Happy New Year lovely people! I always like to start a shiny new year with a little reflection - looking back on the highs and lows, and looking forward by setting a focus and some intentions for the year ahead. One of the main ones this year is to live more in the moment, and to develop my meditation and mindfulness practice to help with that. But I don't think that means that you shouldn't reflect on what has been - I find I can learn a great deal that way, when it is done with kindness to myself. And it helps me realise how much I have to be thankful for, and how far I've come.
I thought I would gather together some of my favourite images of 2015 in some seasonal collections this time. It's always so hard to choose, but here are the Spring shots that make me smile:
I had the pleasure of discovering Merriments Garden, near Hawkhurst in Kent, and seeing it change colour through the seasons. There were plenty of walks on the beach in my beautiful new home town of Seaford. I was overjoyed to find row upon row of pretty colourful beach huts and soft sand and dunes at West Wittering. Then there were the beautiful tulips at Pashley Manor Gardens and the spectacular display of bluebells on the Arlington Bluebell Walk.
And here we have my summer picks (just look at all that colour!):
There was more feasting on colour at Merriments Garden, fun hunting down the colourful beach huts at Littlehampton and East Preston, a day of marvelling at the beauty and variety of the flowers at West Dean Gardens, and lots of time to enjoy the sunshine at home in Seaford.
And then we move on to one of my favourite seasons for colour and marvelling at the beauty of the world around us - Autumn:
I absolutely adore autumn. This year I had the pleasure of discovering some new haunts, including Sheffield Park & Gardens. But I had to return to my all time favourite, Westonbirt Arboretum, for a birthday photography shoot - their collection of Acers cannot be beaten.
And then to round things up, I have a collection of seascapes for you, as my first year living by the sea in East Sussex has meant lots of visits to the coast. I have thoroughly loved discovering so many new places and look forward to lots more of that next year. I am so deeply grateful that after years and years of discussion we were able to make our dream of living by the sea a reality. I love it here so much!
The first row shows Camber Sands, a beautiful big stretch of sandy beach with dunes behind and so much S P A C E. Then we have the breathtaking Birling Gap, with its tall, sheer white chalky cliffs and giant rocks - I just adore this place - somewhere to really feel the power of nature and put your troubles in perspective. Row three are some favourites of Westward Ho! on a gorgeous summer evening - I love the space here and the beautiful pebbles. And finally we have a collection of shots showing Seaford Head and Cuckmere Haven (some of you may recognise this from the recent Luther episode) - the scenery that tempted us to move to Seaford.
So let me end by wishing you all a very Happy New Year, filled with many happy moments, and many flashes of inspiration. I'm off to ponder my 2016 goals and intentions and write them down in my 2016 planner :)
Thank you for being a part of my journey, and for all your support and encouragement - it is much appreciated xxx