Friday, May 18, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 16

I poked around a friend's garden today and this plant in the corner caught my eye. It had no need for flowers because the gorgeous leaves look like this...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 15

Halfway through the month already. Another change up from florals because I've photographed everything I have access to in local parks, and yeah, that nonexistent garden we have. Who has a garden I can hit up?

Monday, May 14, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 14

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 19

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Walking the dog is a daily occurrence for me, but I try to rope the rest of them in on the weekends. We went to Snuff Mills yesterday afternoon and it was lovely. Grabbed this shot which really sums up so many of our walks; certain young lady talking, certain young man behind in a  world of his own, dog focused intently on daddy.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 12

It's bluebell season here in the UK, it doesn't last long but there's nothing better than the carpet of blue/purple when you find it. I still need to figure out where that is, local to us, but wanted to capture a solo one too. Such beautiful flowers. I'm loving all the purple shades this week.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 10

Just a dried up old bud that caught my eye...because I look and see differently when I have my macro lens. Fresh perspective!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 9

I wasn't sure what this purple flower was so I asked the Insagram world and the consensus seems to be that it is an Allium, more specifically an ornamental allium, which is basically an onion. Learn something new every day!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 8

I took a break from the floral macros today for my photo. This little guy is a very much loved member of the family, complete with all his issues, because we all have them, right?!

Monday, May 7, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 18

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We've had a couple of lovely days weather-wise (due to end again, boo)'s no wonder Brits are obsessed with weather, it just makes no sense and constantly teases and tricks us. On Saturday afternoon we took our dog over to Ashbury Court Estate for a run and I've never seen the place busier; not just the playground area, which was packed, but the place was full of people having picnics and barbecues and enjoying the sun and time together. I lost sight of youngest for a few moments but found her quickly just on the other side of a massive fallen tree, making daisy chains. It was picture perfect and unplanned and quite lovely. Too hard to choose just one favourite.

Macro May 2018 - Day 7

They're everywhere, making sure you can't forget them!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 6

When all else fails and there really hasn't been much left to photograph for your daily macro photo...there are always dandelions; beautifully puffy and delicate, perfect domes yet still amazing 'past their prime' to the very last seed.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 5

Cow parsley may be a weed, but it doesn't stop it being pretty. So delicate and unassuming, it always catches my eye.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 3

Spring really is trying and they are predicting a break from the rain and some sun. All the blossoms and sunshine and we start to feel hopeful!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Macro May 2018 - Day 1

It's Macro May! I joined this Instagram photo challenge last year and will be playing along again this year. I confess, with my personal lifestyle 52 week project, following our real life, more documentary or lifestyle, I find myself missing the 'pretty' and the 'details', so this is just what I need.

Hopefully the rain will hold off some of the days as most of my best inspiration comes from nature. This little beauty was poking over from next door (as sadly there is not even one flower or bloom in our garden, which we have yet to start) and I added a very low opacity texture from Jessica Drossin.

Monday, April 30, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 17

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We were away this weekend, with others from our church and during some free time I asked my youngest to come out to the gardens to see if there were any flowers worth photographing. Of course, when you see fluffy dandelions there's only one thing to do. Love this rite of passage for all children and happy that I have similar shots over the years at their different ages doing just this.

Monday, April 23, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 16

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Another week goes by. We were blessed with a mini heatwave, which felt AMAZING!!! Now we are back to dreary cold (sigh). Some things remain the same from week to week, like homework; nobody enjoys it, but it has to get done. Some of our kids (ahem) are more motivated and just get on with it, whilst a certain youngest child (not to give it away) has to be sat down and forced to do it, even though she has the least amount to get through. She's so capable but can be so resistant. Scout sat by for moral support and daddy was on hand in the background reading his book but available at a moment's notice.

Monday, April 16, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 15

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Although it was back to school for our kids this week, other parts of the country had different timing for their breaks. It meant our friends from London were able to visit us for an overnight at the end of the week, on their way home from a few days away. Amazingly we were able to keep it hidden from the kids and it was a wonderful surprise for them to have friends ring the doorbell on Friday evening and then to find out they were staying for more than just dinner. We had traditional American pancakes for breakfast with maple syrup and whipped cream, I call this 'ten at the table'. It was a Saturday morning, so not the most flattering for most of us, but a fun memory nonetheless.

And there was an early morning, wrapped up in blankets game of Monopoly, which may or may not have been continued from the previous evening. Fun times.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 14

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It was so lovely to have the two week break from school. We enjoyed some much needed down time, went to a wedding, visited friends in London...and youngest discovered Garage Band. Older brother has been tinkering with it for a while but this was a whole new adventure for our ten year old. She's come up with some cool stuff already and I'm pretty impressed.

Sharing her creativity and getting some pointers...they're pretty cute together.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 13

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Late posting this week; we were away in London for a good friend's wedding and I was without a laptop and internet access. The beginning of last week it almost was starting to feel like Spring, but it was short lived and then it rained the rest of the week. I'm not sure why nature keeps tormenting us like this when we are so desperate for some nicer weather. Fortunately that one good day we did manage to all get out to a local park and I did have my camera with me. The dog had a good run, the boy rode is bike and the girls enjoyed the playground. Here's to hoping we start to see and feel more of the sun in the days to come.

Monday, March 26, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 12

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The following photo sums up the boredom and waiting around of a hospital stay. So very grateful for modern medicine and doctors who act quickly. Our Friday started with me picking up our middle child to go to the doctor and ended up with a referral to Accident and Emergency at the Children's Hospital in Bristol, followed by being admitted for two and a half days. She didn't feel awful and wasn't in pain, which made sitting around in bed for that amount of time 'so boring'.

A sore ear for weeks, followed by intense swelling of the ear and behind it, had lead to concerns of mastoiditis, which is when the infection spreads to the bone behind the ear, i.e. the skull. Without antibiotics this could be quite serious and in years past children could die, so boredom in hospital seemed a small, reassuring price to pay. She was well taken care of and will need a follow up to check her hearing, but we are praying there will be no long term problems as a result, and that it was all caught in time.

Monday, March 19, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 11

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My youngest is a little camera resistant these days (sigh). She doesn't understand how quickly she is growing up and how desperately I want to remember all the details. In this case how she still loves dressing up. World Book Day was over a week ago, but her school recognized it this past Friday. I have yet to replace my sewing machine, which I sold before our move from the States, so I was limited in time and resources and she was stumped for ideas, so we had to recycle. It was a stretch. She had a parrot costume I had made previously so we decided she could be either the parrot from Treasure Island or we felt sure there must have been a parrot in a Dr Doolittle book somewhere!

She wore it the rest of the day after she got home too, albeit with the hood down. So cute seeing her wander around like that, doing all the normal a parrot. It definitely added some colour to our day, so no turning this one to black and white.

Monday, March 12, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 10

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It was another one of those weeks where the weather wasn't great and being stuck indoors with no pretty light is just so uninspiring. Then yesterday was Mother's Day, here in the UK and suddenly I was banished from the kitchen so the kids could work on projects and cook lunch, to give me some time off...lovely. I did sneak in at one point, which is when I grabbed this one; working together and needing to keep surprises secret, I just love it and the bond they still share.

Monday, March 5, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 9

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We got to celebrate another birthday in our house this week;
  • This is my sweet spunky girl who does nothing by halves. She gets things done...all the time. She is creative and doesn't shy from new things. I love that I still get morning cuddles from her and that she listens to her body and knows when she's tired and it's time to stop. She is amazing in so many ways and I can't believe she's becoming a grown up before my eyes! She is a challenge and a joy and I wouldn't have it any other way. 

    She's not a fan of cake, mainly because she doesn't enjoy icing or frosting, so her usual request is for pavlova, which works perfectly well too.

    • Love you my Bryttain Sage and everything about you 😘 

    ...and one more, just because...