amazons is our summer read), dancing around to music, day dreaming, colouring and lots and lots of requests for cuddles.

Adventures will come but for now we are starting gently.

It's all part of our rhythm of life and I love it. :)

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Texture Tuesday

Some pursue happiness - others create it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Image processed using Kim Klassen texture Cora.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Hello Monday

I'm saying hello to a bittersweet week.

Final shows are over and the school holidays start tomorrow...the Moo will be leaving infant school.  How is this possible?

But, much fun to be had in this gorgeous weather, no routine and a nice long stretch of time to chill out and be together before the start of the next chapter.

How about you? What are you up to?

Happy Monday. :)

Friday, 19 July 2013

Friday's Letter

Dear Paddling Pool,

You are the best £5 I've spent in a very long time.  Thank you for cooling us down in this lovely summer weather.

Love, Me

Happy weekend. :)

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Experimenting with Instant

I've been having a little experiment with instant film.  I love the process of taking instant film - totally reminds me of my childhood and when we got our first Polaroid (all my Christmas memories from the seventies have a yellow tinge, I'm sure that's why!) - and watching the image develop.  Truly, it's like magic!

I have an instax mini which is a great little camera and my daughter, especially, loves it.  She's used it to take photos of her friends for her friendship book (as she goes off to junior school next term) and children and parents alike have squealed with delight and crowded round to see photos developing in the playground.  You've got to love that!

Recently a friend gave me her old Polaroid and some expired film to have a play with.  So far, so yellow (which, as I say, is kind of how I remember it!).

So far, this selfie is my favourite shot.  Mainly because I think the yellow kind of works and makes me look suntanned (I'm not - as you can see from my hands and feet!).

I've had very mixed results with the rest.  Some of the film has emulsified (so google tells me!) and I think yellowness can be a feature of expired film. Focus is also proving rather tricky.

My experience in a nutshell:

  • instant film is really fun, be it vintage Polaroid or the new instant cameras
  • the credit card size of the instax mini are adorable and they are brilliant for kids who can see instant results
  • watching instant film develop is really fun whether you're a kid or not
  • making myself think about getting composition right first time is a really good exercise (I am someone who creates a lot of shots to get the one image!)
  • instant film is expensive (really expensive for Polaroid)
  • results can be really random
  • light is vital - and (for me) difficult to get right, especially with a flash that seems to go off whatever the conditions
  • I really like processing and kind of miss that with instant

Ultimately, Polaroid is expensive but just as fun as I remember it.  I'm going to get a couple of packs of Polaroid film from the Impossible Project, take them on holiday, have some fun and see what I get.  We'll see what happens.  It's always fun to try something new, no?

To see how it should be done here a couple of links - there are thousands more and lots to see on flickr too:
Susannah Conway - on her blog and her book Instant Love 
Mortal Muses - who have polaroid week  going on at the minute

So, tell me.  What's your experience with instant film? 

Linking up with Brenda!  Come and play....

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Texture Tuesday

Summertime is always the best of what might be
Charles Bowden

I can't put my finger on it exactly, but mallow triggers such a strong childhood memory of summer for me.  I always smile when I see them and feel a little tug at my heart strings. This quotes comes closest to capturing that illusive memory.

Image processed using Kim Klassen texture July 3.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Hello Monday

It's the last week of summer of colour which I'm so sad about.  I've loved this project.  It has really kick started my creativity and it has been so inspiring to see such amazing art across all media.  Thank you, Kristin, for hosting. :)

This week's combination is sage and sepia...which screamed vintage to me!  Some of my most prized possessions are my vintage books and that sweet little brownie camera is a recent charity shop find.  The open book is Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.  It's a beautiful reproduction of Edith Holden's nature diary from 1906 and full of words and paintings of British flora and fauna across the seasons.  I can't tell you how much I love this book.  I'm not sure it's in print now, but I really recommend it if you can get your hands on a second hand copy.  There also seems to be a 2014 calendar in the works so maybe it's experiencing a bit of resurgence - I've put it straight on my amazon wishlist. :)

The weather here is gorgeous at the minute.  Sunny and hot.  Hello Monday, it's going to be a great week.

Have a good one. :)

Also linking up with Lisa Leonard.

Image processed using Kim Klassen textures yesteryear and warmly.

Friday, 12 July 2013

Friday's Letter

Dear Summer,

You took your time but you were worth the wait.

Long summer evenings in the golden sunlight, enjoying the scent of honeysuckle and lavender are my absolute favourite.  Can there be anything nicer than listening to birdsong and children's laughter and feeling the soft, evening breeze on my face?

Sometimes I wish you would go on forever.

Stay for a bit, won't you?

Love, Me


I'm linking with Kim's Friday Finds - 'a fabulous find of any kind' that cherishes life's simple pleasures.   Summer joy is my Friday Find today.
Come and join the party, why don't you?

Happy weekend. :)

kim klaxon dot com

Thursday, 11 July 2013

I am

I am

  • trying to look in to the camera with self-kindness (as taught by the awesome Vivienne Mcmaster)
  • thrilled summer is here and desperate for August when everything slows down
  • full of ideas but unsure where to start
  • days away from being the mother of child who has left infant school
  • wondering where the time has gone
  • thinking how much a new tripod would help me with selfies (amongst other things)

How about you.  Where are you today?

Image and post inspired by and created for Beyond Beyond.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Cool Blue

Some pretty blue flowers in light and shade for this hot July day.  I'm not complaining, though.  It is so lovely to see the sun and feel its warmth.

Image processed using Kim Klassen texture July 2.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Hello Monday

Saying hello to week 5 of summer of colours and it's.......candy apple (which I took to be 'bright') red and yellow.  Which immediately made me think of that fast food chain with the golden arches.  Which in turn made me think 'yuk'.  However,  when I started looking around for inspiration I realised I have this colour combination right here in my very kitchen.

Pictured above is my homemade lemonade in progress.  I honestly never realised making lemonade was so easy - it's basically 1/2 cup of lemon juice (or a mix of lemon and lime, even better!), 1/2 cup of agave syrup (ish - adjusted to taste) and a litre of water (fizzy if you want it fizzy).  AND THAT'S IT!

So today we're saying:
Hello to homemade lemonade and strawberries
Hello to a British Wimbledon Champion (well done Andy Murray!)
Hello to gorgeous sunny weather and hot (yes, hot!) weather
Hello to ice creams, paddling pools, sun tan lotion and the smell of honeysuckle in the warm evening air.

It's so lovely.

How about you?  What are you saying hello to?

Also linking to Lisa Leonard.

Image processed using Kim Klassen texture sybil.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Friday's Letter

To Whom it May Concern,

We all do this.  I know I'm guilty of it too.  But pretending that we know it all and have it all sorted is not the way to go.  Aside from the fact we are completely deluding ourselves, it's really not helpful in building relationships and supporting each other.  Let's just admit that it's all a bit of a mess, help each other out where we can and have a laugh over a glass of wine the rest of the time.

I know that would help me.  How about you?

I'll get the wine shall I?


I used the image above on one of my very first posts.  The label still makes me laugh so I thought I'd use it again here.  (UKers it's available in Waitrose - and pretty decent wine!).

Happy Friday. :)

Thursday, 4 July 2013


I'm currently reading Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott.  I adore her writing and whenever I pick up something by her there is always something that speaks to me.  Today it is this:

But instead, I did an incredible thing, something I have not done nearly enough in my life:  I did nothing.  Or at any rate, I did not talk.......... I listened instead.

Listening can be so much harder than doing, don't you think?


The image above was created for Beyond Beyond using Kim Klassen texture July 2.

We are promised sun for next week but in the meantime this darker, slightly grungy image is more reflective of the weather (and my mood. Insomnia sucks).


Feeling the need to create.  I've pinned enough stuff, I think it's time to actually make something!  Maybe something easy today as I'm a little....below par.

What about you?  What are you up to?

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Texture Tuesday

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
John Lubbock

What do you see?

Image processed using Kim Klassen texture add some noise 4.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Hello Monday

Hello Monday!  It's charcoal grey and pale pink week over at Summer of Colour.  Pictured above is my rather neglected gratitude diary.  I was really great at doing this - 5 things I'm grateful for daily - until the end of May and since then.....nothing.  It's amazing how quickly something that had become a habit stops being habit.  So I'm taking this as a prompt from the universe that it's time to pick it up again.

In fact, there are a few things that seem to have fallen by the way side lately.  So this Monday I'm saying hello to reacquainting myself with a few old habits:  daily readings from Simple Abundance, daily gratitude writing and picking up my journal again.  I miss writing, no matter how jumbled and unintelligible the words come out!

How about you?  Any old habits you need to get reacquainted with?  What are you saying hello to today?

Happy Monday. :)

Image processed using Kim Klassen texture greyday.

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