With the girls at home over the summer holiday (alas, no motorhome trips to Italy this year) I decided to try and make the most of capturing some of the everyday moments. 

Whatever they were doing, I was going to try and photograph them in their element.

It has to be said that our girls don't usually play rough 'n' tumble, but this was one of those times and I'm so glad I had my camera ready. I love the fact that they were happy to do some good old fashioned bundling. The sort that can really only be done amongst siblings.

I hope that when they are older and they see this photo, they will remember their summer holiday at home. 

I know I will.



The school year has ended (for us at least) and the children came home with the usual plastic bags full of the year's school work, projects, books and art pieces.

Whilst sorting out what to keep (for posterity) and what to recycle, my daughter came up to me holding this beautiful, colourful glass tile.

She proudly explained that she'd made it at school as part of a stained glass art lesson and that she had made it especially for me.

This one's a keeper.

Not just because she made it for me, but because it represents my daughter's vibrant personality in the same way that Matisse would use colour to express emotion. 

Now, it sits on my desk and every time it catches my eye, it makes me smile. 



Hello, is anybody actually out there?

This is what I am wondering as I attempt to write my first blog EVER. It's something that I probably should have attempted to do a while ago, but perhaps like so many others I put it off because I honestly didn't know what to write.

However, today was different. For the first time in years (since the children were born, in fact) I went out on the motorbike with my husband. We didn't travel far, but whilst out riding I found myself taking in the scenery and being reminded of how much I love the British countryside.

It's not that I don't get out much, it's just that sometimes or rather most of the time I seem to be so busy with day to day running of 'life' i.e kids, house, husband and work that I forget to stop and simply take in the surroundings that often inspire my work.

However, as I mentioned before today was different.