The Year in Books :: April 2015

It’s that time again!  As part of Laura’s The Year in Books project over at Circle of Pine Trees I am going to share with you what I have been reading and what’s on my reading horizons for next month.

March seemed to be a slightly slower month – not just in terms of reading, but everything seems to have slowed down for me lately.  (I am sure that mindless internet browsing is partly, if not solely, to blame – so I have a little experiment to share with you later this week.)

I managed to read one book in March;

Oliver Twist


I am afraid to say that I found it quite hard going, and I actually much preferred the musical (is that even allowed!? I am going with HELL YES!)

I found myself picking the book up, getting a page or two read and then feeling bored and distracted and putting it down again.  Not great.  But I am not going to beat myself up about it too much.  Some books just don’t click do they?  So let’s move on…

What does April have in store?

I’m not overly sure again to be honest – I seem to have gone back into a slight reading slump of sorts again – but that could be down to my magpie eyes and brain not letting me truly settle on any task at hand at the moment.

I am going to try and read The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield for Book Club this coming month;

The Celestine Prophecy

I am trying to leave it as long as possible to read so I can at least try and retain some information about it for discussion on the night!  And of course I am continuing on with my journey through Middle Earth and The Lord of the Rings too.

What are your reading plans for April – are you joining in with Laura’s Year in Books too?

Organdie. x


Reminder – The Art of Everyday Photography and Giveaway Winners!

We have our winners!

I will be in contact with you soon to sort out your places!

There is still time to register for The Art of Everyday Photography if you were not one of the winners this time.

We are starting on Monday (30th March 2015) and the course runs for 5 weeks – you will get emails Monday – Friday from me on different photographic topics, all for £40 (not too shabby even if I do say so myself!)

You can find more information and details of how to join me on this photographic adventure by visiting my online course page over at Saltmarsh and Samphire.

Hope to see some of you there!

Colour S&S circle big

Organdie. x

Giveaway Time!

Hey there!

What a lovely Monday morning I have woken up to today!


As I am full of the joys of spring, I thought I would host a giveaway this week.  As we are starting our next gathering of The Art of Everyday Photography I thought I would hold some places for a giveaway.  You can read a little bit more about the course and the content by visiting Saltmarsh and Samphire, or having a sneaky look at this blog post from me last week.

The Art of Everyday Photography

If you would like the chance to win one of three places on The Art of Everyday Photography then leave me a comment down below to tell me why you would like to join us, and I will pick three random winners on Friday 27th March 2015.  We will start our photography adventure together next Monday (30th March 2015) for five photo filled weeks.

If you head over to Saltmarsh and Samphire’s Facebook page you can like us and comment on the post on our page, follow us on Twitter and tweet us @saltysamphire with why you would like to win, and over at Instagram you can follow me @organdie84 and repost the image you find there too.  So all in all you can have 4 chances of winning a place if you so wish

Happy Monday to you all, hope you have a sunny week ahead.

Organdie. x

The Art of Everyday Photography

Friday again – how is time going quite so quickly at the moment?! Bit scary actually…

Anyway, I thought I would let you know that registration is open for my online course – The Art of Everyday Photography – again at the moment. We start on 30th March 2015 for five weeks of photography goodness and I would love you to join me!

I love taking photographs everyday.  I always have a camera with me (even if it is ‘only’ my phone) wherever I go, and I am sure many of you are exactly the same.

Perhaps you have a camera, but don’t quite know how to get the best from it, or maybe you want to document your everyday life with your camera phone.  There are so many reasons to fall in love with photography, and I hope this course will help you achieve a little bit of magic everyday with your camera.

I mainly shoot digital pictures using one of four cameras (my Nikon D90, Fujifilm X100, Fujifilm XE-1 and Fujifilm X30), but I have recently completely fallen in love with film photography and have started to collect older film cameras too.  It’s becoming tricky to resist buying little gems at car boot sales now!

In Week 1 I want to introduce you to some compositional elements of a photograph.  There are certain ‘rules’ which tend to make an engaging image – but remember that rules are there to be broken occasionally!  These will include lessons on The Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines and Positive and Negative Space.

Train tracks

Week 2 I will talk about perspective and colour.  Colour, textures and patterns can play a big part in photography and a tiny bit of colour theory could help you to understand this.  I also want you to think about perspective – this can help you to narrate your photography and tell the story that you want to.


In Week 3 I will touch on the lighting of a photograph.  How do different times of the day affect your photography?  What about taking photographs indoors?  We will also look at how the light can affect the mood or feel of an image.

Autumn Tree Leaves

Week 4 telling your stories in photography.  You might find that you would like to share your photography online – perhaps on a blog or via social media platforms – and it is useful to be able to tell a story through your photographs.  We will look at different types of shots which can help you to do this and also ways of presenting images together to tell a story.

Self Portrait

In the final week I’d like to share some editing tips with you.  Don’t panic – this is not as scary as it seems!  Editing can be as simple as an Instagram filter, or as in depth as computer editing software such as Photoshop.  This week is not meant to be a technical one, more an overview of what you could achieve if you choose to edit your photographs.


During our five weeks together, I will send out emails each day Monday to Friday.

Monday will introduce the topic of the week to you, Tuesday and Wednesday will be more in depth lessons so you can get to grips with different elements of your photography.  On Thursdays I will share a slideshow of images with you so you can get a real sense of the topic of the week, and I will send you some creative exercises for the weekend on a Friday.

I will also  set up a private Facebook group so you can all get to know each other and share some of your wonderful images with the class.

I’m so excited to be able to go on this photographic adventure with you.  The course only costs £40 for our five weeks together – come and join the adventure!

I hope that some of you are inspired to join me on the course – you can find more information and the sign up details over on Saltmarsh and Samphire’s online courses page here.

Organdie. x