Category Archives: Photography

Let nature be your guide.

Autumn is a gorgeous time of year, isn’t it? The landscape is a vivid mix of browns and yellows and oranges, like a low setting sun or a crackling open fire.

So where better to spend this time of year than with a handful of your besties camped out in the forest?

We’ve just returned, rested and rejuvenated, from a week in Center Parcs. I know, I know… I was skeptical at first too! But it was a fabulous five days and it comes with a firm seal of approval from me.

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Booty buys: Shillingford, Oxfordshire.

If there was a prize for the hottest car boot sale in Oxfordshire this summer, I think today’s booty might have won it.

The location for this morning’s excursion: a dusty, parched field off the A4074 between Reading and Oxford. The booters, normally concerned with dodging showers and pegging things down so they don’t blow away, were today doing their best to avoid heat stroke and sun burn. In October. Crazy.

Ironically, we overheard one lady say that this Sunday was the last booty planned until March so that the organisers could batten down the hatches for the inevitable winter weather.

Who knows, it could well be snowing next week, but this week the sunshine made sure that shoppers were out in force, and the little Shillingford booty was buzzing.

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Booty buys: Swallowfield bypass.

Yippee!! I managed to get out to my first booty in months yesterday.

I went to the one most local to me, the Giant Car Boot at the Swallowfield bypass near Reading. I’ve only ever been to this one once before, right at the start of the summer.

Back then it was a titchy little thing, and I remember that Sunday being really windy. This time round, the weather was much perkier, but I did get there a bit late. Even with people packing up around me, it was definitely worth a sprint round.

My booty buys from yesterday…

Say cheese! There was one guy with a huge van of house clearance stuff, and tucked at the bottom of a box was a Polaroid camera. Have no idea if it works, we’ll have to get some film in it to see (which, after a quick Google search, I’m glad to find out was put back in production in March this year – phew!). I like the idea of having Polaroid snaps of friends on a pin board, or hung on a line of string with pegs. I’ve never used one before though, and I know the colour can sometimes be a bit strange. Will report back…

Polaroid camera
£3

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Something new.

We had a wedding this weekend. Not ours but a friend of Tom’s.  I know wedding guests are always obliged to say this about the nuptials they’re invited to, but this one really was lovely. About 100 people in the day, and instead of the stress of a three-course sit down meal, we all sat in a stripy big-top and ate paella. Delightful.

The bride and groom are pretty stylish in real life. Quirky stylish. The theme of the day was ‘circus’. No clowns or trapeze artists, but beautiful little touches and striking artwork on all the stationary – a little bit different, and a one of a kind. A bit like them, really. And it got me thinking about how lovely the photos will be.

Naturally they were being papped all day, by both the official photographer and anyone in any close proximity with an iPhone. But the interesting thing is that I’m sure I spotted more than one with Instagram open on the screen (mine included).

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