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It’s a new year – wishing all of my blog followers and anyone happening to drop by and read this – a very Happy 2018! I was full of ideas and resolutions for the coming year, so much so that it was overwhelming trying to focus on what to do first. I thought of the places I could go today – the sea, Stonehenge, a local walk – and then the decision was made and the choice obvious. We headed to the Meadow, where else would we go to blow away the cobwebs?





The dogs had great fun and the last time they were all together on the meadow was in November, so it was lovely to see them running around and enjoying the mud. It was also one of the few rare times in the past twelve months that I got the camera out ‘just because.’



In 2017 we had great fun capturing Weddings, anniversary parties and even recreated a wedding shoot for a lovely new bride and groom. But we lost our creative selves. With moving house and fighting ill health, writing essays and juggling commitments, photography got lost along the way. It was a shame because no matter what had been going on in my life in the past, when times were tough, photography was an outlet. There wasn’t space and room enough for that in the past year. So that’s a good place to start with regards to resolutions.

1.) Make more time so that other resolutions can be achieved

2.) If one works out the rest shall follow – more time on the meadow, more time with the camera, more time relaxing…more time.



It won’t be entirely easy – I think most of us wish for more time and secretly hope there will be a box of it wrapped neatly under the Christmas tree. In a few weeks time the second module of my second year into a Social Work degree begins. With it comes a placement at work for around four to five months, which in itself is nerve wracking but even more so since I start a new role with a new team tomorrow. June will bring a family wedding (positive) and my law exam (not so!) and the chance to see if my brain will retain enough information to scrape a pass. It will have been four years that month since I last sat an exam – it feels like decades ago.





One of my goals last year was to read sixty books (this didn’t include by university books!) I got in at the end of the year with a few last minute reads and managed a grand total of 79 books. This was with great thanks to NetGalley and in particular the publisher Canelo, who have given me free reign over their upcoming releases. Can’t wait to review a few more in 2018!




This is also the year for friends to have babies! There will be lots of bundles of joy and happiness born throughout the year and it will be amazing to see new chapters in friends lives open up. I’m excited to see what this year will bring, certainties and uncertainties.



P.S…This isn’t the start of a ‘photo-a-day’ challenge…at least, I don’t think so! But let’s try the 52 week Photography challenge this year…

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If I could choose my memories, if I could keep any number of moments it would be the care free evenings of watching the sun go down and the colours of the rivers change. It would be seeing the reflection of a single swan, framed in a halo of golden sunlight as the last rays of Summer gracefully dip across the horizon. That’s the kind of thing I would store, for when the time comes that I can no longer find these moments for myself and can only rely on my photographic memory to conjour what I once witnessed for real.




 

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
― Haruki Murakami

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