Beltane or Beltain (pron.: /ˈbɛlteɪn/) (also Beltine or Beltaine) is the Gaelic May Day festival. Most commonly it is held on 30 April–1 May, or halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. It was observed in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. In Irish it is Bealtaine ([ˈbʲal̪ˠt̪ˠənʲə]), in Scottish Gaelic Bealltainn ([ˈpjaul̪ˠt̪ˠɪɲ]) and in Manx Gaelic Boaltinn or Boaldyn. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals; along with Samhain, Imbolc and Lughnasadh. (more…)
They were riding in a troika with bells,
and in the distance there were glimmering lights.
I’d rather go now with you, my dears,
I’d rather distract my soul from the yearning. Along a long road, and on a moonlit night,
Joanna and Andrew had the most beautifully hot day at one of my favourite venues How Caple Court. It is such a wonderful place to shoot, bucket loads of history, with gardens full of romanticism and magnificent edwardian architecture. These guys knew how to throw a party too, with probably one of the best ends to a first dance ever. Que groom, lifting bride onto the stage! Check out the reactions of the ‘crowd’ in the post! Thanks so much to the award winning Chris Barber for the invite and to Joanna and Andrew who made my job so easy.
visiting the harry potter studios // lighting (a lot of) fires // party planning // spending time with my fluffy child // doing photography workshops // rewatching our wedding film // visiting friends in london // playing ni no kuni // baking bread // framing new deadspace artwork // filling my house with rob ryan // wed-editing // recovering from winter illness // preparing for christmas // trying out lipstick (which I never do!) // celebrating 10 years with my boy // watching final fantasy in concert at the albert hall // ice skating // watching a ballet with family // saying goodbye to the summer // eating icecream at 2am after cocktails with the best friends // making new friends at papergirls workshop // setting up new adventures with the husband // getting stuck in the snow // receiving cards from friends that are not forgotten // spending the day at eurogamer // watching friends and family grow and be happy //
Where do I start? Seriously. This past year for me has been a challenge. I’ve had so many changes in my life but I feel I am starting 2013 enriched and more determined. I’ve shot over 10,000 photographs in the last 16 months, completed my first wedding season and begun the exciting process of building my business. (more…)
Dearest reader, I felt as if a giant stone had been lifted off my chest!
Can there be anything more wonderful than the emotion of relief!
When you feared for the worst and then things turn out to be not so bad after all. You feel as if you have been handed a brand new future to make whatever you want from it. A new life. A new start. You feel brave. You feel hope. Anything seems possible. You feel so alive that you want to stand on your head and you do! So I did! - words by Rob Ryan.