Thoughtful

 

What I’m listening to Steeleye Span – Gaudete a wonderful piece of music for the Christmas period

I’m currently following a mindfulness programme. The idea of having a mind with too many windows open like a computer really resounds with me. You fill up your mind with so many open pages that your mind seizes up, all the old anxieties and memories rise to the surface and you become exhausted and stressed.

 

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Even though I don’t work and spend a fairly solitary life I can still feel myself stressed full of emotion and worry. So I’m going  to try to declutter my mind, close off some of those windows that should have been deleted years ago.

 

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I’m going to be starting a series of journal pages documenting this on my blog, I hope you will visit and check them out.

 

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To all my American friends have a wonderful, happy and peaceful Thanksgiving.

 

 

Kim Klassen dot com

Texture Tuesday – just popping in

The last few weeks my Fibromyalgia has been bad. When it hits I want to hibernate to go to a dark cave and lick my wounds. The very thing I need to do for my mental health is to socialise online with friends, but instead I pop my head out say hello and disappear. So apologies to all of you if I haven’t reached out.

So here are a few things I have been working on…

My iPhone has been my friend for processing and for ease of use. I can’t move around much to take shots so two out of the three photos were by iPhone then processed on my iPad.

I love the wooden background and the sharp clarity of the props.

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A morning out in Bristol all processing done with Stackables and Distressed FX.

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This shot was taken down by the floating harbour in Bristol, processed in Lightroom and two layers of kk_stamped_softly added.

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Have a good week everybody I’m using Instagram a lot these days you can find me  at viv_halliwell I’d love to see you.

 

 

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Friday a Rediscovery

What I’m listening to  Natalie Merchant – House Carpenter’s Daughter

As the autumn moves into winter the urge to cuddle up with a cuppa and a book seems more attractive than getting blown apart and rained on. So on days when photography is not possible I hope to pull out some of my books and rediscover and learn. The little books are altered books that I created years ago when I was part of a Yahoo group. We would create some pages and then pass it on to the next one in the group. Finally your book would land on your mat full of beautiful art from people all over the world.

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I hope to return to some form of hands on art over the winter even if it is just some background pages for scrapping.

 
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Happy Friday…

 

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Texture Tuesday – From the Archives.

I thought I would go back through my archives from November 2013.

 

An old butcher’s bike (using kk_stamped) I love the texture of the brick wall.

 

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This image was taken on a frosty clear morning before the terrible flooding that happened on the Somerset Levels

 

Taken with my iPhone I used kk_dollard_grunge.

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I took this at last years Remembrance parade in Taunton. When 40 Commando along with Scouts, Explorers and members of the British Legion march through the town, and finish at the memorial in the park to lay poppy wreaths in memory of all those that have died in conflict.

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And here is 40 Commando marching through Taunton.

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Lest we forget

 

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Beauty

What I’m listening to        Show of Hands – ‘The Keys of Canterbury’ from the album, Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed.

 

 

Today I’m finding beauty, In all it’s shapes and forms.

 

My morning walk through the churchyard

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The last rose

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Textures

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Morning sun

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My beautiful daughter in New Zealand (photo by Theo Bruckner)

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What are you celebrating this weekend ?

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Texture Tuesday – Organic

“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.” 
― Samuel Butler

Music I’m listening to Brian Finnegan – ‘The Ravishing Genius of Bones’.  Listen HERE

Finally my website is up and running, it really isn’t for the faint hearted. It’s still not right but at least people can now leave comments.

The last week or so I’ve been concentrating on more dramatic, organic images. Rich, vibrant tones with high clarity.

One of Kim’s prompts in BeStill52 was to shoot some freshly baked bread, for some reason I really couldn’t get what I wanted. I’m not good with prompts, I’m still that impulsive photographer that shoots from the hip ! The bread was cranberry and pecan from Marks and Spencer very tasty and great with a strong cheddar cheese.

 

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Conker cases on a weathered stone bench

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The gardens at Hestercombe House are full of autumnal colour.

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Finally playing with apples on my gorgeous wooden background.

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Thanks for visiting.

Kim Klassen dot com