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I titled this blog in such a way so that people in twenty years time can google stuff and see exactly what we went through – those who survived the 1976 Heatwave showed no such consideration to us did they! I suppose they could blame the lack of social media…. About that… social media makes EVERYTHING seem a hundred times worse. If you believed everything you read you’d believe that multiple hospitals and surgeries had to close due to the heat, roads melted and swallowed up whole houses, 50,000 lightning strikes hit the UK in ONE HOUR igniting several billion acres of fields…



It wasn’t quite like that, but it was a hot one and there were times when it did appear as if the whole country had gone mad. The heatwave began with the smell of smoke wafting into Hampshire from Salisbury Plain, much of which is a desginated military firing zone. Because of this and unexploded ordinance the risk to people putting out the fire was deemed far greater than those who the smoke was wafting towards. Rightly so! Then there were the ‘central reservation fires…’ The episodes every few days when someone on the motorway would chuck a cigarette end into the centre of the road and ignite the long grasses growing there. There were the threats of hose-pipe bans (South hasn’t had one so far), and the days when being alive just seemed realllllly difficult at thirty degree heat and 28 degree C for sleeping in.



People now talk about the Heatwave and blame it for their inadequacies or inability to do something… Oh… Forgot to take the bin out? It was the heatwave… Driving like an idiot…? Heatwave. And so on. Work carried on however and in my particular air conditioned office (rare around here), I still went to work with a cardigan and scarf. This completely messed up my body temperature when I went outside of course and I spent most evenings alternating between shivering and nearly passing out. But I can’t imagine the working day without air con!


Anyway, I can’t really remember how many days it’s been but we left June in sweltering temperatures and it’s now the 28th July, for some places in the UK there has been 50 consecutive days without rain. We’re not used to that – we’re basically Seattle Lite here!


Oh and the time between the last blog entry and these latest ones…? Blame the heatwave. I do.

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“All you’ll own is earth until you can paint with all the colours of the wind.”

There are some things that just need to be captured on camera, to be remembered forever. Not huge moments – not all the time. Today whilst we were wandering through a frosty forest, the first thought that hit me when I raised the camera and took a shot of nothing but nature was… ‘It’s so nice not to be photographing someone’s face.’ Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved the Weddings that we’ve had this year and every single one has been fantastic and such an experience. But today was about photographing anything. And it felt so good to be doing it again.



Photographs don’t have to be perfect, but I was impressed with the below capture. Fog, sunshine, rays, cobwebs…all so hard to capture spontaneously and never how they showed up in real life. I looked closer at the below image and noticed the cobweb hanging down through the middle of it, covered in ice. I was almost annoyed at the interruption within my perfect scene. Almost. Then I realised it was all part of the perfect scene.



Today we had some bits and pieces to do so we decided to take hot tea and just drive for a bit, and capture what we could of the morning fog. A curse for so many but a delight for photographers! All of these captures were taken literally on our doorstep. The forest that borders where we live is home to some beautiful scenes, it’s just a huge pain to get to with the dog as the road leading to it has no paths or pavement. So she doesn’t feature today sadly.



So back to those small moments that need to be captured every so often. Today I ticked a few off the list – an image of exactly what it looks like when all around you branches are creaking and frost is melting. That spiders web gently swinging laden with frost. The tiny dew drops framed in sunlight. The shadow of trees as the sun streams through them. Everyday things sometimes, but so beautiful when you have the time to stop and look at them all.


New Years resolution for 2017 – there will be more Photos. Promise.



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