The Guildford Castle gardens are a riot of colour at the moment, with a plethora of poppies in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.
The image has been altered (accidentally) to give the impression of an illustration rather than a traditional photograph.
What a difference a day makes? Blues skies, bright sunshine and warmer weather. We travelled down to Portsmouth Harbour by train, had lunch on the quay side at Fire & Stone and did a little shopping for some much needed party wear.
The habour provide me with a great opportunity capture some pictures and to play with a newly discovered function on my camera called Mini or Emphasize.
Posted in Artistic, DoF, Outdoor, Photography, Scenery
Tagged 2013, 2013PAD, Boats, Buildings, January, Portsmouth Harbour, Sussex
Picturesque afternoon tea at Nest Home & Cafe in Ripley. This gorgeous lifestyle shop and cafe combo is a completely delightful destination in Surrey with plenty of warmth, character and charm.
Of course, afternoon tea isn’t complete without a slice of home-made cake and who could resist these totally tempting and tasty cakes. Lemon and Pistachio for me and, an old favourite, Carrot cake for my husband. It wasn’t long before our stylish plates were empty.
Nest Café uses these elegantly rustic Juliska ceramics and glassware, which are available to purchase allowing you to take a little bit of the style-experience home with you.
Despite the heaters and cozy Nest blankets, no one was brave enough to sit outside this afternoon.
We were very happy with our window seat, which provided a perfect place to watch the world go by.
Posted in Artistic, Close-up, DoF, Food, Photography
Tagged 2013, 2013PAD, Afternoon tea, Food, January, lifestyle shop, Nest Home & Cafe, Ripley, Surrey
Driving in snow is something I loath, more now as I have had more experience of doing it over the past couple of years. So with the first “Snow Day” of 2013 I was prepared, I made alternative travel arrangements to get to work. If the train can’t get you there, then nothing can.
Normally I don’t really pay much attention to what happens out of the windows on my train rides to work, I am usually doing other things like catching up on emails if my signal allows. Today I spent a lot of time watching the weather.
Posted in Artistic, Close-up, Macro, Photography
Tagged 2013, 2013PAD, DoF, January, Nature, Snow, Trains, transportation, UKSNOW, Weather, Windows, Winter
Floating candles made a beautiful table decoration for tonight’s birthday meal.
Recently I stumbled upon this new project over at Adrienne Rose Photography blog. It’s iPhone Photo Friday, which provide an opportunity for participants to share photos taken with iPhone or Android phone (phew I have one of those) during the week.
I have always wonder about photos I take with my mobile and whether I should share them on my photography blog. On the whole I have tend to stir clear of posting them, probably because of some perceived snobbery attached to such photographs (though technically my phone camera is almost the same picture quality as my small digital).
Inspired by Lisa’s theme of “the ties that bind” on her blog for this week’s Creative Exchange , I have combined a texture with a macro capture of my engagement and wedding rings.
The rings are overlapping almost entwined together, with the word forever inscribed on the inside – “the ties that bind us”.