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taking stock #012

It has been a rough couple of months with health issues on multiple fronts… all of which has taken their toll on me.

While I usually look forward to a taking stock, I’m dreading the thought of thinking about what has happened and what is to come over the next couple of months, so forgive me if there are a lot of blanks this time round….

Making: water kefir to help with my gut health, and loving it!
Cooking: from the Stone soup weekly meal plans.  We’ve only just started, but I’m thinking that it’s going to make organising dinners so much simpler.
Drinking: more of that kefir water.
Reading: nothing.  Not a thing.  Nothing is of interest at the moment.
Wanting: good health for all the family.
Waiting: for our holiday… not long to go now.
Loving: the way my family has looked after me these last couple of weeks… “We don’t do it because we have to, Mum.  We do it because we love you.”
Pondering: if all this clean living is really working.
Watching: Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.  Have introduced the kids to her and while they laugh and criticise, they still ask when we’re going to watch the next episode!
Marvelling: at the change in season.  The colours are stunning.
Needing: time on a beach.
Smelling: the immune booster essential oils I’m burning in bulk at the moment… trying to rid the house of all things germy.
Wearing: comfortable clothes.
Feeling: really run down… and over it.
Admiring: the colours of the leaves in Autumn.
Disliking: coughing.
Giggling: at the Boy when he predicts what will happen in Buffy.
Hearing: the dog groan with old age whenever she moves.

Not too bad, considering.

Hope to see you all sooner rather than later, because I know that the blog has been very quiet of late.  Apologies there, but I been prioritising and unfortunately for the blog, she’s a fair way down the list.

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{beautiful to me} Manuela Adreani

while browsing through our local bookshop the other day, Daughter and I found came across this copy of Alice in Wonderland.


The cover illustrations spoke to us, and after a flick through it, we decided to have a further look at the illustrative works of Manuela Adreani.

A resident of Turin, Manuela began her career as a graphic designer before moving into the world of freelance illustration.  Her work has a simple whimsy to it, while her colours are muted and textured, which (I personally think) lends well to the genre of fairytales.

We’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more of her works whilst we browse other book shops!

my cat & I

my cat & I



my dog

my dog

star white kids

star white kids

You’ll find Manuela Adreani’s blog here, her Instagram profile here and her Pinterest profile here.

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The Weekend Photo Project: ‘composition – colour’

The Weekend Photo Project: 'composition - colour'


it’s one of the most obvious elements of composition

When you are aware of the effects of colour, and use it consciously, it can be a great tool in photography. It can be used to convey emotion, create balance, highlight contrasts – and can have a great impact on how one perceives the photo.

You don’t have to have a degree in colour therapy – but if you understand how hue, saturation and brightness work together, then you’re on your way to getting ‘colour’ under control.

As always, here’s a little reading on the topic:

  1. Using Colour to Create Strong Photo Compositions – Picture Correct
  2. How to Use Colour in Photographic Composition (with 9 Gorgeous Examples) – Light Stalking
  3. Colour Composition: Using Subtle Colour – Digital Photography School
  4. Using Colour Boldly – Digital Photography School
  5. Simply Beautiful Photos: Palette – National Geographic

what colour will you use this weekend?

Here’s where you can share your Weekend Photo Project photos –

Facebook: Create an album (title suggestion – My Weekend Photo Project) and upload your photos (and don’t forget to add the hashtag #twpp now that FB does hashtags). You can make your album public so that anyone can have a look at your photos or you can share your photos with me over on my biz page.

Your blog: Upload your photos to your blog and share them with the wide world. Leave a link here so that others can follow the snail-trail.

Flickr: Share your photos at The Weekend Photo Project group.

Pinterest: If you’re on Pinterest create a board for your weekend photos. Don’t forget to add the tag #twpp so that others can search for them. I have a The Weekend Photo Project Pinterest board that I’m going to invite people to pin on. If you’d love to be involved, follow the board and I’ll send you an invite!

Instagram: Snap a photo with you phone or i-device and upload your photo to Instagram. You’ll find me here on Instagram. Don’t forget to add #twpp to your caption. Proceed to share!

Twitter: Use Instagram, link to your Pinterest board or your blog. And remember to add #twpp as your hashtag.

Anywhere else you like: I’m sure I’ve left out others ways of sharing, so leave a comment below and let everyone know where your photos will be!

Be sure and leave a comment below to let me (and everyone else) know where you’ll be sharing your photos. Visit other peoples photos. Like them. Comment.

and please, share The Weekend Photo Project – the more people we can get involved, the more fun it will be

Don’t forget that the prompts are open to interpretation – there is no right or wrong photo – just the photo you make of your world as you see it.

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{photography} where 10 black & white photos to inspire you led me

Last week I confessed that I’ve fallen head over heels in love with black and white photography.

The beauty of black and white is that it has a way of really letting the viewer experience the image.  The colour is stripped away, leaving behind the composition, light & shadow, texture and tonal qualities – the essence and emotion of the image.

its soul

These are my modest attempts at finding the soul of my subjects.  More experimentation is required, but in the meantime, I’m giving it my best shot.




which one is your favourite out of the three?

and what else do you think I should photograph?

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{photography} 10 black & white photos to inspire you

i’ve fallen in love with black & white photography

I’ve been processing most of my own photos to black and white of late… there’s something about stripping away the colour – the distractions – that appeals to me.

Which means I tend to spend a little bit of time looking for inspiration online.

here are 10 of my current favourites

Untitled by leonhard.katzel on Flickr

portraits don’t always have to be full faces – Untitled by leonhard.katzel on Flickr

simplicity and reflection - Solitude by Jacques Gauthier

simplicity and reflection – Solitude by Jacques Gauthier

everyday objects can be beautiful - Pear Still Life by Lupen Grainne

everyday objects can be beautiful – Pear Still Life by Lupen Grainne

intense black - I wanna be yours by Gabriel (correctly linked, I hope)

intense black – I wanna be yours by Gabriel (correctly linked, I hope)

dandelions were a favourite subject even way back when - Dandelions by Frederick H. Evans

dandelions were a favourite subject even way back when – Dandelions by Frederick H. Evans

one of my latest that I'm loving - Fork by me

one of my latest that I’m loving – Fork by me

using negative space for impact - Negative Space by ??? (if you know who took this image, please let me know so I can link correctly)

using negative space for impact – Incomplete by Christian Öser (http://coeser.de)

Black & White Dandelion - dandelions... an eternal source of beautiful photographs

dandelions… and eternal source of beautiful photographs – Black & White Dandelion by lladybuggz

music and photography - Cello

music and photography – Cello by Nelson-Rietzke Photography

do you know of any black & white photos that just beg to be shared?

Please let me know in the comments!

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