Tuesday, 1 December 2015



It's starting quietly.  Even the mundanity of broken dishwashers and epic Amazon deliveries hasn't thrown me off kilter.  Yet.  Early days.

My wish this advent is that I remember what it's really all about.  Not consumer mania or picture perfect home baking and decorations or over eating or rushing around like a loon......

Just the quiet anticipation of something truly special.

Participating with Susannah Conway's December reflections.  Today's prompt is sparkle.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Finding Warmth

Liquid gold

I can't think of a more perfect place to escape the dull and the grey than the South of France.  There is something so magical about the place - the light, the atmosphere, the people, the way of life.

It's been a challenging few months, especially creatively.  Sometimes things need to go a little askew so you can recharge, reassess and change things up a bit.  And that's where I'm at now.  But it's amazing what a change of scene can do - what seemed so daunting and depressing now feels positive, a new challenge to embrace and an excitement to see where it goes.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Heat Seeking

Heat Seeking

It's a little dull, grey and chilly here.  So I am dreaming of summer and looking forward to a few days away in the South of France.  

A change of scene, a little recharge and a very welcome dose of vitamin D.

What are you seeking?

Monday, 19 October 2015



The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated.  And the only thing people regret is that they didn't live boldly enough, that they didn't invest enough heart, didn't love enough.  Nothing else really counts at all.
Ted Hughes

Friday, 9 October 2015

The Wish Jar

Once upon a time, there was a jar filled with the wishes and dreams of a girl searching for her next path.

The wish jar

Each wish was carefully written and placed in the jar, where it sat collecting dust for a year or two.

Inside the wish jar

The jar was forgotten.  But the girl was working quietly.  A little bit every day.  Slow progress.  But progress for sure.

Time passed.

Then one day she looked up and saw the jar on her window sill and wondered.......

Piles of wishes

....what she had even written.  And, even more curiously, had any of them come true?

Unravelled wishes

And as she unravelled each of the wishes, she realised just how far she had come.

Wishes that remain

All but two of the wishes had come true.  Not always in the way she had expected, but nevertheless, the dreams had been realised in one way or another.

The two that were left - one was no longer a wish.  One is still a dream.  A really big dream.

But if you can achieve this much with a little a day, surely a really big dream is reachable one day, no?

So here's to wishing and dreaming and celebrating the tiny steps that get you there in the end.

Happy Friday.

Dream a little dream for me, okay. :)

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Um, hello?

So, um, hello.  It's been a while. :)

 We've had a lovely summer and the sun is out this week too, inspiring me to look back at my (many) summer pictures yet to be processed.

And so I have finally begun.  Sometimes that's the hardest part....

Pink rose

Rose gateway

yellow roses

These were all taken at Alnwick Gardens in Northumberland.  So beautiful and I wish there was a photographic equivalent for scent because the smell of these yellow roses was divine.

So yes.  A beginning.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Texture Tuesday

Palm Sunday

It's hard to believe it's the end of March already but I'm grateful for the spring weather - I heave a sigh of relief as soon as I see the daffodils come out.

It's been a while since I played along with Texture Tuesday and it's lovely to be back.  Like that feeling you get when you stop to catch your breath.  The image above was processed using a Kim Klassen LR preset (likeadream) and textures abstract and andthensome.

I'm playing along with Susannah Conway's April love from tomorrow.  Some postings here and some on instagram.  Come and play too?

Wishing you a happy Tuesday. :)

Friday, 20 March 2015

Friday's Letter

white crocus
purple crocus

Dear Year,

March then.  How did that happen?  Not even the beginning but the 20th.

Things I've learnt so far this year.  I really suck at balance.  Much more than I expected.  I can't tell if I've taken on too much or I'm just really slow at doing things.  Either way, the balance thing has gone out the window.

We've a few days left of term, then the spring holidays.  So looking forward to spending time with my girl and friends and family.  Lots of outdoor and creative activities planned so maybe that will be the recalibration I need.

In the meantime, I am loving the colours of spring at the minute.  Everywhere I look are splashes of yellow, white, purple, pink.  Something to lift a girl's heart amongst the chaos.

So, how are you and how are you getting on with your word of the year?

Love, Me

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Light Catchers

Creating light

A little more creating light

We've had our first snow of the year.  Enough to look pretty and make the school run a bit of an adventure but I don't think it'll hang about too long (which is always my favourite kind of snow!).  The skies are still pretty overcast and I was in need of a little light and colour.  My pretty tulips are still going strong and I've been playing with Kim Klassen's 'sybil' technique for creating a bit of extra light in photoshop (available in her test kitchen).  

Images processed using Kim Klassen textures sybil and waterfront 7 respectively.
Linking up with Texture Tuesday (not the only tulips you'll see, I think!).

Friday, 30 January 2015

Friday's Letter


Dear January,

I'm not sure what's happened this year.  Usually you really draaaaaag.  But not this year...how is almost February??!

Having done pretty well with my health and fitness regime this month, I treated myself to these lovelies today.  Such a lift to have this gorgeous burst of colour in the house.  No offence, January, but you can be a little on the dreary side.

So pleased it's Friday.  Looking forward to cosy family time at home this weekend ahead of a few birthday preparations for a certain soon-to-be-9 someone......

Have a good one.   {and thank you January for not hanging about}

Love, Me

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The Word that Is


As with all my other words (you can find them here, here and here), my word this year found me.   I have found myself increasingly rubbish at juggling the always (it seems) increasing number of balls I have  in the air and my word, which started making itself known quietly at the end of the summer, became an almighty and incessant roar by the end of the year.

This year I need to find a better balance.

I'm not sure how this will look.  I have sort of learnt my lesson about expectation but I suspect doing less will come in to it.  That said, I think effective planning and learning to walk away rather than obsess over things will probably come in to play quite a lot too.  I also want to feel great this year and making health/fitness a priority is essential, as well as time for proper relaxation.

I live in my head quite a lot and once something is there it tends to stay there until I'm on to the next obsession thing so I'm not sure I'm going to find this balance thing all that easy.  But then I probably wouldn't need it as my guiding word in the first place....

So, I know lots of you have your words for the year, please feel free to share them here....and if you have any tips or advice for me, I'd love that too.

Here's to 2015. :)

Image processed using Kim Klassen textures cherished scripted and greyday.
Linking up with Kim's Texture Tuesday (little happy dance, I love this link up and have missed it for weeks. :)

Friday, 2 January 2015

The Word that Was.....


My word for 2014 was....story.

When I picked it, I thought 2014  would be about sharing my story.  And in some ways it was.  But not really in the ways I had imagined.

I was expecting........ to spend time developing my writing and I did spend some time doing that.  And I loved it.  But I learned that whilst I love writing and will continue to do so, my writing is for my journal or this little space of mine here.  At least for now.  I also learned that I need to write regularly.  Mostly just for my sanity.

I was expecting.............. that I would be sharing my story.  And in some ways I have.  But little pieces and not always where and when I expected to.

I was expecting...................... my story to feel bigger than it does.

I was expecting............. a year of story to have a beginning, a middle and and an end.

What I know now:

I love to write.  It doesn't matter where my writing goes and I love my journal and my blog. The continued discovery of my story makes me think about myself and my relationship with others and all this is part of my process of moving forward and living the life I have chosen and strive for.

Honestly, reading my expectations makes my life sound much more epic that it really is.  My story is simple and ordinary and ongoing.  And I love that.  But to learn and keep learning, I need to keep telling and reviewing my story.

Story will always be one of my words.  After all, if you don't know your story, you can't share your story.  And you never know when someone needs to hear your story.  Even if, or perhaps especially if, it's only you that needs to hear it.

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