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To see or not to see?

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I have always loved taking photos. Snippets & moments to be remembered. A glance, a smile, a space, a colour. It often takes me a little longer to get anywhere because I inevitably need to stop and take a photo or two.

My darling husband is particularly patient with me, when it comes to this – I know so many are not. Often waiting until I get the shot, before we move on, even after I tell him “I’ll catch up” and I’m not just talking about photographing our coffees before we destroy the crema (although I am guilty of this occasionally too).


Long before Instagram, hashtags or selfies, my almost every move was interrupted by a camera. I’ve taken photos for as long as I can remember; of friends, family, pets, school camp. I’ve taken photos of my feet for decades, long before #footselfies or #ihaveathingwithfloors were a thing. I learnt to turn my analog camera around, line it up and perfectly fit us in the frame – long before there were screens and apps to help. Continue reading “To see or not to see?”

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A bit about Home…

Happy New-2

Well hello again!

It’s been such a long time hasn’t it. I thought I would just jump right back in – there’s no other way really. Just start.

Since last we met, there was the Christmas order rush, Christmas, New Year and another wonderful trip home, which inevitably lead to jet lag and the need to acclimatise back to winter in February. But there has also the feeling of getting back into the swing of things here at home in Hamburg and the studio, which makes me happy too.

I find the beginning of each year a little bit of a rollercoaster – so thanks for bearing with me until now. How has your year been so far?


We were lucky enough to have a few lovely snow covered days here in Hamburg, before flying to summer in Melbourne. Snow is so much nicer than rain, isn’t it?  Even though it’s usually colder when it snows, there’s just something about the white stuff. It turns our neighbourhood into a fairytale.  Continue reading “A bit about Home…”

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One + Four = Life : Desktop, Fire, Streetscape & Hooking

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Hi there 🙂

I thought it was about time for another One + Four = Life post. I have been making and photographing and making and photographing these last few weeks, with the view outside my window being as enticing as my studio. Continue reading “One + Four = Life : Desktop, Fire, Streetscape & Hooking”

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Instagram : July Round Up

Instagram, round up, july, hamburg, germany, gus and ollie, sock monkey, sock game, photography, socks, cat, kitten, british shorthair, expat, travel, abrouad, new york. Friends, can you believe July is over? That’s it’s August already? Crazy isn’t it.

This year has moved in fits and spurts for me – sometimes slow, sometimes fast and sometimes at a glacial pace. It doesn’t seem that long ago we were booking my flight to New York City – a city I have longed to see again for 15 years – and now I’ve been and gone.

So with the ending of my favourite month of the year – my Birthday month – I though it time to do an Instagram round up, to take a little look back a what was a colourful, Summer month in the Northern Hemisphere – full of fun, travel, toys and kitty cats!

Continue reading “Instagram : July Round Up”

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Mini Break: A Sock Monkey in Manhattan!

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That’s right! There’s a Sock Monkey loose in NYC and he seems to be making himself quite at home here already! Clive blends in perfectly to this eclectic, colourful, unique landscape, that’s like no where else in the world!

And it’s hot! The public fountains have become local watering holes, parks have become offices and coming from Germany – I’m loving the relief of walking inside to find almost everywhere is air conditioned!

We’re not quite sure how to express our excitement. Even in this humidity, this city is buzzing with a rich, melting pot of culture that is hard to describe – if not to say – typical of New York. There’s no other place like it.  Continue reading “Mini Break: A Sock Monkey in Manhattan!”

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Mini Break : Cricket on Helgoland

Bunte Kuh Collage, Helgoland, Hamburg, Germany, Heligoland Pilgrims, Cricket, Gus and OllieWithout wanting to sound complacent, when you live in Europe you get a little spoilt for choice, when thinking about a weekend away. Living up here in the north of Germany means London, Paris, Copenhagen, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, and Stockholm are little more than an hour away.

Extend that to 2.5 hours and we can be in Rome or Barcelona. In 4 hours? Athens, Lisbon or Istanbul. In 8 hours? New York or Dubai. Yes- it’s a travellers paradise deciding where to go next. Travelling to any of these places needn’t cost much either, if you’re on a budget – which sometimes makes the choice even harder.

But, after you live here for a while, you sometimes forget what’s right under your nose.

The gems in the country we live now – Germany.

And the island of Helgoland is one of them.  Continue reading “Mini Break : Cricket on Helgoland”