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I recently broke a very special cup. It's not really a special cup and the saucer has long since been mislaid. But it's the cup I remember my dad using for tomato soup when I was quite a young girl. My parents divorced early on so I never spent as much time as I would have liked with him, but my memories of moments in time from that period are special; hence this tomato soup cup is special. So I've made an attempt at mending it, inspired by Kintsugi, the Japanese art of mending broken pots - ..
I thought I'd take you for a gentle walk today with Coota; he's our rescue staffie/lurcher cross who's been with us now for 7 months. I think he's doing really well, and to be honest, I think we're doing pretty well too since we've never had anything like him before. He's nothing like a collie!    So let's grab the lead and whistle and set off on our walk.....today I'm taking you to Broomscot Common on the Norfolk/Suffolk borders. It's part of a community conservation project, so it's lovely t..
Yesterday we made a pilgrimage to Walsingham in North Norfolk for the snowdrops. What a fabulous few hours, with some rare sunshine and carpets of snowdrops to inspire and uplift. Here are a few too many photograpsh:   Rescue lurcher/Staffie Coota sat beatifully for a photo                        And just to show you how blue the sky was: I love red bricks, and patterns, so couldn't resist some details from the buildings:     And then we ..
What a treat this morning was - the best walk with our lively rescue dog Coota. He met dogs to play with, he ran, and the best bit, he didn't race off after squirrels and deer. He's responding to the whistle too. It's such a good feeling when the training goes well... It gives me a chance to unwind from a busy week, and to delight in the treasures found on a grey and dull day in Norfolk. Sitting beautifully at the start of the walk   So far, not a playmate in sight, but all those mole..
These photos sum up my year. I intended to have 1 photo per month, but a couple extra crept in January - filled with breath-takingly beautiful walks in the snow   February - lots of playing with my new camera, a Nikon D3200 (still so much to learn!)   March - the rains fell and the meadows were turned into an enchanting boggy place   April - Nicola came home to concentrate on some serious revision for her finals, and to enjoy her flowers   and I found a week to nip over to..
Many ecommerce websites require products with white backgrounds – it helps your products stand out. Although I prefer products photographed in a setting, I do have to cut out the backgrounds sometimes. This is how I do it, using Photoshop – it may not be the best way but it works for me, so may be good for you too. I often get asked how to do it. First, put on some good music to help you along! It can be a bit time consuming if you have something complicated to go round. It helps, but isn..
It was our first time exhibiting the RHS Flower show at Tatton Park, and indeed our first visit to this part of the country. We took loads of photos and wanted to share some of the things that caught our eye over the week we were there. We had a heat wave and torrential rain; we had quiet times and incredibly busy times; we were in awe of all the huge amount of work of the dedicated gardeners and designers who put on such an amazing show; and we were amused by much of the humour.  Here are our..
Well, it's still pretty wet under foot down on our local fen, Scarfe Meadow. A week ago it was totally flooded, but I didn't manage to get down there with a camera. Today I just took a few on my phone - not a particularly nice day, just grey, a bit cold, but I always love going down to these meadows (when the cows aren't in there!!)   This is normally just a little brook, but it's burst it's banksI love all the reflections - it's sparked a little idea. Inspiration can come from all sorts of plac..
A lovely day out at the Focus on Imaging Show yesterday ended with a half hour masterclass on product photography with photographer Karl Taylor - thought I might pick up some tips for my own products. The product here is a bottle of whiskey, placed on a glossy acrylic sheet.     Preparing the Equipment The background light   The whiskey on the acrylic sheet with the background light   The main light is behind the wh..
Let me take you around a part of our village, where I love to take the dogs for a gentle stroll.  Let's start with the village sign:        And then over the main road to the church: Up a few steps and then along a footpath   and across to the style and along one of my favourite parts of the village along past these beautiful beech trees and this lovely fat tree. We then turned left to go along this shaded footpath (where I'm expecting to see snowdrops quite s..

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