Two for one this month as I did’t quite get around to posting May and I am already half way through my one year in portraits project! It has been a busy, stressful couple of months and if I’m completely honest, not entirely photogenic. And so all the images here were taken on a three days rather than one a week but since the camera has been hibernating this is what I have!
Recenty I was invited to Sophie Conran for Portmeirion’s 10th anniversary celebration. Now I will confess to being a fan of the collection and have several items in my cupboards already. Being the curious sort I wanted to learn a little more. What I hadn’t realised was that each original piece is hand thrown on a potters wheel , shaped, and fired before any decision is taken on final designs. Once the design is right, the original pieces are used to make casts for the porcelain from which the finished collection is made. The result is a range that feels handmade yet has all the advantages of larger production.
When I first downloaded Instagram I used it as a photo editing app on a private account. I genuinely had no idea that it was a wide world full of amazing accounts as I had never seen anything like it before. I had always loved photography and having a newish smart phone I was simply playing with apps. That was almost five years ago and for a while Instagram just sat on my phone without much use at all, only being opened every now and again when I would use Instagram for the fun of it.
I have a theory – not a complicated one – that happiness is found in simple things. Now don’t get me wrong, those things can be grand or small, but always at the centre of that happy feeling is something fairly simple. Maybe sparked by the joy of a child’s laughter, or taking time to appreciate the beauty of the little details in every day. Doing something you enjoy. Being with people who make you feel good about yourself. The sun shining. Oh and wearing stripy clothes because it’s such a happy pattern… So when Fat Face asked me to work with them styling some of the pieces from their Coastal Whites collection, which included this dress below, I didn’t hesitate for long.
Elderflower season is upon us again and since last year when I made elderflower cordial, my thoughts have been set to making tea. The simplest use for elderflowers. A long while ago I came across a beautiful old book with the longest title ‘Wild Fruits, Berries, Nuts & Flowers – 101 good recipes for using them’. Dated to 1942 and it has my mind full of hedgerow produce and what to do with it. For elderflowers it has only two recipes (though many more for the berries), one for a vinegar and one for a pickle but just above them sits dandelion tea and that got me thinking…
I adore May. It is the most hopeful of months, full of new growth and almost always at least half warm (although maybe not this year). It feels like an awakening, as though we are stirring from a winter hibernation and remembering all the pleasure of spending time outdoors. That’s not to say we won’t venture out before, more that it seems we spend less time inside than we have since late summer last year. May wanderings are such a glorious thing.
I am just popping in to make a note of the current building situation. I know it hasn’t been mentioned here since last year when we completed the dining room but our renovation tales are ongoing. Next month will see some more major changes with a replacement flat roof on the small extension built well before our time here, and a completely new room for Millie. The logistics of losing a bedroom for a while are not ideal so we want to make sure everything runs as quickly and smoothly as possible. read more
OK, fancy a giggle? I have been organising my cloud based storage recently and unearthed the BEST collection of old Instagram photos all of which I actually posted. Honestly, I am not making this up, just have a look at these!! The filters and borders at which I excelled… Proving absolutely that I have, if nothing else, improved my photography & editing over the last three to four years. Do I get a certificate…? read more
One year in portraits this month begins with a photo from the end of last month when we took a trip home to Cheshire. While there we drove up to Crosby Beach to see Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ – I shared more about our visit here – of course it is only right to have a photo next to one of the 100 solid cast iron statues so here are Millie and Tony with one of the figures. You can just make out several more figures in the background, the tide moves quickly here so we timed our visit to be at a low tide to see as many of the figures stand above the water as possible.
May 1976. That’s my birthday. Yep. I am turning 40. A whole new decade, I’ve found my feet, I’m happy in my own skin. Life is good and a new decade isn’t going to phase me. Shall I tell you why?