THE memory of my first Christmas in Dubai way back in (ahem) 1996 popped into mind when I’d finished putting these images together.
I remembered buying bags and bags of frankincense and myrrh (plus a little gold trinket) to give as gifts to everyone. It was the first time that I had seen these stunning orange/gold balls of resin and let me tell you, the scent they emit when tossed onto an open fire or onto an oil burner is unbelievably beautiful. To me, they smell of a souk, dusty and musty and heady. Gorgeous.
I got taken back there with these shots, even though they’re images of colourful stones in rock pools, taken on a wonderful beach walk with my family last weekend. I think they’re amongst my favourites. 🙂
AVERT EYES if you’re avoiding all things Christmassy!
Just added this lovely range of goodies to my S6 shop based on the ‘Let it Snow’ design that has been a bestseller of mine. I don’t know why these have consistently sold throughout the year (don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining), but I thought it the right time to expand the design. I’m planning new lines and colours over the next couple of days, probably a frosty blue/green and perhaps purple or a black too. Will keep you posted with the finished item.
Time really does fly! It’s February and already a month since we were skiing here in the gobsmackingly beautiful Dolomites … but just 10 more days until we return. Squeak!
If you love being outdoors then get yourself to Canazei – it’s really got it all going on come winter snow or summer sun. Right, that’s the pitch over with. Have a great month!
Pine trees always look so much prettier with their branches covered by fresh snow. In fact, they could have been created just for photographers the world over to admire and shoot such gorgeousness.
I’m starting the year with some extreme blur, or should that be blurgh as the day was so grey and drizzly?
Taken on the way home from our Christmas/New Year break in the Dolomites, this was on the leg from Canazei to Vicenza then we had a Venice-Manchester flight then a 5-hour drive up north from Manchester to Edinburgh. You’ve got to really, really want to go to Canazei and we really, really do.
Cannot wait to see if it will snow this weekend! Having spent the past 15 years living in the Middle East where the weather is either ‘hot’ or ‘hotter’, the novelty of changeable days still hasn’t worn off and I especially love cold weather. That feeling of tightness on your face as your skin freezes on a winter’s day and the ensuing tingling heat and runny nose when you go back indoors. And then there’s the wintery wardrobe of cozy knits, hats and gloves to wrap up in. Bliss. So I’m waiting and hoping, holding frosty breath with fingers crossed … and toes.