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Flower Girl

We’re back in the UK from our Greek Island travels and straight back to work! Sometimes my work really is an absolute pleasure though :-)

Sorry to have been neglecting you all but I’ll be doing my best to catch up properly when I’m a little less busy!

Blue Monday: Busy Bee

Blue Monday: Busy Bee

The gardens are all just heavenly for bees at the moment! In a few days time Simon and I will be on Kos, one of the beautiful Greek Islands. I’m really looking forward to a bit of Kos Thyme Honey on fresh bread for my breakfasts :-) Thyme flourishes all over the island which is also dotted with clusters of Greek-blue beehives! Driving along the roads of Kos with the windows down is a wonderfully fragranced journey :-)

Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday

Weekly Photo and Travel Theme Challenges: Shine Between

Weekly Photo and Travel Theme Challenges: Shine Between

Haiku: The Bride

Shining between them
Precious day of transition
Resplendent in love

Travel Theme: Fresh

Travel Theme: Fresh

Well, I rather hope the photo speaks for itself this week :-)

Lilies For Lou

Every year I remember my friend and former housemate, Lou, with flowers for her birthday. I saw these wonderful burgundy lilies at RHS Wisley Gardens on Sunday and instantly thought of her! Lilies were another of Lou’s favourites and she had a number of them growing in the garden. Lou just loved this time of year for the abundance of flowers. She may be lost to us but she’s not really gone from this world or our lives.

She’s by my side when I’m in the gardens, if I see a black and white cat, when the tennis is on, when I see a yacht, watching the rugby, drinking pimms or rosé, when I see one of her favourite films, listening to 80′s rock music, eating tiramisu, loading the dishwasher (she never could get it right!), if I see a frog (she was terrified of them but Smudge, the cat, used to bring them in as gifts for her) and whenever I pick up the car keys! I was always loosing my keys so Lou brought me a Nemo key ring from Euro Disney. Now I’m always Finding Nemo ;-)

Lou on the left and me on the right

Lou is always in my heart and on my mind. I have so many wonderful memories of a very special person!


Fledgeling Blue Tit

Wordless Wednesday: Our Garden Birds

Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra

Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra

Michelle says “This week, share a photo that has a little something extra: an unexpected visitor, or a tranquil landscape with a splash of colour.”

For Father’s Day on Sunday, Simon’s daughter Charlotte wanted a chilled day out with us at RHS Wisley Gardens. It was a great day with a nice afternoon break at the café for tea and cake. The gardens are blooming, the birds are full of song and one visitor had brought along their African Grey Parrot for a walk, as you do!

Simon and Charlotte left me and my camera to it after a bit and carried on with their walk! The joys of going anywhere with a photographer! They’re very patient with me thankfully :-)

Gracie is a thirteen year old Congo African Grey. These intelligent birds can live for fifty to sixty years so Gracie is still quite a young bird. They’re known for being great mimics but she wasn’t in a talkative mood on Sunday!

They’re very popular pets but anyone thinking of adopting one needs to be prepared for a pet that will be with you for the rest of your life and requires a lot of attention. Gracie is obviously a very happy and well cared for parrot! Meeting her was a wonderful and unexpected extra to a lovely day out :-)

Blue Monday: Bouquet

Blue Monday: Bouquet

Today I have busy processing photos from Alana and Bobby’s Wedding last Thursday! I was really thrilled when Alana first told me of her colour scheme. To have such a beautiful blue within all their photos is just lovely :-)

This is Alana’s gorgeous bouquet of ivory roses, blue delphiniums and fragrant herbs. Quite simply, delightful!

Sarah Longes - Mirador Design:

I’m honoured to be part of Leanne Cole’s Introductions series! When I started following Leanne I found that many of her inspirations in art photography were quite similar to my own. Through the Introductions and Monochrome Madness, with Laura Macky, I’ve started interacting with many other photographers who I feel really create art!

Leanne is so right when she says that those of us from an art background are drawn together! I’ve certainly found that with the musicians I work with that I’ve come to know and call my friends.

I was intrigued to see which photos Leanne would choose to put into her post as my work can be pretty eclectic! She says “I also learned to expect the unexpected with her blog, or rather you never quite know what you will find as you look through it. I really enjoy seeing photographers who like to experiment and take lots of different images.”. I guess that’s what I enjoy too about many of the blogs that I follow. I hope what I’ve written for her post goes some way to showing why my subject matter is often varied with many different styles of working! After all, variety is the spice of life :-)

Originally posted on Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY:

Another week, another Introduction.  It makes me so happy to see how much you like seeing who I introduce and today is no different.  Today I would like to Introduce you to someone who I have got to know a lot better because of the Monochrome Madness Challenge, Sarah Longes, and her blog Taking One Day At A Time. Sarah comes from the area of Surrey in the south of England. One of the things that I find about Sarah is that she because she also comes from an art background.  There is something about artists being attracted to other artists.


One of the things I noticed when I was looking through Sarah’s blog was how colourful it its.  She takes lots of photos of little things, the details.  I don’t know why it is that I am always attracted to blogs that do lots of details.

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