Thank you to East Lothian

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Every once in a while I am lucky enough to get off the merry-go-round of life and do something different. This year I travelled to East Lothian and enjoyed the solace of camping in particularly good weather near the coast.
The Summer sunset was late and beautifully tranquil.

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Eco camping

ecohttp://www.wardleyhillcampsite.com/
Thank you to Joe for a relaxing stay.

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Flower displays – colour overload

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If you happen to visit a garden centre in the future, cast a thought for the effort which has gone into the preparation of the plant displays in advance of your visit.
The sheer diversity of shape and hue contribute the riot of colour in these photos of my recent displays.

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This weird campsite in Amsterdam has no tents

http://www.wideopenspaces.com/this-weird-campsite-in-amsterdam-has-no-tents-pics/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Partner&utm_term=Camping&utm_campaign=Camping

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Latest portrait painting by Jo Franklin – international

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This work has been embryonic for a while, but now complete it is winging its way to the owner in Spain. The close up includes a British penny to give an idea of scale.
Some say “Never work with children or animals”, but the canine component (a delightful and ever optimistic Hamster hound called “Badger”) was far from camera shy, with a few amusing outtakes as Badger decided ears were good targets for licking!
The general aim was to portray the alert and good natured wisdom of the main subject in their home environment. It was a warm midsummer afternoon in the Mediterranean with water and wine the order of the day. Settled in their favourite chair with a glass of red wine and Badger for company, warm amber hues were an intrinsic part of the composition.
I listened as he talked about his life… Now into his ninth decade, there was no small amount to tell: from life as an engineer, to enduring war, his children and celebrating life with his late partner.

I can only wish this artefact will endure as time goes on.

If you are interested to have a traditional and indelible record of a cherished or irreplaceable person, please contact me using the form below.

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Scandinavian cabins

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2011/sep/02/cabins-scandinavia-sweden-denmark-norway-finland

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Small living space solutions

Texas Tiny Houses:
A mobile house solution which can use salvaged building materials.
http://tinytexashouses.com/

Vango tents:
Tents solve shelter in a lightweight way.
http://www.vango.co.uk/

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces:

Acclaim for the humble and not so humble small space.
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/george-clarkes-amazing-spaces/episode-guide

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