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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Back to Film

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back-to-film

While I do remember using my mums old cameras when I was really young, using an actual roll of film and having to load it into the camera, every one I've ever owned myself has been digital. And don't get me wrong -I love digital!, but there is something wonderful about film that's been forgotten as cameras and technology have progressed. You couldn't be as snap happy as you can be with almost unlimited storage on an SD card, you had to try and take the shot you wanted, first time hopefully. And we never have the excitement of waiting to see how they'll turn out when we pick them up from the shop. Something that was a concern of mine, I didn't think there were many places left that actually developed film. Thankfully there are, and one quite close to where we live. 

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back-to-film

For my birthday this year, Paul found me an old camera I'd had my eye on for a while. It's a Canon A-1 and it's in such beautiful condition you'd never believe it's as old as it is. I'd been playing with some old ones my grans had for a long time, but they weren't in the best condition so I did a little research. I wanted one that could not only be a good starter camera for my foray into film, but that could also take amazing photos after some practice. The Canon A-1 kept coming back as the best option and now I've had it for a while I can say it definitely was. 

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back-to-film

The first couple of times we used it (one being my birthday party), we didn't change any settings, we just used it as it came. The photo's to be honest were awful! Some turned out ok, but most were blurry and just a bit rubbish. After playing around with things a little more, and reading more on how to use it properly, we took it with us to Edinburgh for the day. I am so pleased with how the roll turned out, these are some of my favourites from the day. And even before we flipped through them, we got to have the excitement of picking them up -one of the best bits! I can't wait to build up our collection of photo's taken on film, they have a certain look to them that I've fallen in love with. 

Learning to use this camera is obviously an on going process, and one day hopefully I'll be able to go from day to night, different settings and film, without having to refer back to Google for help! But so far, I'm really enjoying it, and it's only growing my love for photography. I also think it would be quite nice to document them here as I go along, take pictures of the old with the new. 

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Friday, 25 August 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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We have so many apples this year! I'm putting it down to our crazy hot and very wet summer, it's given everything a growth spurt and our apple trees are covered. We've already given a box to Paul's mum, one to my gran -she's also been up picking some more, and we have a bowl of them in the kitchen. Usually we wouldn't have had so many this early in the year, but I'm not complaining, I can't wait to put them to good use!

1. Taylor Swifts new song, I listened to it this morning and I've had it on countless times already.

2. Nature Valley popcorn bars, they are my new snack favourite. Also our cupboard seems to be full of Nature Valley at the moment, I definitely recommend the popcorn and crunchy bars!

3. The fact that I have Christmas songs playing as I write this.

4. My grandma was house sitting for me a day this week to watch Sookie. When I came home she'd brought our laundry in from outside and the way she'd folded everything was just perfect -even our underwear! 

5. The Defenders, it was such a good series. We spend Sunday watching the whole thing, I did go for a walk in the morning so I didn't feel bad for then spending the rest of the day on the sofa.

6. All the butterflies we still have in the garden.

7. How each time we visit Paul's gran, she gives us plant cuttings to take home.

8. An Asos delivery full of knitwear, I can't wait any longer for the colder weather.
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Friday, 18 August 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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Can someone please explain to me how it's the weekend again. I swear each time I write one of these, the time between them gets shorter and shorter. Tomorrow might be the weekend, but it doesn't feel like it for us this week. Paul's working all day Saturday, and I have to go into Edinburgh for a few hours, and not for fun, for appointments. So instead we're having our weekend on Sunday and Monday. We have a Marvel series marathon planned for Sunday, and then a little bit of adventuring on Monday -which I hope involves plant shopping. 

1. Noticing signs of Autumn everywhere now. Nearly ripe apples on trees, leaves changing colour, colder mornings. I can't quite believe it's almost here, but I'm happy that it is.

2. Sookie having another all clear appointment at the vets this morning.

3. Nature Valley Maple Syrup Bars, they are so good! Sadly we're running out so I'll have to pick up some more soon.

4. Picking our first lot of apple from our trees this year. I'm so pleased with how well they're doing now, especially because of how unloved and overgrown they were when we moved in.

5. Dancing around the house with Paul to all sorts of music.

6. P!NK's new song, it's here if you haven't had a listen yet.

7. The sound of heavy rain on the windows.

8. Having to take all the old pound coins out of our wedding jar because I refuse to break it open yet. Sounds like a pain, but was oddly satisfying to do.



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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Lately, and Afternoon Tea at Hopetoun House.

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lately-and-afternoon-tea

I feel as if I haven't had all that much to say lately -not quite lost my voice, but feeling that when I try to speak (type) it doesn't come. I think they call that writers block. I feel as if me and my creative self have come to a standstill and it's really very annoying! But! These things happen sometimes, there's never any point being angry at yourself or letting it get you down, instead I find it best to get on with admin only type tasks. Things that don't need any creativity but still allow you to be productive.

While the words and posts haven't exactly been flowing, we have been out doing some fun things this past week, and the picture taking definitely has. For a couple of day's we went out only with my Canon A-1, so I have absolutely no idea how those shots will be until I have them developed, I'll get that done this week. But the day we went to Hopetoun House I had my big camera, so I thought while I don't have too much to say, why not share some pictures with you of a beautiful place.

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lately-and-afternoon-tea

The reason we ended up at Hopetoun House was for afternoon tea, I'd been given a gift voucher for my birthday and as we had the week free it seemed perfect. Afternoon tea is served in The Stables Tearoom. It's been beautifully restore, and as you walk through you can see where the horses would have been, and the old stone floor is just lovely. The selection of sandwiches and sweet treats was excellent, and if you're as picky as I am then they are more than happy to substitute for you. My favourite thing had to be the lemon posset with fresh raspberries. The lady serving us suggested we used it as a palette cleanser between the savoury and sweet items, but I enjoyed it so much that I kept it until the end. My one criticism of the tea, was that with the scones you were given aerated fluffy cream. Now, I do enjoy a scone with jam and cream, but it always, always has to be clotted! I'm not sure if I could have asked for clotted cream instead, but Paul and I were too deep in conversation and it never occurred to me. Something I'll check if we go back.

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lately-and-afternoon-tea

Hopetoun House is actually only 20 something minutes from where we live. It's a beautiful stately home, on a huge estate, and one of those places that tourists love, but because we live near to it, it's not always on our radar. Except from the garden centre, it's one of our favourites places to go on a Sunday, or pop in for lunch. I thought this was my first visit to explore the house and grounds, however, my mum tells me I have in fact visited when I was younger. The house it's self is absolutely stunning, it's grand, full of old books, original fabrics still draped over the four poster beds, old photographs and so much history. So after sandwiches, tarts, treats and multiple cups of tea and coffee, we had a wonder around the house and grounds. We also ended up having the best day for it, it was such a gorgeous sunny day so it made the views from the roof top even better.

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lately-and-afternoon-tea

So much for writers block! It would seem that words have returned to me.
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Friday, 11 August 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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This week has been truly lovely, in every sense of the word, and thankfully it's not over yet. Some highlights have been a day at the Edinburgh Fringe, eating pizza, having afternoon tea in beautiful places, wondering around markets and enjoying what for the most part, has been gorgeous weather. I love these weeks. When you are completely free and can spend some time playing tourist in your own back garden, visiting places you don't think to normally. And it's not over yet, we still have the weekend.

1. Paul getting a promotion at work! I'm so proud of him.

2. Spending slow Sundays finding new Netflix series with Paul.

3. Soaking up the atmosphere in Edinburgh when the Fringe is on. There's no where better to be in August.

4. Sitting on the sofa for an evening with Paul, talking about and making some of the most exciting plans of our life. All still to come, but we can't wait!

5. Spending the day out with my new/old camera. I've been reading a lot on how to use it, the setting etc, but until we develop the film we just wont know. Fingers crossed!

6.  Nutella dough balls, after pizza at our favourite place.

7. Cutting back the apple trees a little, to discover just how many apples there are this year. We already have people placing orders for some.

8. The little signs of Autumn creeping in everywhere you look.
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Friday, 4 August 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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Do you remember last week when I told you how happy was that our sideboard had finally arrived? Well. It turned out to be damaged so we had to arrange for another, and funnily enough, it arrived today! The damage wasn't awful, and Paul's dad did say it could have been sorted. But if you're paying for something new, that's what you expect, so it had to go. The new one still hasn't been unwrapped because it's huge and I can't do it until Paul comes home from work...as much as it pains me to leave it sitting there. Trust me, I've already tried but didn't get very far. Apart from that, I just can't believe we're in August already, and that's it's the weekend again. I can't lie, all that I can think of are hot drinks and cosy jumpers...bring on Autumn.

1. Sookie having her hair cut and looking just adorable. It's the first time she's been able to go to the groomers since her operation -I think she was actually pretty pleased about it.

2. Iced Costa coffee at home. Iced coffee has to be one of my favourite drinks, which is funny because I used to hate it!

3. All the bee's we've had in the garden this summer, our wild flowers seem to have been a huge hit with them.

4. Late night shopping trips with Paul. I love them, the shops are practically empty and it feels as if they've just opened for you.

5. My new slippers. They are so soft, so cute, and the colours are just gorgeous. No more cold toes for me.

6. Using up some of my Dermalogica samples...they were getting out of hand.

7. 'Don't tell the Bride' has started again, and Paul and I are very happy about it. We like to watch it anyway, but now it also leaves us even more excited for our own wedding next year.

8. Nutella snacks and cold milk, I'm obsessed.
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