Joey

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welcoming refugees

welcoming refugees

I am, of course, fully in favour of welcoming refugees to Europe with arms and hearts wide open. Anywhere in Europe, including my own 'backyard'. I could say recent images of children being washed ashore should suffice in compelling the skeptics to join in my view, because how can you watch such human tragedy and be indifferent? No parent should have to bury their own child and how can we witness it all and go about life as if we've just watched a film? I could indeed pin my views on those photographs, but I rather go back to history… View Post

ode to coffee

ode to coffee

I love coffee. And the smell of coffee is even better! Excellent coffee, mind you! And yet I can't drink an espresso to save my life, nor do I ever drink black coffee. Purists, take a deep breath!  When I first moved to the UK, almost nine years ago (time flies when you're perfecting your relationship with coffee!), I drank instant coffee for a while, but I quickly discovered it wasn't for me. Insert the cafetiere! I bought a cafetiere when I moved from Bristol to Oxford, in January 2008. Instant life improvement, pun intended! At the time, I was… View Post

Instagram – what are you doing to me?

Instagram – what are you doing to me?

  I love Instagram. It’s also ruining me! Anyone else feeling the same way?   There was a time, I’m sure there was, when I posted on Instagram proportionately to what I saw on Instagram, i.e. I wasn’t spending stupid amounts of time on the app! As of late though, this fragile balance shifted and I’m sorry to say it, Insta, our relationship is no longer healthy!   These days, most of what I do on Instagram is look at everyone else’s beautiful photos, study how the photographer captured the light, or the mood, or the scene, drool over Portuguese… View Post

::inspiring Mondays::

::inspiring Mondays::

  I may have said it before, but I’ll say it again – inspiring Mondays are to me what meditation is for people around the world as per the Zen proverb above.   I had grand plans for this week. In my head, I would be chilled and relaxed and not tired at all, ready to be busy and breeze through my long to-do list. Life, however, had other plans. In reality, I am a tad bit stressed and oh so tired I may need to revert to the good old siesta. Oh wait, I can’t! Bed at 20h it… View Post

state of affairs

state of affairs

I'm enjoying the summer, whichever version of it we get each day. My favourite – of course! – are the sunny hot ones, but all are accepted and appreciated, even when on the sofa eating ice cream and watching Spooks once more.  I'm behind on a couple of things, especially my 365 Photo Project… reporting! I'm all caught up on the project, haven't missed a day – sometimes just – and am still loving it, even if it feels like I'm managing to get a photo in each day rather than plan and think about it and improve my photography… View Post

pasteis de nata and other good things

pasteis de nata and other good things

Pastel de nata – a typical Portuguese pastry – is internationalising itself, much to the delight of this Portuguese emigrant *insert all sorts of happy faces here*. Taylor's of Oxford now have it available at a counter near you or not, but it's certainly worth the trip! Admittedly, they need to tweak a thing or two in the recipe to make it just so, but hey, I'm not complaining, they're good enough and I'm happy; did I mention that? Good as pasteis de nata are, they're not my only source of happiness these days. Last week, I delivered my first… View Post

bits of a Sunday

bits of a Sunday

I have to work today, you know, day job work. There's a lot on at the moment and I need a bit of extra time, the sort of time you find on a Sunday. Unlike working at work, it's hard to start when it's the weekend and you're home and there are so many inspiring stories out there competing for your attention. So I've succumbed to those stories for a little while, to get myself fired up and ready!  Humans of New York. I, along with 8 million others, am a fan of this amazing project created by Brandon Stanton.… View Post

failed daily blogging

failed daily blogging

So, I failed at daily blogging in June. I didn't fail because I forgot to blog on two separate occasions, nor because I didn't find the time to blog since last Thursday. I failed because I chose to switch off when in Portugal and that was the best thing I could have done… for myself, not so much for the challenge. When on Friday I realised I hadn't posted anything the day before, I didn't feel bad at all, nor guilty, which is novelty around here! In fact, roughly at the same time, I worked out I wasn't going to… View Post

home

home

Essential 🙂 Home for a few days. The plan is to eat sardines, eat some more sardines, enjoy Sao Joao, drink Compal juice, hug the kids, spend time with family, love TAP for giving me Compal, eat sardines, and cry on leaving as per usual. 

of the solstice and other things

of the solstice and other things

I'm sure I need fish oil or something for my memory. Once again, I completely forgot about blogging and the daily challenge. Too busy enjoying the solstice, doing copious amounts of laundry, and chatting away at the pub! Oh well… s*** happens! ******* Summer. We made it here, the quickest I've ever known it. Time flew by, I must have blinked twice and the days were beautifully long and warm and sunny. I vaguely remember my parents telling me this is what old age feels like…! I'm a summer baby. And that made me into a summer-lovin' kinda girl! I… View Post

real life

real life

I accomplished very little today. I felt tired and let myself relax; to do lists shall not rule my life, not today anyway! And so they didn't. Instead, I lingered in bed for as long as I wanted, I had a very slow breakfast, a hot bath to relax my muscles, and got back to bed to read my book. It felt amazing! Unusually, I could really let go of all the things I have to do before going to Portugal next week. None of it mattered as I read pages and pages of my book. Pure lush! After lunch,… View Post

sometimes light

sometimes light

Sometimes, no matter how much light you have coming through the window, nor how beautiful that light is, you can't see past the brightness. That's when you should sleep it off. Night night!

lists

lists

There's a long list of things to do. A very long list! There's a toddler playsuit to finish, a frog in need of a face, laundry to do, bags to pack, a house to hotel-ify, life admin to get on top of, and sunshine to be enjoyed… for now anyway! And then there's little Olivia and her pouch belly and soft hair. And she always take precedence over the to do list!

playing with light

playing with light

Pink roses in my garden make me happy. Who would have thought?  Playing with light makes me happy, especially in photography.  Preparing dinner can be enjoyable, I'd forgotten that feeling. Parcel opening in the car at the post office depot is great. Photo books are the best gift ever, to give – and I hope to receive. Planning crafts in my head all the way through to 2018, judging by the number of ideas and lack of time. Photographing and learning new tricks all the time to make the most of the light and happiness. Pining – or really really… View Post

cycling in Amsterdam

cycling in Amsterdam

I didn't blog yesterday. Not because I didn't have wifi – OMG The Netherlands is the absolute best for free wifi! – but because I forgot. I completely forgot about the online world and anything that wasn't having fun in Amsterdam. Such is life! So, back to topic. *** On Sunday, four of us moved to a boat in Amsterdam for a couple of days. Because that's what you do after you've been to an incredible wedding, you prolong the awesomeness for as long as you can!  And then we decided to rent bikes and join the natives. Except that… View Post

dutch wedding

dutch wedding

Beyond words stunning. Beyond words happy. I feel so privileged to know, and be friends with, T + R.  It was a beautiful and happy day, that melted my heart and overwhelmed me with joy and wonder. These two are made for each other and are so generous in their love to all of their friends. An absolute inspiration! 

in Holland for a wedding

in Holland for a wedding

We’re here! This may sound obvious, as I’ve been saying we’d be coming for a few days now, but trust me, it is still impressive we’re actually here! We went through bag-drop off and security with a couple of minutes to spare!! Why do you need more, really? It’s wasted time. I could tell you all about this story, but it still stresses me out so we’ll move on to the fact we made it to the plane, all four of us. Then there was the view above and let’s face it, how not to be soothed by this cotton-y… View Post

preparing blog posts in advance

preparing blog posts in advance

I could have written a few blog posts to go live when I'm away and ensure I'd keep to my blogging daily challenge that way. I could, but it wouldn't have been the same (to quote a very popular portuguese ad)!  I've read loads about editorial calendars for blogs and how planning your 'content' is good for you. And I'm sure it is for the people writing about it, or those that 'prepare content'. I'm not one of those people. It took me a while to get why I couldn't prepare – nor enjoyed having – an editorial calendar, but… View Post

travelling and writing

travelling and writing

going away I’m going to Holland for a few days, starting tomorrow evening. I can’t wait! There will be a wedding of dear, dear friends, and there will be restful days and a lie in, please! There will be photography and reading and sightseeing and more chillin’, because my head needs it more than my body. Little Olivia has invited a couple of human friends over to look after her; clever girl, this one. They have stayed before, enjoyed it and weren’t put off by her inconvenient wake up times – it’s a win! Let’s see how they cope with… View Post