Saturday 30 January 2010


I had a great time with my camera during the recent snow storms.  On one particularly snowy day, my man and I donned our snow gear and hiked out across Bodmin Moor and up to the top of Rough Tor to admire the serene landscape in it's snowy blanket.

It took many more hours than I had anticipated to hike up there, the wind was howling and stung my face painfully.  It was snowing so hard and I was feeling disappointed that there were very little photo opportunities as I couldn't see more than a few feet in front of me.

By the time we were heading downwards and homewards I was seriously losing my enthusiasm.  I was soooo cold and my camera kit was getting heavier with every step......

As we dropped into a sheltered valley, the snow storm and wind abated and it was strangely quiet all of a sudden.  Above the featureless landscape the sky was still heavy with snow when over the rise in front of us these wild moor ponies appeared.  They seemed surprised to see anyone out in that weather, and stood still in a line just long enough for me to pull my cameras out of my pack and take a couple of pictures.  Then they silently turned and disappeared back into the white.  It was a strange dreamlike experience.

And this was the result.

Have a great weekend, and whatever you do, do it with a smile


Wednesday 27 January 2010

Dusky Glow

Dusky Glow by Jo Bradford

Between the Dusk of a Summer Night

Between the dusk of a summer night
And the dawn of a summer day,
We caught at a mood as it passed in flight,
And we bade it stoop and stay.
And what with the dawn of night began
With the dusk of day was done;
For that is the way of woman and man,
When a hazard has made them one.
Arc upon arc, from shade to shine,
The World went thundering free;
And what was his errand but hers and mine --
The lords of him, I and she?
O, it's die we must, but it's live we can,
And the marvel of earth and sun
Is all for the joy of woman and man
And the longing that makes them one.

{William Ernest Henley}

Saturday 16 January 2010

Fancy a cuppa?

Happy Saturday - What have you been up to?  My day has been spent repotting my orchids and playing with my cameras and drinking tea and eating lemon drizzle cake (too much lemon drizzle cake!)  I am still having a lot of fun with my 365 goodbyes Polaroid project....

Bye for now


Tuesday 12 January 2010

Winter Wonderland

The snow just keeps on coming!!  We Brits are just not used to getting snow like this down in the southern end of the island.... This is like a Cornwall I have never known, and being the big kid that I am, the novelty of the wintery white landscape has not worn off for me one little bit.

As I look out my window now, there are thick flurries of snowflakes billowing in the gusting South Easterly Gale force winds.  Definitely not a day for venturing too far from home!!

I thought you may like to see a few of my Polaroids from my 365 ways to say goodbye project.

Deciding to use only expired polaroid film and 40 year old cameras is presenting daily difficulties and the occasional near meltdown as I have to undertake late night strip down and repairs to the old kit, but so far so good, I have delivered my first 11 pictures on time and I am enjoying working with a medium that you can't photoshop, or crop or otherwise alter in the post processing stage.  I just scan my daily 'roids, adjust them slightly until they exactly match the original, warts and all, and that's it! Simple :)

Here are 2 of my favourites so far.

You can follow the progress of my "365 Ways to say goodbye" project here at

Wednesday 6 January 2010

Snow Days

The Blizzard by Jo Bradford

The UK is uncharacteristically snowy right now, and we live in a very remote part of Cornwall.  Our farmhouse is only accessible by travelling up and down some steep lanes and valleys, so we are pretty much snowed in now, the icy roads have enforced a few stay-at-home days as even the 4x4 is struggling to get up the hills when the roads are sheet ice and haven't been gritted at all.

I don't mind taking "snowdays" too much though, as the cupboards are still full of food and chocolate from christmas and the rayburn in the kitchen makes the whole house cosy, these days the log fire in the lounge is my new best friend.

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