Together in Tuscany

We rented a wonderful villa in Tuscany for a week, 12 Baileys and Bains's, a relatively small family gathering for us. It was perfect (apart from all the mosquitos). The average temperature was 28 degrees with plenty of shade and cool water when it got too hot and some wonderful Tuscan food and wine.... Heaven.

Although my intention was to relax and recharge my batteries after what has been a pretty busy work period, I also really wanted to make use of the location, the beautiful light and my Nikon D750 to take some photographs. Italy was also an opportunity to shoot lots of the kids for Silkie and my hashtag project, #thesestoriestold. They were all perfect models. 

Firstly there was the pool........

Secondly there was the beautiful house, which I haven't shot per se; but I have made use of the stunning light streaming into the dark cool rooms.

And thirdly we did get out and about a bit. We visited Pisa, the beautiful hill top town of San Gimignano, the superb Usiglian Del Vescovo vineyard (with the obligatory wine tasting) and finally and more locally, the hill top town of San Miniato.

There was so much more we wanted to do so next time we'll have to book for longer than a week.

Wilderness Festival 2015

Believe it or not Wilderness was my first festival .....  it won't be my last.

We had a wonderful weekend with friends and family, and that mixed with the fantastic weather made it pretty unbeatable. The highlight for me was being able to swim in the beautiful lake, which although a tad cold was so refreshing in the heat of the day. I'm not sure us adults took part in as much as we should, we seemed to just enjoy chilling outside The Folk Barn and watching the world go by, with a swim or two or three in there.... obvs!!

The kids had more freedom than they've ever had before and wondered off in their little gang taking in the sites and sounds but mostly buying pizza. Billie-Jo also wandered off on her own a few times to indulge in a bit of retail therapy.

I've posted most pictures of our weekend on Instagram; but here they are again plus a few more. 


JUST START...... that's what I promised I'd do after Blogtacular. So here goes!!

Since meeting at Blogtaular in June, Silkie Lloyd (@rosehippaper on Instagram) and I have been hatching a plan to get us both taking more photographs. We have come up with a project which will have us taking photographs on a chosen theme which will change monthly.

#thesestoriestold is our new baby and we'll be populating our instagram feeds as well as regular blog posts with our best images.

Starting in August our theme will be CHILDHOOD. The summer holidays are now well under way and we will all be spending more time with our kids. So no hanging about any more, NOW is the best time to shoot some great images and create some wonderful memories.

We'd love it if lots of you joined us. To take part hashtag your images on Instagram #thesestoriestold.

We'll post our new theme at the beginning of September. Have a lovely summer and get shooting!


Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

The summer solstice on the 21st June was the highlight of the month and as always it was a complete family affair. We hired a 17 seater minibus and headed down to Stonehenge, en mass.

Here are some of the photo's from the week end which you may have seen on Instagram.

It started with a camping trip to Cornwall....

A wonderful Bank Holiday spent camping at Mother Ivey's Bay in Cornwall with family and friends.