Chasing the sun

The Sun
By Mary Oliver
‘Have you ever seen
anything
in your life
more wonderful
than the way the sun,
every evening,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon
and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone–
and how it slides again
out of the blackness,
every morning,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower
streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance–
and have you ever felt for anything
such wild love–
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure
that fills you,
as the sun
reaches out,
as it warms you
as you stand there,
empty-handed–
or have you too
turned from this world–
or have you too
gone crazy
for power,
for things?’

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Photographs of my friend Lucy chasing the sunset, my favourite time of the day – dusk!

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Autumn time adventures

Who else just loves the colours of Autumn, so magical and warm!

My dear Nan loves to knit and decided to knit some matching children’s hats and mittens, I decided I wanted to try and sell them for her because she is one talented lady in my eyes. Luckily I had these two little monkeys who signed theirselves to be my models for the afternoon, we had great fun and I absolutely love how the photos turned out! The natural unposed photographs are always the best, the hats and mittens are still available so please check them out on my etsy shop!img_5342img_5340img_5338IMG_5326.jpgIMG_5327.jpgIMG_5321.jpg

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Chasing the Sunset

Last week  I took some last minute photographs of my friend Kelly, before she jets off to the land of Oz.. I wanted to keep to a natural earthy look and am so happy with how they turned out. We chased the sunset and watched as it slowly fell behind the rest of town in the distance. This is my favourite time to take photographs of people, the light is so magical and the sky is full of wonderful colours. img_4335img_4346img_4340

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img_4401img_4413img_4407img_4317img_4430img_4428& of course a sunset photograph of your friends silhouettes is a MUST on such a beautiful evening!

Bee

I recently got together with my dear friend Becca, we went on a wander in one of our local nature parks for me to snap away at her natural beauty and for her to tell me all about her new adventure. Becca has just created her own blog called Bees Blog, a place where she reviews cruelty free products.  If you are interested in knowing a little more on this topic then please go and take a look, it is marvellous how many products from make up to household do not get tested on animals.

Tell us a little about yourself & your five favourite things that make you happy?

I love to be happy, as the saying goes, life is too short and you have to make the most of it and that is what I do. I like to spend as much time as I can with my loved ones and trying out different things. Especially little adventures and exploring the world. My first favourite thing is having my cuppa coffee first thing in the morning! Can’t go a day without that. Another favourite thing is making other people happy. It’s rewarding knowing I put that smile on their face. My other favourite thing is when the sun is out. Means I can do my hair without having to worry it getting ruined. Also you are able to do nicer things. Having a shower is my favourite thing. My most cherished favourite thing is my family, partner and friends. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.

 

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You were actually one of the people who inspired me alongside another blogger called BeautyCrush, Samantha Maria. As you two started something you are passionate about and wanted to share it with the world.

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How did you become interested in learning about cruelty free products?

Since I was about 13 that is when I found out about animal testing but as I have matured I have learnt there is so much more into it and after the ban I wanted to learn more about it, so I knew more about the products I purchased.

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How did you come up with the name?

Bee’s blog has originated from my friends nicknaming me ‘Bee’ and on my whatsapp I have had the symbol of the bee next to my name. Since my blog is about animals which are linked to nature, I thought the bee would symbolise my name and the natural products I talk about.

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Lastly what is your overall goal with your blog?

My overall ambition is to open a store and cruelty free products that are sold online by their company but will only be exclusive to my store. Who knows maybe I will have my own products to sell.

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The small steps to happiness

I love when I find a new inspiring quote or writing that I can print off and pin to my notice board and this is the latest piece I came across, exactly what I needed to read. These 16 small steps to happiness were written by Emma Elsworthy (please check out her site: http://emmaelsworthy.com)

At the time she wrote it for herself to help her through her last year at university, however after posting it onto her Tumblr it has now been re-blogged almost 300,000 times being shared across numerous social media platforms.. these simple steps that were written to help her have now been viewed by thousands hopefully helping and becoming beneficial to others. Thank you Emma, these wise simple steps have definitely helped me out!

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1. Push yourself to get up before the rest of the world – start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

 

2. Push yourself to fall asleep earlier – start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.

 

3. Erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.

 

4. Get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.

 

5. Stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.

 

6. Buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

 

7. Buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.

 

8. Strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.

 

9. Organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.

 

10. Have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

 

11. Push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.

 

12. Message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.

 

14. Think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.

 

15. Become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

 

16. Lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.