Monday 19th – Sunday 25th September

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending”. ~ Carl Bard

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A heart filled with anger has no room for love. ~Joan Lunden

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You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you  ~Andy Warhol

Meanwhile, spring came, and with it the outpourings of Nature. The hills were soon splashed with wild flowers; the grass became an altogether new and richer shade of green; and the air became scented with fresh and surprising smells — of jasmine, honeysuckle, and lavender. ~Dalai Lama XIV

The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you. ~B. B. King

The world is quiet here. ~Lemony Snicket

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“Hark, now hear the sailors cry / smell the sea, and feel the sky / let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic.” ~ ~ Van Morrison

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

Hello Friday

 

Listening to Bombay Bicyle Club – “Flaws”

Clouds scudding
Pink sky,
Crispy leaves
Branches swaying,
Joggers, cyclists,
It’s another workday

How we choose to spend the day is our choice.
But be mindful of your thoughts and deeds.
Celebrate the rising of the sun, the smiles of people you meet.
They need the lift that a smile and a word of thanks brings.

 

 

 

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31 Days of Five Minute Free writing – View

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From my view today I see commuters, students and mothers with young preschoolers. Rustling, bustling wallets open, cards ready, waiting for that hit . Choices choices what to have, pumpkin spice, mocha or espresso?  Here I sit letting it flow over me with my Pikes Place simple but just enough. Viewing from the table trying not to stare. Long dreadlocks with a suit, Doc. Martens with leggings .. Young exec in a snappy suit talking loudly on the phone. The man who shuffles and sings to himself. You can view the world from a coffee cup.

 

( with apologies to Sarah Huizenga her Coffee Shop Chronicles are HERE)

Friday Finds – distraction

This week has been a week of distraction. I’m still not happy with my blog, it’s not WordPress I love WordPress but I want more control. I want to choose my own fonts, colours and plugins. Also I love tweaking and playing. So Mark and I are embarking on the challenge of developing our own website using WordPress.org. I hope to document my adventure in blogging my way.

 

First research, Mark and I were pleasantly surprised to see a good number of new books in the library.

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The Blogging for Creatives is my own copy and I do like it.

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I have had a major think about my camera. Because of my Fibromyalgia I find carrying a largish, heavy camera painful. So I made the decision to buy a super zoom camera that is also so compact. I can shoot in RAW, it has a brilliant zoom and so light and easy to carry. One of the new features is that I can transfer images wirelessly from camera to iPad. Check it out HERE I used it in London and was very pleased with the results. I can still use the Nikon for still like on a tripod but the compact is pretty good at that too.

 

 

 

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ― Albert Camus

A photo shoot inspired by Kim’s BeStill class. The prompt was organic. A lot of my images tend towards the earthy, organic look and I had a lot of fun . My wooden background, linen napkin and some crunchy leaves. I think my little camera did well.

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Using Kim’s texture on the frame, waterfront1. Template by Anna Aspnes – FotoInspiredFrames no2 and brush Autumnal

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Hope your weekend is full of crisp mornings and blue skies……

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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 – DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF (or how I learnt that not perfect is ok)

Sounds of sirens, of many languages. Bustling, running, pushing. This is London, vibrant and loud, flawed and thrilling. Could I live here ? No, but a place to visit and marvel at the beauty. The immense landscape, of modern and ancient, somehow it works. Joggers pant past tourists with maps and cameras, buskers play steel drums all a glorious mess. I love you London…..

We visited London for the day. What a shock, I hadn’t visited for a few years. It was an assault on the senses and I was so tired when I got home. When I loaded my images to say I was disappointed is an understatement. But, when I start looking again I realised that this is street photography, you don’t have time to stand around composing, you get pushed and shoved so it has to be snap snap. So if it’s not completely in focus does that really matter ?

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I have decided that I still love the whole Photoshop Artistry thing, and although I don’t process like this so much anymore,  when I do I love it.

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It is all about conveying a feeling and for memory keeping so important to maybe slip in some candid shots I have to learn that is OK.

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River Thames with Tower Bridge in the distance

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St Paul’s Cathedral from the South Bank.

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Under the arches.

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The wonderful Borough Market in Southwark see the website HERE

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So I am going to continue looking for the intimate, the personal.

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Have a great weekend keep looking for those special moments…

TEXTURE TUESDAY – BACK TO SCHOOL

 

Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.

– ‘You’ve Got Mail’

 

Hello September, goodbye August. I love this time of year, crisp mornings, blue skies the sun getting low earlier, which makes for some great photography. Here at Little Orchard I’ve been playing with the print module in Lightroom and creating pictures of a still real life.

 

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Light is a problem in the house, we do have a unheated sunroom which I use when it is warm but I’m scratching my head when it comes to the colder months. I may do a series called catching the light .

 

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Do you have problems with light ? If so do you have tips ? I would love to hear them….

Linking up today with Kim Klassen for Texture Tuesday

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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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