My garden is my sanctuary

…it’s messy, overgrown and deliberately left wild in places. It contains lots of what some people would call weeds but I love. Lots of dandelions, daisies, vetch. My pots are a random collection of old teapots, jugs, battered pots from previous years. My grandchildren love it – it’s full of snails, caterpillars and butterflies. They have their own magnifying glasses, binoculars (or goggles as LJ … Continue reading My garden is my sanctuary

We all have a story …

We all have a story. Whether we choose to share it or not is another matter. Following mum’s death I started to write about her, and our, struggle with dementia. It helped but I didn’t ever envisage sharing my writings. A friend who I trust and rely on always, told me about ‘Company of Others‘ who wanted stories of endings from real northern women for … Continue reading We all have a story …

Find your person

Some people don’t like me and some people do. What a philosophical approach to life. Even more amazing when you realise this sentiment is from a four year old. We have always encouraged Tommy to be positive about his ‘little arm’ – it’s not a disability it just means he has to find different ways of approaching the world at times. He followed this statement by … Continue reading Find your person

A- Z challenge

Here’s a challenge for you photography enthusiasts out there who love nature and have hundreds of images on their hard drives or phones. Can you create an A-Z collage of your photos? This took me a while and I had to ‘stretch the naming’ (ie cheat) in a couple of places, latin names suddenly became necessary! Some letters were easy – S for instance Snail, … Continue reading A- Z challenge

Gifts for photographers – Challenges

I was 60 last month (yes I know that’s old ) but alongside the gifts drawing attention to my age, I received these two boxes designed specifically for photographers from my friends #notthegoldengirls These 30 day challenge boxes are intriguing – I’ve looked and there are a whole range (even a vegan one) by DOIY Design if you google 30daychallengeinstaphoto there are numerous stockists. The … Continue reading Gifts for photographers – Challenges

A Year in black and white

Even if you really love a hobby there are times you you can get ‘stale’ and find yourself doing the same things over and over without challenging yourself. My 365 project this year is #ayearinblackandwhite. I started this on 1st Jan but there is no reason that you can’t start your own project whenever you feel like it. I’ve done 365 projects before, some just … Continue reading A Year in black and white

Photographing Snowdrops

Light – Camera -Angle I often get people asking for advice when taking photographs so I thought I’d just share a few ideas today. I love Spring flowers and bulbs they are just so beautiful and full of hope. Due to the recent mild weather it appears that UK snowdrops are out in all their glory. On a practical note I always wear old jeans … Continue reading Photographing Snowdrops

Lensbaby Velvet 56

Following on from my ‘Milestone‘ post earlier this week, my husband has been asking me for ages what I wanted for my birthday. I decided that I wanted to be selfish and have something I wanted rather than needed so after lots of research I decided on a new lens and it arrived this morning! The lensbaby Velvet 56  looks and feels sturdy and allows you … Continue reading Lensbaby Velvet 56