Quote for the Day

I saw this quote from Haje Jan Kamps in Shooting Yourself on Word Revel’s blog the other day, and it really resonated with me.  So I thought I would share it with you.

This idea that a photograph is a representation of your vision is fundamental to the craft of photography. It would be be a very boring world if none of us ever saw the world around us differently. The key factor is that you control your camera and use it to express your vision. You call the shots, quite literally.

What do you think?

Organdie. x

Tiny Christmas Break – ish

Just a quick one from me this morning to let you know that as Christmas is fast approaching I may not be around on the blog as much as usual.  I will return!

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I have got a few posts lined up for you between now and the New Year, but Christmas is a time for rest and relaxation and that sometimes means blogs too.  So I am taking a little break – ish for a while to recharge for an exciting 2015.

Hope that you can all take some well deserved rest time too – and that you enjoy the holiday season as much as I am hoping to!

See you all properly in the New Year (and sneakily sometimes between now and then too).

Organdie. x

Some Things I am Doing Right Now

I saw this idea on Pip’s lovely site Meet me at Mikes.  I thought it would be a fun thing to do every so often on here, I do write down these things in my journal from time to time and it is quite interesting to see what is catching your attention at a particular time and how things change.

Making: Decisions

Cooking: Simple things to eat

Drinking: Lots of water and camomile tea

Reading: Not a lot, which makes me sad

Wanting: To be able to concentrate on things a little bit more!

Looking: At inspirational photography

Playing: The Piano

Wasting: Time on youtube – shhh!

Sewing: Nothing – because I haven’t learnt how to yet.

Wishing: For a good New Year

Enjoying: Some time to myself before the Christmas rush

Waiting: For lots of things

Liking: Winter

Wondering: What will come next

Loving: The birds I can see from the window

Hoping: For a good 2015 for me and Saltmarsh and Samphire

Marvelling: Always

Needing: Not as much as I want

Smelling: Christmas candles

Wearing: Comfy things, because why not?

Following: Pinners, Tweeters, bloggers…

Noticing: The cold

Knowing: Not enough

Feeling: OK

Bookmarking: Too many unfinished books

Opening: More books and failing to finish them too!

Giggling:  Not nearly enough

What would your list look like?

Organdie. x

The Year in Books :: December

I still don’t seem to be fully recovered from my reading slump as yet, although I have read three books this month.  I wouldn’t say that any of them were particularly stand out for me, but I am completely attributing that to my lack of interest in reading in general and not on the books themselves.

I read Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult for the Radio 2 Bookclub, and got through it fairly quickly.  I can see that if I had been on top of my reading game, I would have really really enjoyed this.  As it was, I thought it was a decent read and one that did keep my attention in the end because of the multiple narrators and cliff hanger type chapter endings.

Leaving Time

I also dipped into The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell.  This was an easier read being non fiction, and also full of small chapters on different bookshops around the world.  I found it easier to read because it was easy to read one or two sections and put it down guilt free.  Some of the stories are charming and Jen’s style and enthusiasm is wonderful.

The Bookshop Book

The final book I read this month was The Winter of Enchantment by Victoria Walker.  This one was mentioned on Dove Grey Reader’s blog years ago, and it seemed like something that I would like.  Unfortunately when it came to it, this didn’t hold my attention at all despite being short and aimed at children.  I think I was trying to get in the mood for winter and Christmas and perhaps I was forcing the issue slightly, who knows.  I wish that it had worked for me though!  Perhaps my old faithfuls A Christmas Carol and Letters from Father Christmas will help me a little bit later next month.

The Winter of Enchatment

As for December….Well who knows really.  My reading slump is getting me down a little bit now if I am honest.  I would love to be able to switch off from business stuff and really settle down to read something lovely, and really get into it again.  Hopefully that will happen for me soon.  Perhaps an audiobook will work, something I can read along with like I used to do as a kid – Bing, turn the page!

I hope you all have something lovely to read this month – I’d love to know your choices!

Organdie. x