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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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“The challenge is what makes the success worthwhile.”
― Keely Barton

Day 365… I cannot believe that this challenge has managed to continue through all of the excitement and changes that 2014 has delivered. But it’s done! I did this challenge once before, in 2012, and decided that a years break was enough before launching myself into it again. I would say that it has been tougher this year, but the last few months have flown by and it has become much easier to blog daily. I’ve moved from a desktop computer to a macbook pro (not for the purposes of blogging! But for the purposes of wedding photography editing) and the transition has been smoother than I expected. I never thought I would be blogging without a ‘real’ computer!

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2014 has seen a lot of change, new jobs, new house (first house!), new degree, new camera, new friends and even a new doggy addition to the family. There have been ups (like choosing new furniture) and downs (like waiting for the mortgage offer to come in!) There have been positives – like gaining a fantastic new job role. Places have been visited, people have been snapped, landscapes have been captured, food has been photographed… I may well have photographed practically everything in sight the past 365 days!

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Followers have followed… I’ve topped 1,000 of you lovely people now and you’re all following this blog for some reason or another – the support has been amazing. Comments, likes, emails e.t.c they have all been appreciated.

What’s next for me? Next year is -full- of Weddings. Chocka! 2015 is the year of more friends and family weddings than anything else! One week we’re running from one Wedding in Cornwall to another in the Lake District, timings will be interesting! The blog will continue and I’m going to undertake the 52 week photography challenge… one blog entry a week summarising the photo or photos I’ve managed to take. That should keep it ticking over nicely!

The last photograph of 2014 is hopefully, a poignant one. I love this quote and have wanted to share it but with a nice photographic style for some time. It’s not an amazing landscape, it’s not a cute fluffy animal or a pretty flower. Instead it’s words to live by…

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So all that’s left is to wish you all a very Happy 2015 – I hope that the next year brings you everything you wish for, and more. Through the ups and the downs just remember that at the end of it all, another year will have passed and another bunch of challenges conquered.

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“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.”
― T.S. Eliot

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