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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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“She is happy where she lies
With the dust upon her eyes.”
– Edna St. Vincent Millay –

Today has most definitely been a dusty one, which is why my blog entry will probably be quite short. I’m quite strongly allergic to most kinds of dust and my eyes have only just recovered from a week of trauma caused by some unknown allergy to something so I’m going to preserve them as much as I can and depart from the computer quite soon! Today involved another photo shoot for work, creating photographs for their promotional banners at fares and exhibitions.

A while ago we had a team meeting and got to look at the current banners used. As you can expect the photograph was of an 18 – 20 year old male model. To me that doesn’t tell anybody of the types of people that we work with. He quite clearly had no visual disability at least and the photo was pretty fantastically airbrushed. That’s not what we’re about. So I suggested that we photograph our own clients (with their permission) and use them. It then fell to me to get the photos! But I enjoyed every second, and they weren’t staged, the smiles aren’t fake and there’s no airbrushing going on!

But again, I can’t share the images here on my blog just yet as they haven’t gone live. However I am going to get copies of the proofs and share them when I can! To prove that more effort went into today’s pictures than would appear.

Other than that, today I grabbed occasional shots around the house as the Builders/British Gas/Plumbers e.t.c got to work on converting the garage. As part of the process, doors are being cut, walls are being built, floors are being laid and a new boiler is being installed. That’s what is happening today and it is hectic. The house is coated in a fine layer of dust and the water has only just been turned back on! Amazing how much you depend on that without realising it.

British Gas decided that they are going to leave us without hot water and heating this evening and for the duration of the weekend despite saying this morning that it would be fine. Currently I’m writing the end of this blog with my coat in! Having had doors open most of the day it has got a bit chilly. British Gas are without a doubt the worst contractors to set foot in this house from start to finish they did nothing but complain, fill the toilet with their crap despite knowing we had no water to flush it because of them, and just in general be completely rubbish workers. The two who turned up today have been banned from returning. Good riddance!

Hopefully tomorrow will yield some warmer photos…!

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