The B&W Photography Project | Week #81

February 7, 2016
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Hello folks, welcome to week #81 of the Black and White Photography Project. If you’re new here, this is a really simple project to get involved with – just link up any monochrome photograph. With words or without, it’s entirely up to you. Your images don’t need to be from the past week either so you can pick and choose what you want to share. If you new to black and white photography, check out these tips which will give you a steer on what you can do. Most important is just having fun with it! Don’t forget you can also share your photograph on Instagram using #bwphotoproject – or just join in there if you prefer.

These photographs were taken at one of Surrey’s oldest forts built in the 1890’s. There are 13 along the North Downs which are collectively known as the London Defence Scheme. This one was never used for battle and is now a roost for bats although I didn’t spot any whilst going for a wander.

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Overcoming cabin fever at Box Hill

February 4, 2016
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If you’ve been cooped up inside for days on end, especially with a poorly child, you will have certainly experienced cabin fever. POD hasn’t been well recently and although she’s been back in reception a few days now, I was on eight consecutive days indoors. As well as doing an almost three hour journey to and from school thanks to the joy of roadworks!

So this morning after I’d dropped her off I headed to Box Hill – a summit of the North Downs in Surrey owned and managed by the National Trust. I don’t know about you but I find the best way to combat cabin fever is to grab my camera and head for the great outdoors. Being first thing meant there was barely a soul around. The fresh air could be felt in my lungs and the location provided the perfect opportunity to blow away a mountain of cobwebs.

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The Alphabet Project | T is for tranquility

February 3, 2016
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Welcome to the Alphabet Photography Project and letter T! Thank you to everyone that joined in last week.

January seemed to be the month for various bugs doing the rounds. Poor POD was ill mid way through the month then again much of last week. Thankfully she’s back to her usual perky self now and we’re getting back into our normal routine. There’s a lot to be said for blowing away a few cobwebs especially when you’ve had over a week cooped up indoors.

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#HealthilyEverAfter with Disney

February 2, 2016
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The first Disney film POD ever watched was the original Sleeping Beauty which was released around 1960. It became a firm favourite of hers alongside other brilliant classics such as Snow White & the Seven Dwarves, Beauty & the Beast and The Jungle Book. She turned five on Christmas Day. Over the last couple of years or so she’s been able to experience a number of Disney greats – from Tangled, The Lion King and Big Hero 6 to Winnie The Pooh, Maleficent and Frozen. The latter still continues to dominate and last year saw POD dress up as Maleficent (Aurora was busy) – a costume that won her best dressed at school. She’s a huge fan of Pixar films too from Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Ratatouille to Monsters Inc, Monsters University and Inside Out. Mickey Mouse, Sofia the First and The Lion Guard are top of the list on the Disney Channel.

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The highlights of 2015: July to December

January 31, 2016
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Having looked at the highlights from January to June, we’re back to have a nose at July to December 2015. The month kicked off with POD learning to swim by herself for the very first time. She loved the water when she was a baby but got the fear after a break. It’s taken a while to build her confidence up again and seeing her swim by herself in armbands was pretty special. I love this photograph which perfectly captures that moment.

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The B&W Photography Project | Week #80

January 31, 2016
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Hello folks, welcome to week #80 of the Black and White Photography Project. If you’re new here, this is a really simple project to get involved with – just link up any monochrome photograph. With words or without, it’s entirely up to you. Your images don’t need to be from the past week either so you can pick and choose what you want to share. If you new to black and white photography, check out these tips which will give you a steer on what you can do. Most important is just having fun with it! Don’t forget you can also share your photograph on Instagram using #bwphotoproject – or just join in there if you prefer.

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The highlights of 2015: January to June

January 29, 2016
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When looking back at photographs from last year, most noticeable is how much POD’s grown and not just in height terms. She’s independent and confident with the best sense of humour. Of course we’re biased but she’s awesome even if she doesn’t always like doing what’s she’s told. As working parents, we do our best to ensure the time we have as a three involves adventures both near and far. Last year was certainly the year she got to experience a lot more. She loves the outdoors and she relishes in everything that comes her way.

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The Alphabet Project | S is for serene

January 28, 2016
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Welcome to the Alphabet Photography Project and letter S! Thank you to everyone that joined in last week.

There’s something so calming about being on the beach and listening to the sound of the waves. Being in Surrey, we don’t often get to visit the UK coastline but it’s wonderful when we do. On this particular occasion, we arrived after hours of torrential rain, only to see the clouds disperse and even a little sun appear. With the tide at it’s lowest, this deserted beach was compeletely serene – even with POD digging a hole in the sand nearby.

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A misty Devil’s Punch Bowl

January 25, 2016
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We were last at the magnificent Devil’s Punch Bowl a couple of month’s back. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it provides the gateway to the Surrey Hills. The Commons and Punch Bowl is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Owned and managed by the National Trust, the Devil’s Punch Bowl is always a delight to visit whatever the time of year. Its natural amphitheatre, with its heath, streams and woodland, almost take your breath away.

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From A Mother To Another

January 25, 2016
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We’ve been fans of the JoJo Maman Bébé brand since POD was born five years ago. We always used to find it so sad when the beautiful items we’d so lovingly chosen for her no longer fitted and were confined to the loft. In 2015, JoJo Maman Bébé launched their ‘A Mother To Another’ charity campaign, designed to prolong the life of their baby and children’s clothes. The recycling initiative saw donated pieces sorted into sex, size and season before being wrapped as gift packs of co-ordinating outfits via Barnardo’s. That campaign has been extended this year to offer distribution through the Trussell Trust’s Foodbanks and to those displaced by war in Syria.

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