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COUNTING DOWN TO SUMMER – WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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I watched this yesterday, as I’m getting ready for Creating Time Capsules which starts tomorrow…

Oh my goodness, it transported me right back to last summer… the adventures, the sunshine, the camping – so dreamy.

Roll on summer, we’re waiting for you. I could just dive back into that film… or at least some of these photos!

Let’s announce the winners of my giveaway -

For Creating Time Capsules – Rose’s Daughter

For TANGIBLE Time Capsules - Aline

I’ll be sending out an email with all the details… Thanks for taking part. See you in class…

Just a few more summer memories… soon we’ll be back round the campfire and running through fields of yellow.

Bliss.

If you want to be inspired to capture your memories through photos and video… check out my latest courses.

 

NATURE

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I’ve had this half written post hanging around here about NATURE… because all my beliefs about how important it is for children to be out and submerged in all it delights, were confirmed after watching this brilliant film.

I’d heard about Project Wild Thing during the fundraising stages and have been following it’s development, eager to see the finished piece. Then a couple of weekends ago we all went to the opening weekend nearby in Hackney.

The film takes you on a journey as the creator tries to promote “NATURE” to children… sounds obvious right? but you’d be surprised at how many children (especially as they get older) don’t get out into nature enough and the power of marketing, parental concerns and health & safety issues are keeping them indoors.

So I’ve been eager to share Project Wild Thing… and some lovely moments in nature we had this summer.

Then this morning I read Jeanine’s post (she’s writing every day in Nov, and I’m loving it!)… She got me thinking…

There I was praising nature for providing this amazing playground for our boys and us to learn and explore in… which, of course, it is.

I’d just never looked at nature this way – as Jeanine shared via Andrew… and this was just what I needed to hear today.

“The lesson to learn here is that nothing lasts. All things pass away. Whatever you are experiencing now is merely the precursor to what you will be experiencing next. The cold winter nights always turn into the warm spring sun… and back again. Nature allows the cycles to happen and never fights them. In fact, it understands that the cycles are what allows life to flourish. If the tides only came inward, we would all drown.”

and I was inspired to hit publish.

Taking part in Karen’s NaPhoPoMo this month – posting photos daily for the month of November.

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November 11th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

BEACHES BEACHES BEACHES

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So… back to the birthday list… still trying to keep on top of it. It’s good to have a focus you know.

Let’s celebrate and be grateful for…

#38 – visit as many beaches as I can – There were plenty during our big hopeful adventure naturally and this summer we hung out on a handful of beautiful ones here the UK.

There’s nothing more grounding than the pull of the sea, the wide open sky and the pleasure of stones or sand under your feet.

Taking part in Karen’s NaPhoPoMo this month – posting photos daily for the month of November.

 

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November 3rd, 2013 at 7:27 pm

CAMPFIRE

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I’ve been searching in my archives lately for various projects… watching this year flash before my eyes… obviously this led to dreaming about the outdoors and life around the campfire.

Coz it’s simple there. No worries there. Sat in a field. Waiting for the stars. Just a chance to gaze into the flames and daydream with the comfort of my lovelies by my side.

Simple.

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October 22nd, 2013 at 3:14 pm

HOME & LIFE

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Back in May I read this post by Sas… and it’s really stayed with me… especially this bit -

When you talk about your home, you are talking about your life.”

Where we’re living at the moment is temporary, so there’s a sense of limbo… and that’s a real reflection of life right now. It’s like we’re in the space in between… waiting for the next chapter to begin. This is neither bad or good.

It just is.

As I’ve been focusing on my list lately, it’s clear that we’d love Number #11 to happen… to buy a home again – we’d like to make a new space really ours. This isn’t possible just yet in the grand scheme of things, but the intention is there.

One afternoon over the summer break, upon returning from some adventure… I focused on making memories from this place that’s home for now.

Nothing special was happening… in fact nothing happened at all. No big story. Just us hanging out. It’s pretty ordinary, but that’s often where beauty can be found and memories can be preserved.

This is a stop-motion film… using only stills – shot & edited in a short amount of time… I’ll share how you can make simple films like this in Creating Time Capsules. - Come back tomorrow for a giveaway!

 

 

OUR SUMMER TIME CAPSULE – REGISTRATION IS OPEN

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Adventuring has been a huge part of this year for us all… it started with our big hopeful adventure, and gave us the bug to carry on seeking opportunities to live life to the full and discover more of the world and its wonders. We planned our summer by packing it with visits to new destinations and old favourites here in the UK.

Now, I’m not saying this summer has been easy… family life is hard for everybody at sometime – our boys love to fight with each other and there are plenty of difficult times, arguments and grumpiness between us all… most days if the truth be told. But now I’ve made this highlights film, I can look back with a grateful heart at all we’ve seen, done & experienced. It’s important for me to remember to focus on the highlights and not the shitiness… because who wants to hear about the punching and wrestling, our camping equipment nearly causing a disaster, the headaches and overwhelmed-ness, lack of money, lost digital files, pressures of deadlines…etc.

We all have real-life moments that stress us out… but when we FLIP it – we find beauty and goodness weaves it’s way through the other stuff.

We have each other and for that I’m very grateful…

This is our summer… (and I can tick number #20 off my list.) I wanted the film to take on a similar vibe as our 30 days of our big hopeful adventure film… little snippets of random moments, pretty light, bright colours and my favourite feet shots – I can’t help it…

This film is packed with details I want to remember forever.

*Side note about music : I love this song… it’s been played frequently as we’ve travelled about this summer, so it seemed only right to have it as the soundtrack to this film… I don’t usually like to use unlicensed music now, and I spend hours searching for decent tracks to accompany my work… but this song IS our summer and I’m taking a risk using it… Hey, if you like it too, I recommend the whole album, especially this track (which was the sound track of our big adventure).

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Now, maybe… this film has got you all inspired and wishing you could make your own memory films… well…

I’m excited to announce Creating Time Capsules is open for registration… and I’d love to guide you through the magic of making your own films & for you to be part of a community all sharing their stories.

Will you join us?

All the details are here… come on in.

If you’ve taken any of my courses before and feel like dipping back into the course material and being inspired by the new community that gathers… email me for a special alumni rate…

All photos are from our trip to Wales with friends.

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September 9th, 2013 at 1:48 pm

HOLDING ON TO SUMMER

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Still one more outing to go with this beauty….

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August 30th, 2013 at 10:41 am

GOING SOMEWHERE

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Off adventuring again… going to make #21 & #38 on the list happen…

See you on the other side x.

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July 25th, 2013 at 10:07 am

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LATELY

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{More LATELY posts here}

 

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July 19th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

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YELLOW HAPPINESS

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We took a later ferry crossing home from the Isle of Wight this weekend, just so I could visit here…

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June 18th, 2013 at 10:28 am