Life Through A Lens

Apologies in advance, this post is all kinds of cheese..........

One of the things that inspired me to continue with my blog was photography.

One day I'd stumbled across some blogs that rekindled my interest in photography.  In my school days it was something that had always interested me but I never pursued and to be honest I'd always regretted it.

Becoming thirty was a turning point in my life.  You suddenly realise you are officially a grown up and I started to look at my life almost through a different lens.

I thought about all the things I'd achieved over the years but also some of the opportunities I'd missed out on.

Everyone has regrets or wondered if they'd made the right choices but I'm a great believer that things happen for a reason.  So instead of dwelling or wondering 'what if', I enrolled myself on a short photography course.

And you know what?  I loved it.  So much so that I bought myself a second hand DSLR and could quite easily loose a whole day taking photos.  But what I really appreciate about photography is how you look at the world differently.

Here are a few of my most recent favourite shots.  Now don't get me wrong. I'm not suddenly proclaiming to be the next female David Bailey.  I just wanted to give you an insight as to how things can look differently when approached from another angle.

I love how photography has opened my eyes to what sometimes seems like another world.


Just because you missed out on an opportunity in the past doesn't mean that opportunity wont come around again, sometimes it's already there for the taking you just need a bit of courage to grab it.

Do you like photography?  Can you recommend any good photography blogs?  Or have you recently taken up a new hobby?  Let me know.  I'd love to hear about it.


NW Blogger Meet Up (It Finally Happened)!

As some of you know I recently decided to host a bloggers meet up.  Initially I just thought this would be a few of us meeting in town, getting some lunch and then hitting the shops.  Never in a million years did I think there would be 17 of us tucking into afternoon tea courtesy of Spout Coffee Shop

Photo courtesy of Amelia

Spout is a quirky vintage coffee house that shares it's building with a hairdressers and beauty salon.  It really is a girls haven.  Not only did we get to tuck into tasty sandwiches and mini cakes but we were also treated to hair and beauty workshops thanks to The Passion Pit and The Pamper Pit.

Hair workshop at The Passion Pit - Photo courtesy of Jo, Minty Essence

The Pamper Pit.  Photo courtesy of Amelia

Bloggers travelled from near and far and I really was overwhelmed that so many lovely bloggers wanted to be part of this meet up.  I was also a little concerned..............I'd never arranged an event before!!!  EEEEEK!

Joanna, Kel, Rachael and Terri.  Thanks for the pic Jo

The day went far too quickly.  There were lots of bloggers that I didn't get to speak to but I did manage to have a good chin wag with Amelia and Beth.  These two ladies are hilarious and made me giggle with their stories.  I was also very impressed with their crocheted collars which are available to buy on Etsy.  Put me down for one please girls.

So after 4 hours of nattering away the meet up came to an end *sob sob* but at least I have a gift bag full of treats to cheer myself up.

Firstly I have to say there are some incredibly generous people out there!  Everything in the gift bag was donated free of charge and some of them were made especially for us bloggers! WOW!

Edwina Simone

Misco Chocolates, Lydia Leith

Coulson Macleod
A big thanks goes out to Edwina Simone, Lydia Leith, Misco Chocolates, Kieron at Barratts, Coulson Macleod, Teapigs and Spout for their donations to the gift bags.  You've spoilt us!

And lastly a MASSIVE thank you to all the bloggers who attended and helped make the day so special.  Lets do it again ja????

I think we're gonna need a bigger staircase

Thanks for coming............
Rachael at The New 62
Terri Lowe at Hello Terri Lowe
Amelia at Xameliax
Beth at Beth-SOS
Kel at Kel Loves
Kieron at The Totality
Siobhan at The Hungry Bird
Spencer at Swish Spencor
Vic at Frankly Vic
Sarah at Fashion Dotty
Sara at Waiste

 Have you ever been to a bloggers meet up?


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