Monday, 21 October 2019

Letters to Autumn

As I sit in my living room, surrounded by flickering candles and fluffy blankets, with the wind and rain whipping against the window, it reaffirms my love for this season. 

Some friends actually have a joke about how much I love Autumn ~ I am genuinely obsessed ~ but it's the simple pleasures that make this season such a joy for me. 

Basically, without wanting to sound like the girl in Mean Girls who wants to bake 'a cake filled with rainbows and smiles', I just love Autumn because it's just so bloomin' wholesome. It's such small, natural joys that happen every year. It's the ever changing colours of the leaves. It's the vibrant red, orange, brown, green, burgundy splashed across the countryside. It's the fact you can enjoy it, whatever the weather. It's crisp, cold but sunny days where you can go outside and enjoy the colour changing landscapes. It's rainy, cloudy, windy days where you light the candles, wrap up warm and fully embrace the cosiness of your home. It's the way the light changes in my house, the warm light glow streaming in. It's picking pumpkins and buying far more than you need. It's the chunky jumpers, the boots and the dresses you've had stored away since Spring. It's hunting for conkers among the crunchy leaves. It's never needing an excuse for Sunday roasts and apple crumble with custard. It's the golden hour light and vibrant sunsets. It's the nostalgic scent of carving pumpkins. It's the excited little trick or treaters knocking at your door at Halloween. It's wrapping up in all the layers, juggling hot chocolates and burgers with fried onions watching fireworks. All of this, topped off with my birthday and the exciting lead up to, dare I say it, Christmas. 

A lot of gushing about this blaaaddy beautiful time of year, but I quite honestly do not shut up about it. It's a constant source of happiness for me - it makes me embrace the big, the small, the outdoors, the indoors, the lot. 

What's your favourite season? 

G x


Thursday, 12 September 2019

life on film 001

After searching eBay for a good quality point and shoot film camera, I found a Pentax Espio 738 and snapped it up straight away. I shot away through the end of August and start of September just hoping the camera worked and I'd get to see the images when I nervously picked up the developed film. Those nerves absolutely melted away when I flicked through the photos, I'm over the moon with how they've come out. Here's to capturing more natural moments on film!
Burger dates with my boy.

The first two tests on the camera. 'How does this work?! How do I load film?!'
Barcelona beaches showing off the best blues.

La Sagrada Familia - the light of the stained glass windows is just everything.

My beautiful Mumma.

Mumma capturing moments in Park Guell.

Back with my boy, big smiles. 

Shooting with Saltlake.

Celebrating big anniversaries with Henry's family. This last shot of his Grandma is possibly my favourite of them all - I completely caught her in a moment, she looks relaxed and pretty darn cool. 

One last shot to finish up the film. 
Happy at home, always. 

Shot on a Pentax Espio 738 on 35mm film.


Sunday, 21 July 2019

Postcards from Kos

Last month, Henry and I packed our suitcases and flew off to Kos for a week of sun, sea and endless greek salads. I wanted to round up some of my favourite photos from the week in a post - nothing too wordy but I want to have on here as it was an absolutely magic week. So blissful to get away with Hen and leave all the little worries behind and just be us two.

We stayed in the  TUI Sensimar Oceanis Beach and Spa Resort and we were absolutely blown away by it. The hotel was absolutely beautiful, the food was just incredible every day (breakfast choice was overwhelming, in the best way) and the staff did everything they could to make your stay perfect. 

Exploring Kos town - finding blue and white building hidden down cobbled paths and stumbling upon a row of restaurants along the seafront for dinner. We had gyros, greek salad, bread and black olive tapenade and squid whilst the sun set, delicious.

We day tripped to 'Paradise Beach'... and paradise just about cuts it. The beach at our hotel was pebbly, so the soft white sand at Paradise Beach was very welcome! The sea was calm and absolutely crystal clear. 

Boat trip! We knew we wanted to book a boat trip whilst we were away as our boat day in Mallorca last year was absolutely blissful. Now, I'm all for Instagram vs. reality so for a good slice of reality, we made the best of a bad situation of this trip. It was waaay too overbooked which didn't make it the most relaxing trip. However, we managed to get good seats, we got to explore the beautiful fishing village, Kalymnos and we swam in the crystal clear seas. It was the only thing we weren't impressed with TUI with but as I said, we didn't let it ruin our time at all. 

We spent our final evening having dinner at our hotel, then heading into Kos town for drinks and an explore. We wandered along the harbour as the sunset - Henry spent a lot of his childhood sailing so is one happy chappy admiring the boats. We wandered along the pretty backstreets to find the hidden gems between the tourist shops. I picked up a ring with the 'evil eye' on it - I have loved it ever since I was little and have wanted a ring of one for years. 

Our last day consisted of water polo, aqua aerobics (which we actually did everyday at our hotel!) excessive amounts of Fanta Limon and soaking up the last of the sun. We arrived back to Gatwick and a very rainy UK in the very early hours... but returned to our home together for the first time ever. 

Happy, happy holidays. x 

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