Clementine

Self-portrait, inspired by the lyrics of Clementine by Sarah Jaffe.

We were young
We didn’t care
Is it gone?
It’s gone
It’s floating in the air
I changed my mind
Now I feel indifferent
All that time, wasted
I wish I was a little more delicate

Ports and storms

Newhaven harbour in Edinburgh.

I shot this with my phone last night just before a thunderstorm hit. It was one of those “I wish I had my camera with me” moments when something is unexpectedly stunning looking but you’re doing something totally not photography related (going out for dinner, in this case) so aren’t carrying a DSLR.

I’m glad I at least had my phone camera to capture the moment when the weather said “No, fuck your pretty sunset. I’m gonna wreck some shit.”

 

The Intrepid Explorer

Now that we have a secure garden, Shai the ancient cat (she’s 17!) can be an outdoor kitty for the first time in her life. She isn’t interested in chasing birds but she loves wandering around and exploring the new parts of her little world.

We picked up some pallets earlier in the week so raised flowerbed building is underway. At the moment, there’s a large pile of earth next to the lawn and Shai was very excited to climb around on it.

Seeing her all happy and kittenish again, even at her age, always makes me smile.

Bewitched

❤ Eclectic pagan witch

Tools of the craft, bits and pieces from my altar, and part of my collection of lovely ritual paraphernalia.

Prints are available here.

A View With A Room

My husband had surgery this morning (we’re home now and he’s doing fine) and while I was pacing the room waiting for him to come back from theatre, I noticed this beautiful copper beech tree in the hospital grounds. An array of gorgeous textures and colours under the summer sun provided a welcome distraction and a wonderful subject for a photo.

In My Element

Now that I’m back home from my holiday in Ireland, I have time to catch up on all my online stuff and process the photos I took. I don’t do normal holiday photos, but I do do pictures of the sea.

In My Element 01

In My Element 02

One of the loveliest things we did was spend a day at my parents’ caravan next to this beautiful beach where I remember seemingly endless days playing, exploring, swimming and rowing boats when I was a child. Caravans are not what I remember them being though! The one my parents have now is bigger than the apartment my husband and I lived in when we first moved to Edinburgh. It has double glazing, central heating and a huge fridge freezer, all things our first apartment in Edinburgh didn’t have. I feel like if I lived in a warmer country, I’d be 100% happy to live in a caravan all year round.

Cloud Rush Home/Land

We were so lucky with the weather last week! The ferry crossings in both directions were perfectly calm. I never object to rolling waves but it’s great to be able to sit out on deck and soak up the sun. I hadn’t played with Snapseed, my favourite mobile photo editing app, for ages so I had some fun with these two pictures of the Scottish coast. We were blessed with some very photogenic clouds.

Bits of Boat 01 Bits of Boat 02

Bits of Boat 03 Bits of Boat 04

Because I spent so much time sitting on deck, I noticed a lot of details of the boat itself that it’s hard to pay attention to when the wind is whipping your hair around your face. I had my phone with my anyway, so I snapped a few bits of boat too.

I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into editing my Camp NaNoWriMo novella so I’ll be rambling about writing again here very soon.

She Roils And Rages

I’ve been away on a little holiday visiting my parents in Ireland. My husband, the cat (yep, the cat travels with us) and I have had a bit of boat, lots of countryside and some beach. It’s been sunny the entire time and I’m almost the colour of an actual living human now. I hadn’t been near a computer for a week until tonight and it has been a blissful and much needed break. Regular internet activity will resume once I get home and reconnected.

I took this photo from the deck of the ferry, even though I’m utterly terrified of dropping my phone or my glasses off high-up things. My soul belongs to the sea, in all her anger and majesty. She was truly beautiful that day and, as always, a blessing to behold.