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When these sails go up
“Mountains fade away,
Stars come back.
I’m finally free,
It’s only the ocean and me.”
~ Jack Johnson

We had  a lovely break on the Isle of Wight a few weekends ago and since returning we’ve hit the ground running with only the occasional moment to look at photos and see what we captured. The break was refreshing, I hadn’t been back for around four years and after spending many a Summer on the Island as a child, a few years off was a bit too long.



As many followers will know, my Grandad died at the end of February. My Grandparents spent many years on the Island and because of them I got to know and love the place like a second home. I know the roads and the views, the photographic opportunities and the best places to go, just as well as I know the very town that I live in.




My Grandma recently made the trip back, the last time she had been was with my Grandad years ago, when he was well. I’m proud of her for going and she visited lots of places that she’d never been to see before, despite living there for years! The Island will always be my get-away place. It’s potentially the most expensive stretch of water to cross around the UK, but for me it’s worth it. Going back brings me closer to my Grandad too – I knew that would happen but didn’t expect it to my quite so strong.




When we arrived, the world slowed down. Even the cars were slower (frustrating at times but it made sense). You could stop and enjoy views of the sea pretty much within every few miles, without worrying about a thing. Parking on the seafront was plentiful, the colour of the sea changed each time you turned another corner and saw another view. It’s beautiful. Just the tonic needed for a bit of a refresh. Back to it with the Wedding Photography now!












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“I am longing to be with you, and by the sea, where we can talk together freely and build our castles in the air.”
― Bram Stoker

My Valentines Card said, ‘Let’s go on a beach date!’ so we did…. Maisy was up for getting sandy toes so we took her as well and she seemed to love every minute. The weather performed (for once!) and so we grabbed our cameras and headed to Lepe, a beach on the edge of the New Forest which is directly opposite the Isle of Wight and almost within touching distance! But guess what… I can’t share any photos since I’ve used up all my WordPress space and their ‘plans’ have changed and are ridiculously priced.. £85 for a year of blogging?  I think not!

However all is not lost, and after some Facebook uploading and copying of links, it appears that I’ve found a temporary solution. If you can’t see the photos below though, let me know!

Lepe is a place of sea, sand, sunsets and beautiful scenery. It’s ever-changing. I love that the beach washes up something new everyday, and definitely every time that we get there. There are different shells to be collected, different rocks to traverse and nearly always a new flooded path or roadway. The winding roads through the New Forest to get too and from the beach are just as beautiful and ever-changing. One day there may be six donkeys in your path, the next, six ponies. Today, three cyclists! Everything is blown away with even a few minutes by the sea and the world is put to rights if only for an hour or two. Sometimes that’s all you need to prepare you for the week ahead.














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