I’m not really a fan of the British summer if I’m honest. Don’t get me wrong, I like a bit of sun as much as the next person, but when the warm weather kicks in, it’s sticky and clammy and just generally “eugh” as far as I’m concerned! I much prefer the winter. Wrapping up warm, piling on the layers and getting all toasty inside my coat, scarf, gloves and hat! This morning I woke up and it was glorious outside, the sun was shining, the birds were singing and there was that chill in the air……I love it at this time of year when the temperature starts to drop, there is dew on the ground and over the next few weeks the early morning frost will appear. It’s my favourite time of the year. So when I saw the weather this morning, I got ready, grabbed my camera and headed out to Dunham Massey.
I head over to Dunham quite frequently, I love seeing it change through the seasons. This morning I was met with about a hundred spider webs spread throughout the grass; they looked amazing all covered in dew, sparkling in the morning sun. It was so quiet and peaceful and I just spent ages wandering around taking in my surroundings.
When I headed home, I turned my attention to the garden, I noticed that the leaves on one of the fern tree’s had already turned into a glorious orange colour. Amazing. I realised that it will be autumn before we know it. Cold mornings, crisp air, frost on the ground and the toastyness of a warm winter coat…….Bliss.Filed under: Personal | Comments Off
Have I mentioned that I LOVE the Lake District?!? Okay….maybe I have…..but only once or twice! (Honest)! Anyway, last week I was lucky enough to be up in my beloved Lake District for four days. It was bliss. Yes, it was hard work due to the photography that I was doing while I was up there, BUT, it was still bliss….I even stayed an extra cheeky day. The extra day was heaven. A day for me. Well, me and my camera. Although I’m a regular to the Lakes, there are some places that I’ve not really paid much attention to….so I saw this as an ideal opportunity to be adventurous and head further afield than Ambleside and Grasmere. Coniston was first on my list, followed by Hawkshead……but naturally I ended my day with a trip back to the picturesque village of Ambleside. Lunch at Zeffirellis, followed by green tea and a caramel doughnut at The Apple Pie Shop and then a wander up to Jenkins Crag……ahhhh, the perfect day!Filed under: Personal | Comments Off
Some days I feel like I just want to escape. You know the feeling, nothing seems to be going right, things are taking longer than expected and slowly you start to spiral…..it’s like a snowball rolling down a hill and picking up speed at an obscene rate!!
The past year has been pretty tough, but with the help of a few special people, I’ve got through it and I suppose I’m stronger for it. Some days when the inspiration is missing and motivation is non-existent, I’ve felt like giving up and other days I’ve just wanted to bury my head and ignore everything that’s been going on around me. It’s days like this when I want to escape, be anywhere else but here…..but then even if I was somewhere else, the same problems would still be there and I’d still have to deal with them! Damn!
On the days I want to escape (like today!), I think of far away places, somewhere that holds happy memories where nothing ever goes wrong and I can just “be”…….At the moment I’m thinking back to the month long trip around Australia and New Zealand that took place last November. I think at the time Ian and I didn’t really appreciate it as much as we should have done…..it was so exhilarating, dashing around all over the place experiencing so many different things that I don’t think we had time to stop and take everything in.
It was a truly amazing trip and today my head is filled with memories of feeling the warm sun in Oz and skydiving in New Zealand – today this is my escape……The beauty of Sydney Harbour by night and the exhilarating thrill of jumping 12,000ft out of a plane in Queenstown. Escape doesn’t get any better than this….
PS Thanks guys for getting me through the past year – you’re my world xFiled under: Personal | Comments Off
Yesterday I headed up to Huddersfield to do a photoshoot with two beautiful girls called Sophie and Harriet. The weather was grim. It was raining, it was cold, there was mist on the moors and there was thick fog on the motorway……BUT…..this photoshoot was going ahead no matter what the weather threw at us!
Sophie 16, who has stunning blue eyes, is currently studying psychology, music, performing arts and English literature and outside of school she enjoys singing. Harriet also 16, who has gorgeous red hair, is currently studying media, science, geography, and sociology. Both girls were a pleasure to work with and didn’t complain once about the weather – Sophie was more worried about the wasp that was attacking her – and I think I would have been too!!!!
Thank you Sophie and Harriet for a brilliant photoshoot – I hope you like the images – I’m really proud of them!
I also want to thank James Melia www.jamesmeliaphoto.com for organising the shoot and my lovely husband Ian for coming along and helping out.Filed under: Lifestyle |
The weather just lately has been pretty grim; rain, wind, sun, more rain, more wind, not much sun. But last Sunday, up in the lovely Lake District, the weather was kind enough to spare the rain and just send some wind and much needed sun…..<phew>. Jasmine 15, and Natasha 13, are two lovely young girls, both with their whole lives ahead of them….. Natasha dreams of being a singer and is counting down the years until she is old enough to star on X-Factor, while Jasmine can’t quite decide where her path should lead just yet. All she knows is, she wants to be rich!! Well, whatever path she decides to follow, I hope all her dreams come true! Thank you girls for an amazing photoshoot – you were lovely to work with, I hope you like the images.
I also want to say a BIG thank you to friend and photographer James Melia for assisting throughout the shoot – thanks James – you and your Californian Sunbounce were amazing!Filed under: Lifestyle | Comments Off