Hello lovelies! Hope you've all had a smashing Easter break. I'm just popping in to let you know that I've shared some tips for taking better photos over on the Bibelot Magazine blog. They are all just as applicable to iPhone / mobile photography as to DSLR photography (and I've shared my favourite iPhone photo editing tools too). So hop on over if you fancy a read - and while you're at it, why not have a browse round the rest of the site - there are lots of interesting interviews, tutorials, recipes and other thoughts to inspire.
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!
The architecture is stunning - and looks especially beautiful against an autumnal backdrop. I could certainly live here!!
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!
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:
Day one and we headed straight to Beauport beach - pebble heaven for me - and spent a lovely day exploring Ouaisne and 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!
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.
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!
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 :)
Al and I were lucky enough to escape to the Cornish coast for a week in early April. We stayed in a fabulous apartment, right on Watergate Bay - can highly recommend it! Makes it so much easier to get out for those sunrise and sunset photoshoots - especially for those moments when the rain stops suddenly and the sky is full of amazing clouds and light. Plus there are some very lovely cafes/restaurants right on your doorstop (I can especially recommend the Beach Hut right on the beach, underneath Jamie's fifteen).
We spent the first two days blissfully car free. On day 1 we walked the coast path round to Mawgan Porth, with its glorious golden sand, and then on to the Bedruthan Steps and back again. Day 2 took us on the coast path in the opposite direction, to Newquay - a really beautiful stretch of coastline. And we were so lucky that the sun shone brightly for those first wonderful days.
We did lots of other lovely things and took far too many photos! One of the non-coastal highlights for me was the beautiful Japanese Gardenin St. Mawgan - so serene - I could have spent hours there... We also made a quick trip to Redruth and I managed to find some beautiful vintage china that I had seen last September and was still there, waiting for me :) All in all, the most loveliest of holidays.
It's very hard to pick out the photo highlights - there were so many - but I've tried below. The full set are on Flickr, as always (although not quite full yet - still got lots of editing to do!). And this time there's quite a strong contingent of Instagram iPhone pics - so much fun to take, edit and upload straight away :)