Snow Break


Since we moved to the north of England and the time of year moved into winter we have been eager for it to snow.  Living down in the south we used to watch the weather forecasts for snow in the north with envy…now it was our turn to be under the snow icon…or so we thought.  Our move timed with the near constant rain that has hit Cumbria since the beginning of November last year.  Finally though the snow arrived last weekend.

Taking the advice of my mum on one of my previous posts (see comment here), I took a break from making products for Mr B’s Button Jamboree and went out to play in the snow.  This part of the country is such a beautiful place in any weather conditions and the snow just made it even more stunning.  Not sure the local sheep were enjoying it as much as we were though!


Dogwood Week 2



Traditional Landscape

Here is my photograph for week 2: traditional landscape.  The weather had been against us here in ‘sunny’ Cumbria in terms of landscape shots.  There was a break in the rain so we ventured out to see what we could come up with in less than ideal conditions.  Found this shot on the edge of Miltonrigg Woods just up the road from where I live.  I love this shot more and more every time I see it.

The theme for this week is Red.  There are a few ideas pottering around in my head…nothing as yet decided on though.  I think I have a good idea germinating, just decided how to carry it out and what part of my photography skills I want to focus on developing this week.  Check back later to see what I end up with!

52 Week Dogwood Challenge


Over recent years I have found myself exploring my artistic side more and more.  It has always been there yet I think I pushed it aside thinking that it was not something for someone like me, I was supposed to have a sensible career where I achieved many great things.  Seems so silly to me now looking back on it.  Struggles with illness, anxiety and depression lead me to explore who I was and to find things to occupy my overworked little mind.  I started trying out many things of a creative and artistic nature and this is where Mr B’s Button Jamboree came from as well as new found hobbies such as knitting and sewing.  Photography had always been something I had enjoyed doing, though it was mostly point and shot photography of quite a typical nature.  Over the last few years though I have been developing more of a sense of the style and type of photography I really enjoy doing as well as making tentative steps away from the automatic settings on my camera!  Here is a small selection of some of the many thousand that I took on our travels…


Phillip aka Colobus Yeti (check out his blog!) bought the 52 Week Dogwood Challenge to my attention.  It is designed to challenge and develop photography skills both technical and creative.  Despite my misgivings over the fact that about one third of the weeks focus on people photography – an area I really am not keen on, give me inanimate objects any day of the year – I have decided to go for it.  Developing my photography was on my list I drew up in the New Year mentioned in my post on 7th Jan and so this seems such a thing to help drive me on to do so.  Is quite tough putting my photographs out there for people to see, hopefully the experience will help me to develop as a person too.  So here goes…my entry for week 1 in the 52 week challenge was…




Happy New Year! (for 6 days ago)

Yes I know…I am a little late with the new year wishes…

I decided to give myself a nice long holiday over the festive period and am only just getting back into the swing of things.  The second half of 2015 had been been so hard, busy and chock full of changes I felt like I needed (and deserved) a break away from Mr B’s Button Jamboree.  Our festive break included visitors from Kent and Japan.  My mum and dad (hello!) spent Christmas with us and stayed in a posh holiday cottage at Lanercost Priory

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Christmas Day with my parents

Immediately afterwards we had a flying visit from one of our friends from Tokyo.  She came all the way from Japan to spend a week in the UK before spending a few nights in Berlin – her time in Cumbria was a whopping 21 hours!

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Pub time and a windy visit to Hadrian’s Wall with Takemoto-san

After all that visiting I gave myself a few days of nothing – it was lovely though we both found it weird being at home where we both work…and not working.  The perils of working from home I suppose!  I did spend some time thinking about how I want to be spending my time when not working.  I really want to make the most of this new way of life for us both and so drew up a little list of the hobbies and interests I want to pursue or develop as well as things I want to get sorted.  Over the years I have realised that getting things down on paper is a good head clearer for me and a useful reminder of what I want to achieve.  So whilst not quite New Year resolutions, they are a reminder to enjoy my time and spend it wisely.

Hello 2016 and welcome…I look forward to all that you bring.

Merry Christmas One and All!

After all the whirl involved in launching my little business Mr B’s Button Jamboree, it has been nice to focus on other things…in particular Christmas!  I absolutely love Christmas – the food, the presents, the music, everything. My favourite part though is the decorations. Sitting there with just the Christmas lights on is one of my favourite times of the whole year.  So I thought I would share some of our Christmas decorations with you.  Happy Christmas!