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Food Photography tip – ageing items

Found it difficult getting hold of a small vintage sieve, but found a pack of 3 small sieves some time ago in Homebargains. The pack cost 99p (a real bargain), but they looked “too shiny” and “new” for the old-worldly look I was hoping for.

That’s when I came up with an idea for ageing them quickly! I thought I’d try it with one first in case it didn’t work out.

I smothered it in…. wait for it…. wait for it….

Easily achieved old-worldly look
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Food photography

Our first tomatoes

Gardening is CHEAPER than THERAPY…..and you get tomatoes.

Garden Therapy

Tee hee! Not exactly a huge crop, but it made me smile.

Our very own tomatoes – baby and plum

So far this year, our 2 raised veggie beds have produced mixed salad leaves, horse radish, spring onions, salad turnip and parsley. We’re still waiting on potatoes, beetroot and more Baby and Plum tomatoes to ripen and pick.

Hubby reckons there’s about 150 tomatoes in the greenhouse that have yet to ripen which isn’t bad considering we only have 6 tomato plants out there in the first place.

It’s funny, but we’d never have created a veggie garden if it hadn’t been for lock down. Now, I can’t imagine not having our own fresh produce.

Serenity Circle 2020

Serenity Circle – July 2020

Welcome to July’s Serenity Circle.

Documentary photography workshop

A couple of months ago, I enrolled on a documentary workshop hoping it would help me record these historic times through photography.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to connect with this workshop for some reason or other.

Nature photography

When it comes to nature photography however, I could lose myself for hours shooting and editing this particular genre. It’s a real fine creative outlet and beautiful pastime—I’d be lost without it.

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Serenity Circle 2020

Serenity Circle – June 2020

Welcome to June’s Serenity Circle.

On Sunday afternoon, hubby and myself packed a picnic basket and headed out into the countryside. It was misty and even drizzly at times, but it was quietly comforting being inside the warmth of the car enjoying the scenery in passing after not having taken a trip like this in so long.

We kept well within the required ‘local’ vicinity (i.e. a 5 mile radius of home) but even so it seemed like another world! I couldn’t fathom if this was because we hadn’t been into the countryside for a good long while or because the weather seemed to drape the old familiar in a protective misty blanket making it take on a totally different appearance and atmosphere—perhaps it was a little bit of both.

Don’t be afraid to go into the mist—be excited because you don’t know where you will end up.

—Sophie Madden

The countryside was so incredibly ‘quiet’ and ‘still’ and in a way it felt as if we’d stepped back in time to when there was much less traffic and noise on the roads and everyone walked or cycled from village to village. It was nice to get a ‘glimpse of a kind’ into what life may have been like years ago (before most people could afford a motor vehicle)…. and I believe I could definitely get used to it—the peace and quiet side of such anyway!

I was reminded of a saying that has been repeated in various places over the past few months and one which has stuck in my mind since hearing it:

In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.

—Dave Hollis

So many of us have tasted a more relaxed and much simpler pace of life in recent months and it’s going to be difficult adapting back to the ‘norm’ we once knew—if such is even possible that is—but perhaps like the above quote by Dave Hollis suggests, we can be a bit more careful about what we choose to include in our new ‘norm’ and what we can leave behind with the old now that we have tasted the difference.

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Nature photography


Nikon D200 Nikon 50 mm f1.4 Extension tubes

I love to wander in nature along with my camera and absorb the scenery around me. I like to take my time to look—I mean “really look” at the beauty that often goes unnoticed when we are busy and don’t (or can’t) take the time to slow down.

If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. — Vincent Van Gogh

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