Colour macro photograph of a pink and yellow hydrangea flower. Shot with a Polaroid macro lens on a Sony Alpha a550 dSLR.
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Nature macro photography: Six-legged mountaineers and other treasures

This is such a wonderful time of year for taking pictures in the garden. I often think I would love a 'proper' macro lens but there's a special kind of joy in using my cheap (and I do mean cheap - just over a tenner!) Polaroid macro lens attachment to capture beautiful details. I found… Continue reading Nature macro photography: Six-legged mountaineers and other treasures

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Happiness is an empty beach

No people - just sand, sea and sky. Cold salt water runs in my veins and this is where I find peace. I've really needed some head space lately for a bunch of (now resolved, thankfully!) reasons and sitting by the water's edge, letting the ripples run over my hands, was the perfect catalyst for… Continue reading Happiness is an empty beach

ME and the truth: The reality of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
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ME and the truth: The reality of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

In July 2017, I wrote a post entitled ME and me: Living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, in which I talked about my experience of life with an often misunderstood and misrepresented chronic medical condition. Since then, I've had so much wonderful feedback resulting from that post, and one random person telling me that I can be… Continue reading ME and the truth: The reality of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Close-up colour photograph of a pink tulip flower, shot with a Polaroid macro lens attachment on a Sony Alpha a550 dSLR.
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My holiday photos are mostly flower macros

Everywhere I go, I look for pretty flowers and point cameras at them ❤

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Digital planning apps or bullet journal? Why I refuse to choose.

MORE changes? Really? Over the last few months, I've posted here about bullet journaling, digital planning and how I've combined both of those things. This is a fair representation of my approach to planning over the years - basically, I go with one method for a few months, change to something else, stick with it… Continue reading Digital planning apps or bullet journal? Why I refuse to choose.

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2018 Winner
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Month in review: April 2018

There's a bit of time travel going on here as I'm writing this a little early and scheduling it to post today. As this appears on my blog, my husband and I will be packing ourselves, out stuff and the cat (Silver's first holiday!) into the car and heading to Ireland to visit family for… Continue reading Month in review: April 2018

Close-up colour photograph of small purple flowers against a green background, with a shallow depth of field. Shot with a Polaroid macro lens attachment on a Sony Alpha a550 dSLR body.
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Indigo blooms: Macro nature photography (and bonus sneaky kitten!)

These tiny beauties are blooming in our garden at the moment. What better reason to take my macro lens out to play? Also, here's Silver hunting leaves and blades of grass.

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More free books to download and virtual coffee

You know what those are? The covers of all my free books, available to download as epubs, mobi and pdfs right now from this site 🙂 Car Thieves and Stone Flowers Grow In Cold Places are novellas, Evidence, Omerta and Cigarettes as a Metaphor for Heartbreak are stand-alone short stories, and Thicker Than Water and… Continue reading More free books to download and virtual coffee

Close-up colour photograph of a silver tabby kitten with yellow eyes and a fierce expression on its face, among the leaves of a hedge.
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Plant babies and a demonic hedge kitten

I'm taking a quick break from writing, and rambling about writing, to bring you photos of green things and fluffy things... When we got these alpine plug plants for the flower beds last autumn, they were absolutely tiny. Each one was about half the size of my thumb. Now they're growing so fast and filling… Continue reading Plant babies and a demonic hedge kitten

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Rambling about writing

Because there's no picture that particularly fits with this post, please enjoy my floofchild hiding under his bed. He was sulking because there was a pane of glass between him and the pigeons outside. The pigeons are basically his nemesis. I'm almost half way to my Camp NaNoWriMo goal, which is good because it's almost… Continue reading Rambling about writing