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“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

Before I move on to today’s photos I wanted to share a really important cause with you. A friend from my college days is cycling unaided and alone from Lands End to John o’Groats – that’s the length of the UK. He’s doing it for a fantastic cause – to raise money for a Hampshire based Charity called Naomi House. The Charity provides respite and care to families who have a sick child, keeping them together for as long as possible and in many cases – making those last few days comfortable. Mark’s niece sadly died shortly after she was born in 2008 – and she is the drive behind the campaign to raise money for Naomi House, who cared for her. Please if nothing else, check out the video and pass it on. Mark is not only looking for donations to Naomi House – if you can spare something then great, but what he really needs is the word to be spread about his epic journey, so that people can support him along the way. It’s a huge challenge!

Today I visited The Yankee Candle Shop. We are hugely lucky to have one! A whole shop donated to those fantastic varied scents – heaven. My friend and I spent a while browsing, and avoiding spending too much money. It’s not difficult to do in there. Luckily I had some vouchers saved and ended up with a bag full of bits and a purse that was only 80pence lighter. Amazing!

Whilst I’ve blogged candles before, I’ve not really delved into the Yankee Candle world despite having had them for years so here we go! I got a beautiful oil burner for my birthday that takes the Yankee Candle Tarts a much cheaper way of enjoying the smells to be honest, you can buy so much more for your money instead of one big tumblr that is gorgeous but gets a bit samey after a while!

Someone once gave me some of the above tarts as a gift. Some years ago – I remember being incredibly frustrated that I couldn’t find a wick. I was even tempted to go back to the shop! Luckily I googled and saved face, but it was close.

As well as the scents of many Yankee Candles, I also love the smell of Cinnamon. Hate the taste – but the smell is just home and Christmas all rolled into one. Heaven again! So I photographed some Cinnamon sticks too – just for the sake of it! Happy Weekend!


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“He had the appearance of one who has searched for the leak in life’s gas-pipe with a lighted candle.”

– P.G.Wodehouse –

It took me a long time to find the perfect scented candle. I spent note after note trying out yankee candles – the most expensive kind – over the years and still never matched it. I couldn’t pinpoint exactly what I hoped to find in the scent of a candle but it was holidays and random drives with the windows wound down.  I was searching for that scent of Summer – but not too fresh. Something that hinted at Winter (but not too cold) and ultimately something that could tinge a room with plenty of light and warmth but only a hint of a scent. After spending all those notes and burning through all those jars – I found a pack of them for £2.99 at The Range. Sods Law isn’t it.

After a tough day though, I find candles really relaxing and in a strange way I’d much rather have a room lit by candlelight than overhead man-made lighting. I used to collect candles as if there was a national shortage. I used to hoard them in a bag that smelt absolutely delicious because it was full of all the different scents – and on Fridays I would go mad and get them out! That’s quite often what my Friday nights consist of, not being your stereotypical twenty something year old.

It has been one of those weeks – or ends to the week – where the world just goes crazy. Usually I finish work early on a Friday if I’ve nothing scheduled in to take back half an hour or so from doing overtime in the week. So I booked myself in for a haircut with the intentions of being able to relax (although who ever does because I hate staring at myself in the mirror for an hour!). When I got there after attending a meeting some 30 miles away, my Blackberry had gone mad with work emails so I spent my time until around 17:30 responding to them. This week has been one step forward and two million steps backwards – I’m not exaggerating! The weekend will hopefully bring some new photography experiences where I won’t have to resort to last minute shooting of candles in order to achieve a shot of the day…

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