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We’re back… Mexico was ace in SO many ways… and slowly over a few blog posts here & on the First Choice blog, I’ll share some of the adventures.

I’m just beginning to sift through footage and images from my Canon DSLR. So let’s start with iPhone images…

The colours… oh the colours of Mexico. They did not disappoint. Everywhere was colour, I was in heaven. Greedily, I want more, this just felt like a taste of what Mexico & South America has to offer and hope we can make it back there soon, to bask in the colours I love to shoot.

The colour in abundance was BLUE… it was everywhere… surrounding us in the sea & the sky… and of course, in the pool at the hotel.

Oh BLUE… you are delight! – There’s plenty more colour & sunshine to come…

Now for a giveaway!

Creating Time Capsules – A JOURNEY starts next week… all the details are here.

As promised before I left. Let’s do a giveaway – The offer is for TWO places to take part – Double the chance to win!. All you need to do is leave a comment and I’ll pick a couple of random comments on Friday 6th June.

Now, before I go… let me share possibly my favourite clip from the trip… It’s short & it’s imperfect. Shot on the fly on the iPhone, the focus is off as there was no time to set this shot up, it was totally spur of moment.

But I love it!

It sums up Cosmo at this moment in his life. You see, Cosmo is never without cards, constantly doing tricks on anyone who’ll give him attention.

During our visit to Las Caletas, he fell in love with this Macaw… and wanted him to become part his act… we were totally surprised by what happened!


All photos & video shot on the iPhone 5s.


  • Patricia Ruddle
    Posted at 20:21h, 06 June Reply

    Have I missed the boat?! Hope not. I’m still lusting after a Canon DSLR more than ever but for now, must make do with my iPhone. I’m glad to see you mix both iPhone and Canon so I don’t feel like life’s on hold until I get a Canon DSLR. Beautiful and inspiring shots as ever.

  • Kim Masters
    Posted at 21:22h, 05 June Reply

    I capture so many moments of my family life I just can’t keep up. Your work is beautiful and has inspired me to get cracking with getting them off of the hard drive. A time capsule sounds like a fabulous idea.

  • Christine Jolley
    Posted at 19:40h, 04 June Reply

    Love the colour, Love your family, Love the pictures. I can always count on your posts to brighten this Londoners day. There’s too much grey sometimes in this city and you’ve inspired me to see more colour wherever I go. 😉

  • Becs Gregg
    Posted at 13:28h, 04 June Reply

    Oh dear, I’m not sure your disquis is very keen on me!…let’s try again…Love the clip! I always love to see your colourful images and that Mexican blue is just gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing more.

  • Lauren
    Posted at 12:56h, 04 June Reply

    Oh Xanthe! Your trip looks so amazing. I’ve loved following it on Instagram and seeing how adorable your boys are. As someone going through the terrible-threes, it’s so nice to see how loving and adorable your older boys are. Gives me hope! I knew you’d go colour mad in Mexico! This is getting me so excited (and a little homesick) for my trip home to South Texas later this year. I’m keeping all my fingers and toes crossed for a spot on your course, I’d really love to join you!

  • Abi Abley
    Posted at 12:55h, 04 June Reply

    The photos are stunning! Love how blue it is. I’m trying not to be jealous of your trip to Mexico but don’t think it’s working!

  • Stephy-Lou
    Posted at 08:25h, 04 June Reply

    It’s a dream to go to Mexico. The food! How I love the food. The colours are gorgeous, can’t wait to see more x

  • Kristen Pape
    Posted at 03:44h, 04 June Reply

    Your pictures and videos are absolutely beautiful and inspiring! Thank you for the chance to win a spot in your class. Nothing would make me happier than to have a creative way of recording the stories of our life for my family.

  • Marina
    Posted at 00:54h, 04 June Reply

    Xanthe, your trip to Mexico is so inspiring, especially as I will be spending a month there this summer to create history and geography lessons for my students. I would absolutely love to win a coveted spot in your upcoming course so that I could apply new techniques in a meaningful way. Thank you so much for this generous opportunity!

  • Diane Downs
    Posted at 00:51h, 04 June Reply

    How totally awesome the macaw played along!!! Thanks for the chance to win a spot in your upcoming course!

  • Kate Inglis
    Posted at 00:19h, 04 June Reply

    Hi Xanthe,
    I completed your Creating Time Capsules course last year and I LOVED it! I have a confession to make though, I haven’t continued creating since – taken lots of pictures with the class in mind but haven’t as yet put them together in a Time Capsule. I’m hoping a win for your next class will give me the boot I need! Thanks for the opportunity. Also, love that clip of Cosmo! I have a strong affinity with birds and I always wanted a Macaw when I was little, hehehe. x

  • Bel - Life at no2
    Posted at 23:14h, 03 June Reply

    Those blues are so amazing and vibrant! And thanks for the chance to win I spot, I’ve been eyeing this round off for a bit but a month full of birthdays has the money situation not where I need it! So,Please pick me pick me 😉

  • Rachel Rowley
    Posted at 22:54h, 03 June Reply

    Wow thanks for the inspiration. Delighted to be in with a chance to win!

  • Julia
    Posted at 22:06h, 03 June Reply

    I was in heaven, too, in Mexico! I loved the colors!! 🙂 I would love love love to win a place 🙂 thanks for the chance to win!

  • Cariemay
    Posted at 21:39h, 03 June Reply

    Oh just look at those skies – aren’t they just completely gorgeous! I’m not surprised you want to go back!

  • Kimberly
    Posted at 21:19h, 03 June Reply

    I love your blog and I love your photography. I would be thrilled to win a spot in your class! 🙂

  • Sara Godinho
    Posted at 16:42h, 03 June Reply

    oh mexico, i so want to go and i’m dying to see ALL your pics! This post is beautiful and promising!
    Would also love to get a place in your course, so generous of you!!! pick me pick me!

  • Nina N J
    Posted at 16:39h, 03 June Reply

    Without wanting to gush too much – oh my!

    Hi Xanthe – how awesome! I’m always a late comer to the party, but you were a huge inspiration at Blogtacular – yes please…I would truly love to win a spot.

    Nina x

  • My Two Mums
    Posted at 16:08h, 03 June Reply

    How fantastic is that little video!! Have really enjoyed following you trip to Mexico on Instagram.

    Would love to win a spot on your fab course 🙂 {Kirsty}

  • DawnMcF
    Posted at 15:49h, 03 June Reply

    The last video was so cute and real! I have been wanting to take your class for a while now. It would be awesome sauce to win a spot!

  • Kati
    Posted at 15:02h, 03 June Reply

    Beautiful, your series of blue-inspired photos are just wonderful.


  • Tehmina Jalil
    Posted at 14:45h, 03 June Reply

    All those shades of blue are gorgeous! And keeping my fingers crossed for a place to win! LOL that video clip is the best, you must be so glad you had your iphone on you!

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