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Weekend Picks

Friday, 31 October 2014

Well, I've survived the first week back after our holiday. Thoughts now are turning towards Christmas and our next trip!
Here are a few of my favourite links from this week for you to enjoy...

: : Shoot
In praise of daily/weekly photo projects

: : Wander
Thinking of relocating overseas? Check out these helpful tips when moving abroad

: : Nourish
Hello cinnamon ginger baked apple chips, I feel a new (healthy) snack obsession coming on!

: : Nest
Loving these beautiful white homes and the way the minimal pallet is complemented by wood and green plants

: : Inspire
Keeping your bucket full: how to recover when stress builds up

Have a great weekend. We'll be working on our project a bit and going to a birthday tea party


Sevillian Street Art

Thursday, 30 October 2014

I knew we were going to see some beautiful sights in Seville ~ the Alcazar was absolutely beautiful ~ but what I hadn't expected was to see so much interesting and stylish street art.

It seems that the Spanish love their graffiti, but the Sevillians take it to another level ~ a lot of the work we saw was incredibly detailed and clever. Someone is trying to give Banksy a run for his money, I think!

This was my favourite, such fun!

A 2-metre high doorway painted as a old Spanish postage stamp

Our Sunday morning stroll along the river ~ fishermen against a backdrop of colourful walls 

I loved Top Cat as a child so this one delighted me!

I keep thinking about signing up for one of the street art walking tours on offer in London ~ Seville has inspired me to actually do it!


Mid-week Inspiration

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Holidays always remind me that it's all about quality rather than quantity ... must try to keep that feeling going ...
I loved the lingering smell of jasmine that we found everywhere we went in Spain, just gorgeous!


Easy Tapas Idea

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

As you can imagine, we ate plenty of tapas while we were in Spain. It's not an especially easy country if you are vegetarian, but I still managed to enjoy some tasty dishes.

This one was my favourite, and it's something that can be easy replicated at home: Manchego cheese with toasted almonds...

I think this would make a pretty impressive-looking starter or nibbles dish with a glass of wine, don't you?

What do you offer dinner guests when they arrive at your home?


Weekend Picks

Friday, 17 October 2014

Oo, la, la - I'm on serious holiday countdown now! It looks like the weather is going to be kind to us and I'm sure looking forward to exploring Spanish food ~ keep an eye on my Instagram feed!

I'll be taking a break from the blog next week, but I can't leave you without a few nice links to read over the weekend...

: : Shoot
If you're struggling to get to grips with the manual settings on your camera, or if you could just do with a refresh, check out this cheat sheet to getting control over your camera

: : Wander
I can cross off 6 of these 28 amazing places to visit in the world, so there's still plenty to see!

: : Nourish
Get seasonal with these pumpkin oatmeal anytime squares

: : Nest
Fill the dark evenings with crafty pursuits, starting with these fun DIY terracotta air fresheners

: : Inspire
10 mantras to help you live the life of your dreams

Enjoy your weekend. Catch you back here in a week or so!


Finding balance, staying calm & grounded

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Autumn often seems to be a time of change for me. After the 'back to school' feeling of September comes hunkering down time as winter approaches and thoughts turn to Christmas and moving towards a new year.

There's a lot going on in my life at the moment and there have been times over the last few weeks when I've felt it's all verged on spiralling wildly out of control. But I've hung on in there and I think I'm out the other side.

To stay sane I used a few ideas I've picked up over the last couple of years to help me take a step back from it all, breathe and remember that everything comes good, one way or another, in the end.

Here's what's worked for me:
  • Make your favourite drink and find a quiet, cosy spot where you won't be disturbed for a little while

  • Think about how you're feeling and give yourself permission to accept this, without judgement ~ it is how it is. Notice the highs and lows

  • Try to identify the areas of your life which most need an injection of balance. Are you burning the candle at both ends? Spending too much time in the office? Have you stopped reading/listening to music/watching your favourite show? Are you exercising? When was the last time you spent quality moments with your significant other?

  • Get out your notebook/tablet and jot down a few ideas for regaining equilibrium in your key areas. Be specific ~ what needs to change, how and when? Consider what you may have done in the past to pull yourself back into shape ~ what worked well?

  • Connect with people you feel supported by. When under stress it's easy to close yourself down to others, when in reality the human touch can help to gentle ease you back to the place you want to be

  • Be kind to yourself. When you've been riding an emotional rollercoaster it's bound to take a while to come back to land. If you're tired, sleep. If you're hungry, eat. Allow yourself time to absorb what's going on around you and settle back into yourself 

Just a few more days and then we're heading off for some sunshine and culture in Spain (did I mention that already?!) and that really will be the best medicine!


Arches in Photography

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

If you're into photography then you're probably always on the lookout for shapes. In nature, at home, in the city ~ they're everywhere, just waiting for you and your camera.

One of my favourite shapes to hunt out when I'm on the move is the arch. There's something about curving architecture that is so beautiful and pleasing to the eye. Brilliant for practising your composition technique too!

I've had a dig through the archives and picked out a few of my favourite arch shots...

National Portrait Gallery, London

Denmark Hill Station, London

Church Cloisters, Helsingor, Denmark
Youghiogheny River, Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania, USA

Lisle-sur-Tarn, France

Ellis Island, New York

Guatavita, Colombia

Appuldurcombe House, Isle of Wight

Grand Central Station, New York

Which shapes are you naturally drawn to?
Do you look for a certain shape when you're out & about shooting?