“It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful”: Not just your home, but your life.

Every once in a while, I read a book that changes my life.  The Nesting Place is one of them. I put it on par with the film “He’s Just Not That Into You“, which completely and in one fell swoop changed my thinking about relationships (or potential ones).  (I will have to write a […]

3 Admirable Wedding Goals

If you’re a bride and your wedding date is coming swiftly nearer, chances are your stress level is rising quickly.  If a few things get cancelled or changed, it can rise even faster. I was doing wedding photography for a bride recently in Indiapolis, Indiana (USA), and as we chatted a few weeks before the […]

On Getting Your Mate To Do Your Wedding Photos

I can’t count the number of times I’ve had someone say to me, “We really love your photos, but my mate/friend/sister in law/friend’s uncle/random person on the street has offered to do our wedding photos as a freebie (or much cheaper).”  It usually causes me to cringe, and it should do the same for you. […]

Great Things For Us

Today I had the privilege of attending the ordination and installation of Peter Loughridge at the new Edinburgh RP Fellowship in Scotland. Having attended the induction for Kenneth Stewart in Glasgow only seven months ago, it is amazing and encouraging to me that we all again came together today for another, similar event. The verse […]

Day 54 [Beauty]: Clearance Flowers

The last few months, since my local Tescos has opened almost next door to me, I’ve been sharing on Facebook many of the brilliant ‘deals’ I’ve gotten. Shortcut pastry for 5p, a bag of potatoes for 10p, broccoli for 1p, an entire roast turkey for £2. I’ve made some amazing meals for mere pocket change, […]

Day 52: The Beauty Of Rilla

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, The Beauty of Anne, one of the book series I’ve read more times than I can possibly count is the Anne of Green Gables series. Most people I know have read the first, and maybe the second one, but not everyone knows that there are 8 in the series, […]

Day 50 (Beauty): A Tribute To My Sister

It’s my little sister’s birthday today. I still speak of her as my little sister, and she resignedly says that we will all be calling her ‘the baby’ even when she’s eighty years old. I imagine that the only reason that may not be true is that some of us won’t be around to call […]

Day 49: The Beauty Of The Daily

Today I was listening to ‘Settin’ Up The Pins’ by Sarah Groves, and thinking on the truth of the words.  Because some days feel like that’s all I’m doing – setting up the pins just to knock them down again.  Get up, get dressed, make coffee, drink coffee, only to have to wash the cafetiere, […]

Day 47: The Beauty Of Writing Letters

Today I got an actual, handwritten letter from a friend of mine in Northern Ireland.  How I miss writing and receiving letters.  I have embraced the new digital age with open arms – but I’m vintage at heart, and anything with ancient beauty strikes a lovely chord in me, and the echoes settle into my […]

Day 43 (Beauty): Pirate Dave

He captured my artistic interest in a moment. My sister was talking to three men on a side street, almost an alleyway, as the sun was fading.  I was sent to tell her it was time to be leaving.  I was completely the wrong person to send, since within a moment I was shaking hands, […]