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“Who will make it rain?”

It’s funny how much a difference a year makes…so much changes, not least the weather! Around this time last year, some of you might remember my freshly pressed blog entry ‘Who will stop the rain?’

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Well…the rain isn’t happening this time! Most aren’t complaining, and I certainly am not but the weather is dangerously hot for so many – people and animals alike. The day time temperature hasn’t dropped below twenty three degrees for at least a week and it’s averaging out at around 28 degrees at the peak of midday. For us Brits…it’s just not normal! And the forecast is set to continue well into another week too…


So I decided to do a little revisiting. The flowers I photographed last year weren’t there this year, or hadn’t bloomed, so a few weeks ago for my parents anniversary I bought them some more. They’ve grown nicely – and are known as ‘Agapanthus’ in case anyone was wondering! Not syphilis…which for some reason, is what I thought they were called! Not as effective without the raindrops…but instead of me lying in flowerbeds in pyjamas, photographing in the rain…it was quite different this time!


2rSo, as I said last year, there’s really only one thing to do when it rains…and when it doesn’t. Blog about it (because I’m English) and head outside with the Macro lens!

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“Peace of mind comes after you’ve resigned yourself from being general manager of the universe…”

I’ve learned a few things this week. The most mind-blowing is the effect that beetroot can have on your insides. Why doesn’t that stuff come with a warning on the packet? I honestly thought I was dying. Anyway a few minutes of googling and I realised that actually, I wasn’t about to die a horrific death. But still…! On a more serious note, the next few weeks bring with them changes! Mostly positive. My sister is moving into her own flat on Friday, with her boyfriend. That’s the biggest change for all of us, she’s been here all her life! And although we have grand designs for her room (a gym!) – it will still be really really strange to have the dynamics of this household change when they’ve been the same ever since I can remember.


Next Tuesday sees the end of my second to last year at University. My final exam will be happening and I’m nervous to say the least. Hayfever is really dragging me down at the moment and whilst the weather is absolutely gorgeous, I can’t help suffering – and I’m worried about how this will pan out in a three hour exam. We shall see! I have never yearned so much, for an academic year to be over. I simply cannot wait until the day when it’s all done and dusted and there will no longer be that niggle at the back of my mind that I should be writing an essay, or revising.

6I’m also taking and editing photos, when perhaps I should be picking at my uni books to do something that resembles revision. But alas, who would photograph the pretty flowers then?!


Our beloved Starsy, the oldest of the two crazy dogs in the household, is on her final rather shaky legs. Whilst Buddy is probably the most photographed dog we’ve owned, Star was my muse, first and foremost. And it’s her photographs that often catch people’s eyes and spark a request for their own pet photography. Star and I have been through a lot, not least she has been the one and only best friend who hasn’t judged, who hasn’t moaned and who has stuck by me – us as a family- no matter what happens. She’s ‘just’ a dog, as so many will assume – but there’s so much more to it than that. Plus she’s almost sixteen years old – anyone that’s been around that long is family without a doubt! Whether a goodbye will happen this week, or next, it is on the agenda. But she does surprise us from time to time, and slips back into her younger years behaviour.


On a more positive note, the sunset meant that the dust spiralling in the skylight windows looked quite photogenic and therefore I was inspired to create this video. It’s just dust, literally, but I thought it looked good and combined it with some relaxing music! The video won’t work on mobile devices as the music is copyright, but for those intrigued by my crazy mind, here’s a dust still!


And just to prove I know how to be super busy, but also relax, here’s my ‘chillout’ set up. Candles, sunset, nice breeze…perfect! Oh and owls!


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