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the writing bug

I have really enjoyed doing bits and pieces of writing lately… on Friday I made a trip to the Hannah Zakari shoppe to pick up my copy of their spangly new zine, a collection of interviews, reviews, arty features and tutorials. I was excited to get my copy – not only because it’s a beautiful little magazine full of insider info on some of the fun places to visit in Edinburgh – but also to see my name in print! I wrote them a little article on eateries around Edinburgh’s urban coastline and also provided some photos for the Granny Green’s interview with my co-organiser, Sarah (also known as @whoopdedoo).

 

 

 

 

I was incredibly tempted by all of the very pretty things in the shoppe – a wide range of jewellery, prints, bags, postcards and accessories available for an equally wide range of prices. In the end I caved and bought this pair of cute lightning earrings, which seem appropriate for this weekend’s weather, and I have been wearing them every day accordingly…

 

 

 

 

Also, The Jazz Emporium blog published another of my guest posts yesterday – a piece on my vintage makeover at The Sheffield Vintage Fair last Saturday. You can read it here. The Vintage Fair runs fairs all over England and they are definitely worth checking out.

I’m also potentially going to be a regional blogger for another arts blog, but more of that later…

 

 

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july magpie

Just back from the July Magpie Market – had a great day taking photos of all the wonderful stalls and crafting with the Granny Green’s crew.

My interview with Emily Chandler, founder and organiser of Magpie Market, is now up on the Jazz Emporium blog.

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exciting news x2!

I have two exciting pieces of news to share with you today!

1) I have been selected to be the weekly guest blogger for the wonderful Jazz Emporium blog for the next two months! The Jazz Emporium is not only a blog full of vintage fashion, articles on style icons, fashion photography and style competitions, but it is the name of Janine and Veronique’s upcycled, re-worked vintage label. They sell their clothes and accessories online and at vintage and craft fairs in Glasgow and Edinburgh and I’m incredibly excited to be writing for them over this summer! They have welcomed me with my own profile – here

My first article for them will go online this Saturday and I’ll have something up every Saturday throughout July and August.

2) My other exciting news is that I’ve been accepted by Stills photography gallery as a volunteer over the next couple of  months… I met some of the lovely folk there this evening and am really looking forward to my time volunteering with them.

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granny greens big day out at magpie market

Just a quick post to let you know that Granny Greens, the craft and networking group I co-run, will be holding a crafting table at this Sunday’s Magpie Market (who have just posted my photos of the last one!). If you are in Edinburgh and into crafting, come along! I, for one, will be both snapping and stitching… For more info, see the Granny Green’s blog, at www.grannygreens.co.uk

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oh i do like to be beside the seaside!

Apologies for the radio silence!

I’ve had a crazy couple of weeks, including a couple of photography ‘engagements’, one of which was my good friends, Tom and Hannah’s wedding in Kent. I won’t be posting any wedding pictures today (though I’m tempted, as it was a beautiful day!), but the bright seaside charm of Whitstable provided lots of other great photo opportunities. Plus the weather was amazing – there was a heatwave whilst we were down there, with temperatures of around 32 degrees, which my pale Celtic skin was a little unused to, but it was fantastic to be on a beach that was hot underfoot and still be in the UK! Coming back to the 2 hour thunderstorms that have been raging in Edinburgh over the last few days, it all feels very nostalgic and otherworldly looking back on these pictures of down south.

I love beach huts. It has long been a dream to have a little bolthole by the sea to escape to and crash out in – and let’s face it, huts are a bit more affordable than bricks and mortar, so slightly closer to a realisable fantasy. I have vaguely daydreamed about decorating it with bits of driftwood, flowers, seashells and the sort of stuff you find at Time & Tide  (a nautical themed interiors shop which I recently discovered on a daytrip to North Berwick). When down in Whitstable I discovered that my husband Chris is equally enamoured of the idea, though I think it unlikely that our dream will come true unless we move down south as a beach hut in the UK anywhere north of the South coast is likely to be pretty rain battered!

The above snap was taken in the Katharine Hepburn themed guest room we stayed in at the lovely B&B, The Pearl Fisher, just near Whitstable station. I definitely recommend staying there, as the room was beautiful (in a happily quirky way), the couple who ran the place were lovely and – importantly – the breakfast was mahoosive (loads of fresh fruit and coffee as well as the classic full English). I would also recommend watching Katharine Hepburn in action in one of my all-time favourite films, Philadelphia Story;

Whitstable’s historic harbour is famous for it’s oysters, which I didn’t try while I was there, but snapped a few pictures of the shells!

I don’t want to be too disparaging of the Scottish weather, though. There has been sunshine up here too, and I love living by the coast in Granton. To illustrate that it’s both pretty AND sunny (sometimes!) up here too, this is a picture I took the other day down by Granton Harbour.

And if you are making a visit to Edinburgh’s coastline, I can heartily recommend The Peacock Inn (in fact I just have, to the newlyweds, Tom and Hannah), on Newhaven shore. They do great fish and seafood and have recently beautifully redecorated following a fire a few years ago. The staff are friendly and the food is fresh and local. If the sun is out (!), you can even sit outside. And I do believe you can also buy oysters there!

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summer in scotland

it’s june and the weather is… changeable…

i’ve been taking some snaps which are weather-related so thought i would share a few on here.

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By Royal Appointment… sort of!

Last Wednesday 1st June, I was invited by Josiah of The Grassmarket Community Project (http://www.grassmarketcommunityproject.co.uk/) to be the host photographer for a Royal visit from HRH the Duchess of Rothesay (otherwise known as Camilla).

Camilla, HRH Duchess of Rothesay

This was something new for me – not just doing a Royal photoshoot! –  but also being trusted to take photos for an event that was quite so high profile. Being briefed about the schedule for the morning alongside The Scotsman photographer and reporter by the Press Officer for Clarence House was a little surreal. As I was full of a persistent and horrible cold at the time, I was relying on adrenalin and Berocca to get me through.

The Grassmarket Community Project is a fantastic initiative – it is actually more of an umbrella organisation for a collection of projects – a good summary of what they do is given on their website –

Throughout the week the Grassmarket Community project offers a variety of workshops aimed at developing people’s self worth, social networks and skills.

Craft, art and community are all central themes in our work. Participants have the opportunity to join in with GRoW wood workshop, the Plough to Plate cookery and gardening program, the Grassroots Textiles workshop, Greyfriars Herb Garden or one of our many arts and education activities.

Although primarily aimed at individuals facing deep social exclusion, the Grassmarket Community Project encourages members of the local community to join in and work side by side with participants from all walks of life.’

Meeting GRoW Project woodworkers

I really admire the ethos and inclusive approach that the Project takes. Craft, art and community are major preoccupations for me and I resonate with the values and themes that run through the Project’s work. When I worked at The LOT, formerly at the other end of The Grassmarket, we partnered with the Grassmarket Community Project and showcased creations from the GRoW wood workshop, and hosted fundraising events.

Although I have visited the Project before on a number of occasions, I hadn’t realised quite the extent of the work that they do. As I was shadowing the Duchess throughout the visit I had a great opportunity to see all of the different aspects of their work and I was impressed by the passion that everyone involved seemed to have for their crafts and for the community as a whole.

Meeting Joel from the Music Project

One of the challenges to this visit as a photo-taking assignment was weaving in and out of the vast numbers of people  who were gathered there; and then staying out of line of the photos that the guy from the Scotsman was taking. I was doing a lot of ducking and crouching and standing on tiptoes, and was glad that I’d gone for the sensible converse option with my smart dress (even if it raised a few eyebrows amongst the officials).

I enjoyed the visit so much that I stayed around afterwards to find out more about the Project and got chatting to some of the ladies who are involved with the Textiles group, Cloot. As well as commissioning their own Greyfriars tartan, the group have done all sorts of textiles-focussed crafts – knitting, embroidery, weaving, bag-making, needle-felting and many more. I am now planning to join in with the group and hopefully pick up some new craft skills. They are always on the look out for new members of the group and for volunteers who can help with specialist crafts. They are also currently on the look-out for a volunteer who speaks Polish. To find out more about any of the craft groups, have a look at their website, or drop in some time; everyone is very friendly.

HRH meeting Pat, the Textiles Co-ordinator

Revd Dr Richard Frazer of Greyfriars Kirk, HRH Duchess of Rothesay and Josiah Lockhart, General Manager of the Greyfriars Community Project

Meeting volunteers from the Herb Garden project

HRH Duchess of Rothesay

 

Unveiling the commemorative plaque

 

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