Once again it’s August Break photo challenge, with Susannah Conway. Hurrah!!

This is my fourth year, and I really look forward to it – especially since I’ve been posting my photographs on Instagram. There’s a lovely community of photographers, and I’ve made quite a few friends through the challenge.

Day 1: Morning


I’m not really a morning person. I’m not much of an evening person either – I tend to peak around 11am, and then it’s all downhill from there.

I read a friend’s article recently, where she asked the question: “do you have the kind of lifestyle that makes you leap out of bed in the morning?” And I thought “in theory, yes – so why don’t I?”

I’m in the fortunate position of being able to do pretty much whatever I like with my days – and sometimes having total freedom of choice can be overwhelming. Like with a blank canvas, there are so many possibilities…

So I remind myself that every morning is a celebration of being alive and an opportunity to spend another day working on joy.

Day 2: Gold

Royal crest from the Royal Barge Gloriana

There’s a saying that “all that glisters is not gold” – which, I suppose, is intended as a warning not to get distracted by bright, shiny things that are of no importance. To stay focused on the goal (the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, perhaps).

But if nobody got distracted from the goal – if nobody were curious – then we would never discover anything new. It’s because humans, through the ages, have asked questions like “I wonder what’s around the corner?” or “I wonder how this works?” that we have developed a depth and breadth of knowledge about the world around us.

And that curiosity keeps us wanting to learn more and to continue to grow as human beings.

Day 3: Rose


A rose’s rarest essence lives in the thorn” ~ Rumi
I’m very pleased with how this photograph turned out – especially as it was very breezy today, and the flowers were being blown all over the place – and I used the camera on my 6 year-old Samsung Omnia phone, rather than my iPhone.

Day 4: Where I Live

view of The Shard and Borough Market, London

For nearly 30 years I’ve lived about 25 minutes by train from the centre of London, but I really only started exploring the city a couple of years ago, when I got my iPhone.

Day 5: Bicycle

bicycles in Marylebone, London

As a child, I wasn’t allowed to ride a bicycle because I was considered to be a danger to myself – especially as we lived on a busy road, and I was very easily distracted.

I once secretly rode my sister’s bike down a hill and crashed into a garden wall, damaging the bike and my knee. When we got home, my sister had to take the blame for the damage, and I had to try not to drip blood on the carpet.

I eventually learned to ride a bike, aged 15, when I spent a month with my German penfriend’s family over the summer. They lived in the country, so the only way to get around was by bike. Fortunately there was very little traffic and no hills, and by the end of the month I was a reasonably proficient cyclist – on the flat, at least.

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