My tips for taking better photos on Bibelot Magazine

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.

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
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

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
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 :)
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.

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

Seascapes galore in Cornwall

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 :)

Pastel sunset *3*
Dwarfed by the sunset spectacular
Menacing clouds
There's a storm brewing….
Sand, sea, surf and sky
Sea grasses
Blossom bokeh - I just LOVE the 50mm f1.4 :)
Pink path
Blue sky and blossom
Blossom Charlie
Charlie girl in the pink
Gorgeous Tulip display at the Eden Project
Softly, softly
Our home for a week in Watergate Bay, Cornwall
Vintage china haul from Redruth
Dunes at Mawgan Porth - is it summer?!
Sunshine and blue skies - bliss!
More Watergate Bay loveliness
Nice day for a surf lesson! Watergate Bay at its best :)
Al enjoying some rays at Newquay
First paddle of the year - just love the swirly sparkly water!
Newquay harbour
Newquay harbour