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February Roundup

Hold the phone! This month was a mixture of the strangest and lovely weather! At the start of the month, was very cold, icy and frosty. As we close the month, it’s like we had a massive thaw and had super warm, dare we say spring-like weather! Odd, but rejuvinating none the less.

“Frozen Holly”– Other than for Christmas, holly is usually so festive, in my neighbour’s front yard is a holly bush which from a gardening point of view is getting out of hand. But! I was very grateful for it in all its glory to get this shot! I am actually quite proud of it.😃

“Masonic Bible”– The Masonic Hall in Barnoldswick will soon be demolished in order to make way for a car park and new houses. It’s a shame to think a 100+-year-old building will soon be no more, but I really enjoyed looking around and taking in the history and beauty in the tiniest details. This shot is of one of the very “worn” Bible, which you know has been through some things. If only it could tell us its story, I loved how the sun shone on the Bible and made it look very dramatic. I normally don’t take very dark/moody photography, but this one I’m proud of.

“Frosty Bud”– In the spring, this bush is one of the most glorious things. With the weather going up and down this poor bush is confused so it’s started to somewhat bud. I probably could have done a better job of getting more detail out of the frost, but once I was editing I was quietly happy with how it turned out.

“Ladybug Moss”– I did a weekend walk to Malham and Ingleboro two days in a row at one of the points where we stopped to catch our breath- I caught sight of this ladybug and I’ll be honest I am very very proud of this shot. I can’t believe how in focus I got it because let’s be honest it’s tricky.

“String Of Frost”– We experienced Britain’s version of The Big Freeze at the beginning of the month and despite the drop in temperature it did prove to create some very beautiful photography- and just the kind I like. I love how nature adds beauty to things we are normally so quick to dismiss or complain about the cold and all the while we rush past the beauty in all the details.

“Moorlands”– Took a walk to Ingleboro a weekend and was lucky with great weather and beautiful skies! I took this shot quickly so I’m very happy it came out well.

“Freemason”– I love this shot, I don’t have an elaborate story re: it, just that the detail and focus surprised even me. Lol.

“Water Froth”– I took this shot at the base of the water leading up to Janet’s Foss, I was taken by the “froth” that gathered by the rocks…yea I know it may not be that interesting, but I liked it.


January Roundup

New year, new attitude! Or at least that’s what they tell you. I’m working on being more visible on the photography front and pushing myself more. I recognise that maybe I kinda am okay at this? And I enjoy working on my craft, but maybe, hiding in the shadows isn’t going to cut it anymore. More on that later, I suppose- but for now, here’s January’s roundup.

Pendle Hill in the Mist“- Creepy much? One of my resolutions was to be more physically active- nothing major, just to get out more and walk etc. So, a friend of mine asked me to walk up with her. If it wasn’t for the fact that I was almost dying once I got to the top, maybe I would have felt creeped out by the thick mist, but the fact of the matter was- I welcomed it because it was cool, refreshing and hid my overheating and sweaty face.

Frozen Heather“- I think the odd weather has been playing tricks on the plants in our backyard because I’m not sure they’re supposed to be blooming right now.

Dewdrops In The Grass“- We’ve had some cold weather over here in the UK, admittedly nothing like Montreal was being hit with, but it also made for subjects to photograph, especially since this month I’ve been struggling with inspiration. As I was doing the dishes and looking out the kitchen window, I loved how the sunlight bounced off of the dew on the grass, so quickly grabbed my camera and took some shots. Something about how the shadows and light appeared really jumped out at me.

Shadows On The Grass“- I loved how the shadow of the fence reflected on the due on the grass. Like specs of diamonds.💎 I don’t have very much else to add to that, but I love this photo.

Livres“- If you didn’t know, livres is French for books, I couldn’t think of a name for the shot, so I simply change languages. It’s what I do, it makes me sound interesting- lol. These are some of the thrifted books I’ve bought over the years. I’ve never read them, but they defo look nice on a bookshelf!

Blue– I have a love affair with water droplets on things in nature. This one is no different, I love how the colour of the sky makes the water droplets pop against the background and also just love how different each tiny water droplet is. I honestly love nature!

Succulent“- I like to think I have a green thumb and so far, luck appears to be on my side. #winning These are some of my succulents, I bought them as a small tiny plant, and now I’ve been able to sprout 4 more plants from them! On that millennial note…

“Green Frozen”– More frozen plants, I have to humbly admit that sometimes when I want to get a shot, especially if I’m pressed for time, I cheat and shoot in auto. When I have the time to be all fussy and artsy and shit, I then shoot in manual. This shot is one of those times! I loved the way the light hit sections of the shrub and I didn’t want the automatic section to blend the lighting. It’s made me realise that I really underestimate the manual setting sometimes.

December Roundup

December. One of my favourite months of the year and yes I am biased because it’s my birthday month, but still- how can you NOT love Christmas?!!? Looking at the year ahead, thinking of what I’ve accomplished this year and how I’d like to up the anty this upcoming year. I’ll do an extra blog post on my goals for the next year-hopefully it’ll motivate and keep me accountable. Keep your eyes peeled.

“Christmas Flat Lay”
Eeek!!! Can I gloat just a bit!? Naa…it’s all good. I am just very proud of this shot. As you may already know, I’ve been trying to up my flat lay game-this year and I feel like this is a HUGE improvement! I didn’t want to use the typical Christmas colours too much- I wanted it to be mostly neutral with pops of red and silver. I think I achieved that, right?😁

Christmas Spices”
My mother’s house is always full of spices, while I was brainstorming for a blog post on my lifestyle blog (My Sister’s Keeper), I thought it would be a great idea to do a flat lay of some of the spices we use for a natural water potpourri we make every year. This is how the shot came about and yea…I’m pretty proud of it. 

“Glass Angel”
I have been trying to get a good shot of some of the ornaments on the Christmas tree because it’s a bit tricky to get a good capture- the darkness of the tree and then the light throws the metering off somewhat. Or, I have to be more patient with the f-stop.  I spotted this glass ornament on my mother’s tree and loved how it looked when the light caught the glass. I will admit that I didn’t like how unfocused the right-hand side of the angel came out, but I had to compromise as the rest of it is in such great focus. 😁 Maybe, I’m just too picky…don’t ask how many shots I took.

“Cupped Snow”
Sometimes all over the internet is filled with photos of falling snow, but it’s actually photoshopped, but I’m super grateful to live in a country where I can get real falling snow, no digital enhancement needed! 😁 The bonus was that my fingers didn’t freeze off. On another note, my lovely model is my sister!

My cheeky monkey playing around in the snow, she tried to throw some at me after this shot was taken. The older I get, I realise how much I don’t really like winter, but when I look at my daughter and all the fun she has in the snow, I realise that what I’m missing the wonder and fun in the snow. I’m sure if I actually went out and played in the snow, it would be far more enjoyable than cowering in a warm house.

“Christmas Flat Lay”
Here’s another shot I tried out for a “Christmasy” flat lay, not much to say about it really- it’s just festive. Need I say more?

“Neveah Winter Smiles”
We had some lovely weather the last couple of days and instead of staying indoors and getting cabin fever, I decided to finally crawl outside and take in some of the sunshine, even if it means it comes with -15 weather 😩! This is my little munchkin enjoying making snow angels and a mini snowman because the snow wasn’t the right snow. LOL.

“Blowing Snow”
This was taken on another one of our mild days after a huge snowstorm. I wanted to try taking a shot playing around with snow. I loved how they came out, it was hard to pick just the right shot, but I loved how it was still an action shot of my sister, while still capturing the blowing snow!

October Roundup

IMG_5627 (1).jpgUrgh. October hit me hard- mostly because I wasn’t ready for its speed and for the cold that met me. I’ve spent the past month in Montreal, Canada and though it’s not as cold as it would be in January- I packed fairly light clothing for the cold that met me. But it also reaffirmed to me that I no longer like the cold- I feel the chill in my bones…the struggle is real.



One of the side effects of fall is the cold, you get the pleasure of the sun, but then winter teases you by slapping you on the face with a huge gust of wind. 😣 I took this a shot of some of the textures of fabrics which make their way out of storage to help us cope with the cold.



If you’re wondering why I’ve named this shot Fluff- I have no idea, sometimes a name just sticks. I took this shot for my blog as a filler shot, but I really liked its simplicity, but also because of the fact that I  recently bought floral props to up my flat lay game. So here’s fluff. 😊


This shot is a bit Christmasy, but I just loved the vibrancy of the red of these berries on the bush. One of the best things about fall is the combination and vibrancy of the colours out there in nature! It really does open my eyes up!





My mother recently moved to a historic area in Montreal, so when we took a walk on a lovely Sunday afternoon, I came across this house with so many lovely details. I’m not really one to like old features in a house, I normally like it for decorative items. But this house made my day!


Autumn Colours.jpg“Autumn Colours”
One of the best things about Canada is the fact that we have 4 distinct seasons, and they are so beautiful to watch the seasons transition. On our walk we came across so many wonderfully changing trees, it was extremely difficult to choose!



An extremely talented friend of mine painted this for me!! You don’t understand just how touched I was to receive this! It’s not often you get presents that are not only handmade, with such talent, but also with such sentiment. I can’t wait to put it up in my office!

September Roundup


🍂September, is such a great time of year when it comes to photography. I will be fully open and honest with you, this month was a wind whirl of emotions and stress. The fact that I managed to even get a blog post out, so over all- I’m happy with all of the content in this post! I’ll fully accept that this blog post doesn’t have any “autumny” shots. But! I’ll work on it, I promise.


IMG_5757 (1)“Dream”

I took this shot for an upcoming post on my blog, but loved it so much, I had to share, but also because I didn’t take too many outdoor shots this month. For whatever random reason, it was lots and lots of flat lays. Which can’t be a bad thing because I feel like I’m definitely improving on them!




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This is yet another shot I took for the blog, but I don’t know if it’s because I enjoyed the book so much, but I love this shot. The leaves in the background, are actually fresh bay leaves I was drying out at the time. Having an orange subject makes it a bit tricky to find accessories that “blend” well in the shot, but I found that the contrast of green and orange- didn’t look too Halloweeny. So win all round! Ps: It’s a great book, I wrote up a review for it on the blog ()!



Nature and water has always been my sanctuary, this month- I’ve been visiting my family back in Canada. It has been such a great feeling to reconnect and find beautiful areas like this, where I can clear my thoughts. I’ve been to this park many times when I lived here, but it never captured me like this…maybe it’s age.


IMG_5845 (1)“Self-Reflection”

As I hinted in the intro, I had a tough month, so I’ve been trying to find ways to relax, breathe and attempt to take things one step at a time. I’ve always found nature to be that place for me. I took this shot on one of those days, one where I was looking for something good to capture, but instead this shot came about. It symbolizes more of the feeling I felt in that moment, the calm and restfulness I felt looking out on the water.



We went apple picking, because duh! September in Quebec, it’s a must! We chose a different place this time around, because it also had pears and plums, along with apples. We had such a lovely time in Oka and the weather was divine!!





If I’m being honest, the end of this month crept up on me and I wasn’t ready for it all!!! Wah!! Catch you next week!

August Roundup

Ahh, August. For me, the month of August is like a release of breath…you spend June and July attempting to pack in all that is summer that sometimes you forget to enjoy it. Then August strolls in, reminding us that winter is just around the corner and release….we slow down and attempt to savour it just that bit more. Or at least try to. If I could bottle it, August would be the month I’d catch and keep, it is one of my favourite months of the year, warm days and cooling nights and even more spectacular sunsets! Sigh, don’t leave me August.



“Morecombe- Palladium”
I will admit that this photograph is technically a cheat, as it was taken at the very end of July, but I didn’t post it, so meh- let me off the hook. We took a trip to the beach in Morecombe and as we were walking back from the pier after getting fish & chips, I spotted this. I genuinely love old advertisements on the side of buildings, it tells a story…

Wood Grain“Wood Grain”
This shot is a bit different, but as I was shooting the shot above, I noticed the detail in the wood I was using as my background. Nothing too fancy or special really, but I just thought it was really nice.

IMG_4902-logo.JPG.jpg“Colouring a Roar”
I took this flat lay for my blog post, but I was really impressed with the natural light that came through from my dining room window, it still puts a smile on my face when I see it, so that’s a win! I still haven’t completed this page as of yet, because I can’t commit to choosing the colours. Oh time.



When we went to Morecombe Beach, we collected a load of seashells. We have them displayed in a glass jar, as the sunlight was streaking through my window, I snapped a few off-centred shots of the shells. Yes, I off-centred it on purpose. Lol.


We had a wonderful walk in Bolton Abbey with my daughter and her cousins, the weather showed off to us and we got a work out as well. On our way out, was this beautiful and intricate fountain. I couldn’t think of a name for this shot…so sue me. I really love details and architecture like this. Especially when you look back at how OLD it is! This is one of the reasons I love the UK! When they say throwback they mean THROW BACK!


Abbey Ruins

“Abbey Ruins”
Here’s an awe inspiring shot of the abbey ruins from across the field. This is a great place to visit, even if you don’t do the walks, it’s such a beautiful landscape and the history cannot be replicated.



Chit Chats

“Chit Chats”
This is my daughter and her cousin, they are about a year apart and get along so remarkably well it warms my heart. I have no idea what little plot or devious plan is being hatched, but they just looked so cute and so focused in their conversation, I had to capture it! Don’t be fooled by their cute faces, they do get up to no good! As she’s an only child, I really love to see her create bonds with other children, it helps to make me feel less bad that she will not have siblings.


Yorkshire Rose

“Yorkshire Rose”
I have visited the inside of the chapel at Bolton Abbey before, so this trip my eye geared towards things I hadn’t seen before. Upon entering the “lobby” of the chapel, I looked up and spotted the beautiful detail on the ceiling. I’m not sure when this was done, but I don’t feel like it was there 6 years ago when I was last here. I loved the symmetry of it.


Love Books“Bookish”
I am a massive book lover, and I love buying old “vintage” books, mainly because I love the fact that it’s cloth bound and the yellowing of the papers, it’s just all super cool. I took this flat lay for National Book Lover’s Day and I loved the way it came out. If I were to make any changes, it would be the fact that I forgot that the pages would be white so the natural light makes it a little to bright. Nonetheless, it mood and vibe is spot on, lol..well to me it is.


As August has come to a close and I’m sad about it all, I do welcome autumn, because of the variety of colours nature offers us at this time of the year. I will be taking a trip back to Montreal in the next couple of weeks, and I have already planned a mini trip up north, so that I can hopefully capture some of autumn’s beauty or at the very least-Montreal’s beauty. Stay tuned!

July Roundup

Urgh, this month was a hard one for me; I wish I could put my finger on what has gotten into me, but the truth is I don’t know. I just couldn’t find the gusto to go out and take pics for the majority of this month. It wasn’t until last week when I realised I wouldn’t have much to submit to this month’s roundup, I had better get myself in gear 😣. So, that being said, please forgive me for my lacklustre submissions this month.


Twin Toes

“Twin Toes”
A friend of my sister-in-law recently gave birth to twins and as I had been looking for inspiration and a challenge somewhat, I decided on a whim to ask her if she’d mind if I photographed them. She said yes, and this is some of the results of the mini shoot. I have to admit that it was far tougher than I had anticipated. It’s not like I had never worked with a baby before, it was more the managing and manoeuvring of two babies that made it tricky. I’d like to think I did well, but the truth of the matter is I always find something wrong with my work and this time was no different 😣.




We have a tree in our front yard which some genius planted, it’s a lovely looking thing, except it’s covered in thorns! They get dry and fall off and stab you in your foot, very fun! Anyhow, so after a workout of cutting this tree down, and shouting a few curse words from removing thorns in my foot, my eye caught. Silver lining and all that jazz…but seriously, I still have a piece of thorn in my foot I can’t get out…when do I worry?


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“Baby Smiles” & “Twin Face 2 Face”
More baby love!! Swoon! There isn’t much to say other than look how adorable and precious they are! It was such a thrill to photograph them and even if they did fuss and cry, I got lots of cuddles in and that can never be a bad thing!



Ahh, to embrace life with the fervour of a 4 year old! I have to say, there is nothing like looking at the world through the eyes of a child. It can be filled with frustration, roll on the floor laughter and sometimes a pang of yearning. Everyday I strive to be as enthusiastic and in love with life and living as my daughter, if not for her, but for myself.





Orange Flora
“Orange Flora”
This is a lovely unidentified flower in my backyard, I had been waiting all summer for it to bloom, to only bloom for like 2 weeks, which is a bummer. I went back a couple of days ago to see if I could get a better shot of it and unfortunately it has already died back 😮, so I guess I’ll have to wait till next year! Oh well, at least I tried. If any of you are horticulturalists, let me know what this flower is called. Thanks.


Still trying to work on my macro shots, but I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised while editing this shot that not only did I capture the beautiful bee, but also the little hover fly (?) as well. I had a couple shots, but this is best one of the fly in focus, even if the bee is a little fizzy along the left, I’m happy with it. Can’t have it all, can I? Until I invest in the macro lens I’ve been eyeing I’ll stay blissfully happy.



“Soft” & “Soft Bright”
I couldn’t decide which edit I preferred for this shot, so I put both…because well, I can. I’m partial to the one on the right because it’s moody, but sometimes adding light to a shot gives a completely different feel, hence the shot on the left. Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments or you can head over to my Instagram stories and place a vote there….if I remember to do it 😏.




Considering I wasn’t very confident when I began this month’s blog post, I have to say- I’m pretty pleased or like the Brits say “chuffed” with the shots I did manage to pull out of the bag! Bring on August!