THESE DAYS

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Morning! You know when you’re so busy that time rushes past in a blur? That. That’s what the past couple of weeks/months have been like. I have managed to squeeze in a trip down to Northumbria where we spent five gloriously sunny days with golden sand between our toes. The castle in the picture above is Bamburgh which overlooks one of the most breathtaking beaches in the UK if you get a chance to visit. Came back laden with snapshots, shells and rocks, collected by my daughter for her rock collection which is fast getting out of control. Soon I’ll have enough to lay a gravel path in our front garden!

Now there’s less than a week to go to get ready for our summer in Italy. A month of mountains and walking in the beautiful Dolomites then sunbathing and relaxation in Umbria, with great food and wine as constant companions. How will I cope? Whatever you’re plans are over these summer months, I hope it’s wonderful and jam-packed full of adventures (and photographs).

PURPLENESS

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Apparently, lilac is the hottest colour around just now in the world of interior design and I can speak from experience when I say it is actually a beautiful hue to live with.

My 7-year-old self chose almost exactly the colour of this flower (perhaps a little lighter if memory serves) for my bedroom walls and I loved it. Now, perhaps my grown-up self wouldn’t make the same choice but I think for a child’s room or perhaps an accent wall, this colour would be very pleasing to the eye.

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REFLECT

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I have no clue where May went but shockingly, we are officially half way through the year! When you’re a kid, time goes so slowly – too slowly sometimes – and you’re always wishing you were one year older, wishing the weekend would come when you could choose one small treat from the newsagent’s seemingly endless array of sweeties. The sherbety, sweet smell of artificially enhanced Refreshers is still one of my favourites, along with pear drops and aniseed twists. Hashtag *flashback*!

Now, I’m reflecting on May, a super-busy month for me but one where I’ve achieved quite a lot. I’ve managed to put together a brochure for a new venture of mine along with making serious in-roads into a new website too. I’ve put together some bookshelves at home, cleared out my daughter’s playroom (a nightmare) and started on a very healthy eating plan as I am light years away from having any kind of beach-ready body. All in all, a month of achievements methinks.

Here’s to June … bring it on.

INTO THE BLUE

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Spent a few hours in the sun yesterday, happily wandering around the wonderful Botanic Gardens. I never get bored of revisiting my favourite nooks and crannies there as they are in a constant state of change, especially now as there is an eruption of colour and the air is alive with bees and other beasties.

In the end I rolled off 580-odd shots and when I got home and downloaded into LR, immediately took about 200 off this tally. And so it begins, the slow job of sifting and choosing and tweaking those final few.

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