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The Home Life Project {February 2017}

Wow, I cannot believe I’ve already taken part in my second month of The Home Life Project (hosted by Clare). We’re a little late to the party again this month as we were away from home last week, house hunting in Bristol.

It was a slow, chilled out family day as often is the case at the weekend. We didn’t do much except take a trip to the cinema and then head back home to relax for the rest of the day.

I still feel like I’m fighting a losing battle against the crappy winter lighting (or lack thereof) but hey, Spring is in sight. There are still a few photos here that I’m proud of and I am so glad I’ll have them to look back on.

Date photos were taken: Sunday 12th February 2017

Camera used: Canon G7X

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I woke up and pulled back the curtains to see the houses outside dusted in snow. It’s been snowing for a few days here in Suffolk but until now it hadn’t settled.

Well, at least somebody gets a lay in!

Trying to think of a non-self-deprecating caption for this photo. I can’t so I’ll move on…

Ahh, Sunday mornings… waking up slowly to the sweet sound of you daughter playing the… oh no wait. This toy sounds HIDEOUS.

My second ‘reflection’ photo of the day. I feel I’m cheating a little by using a mirror but look… cute baby!!

Heidi the snow dog.

Daddy and daughter snuggles. And a less than flattering photo of my hubby’s giant feet.

Remember last month I said I hoped our ‘For Sale’ sign would be a ‘Sold’ one in February’s photos? Hurrah!

A family trip to the cinema to see Trolls.

Unfortunately I didn’t take many photos during the latter half of the day. I was so exhausted from night feeds that I went to have an afternoon nap with Elowen and the next thing I knew we woke up at dinner time! But whatcha gonna do? My aim next month is to stay awake the whole day! ;)

Post-nap snuggles with Elowen.

A game of pirates before bedtime.

Goodnight!

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I’d love to know which photo is your favourite from this month’s bunch?

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Family, Photography

The Home Life Project {January 2017}

I took part in Claire’s brilliant Home Life Project last January and had every intention of taking part each month. Except I didn’t, and I really am kicking myself about that. Since then a lot has happened, most notably- we have a new member of the family! We are now a family of four after welcoming our gorgeous girl Elowen into the world back in November.

This year brings with it even more big changes for us (we don’t do things by halves). Our house is currently up for sale as we’re planning to move down South. Stephen will be working remotely for the company he currently works at. And I’ll be back living closer to family and friends – the support network I’ve been lacking for the last few years. Exciting times ahead!

With all this in mind, I am even more determined to take part in this project for the rest of the year. I want to capture our beautiful, ordinary and mundane moments in what will be our last few months in this house. The house we brought our first child home to and where I gave birth to our second. Equally, I’m excited to capture snippets of our lives as we settle into our new home. (Wherever that ends up being!)

Date photos were taken: Saturday 14th January 2017

Camera used: Canon G7X

Edited using: VSCO App

I wake up to find that Stephen is already downstairs with Jasmine. I feed Elowen and then enjoy some post-milk sleepy snuggles with my littlest lady. I’m soaking up that baby smell. I never thought I could love a photo where I have messy, greasy hair so much. But I really love this photo.

It’s not long before the peace is disturbed. Jasmine climbs into bed and hides under the covers. She is a bundle of energy this morning.

I went to have a shower. It got hijacked. Left her to it. (She’s ‘cleaning the window’ with Daddy’s shower gel!)

At 10am we have a potential buyer coming to view our house. We spare them the chaos and head out for a walk so they can view the house in peace. I really hope that come next month, when I take part in the next Home Life Project weekend, this will be a ‘Sold’ sign.

Elowen is dressed for the cold weather. And yes, she always looks this petrified.

It was super chilly outside but we enjoyed the glorious sunshine.

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Tummy time. Nailed it!

Clearly all that tummy time was tiring work. E falls asleep on the sofa and is sparko for several hours.

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Stephen goes food shopping. Elowen is still asleep. Jasmine asks to play with her train set so we have a bit of mummy/daughter time.

Watching ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ for the millionth time since Christmas.

Bedtime stories with Daddy. Jasmine’s clearly knackered as she lays there quietly listening to the story. (She normally talks over us!) The soft toy pile at the end of the cot seems to be growing bigger every day. I’m pretty sure I can see some of her baby sister’s toys in there. The scamp!

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So there we have it, my first set of Home Life photos of the year! There’s plenty of room for improvement and I did the best I could with the rubbish lighting (let’s face it, this time of year sucks for indoor photography). I’m already looking forward to next month!

I’d love to know which photo is your favourite from this month’s bunch?

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Canon T70, Lifestyle, Photography

My love for film photography grows…

Recently, the lovely Vickie over at A Pocketful of Dandelions shared some photos on her blog which totally captured my heart. They were taken on an old film camera (we’re talking circa mid eighties!) that was given to her by her dad. Anyone who reads my blog regularly will know that I’ve developed a love for film photography since being bought a lomography camera as a Christmas present. However, Vickie’s photos inspired me to trawl through eBay listings to find the exact camera she had used – the Canon T70. To my delight there were quite a few listed, for around £40 each. I then spotted one that was being listed by a charity for the measly sum of £14.40 – it was unchecked (and therefore there was no guarantee it actually worked) but I took a risk and bid on it anyway. At just shy of £20 pounds (inc. P&P), what was the worst that could happen? A little money given to South Bucks Hospice and no harm done!

I won the auction and the camera arrived to me a few days later. It was still in its original (and very retro looking) box, which was being held together with tape. I excitedly pulled the Canon T70 out and immediately inhaled that familiar and nostalgic ‘loft’ smell. That scent reminds me our old artificial Christmas tree we had when I was a child. Every year my dad dragged it down from the loft and each year it looked a little more worse for wear. We must’ve had that same Christmas tree for about 15 years. I digress.

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The camera appeared to be in brilliant condition and as soon as I popped some batteries in it and a roll of film, it jumped into life. I then proceeded to take all 36 photos within a couple of days. I was desperate to check that it was all working OK and the only way to do that is to take photos and get them developed!

I got my first batch of photos back today and I’m super, super chuffed with them. There’s a few that are blurry and couple that are over-exposed but on the whole I was really pleased with the results. If you want perfection, stick with digital, right?!

Now that I’ve rambled on about this camera, I guess I should let the photos do the talking…

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I’d love to know which photo is your favourite?

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Photography, Toddler, Year in photos

Jasmine’s 2nd year in photos

I made one of these photo collages last year as we approached Jasmine’s 1st birthday. It was so much fun to do and I loved seeing all of the subtle (and not so subtle) changes that took place as she grew each month. It’s Jasmine’s 2nd birthday a week today so I’m back to share her second year in photos.

In some ways, I feel like this year has gone even quicker than the first. Although I’d never have thought that to be possible!  I miss my squidgy baby, of course. But I am having so much fun getting to know this crazy toddler’s personality. I love her cheeky sense of humour and her wicked giggle.

Here’s to another incredible year, baby girl. xxx

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Lifestyle, Lomography, Photography

My Life in Lomo #3 (B&W)

Ahoy-hoy!

I’m back with another edition of ‘My Life in Lomo’ and this time it’s a little bit different. A few months ago, I decided that it was finally time for me to brave using a B&W film in my La Sardina camera. I’m not too sure what I was worried about, I think I just find B&W photography harder to get right. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned about lomography, it’s not about ‘getting it right’.

As it turns out, this happens to be my favourite batch of lomo shots yet. I’m in love with every single print.

Here’s a few of my favourites….

(As always, it’s mostly photos of Jasmine but I make no apologies for that!)

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If you’d like to, you can see more of my lomography photos by checking out my previous ‘My Life in Lomo’ blog posts here and here.

And for more B&W photos, check out my ‘Home Life Project’ post from January by clicking here.

Which photo is your favourite?

Do you ever use film cameras? If so, which one(s)?

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Family, Me & Mine, Photography

ME & MINE {A FAMILY PORTRAIT PROJECT} February 2016

This weekend we visited West Stow Anglo Saxon Village for no other reason than it’s right on our doorstep and we hadn’t been before. As it turns out, Jasmine isn’t that into reconstructions of Anglo Saxon huts (well, duh!) but she did enjoy the massive playground that was there and the oaty biscuits that they sold in the café.

I managed to grab a couple of photos of the three of us whilst we were there and I’ve since made the observation that: couples do eventually end up dressing the same. Embarrassing!

February has been a pretty good for us, it’s been a very chilled out month. I’ve taken a huge step back from blogging (this is my fourth and final post of the month) and I’m enjoying the free time I now have to do other things.

Umm, to be honest I never really know what else to write in these Me & Mine posts without it feeling a bit forced. I guess I’ll leave it at that.

See you in March!

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ME & MINE {A FAMILY PORTRAIT PROJECT} January 2016

It was slim pickings for my Me & Mine photo this month. In fact, I only had 3 photos of us together to choose from. In one of them I had an eye shut (yes, just one eye?!) and the other was ruined by the glove I was using to prop up my camera on a tree trunk. BUT for the first time ever Jasmine was game and even looked at the camera when I asked her too!

I am, however, banning coats with furry hoods in any future family photos though.

I’m afraid I’m feeling a bit too miserable to write anything else right now. January Blues, I guess?

Roll on, February!

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Family, Home, Lifestyle, Photography

The Home Life Photography Project {January 2016}

I’m joining in with Clare’s (Maybush Studio) new ‘Home Life Photography Project’. As soon as I read this post detailing the project, I knew I wanted to take part. I’m always striving to try and take better photos and I personally find candid, every day family life the most interesting subject to photograph.

I must admit, sharing these photos makes me feel quite vulnerable. I’m inviting you into our home to see our cluttered corners, our messy hair (and in my case, make-up-less face), our scruffy clothes and many other less than flattering aspects of our home life! You know, the bits we normally try to hide. ;)

Date photos were taken: Sunday 3rd January 2016

Camera used: Canon G7X

Filters used: VSCO Cam 01

This Sunday was about as ordinary as it gets for us. The last day of the weekend is usually dedicated to ‘chores’ – cleaning out the guinea pig cage, dusting and vacuuming throughout the whole house, meal planning for the week ahead – that kind of stuff. All pretty mundane.

There’s a bit of repetition in this collection because I couldn’t decide between a few of the similar photos. Hopefully with your feedback, I’ll get better at the selection process!

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Initially, I didn’t intend for these photographs to be in black and white. But after playing around with the first few shots and realising a B&W filter masks the bad lighting (it was hideously grey day), I stuck with it.

Which photo is your favourite?

Please leave any constructive criticism in the comments. As I mentioned earlier, I am trying to improve my photography so I really appreciate your feedback.

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ME & MINE {A FAMILY PORTRAIT PROJECT} December 2015

Once again we’ve only just managed to sneak in our Me & Mine family portrait before the end of the month – taking it today, on the 31st of December! To be fair, I did ask my brother-in-law to take some photos of us on Boxing Day but they were awful. I looked like I’d eaten too much Christmas pudding (I have) and Jasmine looked grumpy (she was).

Today felt a bit of an odd day for me. I’d been dreading this particular date for a few weeks because at 11.20am this morning, I should’ve been laying on a hospital bed looking at a tiny, wriggly person on an ultrasound screen. A sibling for my daughter. A fourth member of our family. But it wasn’t to be. It’s still something I’m dealing with every day and these ‘would’ve/should’ve been’ milestones are especially tough.

In order to ‘keep busy’ this morning, we visited a local farm. I took the opportunity to grab some last minute family snaps. It’s not clear from the photos but we’re actually sat upon a big, red tractor.

Oh and Jasmine’s still going through the sticking out her tongue thing.

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Wishing a Happy New Year to you and yours… from Me & Mine! :) xxxx

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Home, Living Arrows, Photography, Toddler

Winter Gardening {Living Arrows #20}

I can’t quite get over how mild this winter has been so far – my hat, gloves and scarf have all been pretty redundant! But as far as I’m concerned, it can stay like this for a little longer. It’s meant that we’ve been able to get outside a lot more than we normally would in December. On Wednesday, the weather was gloriously mild and sunny but I didn’t fancy the battle of wills that happens between Jasmine and I  every time we go to the park. It goes a bit like this:

Me: “Jasmine it’s time to go home now.”

Jasmine: “NO!”

Me: “Let’s go home and have some lunch.”

Jasmine: “NO!”

and that goes on for a while until I have to drag her, kicking and screaming, out of the park.

Don’t you just love it when they learn the “N” word. o_O

I decided we’d venture out into our (rather neglected) back garden instead and it was actually really lovely.

We spent some time digging in the Vegtrug, re-arranging the gnomes and sweeping the decking. It made me realise how much Jasmine enjoys doing ‘jobs’ around the home, she thrives on those kind of activities. It also made me excited for Spring when she’ll be able to be a bit more involved with growing fruits and veggies.

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

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