The Good Life Experience Festival 2016

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Early autumn is a funny time of year. Whilst I love the crisp chill in the air and the ‘back to school’ feeling that still has me searching out new hobbies, there’s also the ominous knowledge that September is the gateway to short days and long dark nights. But, for the last two years, I’ve had the… 

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On The Road: The Good Life Experience

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Before I started my own business, I thought I worked really hard. I lived in London, I commuted by tube each day, wrote articles, arranged photo shoots, ate lunch at my desk most days and occasionally met friends for drinks after work before starting the daily grind all over again. But largely, my weekends were… 

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On the Road: Sisterhood Camp 2015

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Writing my blog has drawn me to many lovely people over the years, but I have never felt such a warm feeling for the blogging community as I do today.  It all began when a beautiful invitation dropped through my letterbox, embossed in gold and with a delicate feather tucked inside. Sisterhood Camp is the brainchild of… 

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On the Road: 6 spectacular stops for a weekend break in Cornwall

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Last weekend I decided to take a spontaneous weekend break to explore Cornwall. In the 5 years I lived in the North East, the farthest corner England always felt that extra stretch out of reach, but now we’ve returned to Somerset, a weekend trip to one of my favourite counties in the UK suddenly seems achievable once… 

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On the Road: Lambing in Shropshire

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Having enjoyed a lovely Easter weekend in Devon with the family, the following weekend we had the opportunity to help out with lambing season at a small sheep farm in the Shropshire Hills. Not dissimilar from the Somerset countryside in which we grew up, Hope Valley (12 miles south west of Shrewsbury) boasts beautiful rolling green hills beneath… 

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5 More ways to make your holiday photos more creative!

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A while ago I wrote a post suggesting some ideas for more interesting photography having returned from a trip to Moscow. As I find myself involved in an ever increasing amount of photography for our products in the Decorator’s Notebook Shop, the opportunities for taking personal photos seems to diminish. However, in November I visited friends… 

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3 rules for better portrait photography (and when to break them)

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Last weekend I headed north with a group of friends to explore the Scottish Borders. We might not have experienced weather as relentless as that which has been battering Bethan down in Somerset, but we had our fair share of extreme precipitation! I was hoping I might be able to share some dramatic landscape photos… 

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Off to the Lakes: Joe’s fell-walker’s kit list

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The transition between seasons never seems quite so stark as it does between summer and autumn. As we creep past mid-October it seems that in just a matter of days the leaves have turned and it’s time to light the fire in the evenings. It won’t be long before we’re waking up in the dark…. 

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