On Gratitude

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of my habits in the morning as soon as I get out of bed is to move the blinds and look out of the window. Today the sky was showing it’s best face, smiling and beaming out the glory of a wonderful sunrise.

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I thought it was about time I posted a layout. All supplies by Anna Aspnes

Tuesday Thoughts – A Week of Autumn

This week I have been using my iPhone even more than usual to document my days. It’s always with me, it makes me think about limitations and how to get around those problems.

 

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Close shot using Snapseed and adding lens blur, taken at Trill Farm

 

 

Of course the days of low megapixel camera phones have gone and retro photography is all the rage, adding leaks, deliberately fading and adding lomo effects all add to the fun.

 

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Using VSCO and adding fade highlights and shadow colours. Taken in Vivary Park

 

It’s making people take photos again, documenting lives and making memories. I’m all for that, as a historian it warms my heart. But on the other side what worries me is that so many people don’t bother to take their precious images off their phone, they sit there never being printed or saved and one day pouf…. they will be gone when the phone crashes or the phone gets damaged.  Although i’m a disorganised and untidy human being ( my husband will testify to that ) but as far as photo organisation goes I am a fiend. I don’t keep my  photos on my phone for long they are saved to my Lightroom catalogue under year and month, they have their own key words and monthly they are backed up onto an external hard drive. I know I know you are thinking that is overkill but I don’t expect everyone else to be quite so picky as me !

 

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So if you know someone who has a phone and their life is documented on it please help them to take those photos off and save them and think of all those wonderful memories you have saved….

 

Layouts this week.

 

 

 

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I’ve just finished the wonderful Anna Aspnes’ AnnaBlendzLive class it was fabulous I learnt so much….

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Have a great week ……

 

This Week

“Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like
they’re falling in love with the ground.”
―Andrea Gibson

As Summer said goodbye we had one last week of glorious days. Of warm, gentle, blue sky days. Time to get out and collect as many images as possible, I’m like a squirrel hoarding photos to play with during those cold drear days of Winter.

The roses made a final showing

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The light was soft and dreamy in the shade

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And it was still warm enough to sit outside

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I played with some still life

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And finally a little bit of Autumn colour…

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My first Autumn layout, supplies by Anna Aspnes.

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Have a wonderful weekend. I start my online course next week with Anna Aspnes A course on blending and artsy digital art you can check it out HERE

Autumn in Clifton

 

‘The man with the greatest originality of thought and power of execution, bold in his plans but right’.

Daniel Gooch, 1859

 

 

Now both our children leave in Bristol we seem to be spending a lot of our leisure time driving up the motorway ! It’s no hardship as the city has everything a photographer could want or need.

 

 

 

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It has some wonderful green areas. This is the beginning of what is known as The. Downs, but Bristol has so many green spots and vantage points.

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The wonderful Clifton Suspension Bridge designed by the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. it spans the Avon Gorge and  took 33 years to build. Brunel was a great engineer,  a visionary,  a man willing to take chances. In 2002 the BBC ran a programme called 100 Greatest Britons, Brunel was second, only Winston Churchill beat him and William Shakespeare was fourth ! If you want to learn more here is a link about the history.

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On a beautiful Autumn day you can’t beat the view.

 

 

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The area known as Clifton is considered the most desirable, elegant and upmarket with lots of classy, independent shops.

 

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It has the Clifton Arcade which is full of little independents one off shops.

 

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And finally one of the many scrapbook pages I have created about this wonderful city. Supplies by Anna Aspnes.

 

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FRIDAY FINDS

 

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible…..

I’m taking a little blogging break whilst I catch up on all the other classes new and old that I haven’t finished. Plus this designing a website is obsessing me !

I’ll just leave you with one of my journal type scrapping pages.

 

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A series of photos based around home

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And I’m loving the new project life app by Becky Higgins such fun….

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 Until next time……friendship textgrey

 

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TEXTURE TUESDAY-INDIAN SUMMER

We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost.

Henry Rollins

As usual as soon as the school term begins we have a wonderful spell of warm dry weather. The mornings start with a bite, but before long out comes the sun. The wasps are gorging themselves on the fallen apples and the trees are beginning to turn.

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This is not going to be a good year for our apple tree. But luckily my neighbour has a glut so if I need any all I have to do is walk next door. Mark is relieved, less windfalls to pick before he can mow.

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FRIDAY FINDS – ROAD TRIP

Sounds, smells, whirling dancers. Girls with flowers in their hair, children running and laughing. A man in a stripy poncho with a leather hat. Hot chocolate , buzzing from music, words and thoughts run through my head.

 

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Continuing on from my Tuesday post,  we travelled from Somerset to Shropshire stopping off in Gloucester and Berrington Hall before visiting the Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

 

Find One – The delightful Gloucester Docks, industrial heritage for the modern age…

 

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Find Two – Berrington Hall in Shropshire. A Georgian delight with a  Pride and Prejudice costume exhibition  with THAT shirt.

 

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Find Three – The sights and sounds of a festival I’d forgotten what fun they were.

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Find Four – The joy of live music.

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Finally – To see the joy on the faces of performers who love what they do.

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Supplies by Anna Aspnes

Music listened to: The Dhol Foundation, John Jones, Molotov Jukebox, James Riley, Karine Polwart and Marin Simpson, and so much more….

 Roll on next year !

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A WALK THROUGH HISTORY

“The painter constructs, the photographer discloses.” 
― Susan SontagOn Photography

 

As many of you know Mark and I try to visit National Trust properties as often as we can. We are members which saves us a considerable amount of money. This week we revisited Lacock Abbey and the Fox Talbot museum in Wiltshire. It has a very interesting history, not only is it 800 years old in places but also was the home of Henry Fox Talbot. It was founded as a medieval nunnery in 1232. For movie and TV buffs it was used as the setting for the first 2 Harry Potter films, and the village was used as a setting for Pride and Prejudice (the Colin Firth one) and Cranford. To me it is the almost perfect place to visit (all is missing is water), it has wonderful medieval architecture a botanic garden and a very interesting history.

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But this visit was really to learn more about Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877). He was a mathematician, botanist and chemist. he is known for inventing photography, his process of creating a negative in the camera and from that making multiple positive prints was the dominant process throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  His work was based on earlier experiments by others.

 

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Talbot inherited Lacock when he was 5 months old but didn’t live there until he was 27. His disappointing attempts at drawing whilst on his honeymoon led him to think how science might help people with no artistic talent to make images.

If you would like to read more about this amazing man you will some more information HERE

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I wonder what he would think of today’s instant photography and the ease of processing !

Photo taken using Hipstamatic.

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As summer begins to fade there was a last show of beautiful flowers in the kitchen garden.

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I created a scrapbook page. Supplies by Anna Aspnes and Agnes Biro.

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Textures used in the scrapbook page are kk waterfront1 and quiet.

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LINK UP FUN– IN THE SUMMERTIME

 

Once a year the small town of Sidmouth in East Devon becomes the home of folk….

The Sidmouth Folk Festival has been running for 60 years. For one week it is normal to wear funny hats, bells on your knees and busk in the streets. We have been going to the festival for over 30 years.

There are food stalls.

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Music stands where you can buy anything from a tin whistle to an accordion.

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 Meeting old friends and making new ones….

There was a lot of this….

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And this…

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Some interesting costumes

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Crafters….

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And of course the seafront, which is lined with traders and dance teams all playing their instruments, shouting out instructions and generally having a wonderful time…

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This is a collage of some of the wonderful people you meet along the sea front.  The dance team The Cornish Wreckers a dance side from Cornwall, and a young girl playing some amazing fiddle ….

This is only a tiny peep into the wonderful world of the folk festival…..

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Mark and I are going to another festival at the end of August I hope the weather will be kind to us so I have another opportunity to showcase some more wonderful artists…

Linking up with Kim for Texture Tuesday and Helen for A Weekend Walk…..

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Thanks for visiting……

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FRIDAY FINDS – A SUCCESSFUL STILL LIFE

 

 

A selection of my photography this week

After taking many, many shots I finally was happy with this edit.  Adjusted in Lightroom using Kim’s lovely new LR preset ‘bare.  ‘ Some light texturing in PS and one of my photographs from printed.com

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 I’ve always liked photographs of bottles with flowers in them and I created this using my painted wine box on a coffee table to give height.

 

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Copying a still life in THIS magazine

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I played around with type and created my own brush….

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And finally two layouts, the first one showing my beautiful blue vase that my good blogging friend Helen gave me. She hosts a linky called weekend walk check it out HERE

 

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Supplies by Anna Aspnes and Katie Pertiet

And continuing with my Be Still work….

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Supplies by Anna Aspnes

Have a great weekend……

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Kim Klassen dot Com

 

 

 

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