This week I almost decided to ditch my blog, I’ve been very lacklustre for the past six months about keeping it up. A number of things have made me feel this way
The doldrums isn’t that a great word ? The dictionary gives this definition
” a state of inactivity or stagnation, as in business or art:”
Well that has been me. I suppose I’m looking for a reason to blog, a goal or maybe a theme.
Maybe just to showcase photographs ?
To add quotes or wise words ?
“Align yourself with people that you can learn from, people who want more out of life, people who are stretching and searching and seeking some higher ground in life.”
— Les Brown
Maybe a link up ? I really miss Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesdays and Friday Finds….
Then there is the fear that if I did a link up would anyone bother to link ….
So what do you think ? Would you join me in a link up ? Would you like a theme ?
Maybe this might be the answer, Adobe Slate. Although it doesn’t have a social element you can embed in your blog or send a link to it via Facebook and Twitter but you can’t comment and if you do ‘Appreciate’ the author can’t see you liked it ….
Please click on image below to see my story on Slate
So let me know via comments or email…..
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.
A series of photos based around home
And I’m loving the new project life app by Becky Higgins such fun….
Until next time……
I had a fantastic walk through the park on Monday morning I had my trusty little Lumix with me ( would it be sad to give it a name?). I was struck by the light and the faint mist rising over the grass. It was magical. Quiet, a few children on their way to school, commuters cycling and a few seagulls trying to find a tasty morsel.
This is my favourite time of year crisp cold mornings followed by warm, mellow afternoons.
Linking with Kim today.
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.
The Blogging for Creatives is my own copy and I do like it.
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.
Using Kim’s texture on the frame, waterfront1. Template by Anna Aspnes – FotoInspiredFrames no2 and brush Autumnal
Hope your weekend is full of crisp mornings and blue skies……
We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost.
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.
texture used kk_2801
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.
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.
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 .
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
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.
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…
Find Two – Berrington Hall in Shropshire. A Georgian delight with a Pride and Prejudice costume exhibition with THAT shirt.
Find Three – The sights and sounds of a festival I’d forgotten what fun they were.
Find Four – The joy of live music.
Finally – To see the joy on the faces of performers who love what they do.
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 !
A selection of my photographs this week. I’m continuing with my ‘heartwork’ and these five photographs really spoke to me..
One of my favourite places to visit Bristol Harbour
A Sidmouth shot, the wonderful Airstream coffee spot.
On my daily walk .
This week I met my dear friend Cathy who is visiting from Spain…
A simple shot. I was prompted to post this by my blogging friend Cheryl who wrote a meaningful post this week that really spoke to me. You can find her post HERE.
“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh, Being Peace
Have a wonderful weekend…..
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.
‘Texture used Waterfront1’
Music stands where you can buy anything from a tin whistle to an accordion.
texture used kk_waterfront1 as a backdrop and Kim’s template and brush. Also a brush by Katie Pertiet
Meeting old friends and making new ones….
There was a lot of this….
Some interesting costumes
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…
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…..
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…..
Thanks for visiting……
‘Joni Mitchell thoughts
on the sound
guitar and voice.
Amelia flying, swirling.
‘Amelia it was just a false alarm’…
For my Be Still52 class print your photos #9 …..
Looking for light Be still52 #10