"To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It's a way of life." Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Sunday, 1 July 2012

Oh baby!


On Wednesday I had a birthday.  This is not really a cause to celebrate as I'm a total birthday scrooge and can't stand being reminded that I am moving further and further away from my 20s and that perhaps I really should be acting a bit more grown up in my old age.

Still, there are good things about birthdays.  One of which is all the lovely flowers my even lovelier friends gave me.  The other good thing is my Amazon wishlist, which allowed my (also lovely) mum to find out that what I really wanted for my birthday was a Lensbaby.  Since having a play with one of these a while ago, I've had a real hankering for one of my own for some time now.  Plus, I think I need something new to get me back into a photography groove and inspire me to snap more.  And my little Lensbaby seems to have done the job.

I've only had a little play so far, but I'm liking the results for now.  Check out that blur! Can't wait to give it a proper test run.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Jubilant


Jubilant, a photo by KatieSh on Flickr.
I wasn't that bothere about the Diamond Jubilee. It's a good excuse for a few days off and a bit of celebration, but I find it hard to get excited about the royal family.

But, today I got a taste for what it's all about and remembered that it doesn't really matter what your views are on the royal family, the jubilee is a great reason to celebrate community and come together with people you might not usually have much chance to exchange more than a 'Hello' with on an ordinary day.

So, this afternoon, my neighbour knocked on my door to tell me that they'd started an impromptu garden party and were hoping the whole street could join in. We have communal gardens out the back, so it's perfect for this sort of thing. Everyone brought a bit of something to eat or drink and we all just chatted and got to know one another a bit better whilst the Pimm's was flowing and the children played.

We even managed a toast to the Queen.... but more importantly, we raised a toast to Bath Terrace and all the fabulous people who live here!