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camellia in black and white

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black and white photo of camelia

a while ago, whilst out on a photo walk, i found a camelia on the ground. it looked so lovely that i couldn’t just leave it there, and i knew snapping a quick photo wouldn’t do it justice. so i took it home, laid it on my favourite silver tray and took these. at one point i picked it up and it fell apart, so its time was short but sweet.
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flowers from appleyard london

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appleyard london autumn bouquet
oh autumn flowers you are wonderful. yes, i know it’s not autumn quite yet, but we’re in the middle of september, so it’s definitely near. autumn hues are the best, aren’t they? different shades of reds, golds, yellows and dusky pinks. oof. i recently was sent these divine luxury flowers from appleyard london and i have to say i am really quite taken with them.

the red roses are absolutely perfect but i love the addition of the ..what i am assuming is rosehips. not only do they make the bouquet look more autumnal, but i just think they really set it apart from your everyday bunch of flowers. oh i do wish i could have flowers every day! the little slither of purple gives it a great ‘pop’ too.

appleyard london autumn bouquet
appleyard london autumn bouquet
i think photographing flowers is one of my favourite things to do. as you can see when i go out on little photo walks, or wherever i am, i am always drawn to nature. you’ll probably see this most in my snapshots of the week posts. obviously i’m by no means a pro at this, but it does fill me with a special kind of happiness. if you have any floral photography tips, please let me know!

i had to split the bouquet into two as i don’t have a big enough vase, but i don’t mind as that means i can have them in two rooms instead of one! i win. excuse me now whilst i go take a ridiculous amount of photos..

appleyard london autumn bouquet
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*these flowers were sent for me to review

snapshots of my week – 23rd august

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well. i thought i didn’t do much last week, but this week was even less eventful. no, i was not being lazy! i came down with a stomach bug and was ill almost all week. feeling (mostly) better now! what made me feel even more rubbish was that i couldn’t even go out for my daily walk. being ill is so boring! before i was diagnosed with celiac disease a couple years ago, i used to get ill all. of. the. time. i am so thankful that, if nothing else, i don’t get ill anywhere near as much as i used to.

on a more positive note, i’ve had time to fill up my sketchbook a bit more (if you follow me on instagram you may have seen a bit of this. i even started another for pattern ideas! writing – or drawing – things down in a dedicated space feels good, doesn’t it!

OH! and say hello to my newest sponsor, jen of sweet oxen! she makes some rather lovely colourful, geometric prints that i’m sure many of you would enjoy! if you too want to sponsor this blog, or have a collaboration oportunity, feel free to get in touch.

though i’ve not been out (unless you count the back garden) i did a little video for this week, even though the little clips aren’t actually from this week. just some flowery snapshots from over the summer that i didn’t know what else to do with – so hey, a little video and more video editing experience :)

what have you been up to this week?

colour love – deep red

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red rose
oh, red roses! bright and vibrant reds i’ve loved for years, but darker, deeper reds have been more of a recent thing for me. i always remember my dad having a maroon sofa and at the time i hated the colour (i don’t know why?) but thinking back on it now, it was actually really nice. funny how you can have strong feelings towards or against colour isn’t it?

saying that, maroon especially is still a colour i wouldn’t wear, use, or have around the house much. i’m talking more about reds that are still quite vibrant, but have a more jewel-like tone to them or a blood red/oxblood colour.  autumn is the time when this colour appears a lot, so i’m interested to see if i can incorporate it into my wardrobe!

ps – you can see previous colour love posts here!