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Lake District – Money growing on trees ?

So while on a walking trip to the Lake District there was one thing that puzzled and fascinated me, money growing on trees !….. Ok, so not really growing off the trees as such but there were coins embedded all over the branches of felled trees. I had my suspicions that these money trees were some kind of local tradition to bring luck or help romance, a bit like tossing a coin in a fountain for good luck or maybe like the phase ‘ touch wood ‘ for luck. However it turns out that people have been leaving coins in trees for years, since the 1700’s. It seems the coins are embedded into the trees to bring luck or to help a sick person, however I did read that if the coin is taken out ( not sure this is possible anyway ) the person will become ill or lose their luck…. think I will just keep that 5p and put it towards a nice chocolate bar … well it is needed after my long walk 😉

 

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January

So its January and I am ready to start a new year ! whoop whoop. I have about 100 new year resolutions ( none of them as elaborate as Mark Zuckerberg’s ) stuff like; make time to do my hair nicely and paint my nails before they start to chip and look like a 2 year old painted them! I have also promised myself to start a yoga class, I have promised self this every January for about 6 years , but i will do it….tomorrow 😉 . Also I have put more time aside to do more social stuff, like going to the cinema and swimming ect, basically its all about doing fun stuff i like and trying to be more positive, I can be a little stressed out and busy ( hence the yoga ) .

Also the results for my Christmas card designs are in ! ….. The card that sold the most in shops is …… Hastings Fishing Huts !. I thought it might be popular, so next year I will be adding Brighton and London scenes to my list of designs. Any other ideas let me know 🙂 .

img_me! me after lots of hair spray , my hair looked good for about half an hour, then returned to normal!

IMG_Hastings Fishing Huts in Winter Hastings fishing huts , with lots of snow 🙂

Scotland Trip

 

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I visited Scotland last October, It was how I hoped it would be but with less rain then I imagined! I must just be lucky when I visit Scotland as the weather is always pretty good! However my luck was not so good when it came to the Northern Lights, one night we were there the Northern Lights were meant to be at their strongest for ages. I will admit I was not completely devoted to ‘ keeping an eye out’ I did kinda fall asleep and to be fair it was very cloudy where we were ! but in the morning the sky became the brightest orange ( second image ).

 

Scotland – Northern Lights, Middle of Nowhere and not much rain!

 

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I visited Scotland last October, It was how I hoped it would be but with less rain then I imagined! I must just be lucky when I visit Scotland as the weather is always pretty good! However my luck was not so good when it came to the Northern Lights, one night we were there the Northern Lights were meant to be at their strongest for ages. I will admit I was not completely devoted to ‘ keeping an eye out’ I did kinda fall asleep and to be fair it was very cloudy where we were ! but in the morning the sky became the brightest orange ( second image ).

Unexplained Halo Photograph? – My images of the landscapes of WW1

I spent the beginning of last year visiting the Somme area of France, the area of France most ravaged by the First World War. This is where the fierce fighting happened, and its not difficult to understand that the landscape is still scarred from the conflict 100 years on. I feel passionate about revealing the consequences and lasting effects of wars, through my photography I hope to explore this, in a contemporary yet sympathetic manner.

I spent the first day of my documentary project in a place called High Woods . It was here that I took many photographs on an 1970’s Nikon camera. The problem was that the back of the camera sprang open while I was photographing! Meaning all my photographs would be ruined by the sunlight. I had come all that way and decided to just carry on. When I got back to England and developed the film I was surprised to see that all the photographs were perfect apart from one. The camera back had opened in full sunlight and in theory the whole film or most of it should be ruined! … but it was not.

However this is not the only unexplained thing to happen. I took a photograph of a farmers field ( near where my camera back stung open ) and when I came to print it a halo was over the field. Who knows what it is or why its there, but for me it reminds me that landscapes have a past. Technical fault or the past trying to reach the present? I know what I believe.

img-halo Photograph of Halo over a field near High Woods, France.