This Summer Little Sister, Middle Sister and me took a day trip to the location for the BBC series based on Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, the 2008 version. We found it purely by accident on the Internet, and decided right away that we had to see it. It is a hidden gem, tucked away at the wild coast of North Devon. It was every bit as romantic and beautiful as we thought, and I'm so glad we went. Rather reluctantly I'm giving away the adress because I would be very sad to see this secluded spot ruined by too many tourists. The location is at an estate called Hartland Abbey, west of Bideford and Barnstaple in Devon.
Last night Middle Sister participated in the annual student concert at her music school. She performed "Night and Day" by Cole Porter with the school band, and took us all by surprise with her dark, soft voice and mature performance. No need to tell I'm very, very proud of her.
I had a great time trying to catch both her and her fellow students on camera, and experimented with various settings of ISO, shutter speed and aperture. In fact, I highly recommend stage lightning as playground for practising how to master tricky lightning. I used my 50 mm.
I made a b/w version of this image, too. Which version is best?
Anything that doesn't grow inevitably will disintegrate. Nothing remains the same for very long. This is after all essentially the nature of everything. My blog has been collecting dust during the past year, and I almost stopped taking photographs, too. Now it's time to puff some life into it again, or else it will die. I really don't know why I became so uninspired, but I obviously needed a new focal point. Now it's January again, and it's time for a fresh start. After doing some thinking, I've realized that I dream of a simpler life. I want less clutter, fewer possessions, more time for creative activities, my family and friends. I want the freedom to travel more. I want to live simpler. I want to pick up photography again, maybe other crafts, too. Is this at all possible? I'm not sure, but I'm willing to try.
Last Summer, we had an unforgettable lunch in an utterly beautiful village in Southern France. We had fresh bread, wine, juice, cheese, paté de canard, fresh strawberries and honey cake. It was so simple, and yet so perfect. I want my life to be more like this: Simple is the ultimate goal, always.
These are my goals for 2013:
- Declutter our house, room by room, to create more space (and less time needed for cleaning)
- Buy only what I actually need, not what I think I need or want, and save more money for travels
- Make simple food, and finish all of the leftovers
- Travel as much as possible
- Make better photographs
There. Now I've said it out loud, so lets get on with it.