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“Sometimes not getting what you want is a brilliant stroke of luck.”
― Lorii Myers

Last night I went to the Test Valley Business Awards, an annual ceremony awarding local business for various achievements. I’d never been before and this year only attended because my parents business was nominated in the customer service category.

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Actually, they didn’t win in that category and instead were announced as finalists (which was awesome regardless!) But the nice surprise came at the end of the evening when it was announced that there was an extra award for excellence – and when they started to talk about the business we very quickly recognised who they meant!

1911So they ended up coming up with not one, but two certificates, a huge bunch of flowers and membership worth £300 to the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce – what a result! There were also some fantastic photos too, including Fred Dineage (above a few photos). There’s even a photo of me somewhere! It was a very proud moment to know that the business my parents had spent over two decades building up, with their fantastic team, was a success in others eyes too!

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1pano

“If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.”

Today I was having one of those evenings where I really just wanted to curl up in bed with a good book and a hot drink – and pyjamas. I was almost there, needing only to do the curling up bit to complete the evening, when I noticed the sunshine.

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1orchid

For the past few months, the rush of the last assignments and exams for this year of University, have had me in their evil grip. I haven’t been inspired to grab the camera and rush off somewhere before I miss the chance for a shot. Today though, I was. It was truly a great feeling to have again, and I realised that I actually missed it a lot.

MeadowSeat

I hurried down to the meadow to grab a few shots that somebody wanted after seeing a couple I took with my iPhone, and then I just enjoyed every second of the sinking sun, the golden glow on the grasses and the long shadows appearing across the water. It was heaven. It really was.

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Despite having Buddy down there, a glimpse of a deer was still possible and even though I was too short to get a decent shot, I was still proud of the moment! I got inspired, well and truly. I got inspired to snap away without caring and to venture places to see what else I could capture. And then of course, to head home, get those pjs and a hot choccie – and blog it to relive it all over again! Now where did I put that good book…

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