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Showing posts from November, 2016


"Family is a circle of strength and love.... and with every birth and every union, the circle grows." - Anon

St Combs, Aberdeenshire

"Life is different at the beach.... time doesn't move minute to minute, but mood to moment." - Anon

Leave nothing but footprints

"Take nothing but photos.  Leave nothing but footprints." - Anon

The never ending story....

"Based on the amount of laundry, I'm going to assume there are people living here I have never seen yet!" - K Clements

Day is over....

"Day is over, night has come. Today has gone, what's done is done. Embrace your dreams throughout the night. Tomorrow comes with a whole new light."  Louise Page


"When someone asks me what my favourite colour is, I just say 'Sunset!'" - Hayley Jane Pilton

Nothing says home like the smell of baking

For a really simple and easy to follow fruit scones recipe by Mary Berry - please click here

Black and white portrait

"When you photograph someone in colour you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph someone in black and white, you photograph their soul!” - Ted Grant

Water / light reflection

"Don't quit your day dream!" - Maia Parker

Jam on toast and coffee..... Mmm!

Jam on toast and coffee..... Mmmm!

Serenity Project - November 2016 - Collaborative Project

"Sometimes you just need to pause.... breathe.... and live for the moment." - lovethispic

Welcome to November's Serenity Project. Seems like yesterday I was keying October's project and can hardly believe another month has come around again since then!  Time passes so quickly and the older I get, the more I realise the importance of taking time to pause every now and then to appreciate the people and blessings in life whether in thought or deed. When I lose sight of these things or take them for-granted, I become disgruntled and life seems anything but serene!  Somehow being grateful [or not being grateful] seems to affect my peace. 
 "Gratitude transforms ordinary days into thanksgiving, routine jobs into joy, and changes ordinary jobs into blessings." - William A Ward.
Next in the serenity circle this month is the very talented Susan from Susan Bahen Photography.  Love viewing Susan's work and I know you will too.  Please click here to enjoy some very be…


This was the sky in the west of Aberdeenshire this evening, just before it went completely black.  The rich orange, red and gold tones looked amazing, whilst over in east, the sky was filled with blue and purple tones. Quite a colour fest! Just a pity the super moon remained hidden behind thick clouds.... was so looking forward to seeing it. Next super moon is on Sunday, 3rd December 2017; however, the next time a super moon is as close to the earth as it was last night (Monday 14th November 2016) will be 25th November 2034!  Not long to wait then! 😁


" Allow yourself to be a beginner.  No-one starts off excellent."- Julie Mauger

Better bread with water....

"Better bread with water than cake with trouble." - Russian Proverb

All you need is....

"Winter - all you need is coffee and warm socks!" - Glamorous Housewives

Some people feel the rain....

"Some people feel the rain.  Others just get wet." - Bob Marley

Then all of a sudden....

"Then all of a sudden, autumn collapsed into winter!" - Anon

One last look at autumn 2016

It won't be long until the gorgeous warm autumn colours we've enjoyed this year finally disappear and are replaced with the cooler tones of winter.  Thought I'd share a few favourite autumnal images captured throughout the season before we finally close the door on autumn 2016 and say,"hello winter!"

Aberdeenshire in colour

Mushroom village

47/365 Spotted these wild mushrooms growing in one of the car parks along at Aden Country Park recently. Thought they looked amazing and glad I stopped to capture them.

Money isn't the root of all evil....

"Money isn't the root of all evil, but the love ofmoney is!" - Anon

Little Lady of the Lake

"To some it's just water.  To me, it's where I regain my sanity." - Ed Jay

6 ways to build confidence as a photographer

1. Embrace who you are as a photographer and realise that your work is unique and special to you. You may find that you are drawn to a certain type of photographers' work and even attempt to emulate their style (which is how most photographers learn), but there is always going to be a part of you that comes through in your images that says "YOU!" So don't be disappointed if your work doesn't look exactly like your favourite photographer - you have not read the same books, attended the same workshops or online courses, and nor have you had the same life experiences with all your personal likes / dislikes, etc., so little wonder your work is never going to be exactly the same.

I personally love light, bright and pastel-style photography, but my own shooting style does not suit such being deeper in tones and shadows. Once I accepted my work would never be light and airy (only took me two years!!!), I finally felt liberated to develop my own personal photography style…

Derelict mansion - Aden Park - Aberdeenshire

Derelict mansion situated in the centre of Aden Country Park

Never change

Love creating scrapbook pages (original size = 12" x 12" or 8" x 8"). Scrapbooking is one of my favourite 'winter' hobbies. Could sit for hours in the evenings arranging all the fine details and putting them together to make beautiful family photo books. Ever since I was a child, I loved to work with colouring pens, glue, bits and bobs plus lots of coloured card creating things for friends and family.