Sunday, 26 February 2012

Mary Jean Harmony Kenyon

My sweet Gran passed away this weekend. She had been battling with illness for such a long time. I am happy she can rest now. Although she hadn't been herself for years, this is how I remember her-


I took this photo of her just before illness crept in and took over her life. My cousin and I had been playing around with her, dressing her up in hats and posing her, and she just did it all for us! 
I will always remember Saturday morning shopping trips and outings to the park afterwards and sleepovers with chicken and chips- she'd always burn the beans in the saucepan, every time! She drove me to every orthodontist appointment I had, took me on holidays to Cromer, Aberystwyth and Scarborough and let me slide down her stairs in sleeping bags, wearing out her carpet! She looked after me when I was off school with chicken pox, she taught me how to knit, even buying me my first needles and wool. She would play endless games with me, like hide the pegs, dominoes and even ping pong over her kitchen table, one which my brothers enjoyed too. She baked scones and cookies with me and let me put as much icing and decorations on them as I liked. She let me use her clothes horses and blankets to build dens with and served me my dinner inside them whilst watching WWF wrestling videos with my brothers (that's what happens when you grow up with two older brothers!) There are so many more things I could write, but these are my fondest memories.
Then she got ill, moved into sheltered housing, and eventually into a nursing home in Milton Keynes. I don't remember her as being ill though, I remember her as I have described above. She was the best Grandma anybody could ask for and I'm so glad she was mine! I can't be sad that she is gone now because although I miss her as she used to be, I know I'll see her again.

My Gran, my Mum and me. Do you see the resemblance?

See what my brother, Duncan has to say about our dear Gran here.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

A touch of Springtime

A lovely friend bought me these gorgeous tulips yesterday. I got a bit carried away taking photos of them against different backgrounds. Again, I used my home as a makeshift studio space which I love!
It feels so much like spring today which gets me excited!







I'm liking the purple colour cast in this one

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Where would I rather be?

Here's a little test on a Tuesday morning for you all. It only has one question and one very obvious answer...

Q1. Where would I rather be right now?

Leicester?..

or Chester?...

This post comes from a comment that was left on a previous post about Chester. I just thought I'd visualise my response to that comment.

Thanks for taking my little test, I hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday morning!

Monday, 20 February 2012

Masked

I had a play in the studio with Briony today. We wanted to practice setting up some simple lighting for portraits. I also had this eye mask I bought a couple of years ago as a prop and decided to make some use of  it today.



Sunday, 19 February 2012

What happened this weekend?

What happened this weekend?...


My brother got engaged! That makes all three of the Horne siblings settled down and happy! Here he is with his girlfriend at Rutland Water last month. Well done Gaz!

Saturday, 18 February 2012

The food of love

You know you have a wonderful husband when he can't wait until the evening to cook you a three course Valentine's dinner from scratch, complete with Shloer and chocolates, and so you end up with a delicious Valentine's lunch instead!
I never knew my husband was such a masterchef but the evidence is right here!

Starter
Homemade cheese straws (my favourite) with tomato soup

Main
Mozzarella stuffed chicken breast wrapped in bacon with roast potatoes and pan fried vegetables

Dessert
Homemade chocolate eclairs/profiteroles (we couldn't decide which one they looked more like)

Complete with homemade hot toffee sauce

And a nice glass or two of Shloer to wash it all down! 

Unfortunately the chocolates were consumed too fast to get a photograph of them, however I can testify they were as delicious as they looked and complemented this well thought out and perfectly prepared meal fantastically.

I am SUCH a lucky girl!

Friday, 10 February 2012

Swooping and Swooning

Two things about this photograph I shot today:
1. I love how the pigeons are swooping into the shot through the archway to settle on the rugged wall, emphasized by a slower shutter to give a feeling of motion.
2. I am swooning over this beautiful vintage lamppost! I think they should be found on every street and in every alley. It would also make a beautiful setting for some old-style couple/engagement shots!


Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Spherical

Just in case you wanted to see an entire room in my house in one single shot. And me. And my camera.


Monday, 6 February 2012

Meow

This is my mother-in-law's cat. 
She once clawed my husband's head from behind a curtain.
She has very pretty whiskers.


I like how she is sniffing the fresh summer air.

I've been looking back at a lot of photos from summer 2011 recently. Summer 2012 is welcome to come as soon as possible please!

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Chester Canal

Feeling cold on this snowy Saturday night? Yep! That's why I'm looking back at some of my summer photos from 2011. Maybe I'll venture out at some point and get some wintery snow shots but at the moment, I'm content with snuggling up in my blanket and dreaming about summer!