Saturday, 21 May 2016

Snapshots of Amsterdam

We spent 5 wonderful days in Amsterdam last week. I loved exploring the beautiful city, it's winding canals, spotting tulips all around and enjoying lots of Heineken and Stroopwaffels. We stayed in the beautiful Park Hotel, and flew from Bristol with KLM.

Here are some snapshots from our trip.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Relieving Pressure for 2016

Towards the end of last year, I made a huge decision to relieve some pressure in my life. This decision included giving up wedding photography and taking a break from blogging.

The pressure of wedding photography was making me absolutely hate my camera. I rarely picked it up outside of using it for work, and the nights I'd spend after my 'proper job' editing photographs were miserable. I finished the weddings I already had, then closed my Facebook page and stopped accepting bookings.  Since then, I have definitely picked up my camera more, although not as much as I did 5 years ago.

As for blogging, it became a chore. I started this blog as somewhere to share photos and travel experiences and cocktail recipes, and the day it became something different was the day I fell out of love with it. I took a 'season' off - typically the most popular blogging season, Autumn. I now feel ready to start sharing things again, although it will be on a time-to-time basis, and not scheduled. Until then, I'm going back through my archives and deleting all the gubbins which doesn't need to be there. Hopefully by the end of the week, this space will be somewhere on the internet that I love to be.   Also - you may notice that I haven't repurchased my domain name, which was a conscious decision of mine and a good one, I feel!

I'll be back soon with an update... ;)

Sunday, 13 September 2015


My gorgeous little girl is 31 weeks old now, and so much trouble. She loves to carry things around in her mouth (shoes mainly) and still jumps up onto the sofa for a cuddle. She likes lying on her back and having her tummy tickled, and tormenting all the other dogs. My Piper pup isn't so small any more!

Monday, 31 August 2015


It's not often something of great importance happens close to my hometown. When Dismaland was unveiled in Weston-Super-Mare, my 'local' beach, I knew we had to go. Luckily I managed to get through on the ticket website (after 2 hours) and Ash and I drove to Weston on Sunday 30th August. Despite having tickets allocated for 11am, we weren't in the 'park' much before 12pm. But it was worth the wait. It was raining hard, we were wet. The ground was muddy and sandy.  Ukelele music played on a loop. None of the Dismaland employees smiled. The art was clever, thought provoking, interesting.  The children had a confused look on their face. The whole experience was a lot of fun, in all the wrong ways.

Let me say now - if you are intending on going to Dismaland and don't wait to spoil the surprises, don't scroll any further!

Now, I'll let the photos do the talking.

Photos taken using Fujifilm Instax Wide and iPhone 5C.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Laser Eye Surgery - 4 Months On

It's over 4 months since I had laser eye surgery to correct my short-sightedness. And I can honestly say, hand on heart, that it was the best decision I ever made. Why?

  • I can fall asleep wherever I want
  • Hay fever season was a dream
  • I got in the sea, and got salt water in my eyes without a mad panic to remove contacts
  • I can watch TV in bed
  • I can see to the bottom of the garden from my bedroom window
  • I can wear sunglasses
  • I can stay out late without wearing glasses
  • I don't get dry lens irritation from air conditioning at my desk
  • I camped at a festival without worrying about lenses
  • I can rub my eyes
  • I can drive my car without glasses

    ...and so much more. It has been worth every penny of the £2795 I paid, and I would recommend it to anyone.

    You can read about my consultation, surgery day and recovery here.