At the start of Lockdown I read a ‘letter from Italy’ that was doing the rounds on social media. It basically said that they were a few weeks ahead of us and to expect a burst of enthusiasm – new books, skills, excercise… and then we would hit a wall and feel completely exhausted. True to form I did lots of sewing, knitting, botanical drawing, … Continue reading Cyanotypes
Unprecedented times where nothing is as it was. We all have different roles and different skills and I honestly believe that supporting each other is the only way forward. ‘I’m retired ( well sort of) and will be spending a lot of time with at least 2 of my grandchildren. I’ll share photos of what we have been doing as many activities will be outdoors … Continue reading How can I help?
I make no apologies for once again asking everyone to support us. I know if you follow LimbBo foundation on social media you will know that our ‘board of smiles’ is our inspiration, the look on the faces of our children when they receive their arms or bikes is what keeps us going. Many of you have supported us with donations, time, spreading the word, finding … Continue reading LimbBo foundation – can you support us?
I’m a trustee for LimbBo foundation – you can see all about our work here – We support children like my grandson #TommyD who were born with a limb difference. Yesterday was one of those days that reaffirm your faith in human nature. Barnsley Live had chosen us to be their charity for 2019. What a day! We met so many amazing people, from our … Continue reading Barnsley Live Support LimbBo Foundation
I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to my photography. I shoot in Manual as I like to set my own, shutter speed, aperture and ISO. I have my ‘go to’ editing apps and programs, different lenses for different situations and whilst I’m happy with the results on the whole I decided this morning to abandon control. I’m fortunate to be returning … Continue reading Lose control in a positive way
We love being in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nature and photographic opportunities. Having visited the Outer Hebrides a couple of times, we opted to visit The Isle of Mull this time. We poured over cottages and have had this visit planned for over a year. I bought new filters, was looking forward to giving my birthday lens a workout. ( I actually never … Continue reading When your plans have ideas of their own…
…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. 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 …
If there’s one thing we do well in this country – it’s queuing! Wednesday was a chilly April day but that didn’t stop my friend and I queuing for 3 hours in sunshine, rain, hail and even some snow to see the exhibition ‘The Mausoleum of the Giants’ in Sheffield. Was it worth it? Hell yes, it was amazing but the actual anticipation and 3 … Continue reading Mausoleum of the Giants
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