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Shutter priority, ISO 400, Aperture 4.5, Speed 1/4.

A slow shutterspeed

A slow shutter speed with a tripod capture the fun and atmosphere of the Charleston

One of my friends has just celebrated the big four oh and did so in style by arranging a 1920s Charleston Workshop with an instructor. Everyone entered into the spirit and after a number of frantic phone calls, visits to charity shops and begging, borrowing and stealing we were transformed. I was asked to be the photographer which can be a little nerve-wracking but after my recent course, I was up for capturing some motion blur as well the atmosphere of the party.

The lovely Rhoda instrusts us all

The lovely Rhoda instructs us all

Another triumph for Ali and Nicola

Another baking triumph for Ali and Nicola!


This was a challenging topic because many things make me happy but I didn’t want to create an incoherent collage and part of this task was to display a gallery of nine images. My solution was to photograph items on my treasure shelf. Each item tells a story, reminds me of a memory or is a cool colour and all make me happy!

1 – I love nostalgic items like this pond yacht that I bought in Dartmouth and it also reminds me of our glorious family holiday in August. The kitsch postcard makes me smile.
2 – Books on countryside lore are close to my heart.
3 – Ladybird books remind me of childhood and these items showing wear and tear create beautiful textures and tell a story of being loved.
4 – My granny loved this vase all her life and I couldn’t bear for it to be consigned to a junk shop when she died so I rescued it. In fact it inspired an artwork called ‘Memories’. (Have a look at this link.)
5 – Metal farmyard chickens from an era when toys weren’t plastic and in the background a collage by my son.
6 – Découpage South African style – the classic pilchard fish packaging, the colours, the recycling of found objects all remind me of growing up in South Africa.
7 – A beaded ladybird from South Africa which is so jaunty and reminds me of our special holiday there in 2010.
8 – All girls need red shoes and these belonged to my youngest.
9 – My babies in a shabby chic frame.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week WordPress provides a new photographic theme for creative inspiration. We take photographs based on our interpretation of the theme, and post them on our blogs anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme is announced.

Small things make me feel happy – like pink canvas shoes reminding me of ice-cream and Cornwall. I love the graphics on the shoe box, White Stuff always get it so right! In South Africa we called trainers ‘tackies’. Why? Is it because of the trreeck-treeck sound they make as you walk?


I decided it was high time Boden was at the receiving end of direct mail and sent them a proposal as a mood board. It was well received and made it to the head of marketing although there it was turned down… ‘whilst it is a really great concept, it is not something that we will be able to pursue further at this stage.’ Next stop – Joules!

It’s our turn to make you a cheeky little offer. In the late 1990s a number of us studied together in London (mostly to become lawyers – though not the stuffy & boring sort). In those days we could party long and hard. Now we’re all a little bit older. We still party (but not for quite as long or quite as hard). And there’s more of us. In 2006 we all produced a baby so all nine couples got together to admire each other’s offspring. And the annual Baby Party was born. And our (cheeky) offer… we are giving Boden first refusal to sponsor next year’s Baby Party! There are nine yummy mummies, nine doting daddies and twenty children aged 5 months – 7 years. You choose the venue (within reason) and we will laugh and pose, chat and pout, smile and dance for your camera whilst wearing Boden fashion. Because Boden is for real: real people, real occasions, real living.