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SGIEW instagram challenge :: Simplicity ::

I'm thrilled to be the guest judge for the @sogoodineveryway Instagram challenge for the next 3 weeks. The theme is :: Simplicity :: and I'm offering two prints from my Etsy shop as a prize for my favourite image (the winner gets to choose which ones).

How do I join in?

Simply tag any of your new photos on Instagram that fit the theme with #sgiew_simplicity and #sgiew and make sure you follow me @zoepower, the @sogoodineveryway challenge account and lovely hosts @incredibusy @willowdaygram and @redtedart. That's it! I'll share my favourite nine images and the winner in about 3 weeks time.

If you're new to @sogoodineveryway challenges, there's a new theme to join in every 2 or 3 weeks or so, and a guest judge to keep things interesting. It's really fun, so do join in :)

It would also be lovely if you could pop over and have a browse through the hashtag #sgiew_simplicity from time to time and leave some words of encouragement for your fellow participants - it can be a great way to connect with other lovely like minded people and find new ideas and inspiration.

More about the theme :: Simplicity ::

I'll be looking for simple compositions, free from distracting details and clutter, and full of space and calm. So have a think about the type of backgrounds you are using and how much you've got in the frame. You could also try using a shallow depth of field to blur out any distractions, or use a restricted colour palette.... The subject matter can be anything you like, it's all about how it is framed and presented.

Some Inspiration

If you're looking for some inspiration to get you started, I thought I'd share some favourite images that have been tagged to my other hashtag #mybeautifulsimplicity over the last few weeks. Do click through and have a browse around these inspiring accounts - you won't be disappointed. Huge thanks to these amazing photographers for sharing their beautiful images.  NB. your image doesn't have to be a floral one - it just seems we all have a particular love for flowers :)

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Introducing #mybeautifulsimplicity

I've finally jumped on the hashtag bandwagon! I've been umming and ahhhing about this for a while, but decided it was finally time to create and curate my own Instagram hashtag to share the kind of images I love. Allow me to introduce #mybeautifulsimplicity

So what's #mybeautifulsimplicity all about?

Well, I'm looking for beautifully simple images, full of space, especially white space. They should feel calm and be free from clutter and detail. Think simple backgrounds with minimal objects - perhaps a flatlay or a still life. Or seascapes and nature images where simplicity is the focus. Using a shallow depth of field can be a great way to create simplicity and blur out any distracting details. The same goes for a limited colour palette. It's not so much the subject matter, but the way it is presented.

To get things started, I've tagged some of my images to give a feel for what the hashtag is about. But I'd LOVE to see YOUR beautifully simple images. Please do join in by adding the hashtag #mybeautifulsimplicity to any images that you think are a good fit.

I'll share some favourites every couple of weeks on my Instagram account @zoepower and some monthly round-ups over here on my blog. I think it's such a lovely way to discover new accounts and inspiration.

Please do spread the word - and get tagging!

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Which apps I use to edit my Instagram photos

I've been meaning to write this post for a while now. I always find it fascinating to hear which apps others use to edit their photos on their phones for Instagram, so thought I'd share my preferences. There are 4 apps I use regularly (often in combination), depending on the type of photo I want to edit. I use these both for photos taken on my iPhone itself and for photos taken on my DSLR that I have transferred to my phone over wifi (brilliant for editing speed as it means I don't have to put my computer on!).

  • Snapseed - for landscapes and general use

  • VSCO - for tonal highlighting and finishing touches

  • PS Express - for flatlays and still lifes

  • A Color Story - for lightening and brightening and punchy colourful images

I'm not intending this to be a tutorial as such, but rather an overview of my process and the thinking behind my choices. I'll include some links for some more in depth tutorials in case you are interested.


Snapseed - for landscapes and general use

Snapseed is the app I've used for the longest and it therefore tends to be my default option for some initial edits. It offers a good selection of basic editing options including Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Ambiance, Highlights, Shadows, Warmth and Sharpening as well as the ability to crop, and rotate/straighten. 

I find it works particularly well for landscapes and outdoor shots where you tend to get lots of contrast and the sky is often much brighter than the land or sea. The Ambiance tool is the one I use the most in these circumstances as it simultaneously brightens the shadows and reduces the highlights, balancing out the light in the contrasting areas.

What it lacks, though, is the ability to add tonal highlights or do more creative editing, so I usually use it for an initial edit and then take my edited photo into another app for some final tweaking. It does offer filters, but they've never really been to my taste.

The photo below was taken on my iPhone in low light just after sunset and you can see that the sky is much brighter than the sea and the shore.

BEFORE - ORIGINAL IMAGE

BEFORE - ORIGINAL IMAGE

AFTER EDITING IN SNAPSEED

AFTER EDITING IN SNAPSEED

This is what I did to edit it in Snapseed:

  1. Launch Snapseed and tap Open in top left, then Open from device to browse your photostream. Select an image by tapping it and tap Use in top right.

  2. Click the pencil icon on the bottom right to open the editing tools. Then tap on Tune Image. Swipe your finger up and down the photo to see the different editing options available, e.g. Brightness, Contrast etc. and then swipe right or left to increase or decrease the setting you've selected. Once you've finished editing one setting, simply swipe up and down to choose the next setting you want to edit, and swipe left/right again to adjust. I often go back and forth between them, as editing one setting obviously has an effect on the others. Once you've finished, tap the tick icon in the bottom right. This was my recipe:

    • Brightness +65

    • Saturation +12

    • Ambiance +80

  3. Click the pencil again and then Details if you want to add any Sharpening or Structure to your image (Structure seems to work like the Clarity setting you might be familiar with in other applications). This works the same as with Tune Image, so swipe up and down to choose between Sharpening or Structure and swipe left or right to adjust the settings and then tap the tick when you're finished. This was my recipe:

    • Structure +5

    • Sharpening +10

  4. Once you've finished editing, tap SAVE top right. I usually choose the Export option as I rarely come back to re-edit in Snapseed and I like to keep the original image just in case I want to edit it in another application.

Although I'm happy with my edits, the image for me is not yet complete and I've left it purposely under-done as I know I want to edit it further. The next step is to take it into VSCO and apply a filter to add some tonal highlighting (you may have noticed I have a thing for pink highlights!). See below for what I did next.


VSCO - for tonal highlighting and finishing touches

I really like using VSCO for the creative filters it provides, and the ability to refine them. In particular I like to use filters that play with highlight and shadow tones. For me it doesn't work so well for basic editing, as I find the scale on the brightness and saturation options too harsh - I prefer to make subtler adjustments. Hence the reason I usually edit first in another app.

NB. Although VSCO comes with a few filters, most of the filter sets have to be purchased as extra. I think I've now bought most of them, but usually end up using the same old ones!

AFTER EDITING IN SNAPSEED

AFTER EDITING IN SNAPSEED

AFTER EDITING IN VSCO

AFTER EDITING IN VSCO

So let me talk you through the adjustments I made to the image above left in VSCO, that I first edited in Snapseed:

  1. From your library in VSCO, tap the + to import an image from your photostream. Once you've selected your image, tap the circle to add it.

  2. With the image you want to edit selected, tap the slider icon (2nd from left) to open the filters and editing options.

  3. Scroll along the bottom to see the filters and tap to apply one. Tap again to show the sliders that allow you to adjust the strength of the filter and tap the circle when you're done.

    • For this image I used the C3 filter at strength 8.

  4. To refine the settings for the filter you have chosen, tap the upward facing arrow at the bottom, and then tap the slider icon (2nd from left). You can then tap any of the editing tools and then use the slider to adjust their strength. Again, click the circle when you're done editing each one. When you've finished, tap the upward facing arrow and then the circle to return to your library.

    • For this image I increased the Tint to +2 (I love the pink highlights!), the Shadows Save to +1 and the Highlights Save to +1.

  5. To save your image, tap the 3 dots on the right and then choose Save To Camera Roll and Actual Size.

If you'd like to see a more in depth tutorial for using VSCO then have look at the brilliant video from Me and Orla: Instagram Tips: A beginners guide to VSCO.


PS Express - for Flatlays and Still Lifes

Photoshop Express is another brilliant all purpose editing app. I use it for a wide range of photos, but especially for flatlays and still life shots. I have the lovely Cristina Colli to thank for introducing me to this app via her post How I edit my iPhone photos

Whilst it offers filters, I haven't found any I really like, so I use it exclusively for the individual editing tools. One of the features I really like, though, is the ability to save your edits as a custom filter that you can apply to future photos. This saves me a lot of time as I pretty much always brighten my images, so I have a few filters saved that lighten and brighten shadows and add a little tint to varying degrees.

I usually find that editing in PS Express is enough to create a finished image, but sometimes I can't resist a little further tweaking in VSCO (see above) or directly in Instagram (I'm a big fan of applying a little dash of Clarendon - but have to stop myself over editing on occasion - when is enough, enough?!!).

So let me take you through the edits I made to the following image, taken on my iPhone.

ORIGINAL IMAGE, TAKEN ON MY IPHONE

ORIGINAL IMAGE, TAKEN ON MY IPHONE

IMAGE EDITED IN PS EXPRESS

IMAGE EDITED IN PS EXPRESS

FINAL VERSION, TWEAKED IN INSTAGRAM WITH A DASH OF CLARENDON

FINAL VERSION, TWEAKED IN INSTAGRAM WITH A DASH OF CLARENDON

This is how I edited the image in PS Express:

  1. Tap Select Image From > On my iPhone and browse and select the image you want to edit by tapping on it.

  2. At the very bottom of the screen, select the icon with the sliders (third from left) to access the editing tools. You can then tap each of them in turn and adjust the slider to increase or decrease the setting. This is the recipe I used:

    • Clarity +8

    • Sharpen +5

    • Exposure +35

    • Contrast +5

    • Highlights +20

    • Tint +22

    • Vibrance +6

  3. If you want to save your edits as a custom filter to use in future, tap the filters button on the bottom far left and then MY LOOKS. Tap the + in the blue square on the far left to add your "look"/filter and give it a name. When you next edit a photo, you can then tap on the filters button to come back to your filter and even use a slider to adjust the strength you want to apply it at. You can still then click the slider button to access the editing tools for further tweaking.


A Color Story - for lightening and brightening and punchy colourful images 

A Color Story was created by the colour-loving team behind A Beautiful Mess. It's a powerful editing tool and is great for lightening and brightening and creating punchy colourful images with some cool effects. But it's also very easy to over-do it with the filters, which are very contrasty and saturated at full strength. I probably use this the least of all the apps, as I find it can be hit and miss to get the results I want, and requires a lot more fiddling than PS Express. But for some images it has produced results that none of the other apps have been able to (and of course, now I can't remember exactly which images those were!!).

A Color Story allows you to add filters, adjust the strength of them and layer other filters on top without having to save your image and reimport, as you have to do with the other apps. It also offers a range of interesting effects such as sun flare, bokeh, light leaks and colour fog (although most of these you have to buy as extras). And finally, it offers a wide range of editing tools, including Curves, which I haven't seen elsewhere (I found this rather fiddly to use with my clumsy fingers though - very easy to drag the points totally off kilter). Have a browse through the @acolorstory Instagram account to get an idea for the amazing results the app can produce. And if you want to learn more about it, there's a great video tutorial by Xanthe Berkeley and an overview on the A Color Story website.

The creators of the app recommend that you don't edit images before bringing them into the app as the filters do a lot of brightening and have been designed for images straight out of camera.

So first of all let me show you the before and after:

ORIGINAL IMAGE - TAKEN ON MY IPHONE (far too contrasty and warm - the light was too strong!)

ORIGINAL IMAGE - TAKEN ON MY IPHONE (far too contrasty and warm - the light was too strong!)

IMAGE EDITED IN A COLOR STORY

IMAGE EDITED IN A COLOR STORY

This is how I edited the image above in A Color Story:

  1. Tap Photos from the home screen to browse and select the photo you want to edit by tapping on it and then press CONTINUE.

  2. Tap FILTERS bottom left to browse the filters you want to apply. Filters are grouped in Sets. Some basic sets are free with the app and then others you have to buy. Tap the filter you want to apply and adjust the slider according to your taste and tap the tick when done. Tap Back to return to the Filters so you can apply more. I used the following:

    • Lite Bright from the Essentials set (free) at 49%

    • Chroma from the Chroma set at 52%

    • Light from the Chroma set at 31%

  3. I then tapped the TOOLS button (the spanner, 3rd from left) to access the individual editing tools. Tap the slider button called ADJUST to edit a range of options. I tweaked the Curves to brighten the shadows and increased the Brightness, Saturation, Tint, Exposure and Contrast.

  4. Finally, I tapped DONE (top right) when I was finished and then SAVE & FINISH. If you like, you can also save your edits to apply to future photos by tapping the green SAVE EDITING STEPS button.

I think the main reason I find using this app more fiddly and time consuming than the others is that there are SO many options and SO many settings you can adjust - I find I rarely get the results I desire from just the filters and then spend ages tweaking the individual settings.


So why don't I edit in Instagram itself?

I tend to use Instagram just for some final tweaks (a dash of the Clarendon filter or a tiny bit extra brightness). I think the main reason is that I prefer to edit and save my images to my photostream before I upload them, so I can compare them to other images I've taken for consistency,  and sometimes to multiple edits of the same image to see which one I like best. I also like to edit photos in advance of posting them, so I usually have a little queue of edited photos ready to post when I have time. I think the editing tools in IG have come a long way, but I'd rather save before I post!


So there you have it - the 4 main apps I use to edit my photos for Instagram. I'd love to hear which apps are your favourites and why? Do let me know if you'd like me to go into any more details with any of the apps in a future post.

Seaside Lucy

Happy Friday folks! The sun is trying to peep through and I'm super excited to have next week off to explore our beautiful coast and countryside with my other half :) I thought I'd leave you with a delicious collection of photos from one of my favourite Instagram photographers: seasidelucy

Lucy's photo stream is pure eye candy: lots of pretty pastel seaside shots of all my favourite things, with a generous helping of craft and creativity. Lucy has such a great eye for composition and appreciation of space. I just adore her photostream, it never fails to make me smile. So if you don't follow her already, do pop on over and have browse - I promise you won't be disappointed!

I just love Lucy's pebble art and her beautiful ways of displaying and capturing her seaside treasures.

Lucy is one of the moderators for @MyMondaymoodboard, a weekly styling challenge on Instagram aiming to inspire and encourage creativity. I think Lucy's gorgeous photos do a great job at just that! I had such a hard time picking 12 favourites to use here.

All images are of course copyright to seasidelucy. A huge thanks to Lucy for allowing me to share her beautiful photographs. Well that's it from me for now. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead! xx

Inspirational Instagram hashtags

Well hello everyone and Happy Friday! I really wanted to reinstate my Friday Favourites series on the blog, as I have so many favourite things I'd love to share with you. I'm going to mix it up this time and use the space to feature a different favourite thing of mine each week - could be a maker, photographer, artist, fabric, collection, Pinterest board, blog, magazine, shop, experience, etc. etc. - whatever takes my fancy, really! I hope it will help you to discover some lovely new things.

This week, I'm kicking off with a couple of favourite Instagram hashtags/weekly challenges. I adore Instagram. It's my happy place. Somewhere I go to feast my eyes on beautiful images and chat to like minded souls. It's a place for encouragement, creativity and inspiration.

1. Friday Faffing Competition #fridayfaffingcompetition 

Friday Faffing Competition is hosted by the very lovely and supremely talented @juliabesidethesea, @katherinedorrington and @am_i_dreaming_now (do take a look at their beautiful photostreams!). The idea is simple - have a lovely faff with some pretty bits and bobs, create a styled image, upload it to Instagram and tag it #fridayfaffingcompetition. You'll find that quite a few people like to combine a good Friday faff with #floralfridaycompetition, another beautiful hashtag/competition run by the lovely @emilyquinton. Friday's are certainly pretty! I've found so many beautiful photostreams to follow via this hashtag.

Every Sunday, one of the group will share four of their favourite images. See below for the favourites selected over the last couple of weeks, plus a screenshot of the gallery to give you a flavour. There really is so much eye candy, so do go and have a browse. Right, best go and get my faff on!

Image credits (above):

TL: @lilyandfrank TR: @petiamphotos BL: @allenandbear BR: @keepingupblog

Image credits (above):

TL: @georgiestclair TR: @thedizzybee BL: @ridasj BR: @tartepink2

Image above: screenshot of the #fridayfaffingcompetition gallery - it's constantly changing!

2. My Monday Moodboard #mymondaymoodboard

My Monday Moodboard is another weekly photo styling challenge to encourage creativity & inspiration. It is hosted by the super lovely @jessicatrent & @seasidelucy (who both have the most gorgeous photostreams too). Anyone is welcome to join in, just upload your styled image to Instagram on a Monday and tag it #mymondaymoodboard and follow @mymondaymoodboard.

Jess usually does a mid week round-up of some favourite images and shares these on Instagram, as well as picking a "super fave" which she shares on her lovely blog, The Cabinet Maker's Lovetale. See below for some of the recent mid-week round-up favourites, plus a screenshot of the gallery. A beautiful way to brighten up Mondays!

Image credits (above):

TL: @live_and_bloom TR: @mangelka BL: @so__laura BR: @thislittlecorner

Other favourites I like to dip into are Tuesday's #gatheredstyle hosted by @aquietstyle and the weekly challenges set by @its_my_week. Do you have a favourite Instagram hashtag/challenge you love to follow or take part in? Do let me know in the comments - I love to discover new inspiration.

You can find me on Instagram as @zoepower. Come say hi!

Friday Favourites ~ Vintage market treasures

Happy Friday one and all! Something a little different today. I thought I would share some of my favourite vintage finds over the last several months via some mosaics of my Instagram snaps....

The first mosaic below shows some of the treasure I have found at the vintage market in Oxford. It is held every Thursday in Gloucester Green and is fabulous! I work nearby and try to manage a quick dash round in my lunch hour most weeks. You will find a wide range of different sellers with everything from china to coins to clothes to books to art.... If you live near Oxford, do go and have a browse! Read more about it at www.oxfordantiquemarket.co.uk

The second mosaic below shows other vintage finds I have sourced from lots of places, including these fabulous shops:

Enjoy browsing and treasure hunting and have a fabulous weekend! x

2012: a review in pictures

Well, it's that time of year again! Time to look back and reflect on 2012 and all the lovely things I did, places I visited, pictures I took, people I met, things I made, things that inspired me...

I won't bore you with lots of details, you'll be pleased to hear! Instead I've created a couple of mosaics of my favourite pictures from 2012. It's impossible to pick just a few!!

The first one is all about landscapes and natural beauty in the world around us. I was lucky enough to visit Brighton, Cornwall a couple of times, Devon, Jersey (where my folks live), Bath and Christchurch. I LOVE the sea, so this is a big influence, and all that fabulous S P A C E! We also found the most amazing, beautiful Japanese garden in St. Mawgan, Cornwall, in the spring, so this features heavily.

2012 Faves Part 1

The second one is all about Blythes, beautiful handmade things and interiors. 2012 has been the year of Blythe - it all started on new year's day 2012 round at the lovely Candy Pop's and I've been hooked ever since. I've "met" so many lovely people online and in the flesh through this hobby and it's rekindled my love of crafting and making things. I also introduced my sister to the wonderful world of Blythe and she is totally hooked too and has been busy knitting away making wonderful creations for her Etsy shop....They are so much fun to style and photograph! I've also really enjoyed giving our home a bit of a vintage makeover and have collected so many lovely things over the year - and look forward to more of it in 2013!

2012 Faves Part 2

Instagram has been a huge part of my life in 2012 too, so I couldn't write this review without a mention. I've taken far too many pics to even pick out some favourites, so I've included a screenshot of my Instagram page below instead :) You can find me on Instagram as @zoepower

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who has followed along, looked at my pictures, commented, faved, and shared the journey :) I wish you all the most fabulous, inspired, creative and above all Happy 2013!

A super lovely birthday weekend in Bath

I can highly recommend Bath as a destination for a long weekend of wandering, shopping and photography! We stayed in a super lovely B&B called Brindley's as a special birthday treat - very stylish, clean, quiet, perfectly located and very friendly - highly recommended!

Our room at Brindley's B&B
More Brindley's
Brindley's B&B
Dogs
Reflections
Morning everyone! Our final breakfast treat :)
Jane has come too! #blythe #punkaholicpeople
And Kate - planning an autumn photo shoot tomorrow :) #blythe #cancancat

We had a good wander around the vintage shops and crafty places - Wool stocks a fab selection of beautiful yarn and The Makery is a treasure trove of crafty goodness (and the source of the cute pin pots below) :) There were also some lovely stalls outside on the main shopping streets on Sunday, including freckle which sold some beautiful handmade things, including the scrabble letters and birds below, and a rather fine crocheted blanket which might have come home with me!

How cute are these pin pots?
Today's rabbit purchases :) #bunny
Market stall in Bath - freckle
Market stall in Bath - freckle
Bride and groom birdies
Untitled

The architecture is stunning - and looks especially beautiful against an autumnal backdrop. I could certainly live here!!

The Royal Crescent and a very small @alpower #bath
Royal Crescent, Bath
Autumn feet - survived a day of walking and shopping in my new shoes - gotta love Clarks :)
Autumn steps
More Royal Crescent fabulousness :) #bath
I love these lamp posts! #bath
Autumnal Jane #blythe #punkaholicpeople
Pretty pretty leaves - I want to live here! #bath
No. 17 #bath
Climbing rose #bath
Fancy window boxes #bath
Fabulous front doors by the bucket load in #bath

We had so much fun wandering around with our cameras. Here's a rare shot of me, complete with owl hat :)

And let's not forget the tea and coffee shops! I must confess rather a lot of cake was consumed - we found the amazing Society Cafe through a blog post which raved about it's wide selection of gluten-free cakes - we were not disappointed! The triple layer chocolate and salted caramel cake was rather scrumptious :) And somehow we still managed to find room for dinner later - my favourite place we ate at was La Perla - a Spanish tapas place - yum!

#SocietyCafe in #Bath - the finest gluten free cakes I've ever had :)
Call me #bath
Look up - it's so pretty!
Strada red #bath

A week in Jersey ~ through square eyes

I can't imagine life now without my iPhone - or Instagram. I love the simple joy of snapping away, as the creative urge takes me. There's something so wonderful about simply focussing on the composition and the light....Don't get me wrong, I still love my *proper* camera, and the beautiful high quality images it produces, but I have rekindled a love of point and shoot. This post is all about my happy Instagram squared memories of a wonderful week in Jersey.

*Proper* photos to follow later, when I've processed them!

So, Al and I flew over to the beautiful, tiny island of Jersey in early September to catch-up with my family and get our sea-fix. The weather gods smiled on us this time (reckon we were owed a good week!) and everything looked so pretty in the sunshine. The week started with a tippity top breakfast at Jamie's Italian at Gatwick, which was right next door to a super pretty cafe:

Cafe at Gatwick
Wall tiles at Gatwick

Day one and we headed straight to Beauport beach - pebble heaven for me - and spent a lovely day exploring Ouaisne and Portlet.

Beauport - pebble heaven!
The perfect pebble
Beauport
Beautiful horse near Portlet

Another lovely day was spent with my family pottering around Rozel harbour, Archirondel and Gorey. We had a delicious lunch at the fabulous Feast restaurant (pictured) - highly recommend it!

Feast at Gorey - delicious food!
The ladies!
Feast at Gorey - delicious food!
The finest Swedish cider :)
Rozel
Blue rabbit at Rozel
Beautiful house at Gorey
Window box at Gorey

One of my favourite things in life is getting away from it all and ambling along cliff paths taking in the view. We spent a lovely day doing exactly that, walking from Plemont to Greve de Lecq and splashing in the sea. I also got to visit my Mum's grave and take some fresh flowers - she's resting in a beautiful, peaceful cemetry in the middle of the countryside. She would have loved our potter through the leafy green lanes in dappled light.

Plemont
Nothing quite like a paddle in the sea
Summer feet!
Pretty Hydrangeas are everywhere!
Beautiful Jersey granite property
Mum's grave
Duncan and Al enjoying the dappled  light of Jersey's green lanes - so pretty!
Look up, look up - it's so beautiful!

And almost last, but by no means least - the fantabulous St. Ouen's Bay - my favourite beach in the island, and quite possibly, ever! We really did see it in the best light - the sea was aqua and sparkling, the sky was deep blue, and the waves were gently lapping, glimmering in the sunshine, making such pretty patterns. I love St. Ouen's - pure tonic!

Our very fine view for the day at St. Ouen's
Gorgeous aqua at St. Ouen's
La Rocco Tower
Duncan and Dad showing us the Jersey way of life :)
Footprints in the sand
Sparkly sea - the ripples are so pretty!
La Rocco Tower
Sunset at St. Ouen's

Finally, a glimpse of our home for the week - a self-catering lodge at Les Ormes. It was well located and very comfortable - we even had a hot tub which we made good use of! It made a great viewing platform for one of the most epic sunsets I have ever seen - although of course I wish I had been at the beach with my *proper* camera and tripod! But nevertheless it was a spectacular sight :)

Les Ormes Lodges - our home for a week
Epic sunset at Les Ormes