Collecting Joyful Moments

22/08/2014

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'We're so busy watching out for what's just ahead of us 
that we don't take time to enjoy where we are.'  Bill Watterson

As much as I love to look forward to weekends and holidays, I like to cherish the little moments in life too. There is no reason why everyday - even rainy Mondays - shouldn't be as special as the weekend, and by giving each day a little care and attention everyday can be joyful.

Simple treats and small pleasures make for a beautiful life, and nothing is sweeter than catching up with friends or going on an impromptu date with my man. Anyway, I thought I'd share a few happy moments from my week, I hope your week was full of cheer!

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A Sunday morning lie in with warm croissants, tea and Vogue magazine.

Receiving my Kate Bush tickets and making plans for when my Mum and I see her next month.

A Monday cinema date with my man, we saw the 1964 Beatles film 'A Hard Day's Night' and shared a box of Maltesers.

Crisp weekday mornings and Coco Mademoiselle.

Having the new Interpol album on pre-order.

Meeting an old school friend after a 22 year hiatus, we're already planning our next date.

A pretty card from my Mum waiting for me when I returned home from work. 

Treating myself to a warm chocolate orange Ben's cookie on Carnaby Street, and treating my man to a vintage Star Wars poster.

3 lunch dates, with 3 different friends on 3 consecutive days. Blissful!

Sitting at my Mac with a large mug of tea as I write this post.

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All my photographs were taken in June when I returned to Sussex for a friend's wedding. Can you imagine my excitement when I discovered a 'Candy Pop turquoise' beach hut? I pushed a note under the door to enquire about subletting. I haven't heard back.

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Audrey Hepburn

15/08/2014







'I never thought I'd land in pictures with a face like mine.'  Audrey Hepburn

I'm still on cloud 9 after my holiday and I've had a silly grin on my face since touching down at Heathrow nearly three weeks ago. It's probably just jet lag or the shock of turning 40.

While I was away there was so much space to reflect on things, and I had the time to jot down ideas without the usual distractions. I feel calm and inspired, and despite being back in a daily routine I've loosened my grip in things. Something has certainly changed, it's just difficult to say what.

Since visiting Hollywood (I still can't believe I went to Hollywood!) I've been watching and re-watching old films: Some Like It Hot, Viva Las Vegas, The Seven Year Itch and so on. In Beverly Hills we even passed one of Marilyn Monroe's former homes, everything about being in LA was exciting!

I'm gradually working my way through the Audrey Hepburn films, each time I tick one off I just have to watch another. Audrey exudes elegance and she has a magnetic charm that I find incredibly captivating. I'm planning to watch War and Peace this weekend because I was named after Natasha Rostova, and so it delights me that Audrey played the part of Natasha in the 1956 film.






On Saturday 27 September, as part of the Photography Oxford Festival '14, there'll be a drive-in screening of the 1957 film Funny Face featuring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Tickets are free and can be booked online.

Fellow Audrey fans may also wish to visit Audrey Hepburn and Pippin from the Candy Pop archive and my Audrey board on Pinterest.

Photography by Mark Shaw

Thunderstorms and Lemon Drizzle

08/08/2014

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The Other Place

I didn't want to like Cambridge, after all I live in Oxford. But there was something about the Colleges, narrow lanes, bikes, tea rooms and general Britishness, that took me back to the early 90's, when I first discovered Oxford, and later fell in love.

I don't think Cambridge liked me, it sent a bucketload of rain (hence the greyness of these shots), took away my phone signal, sent me up the wrong road while looking for my accommodation, and put me in a haunted room at Clare College - old room, flickering lights etc. But I'm forgiving, and after meeting Cambridge blogger Briony for Earl Grey and lemon drizzle, I was already planning my next visit.

My Cambridge experience reminded me of what I love about historic university cities, and how inspiring they can be. I will return to Cambridge - just don't tell Oxford!

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My stay at Clare College was booked through University Rooms (this is not a sponsored post).