Win a £50 Gift Card for Weald Store with #slowlived

Win a £50 Gift Card for Weald Store with #slowlived

It's  mind-blowing to see over 57,000 photos have been shared with the #slowlived hashtag to date. A huge thank you to people who have been sharing their slow and quieter moments.

To say 'thank you', over the next few week I'll be giving away a £50 Gift Card to spend at Weald Store, a lovely unique homeware and lifestyle goods online store, that's run by the lovely Charmaine & husband.

Coming home to Spring

Coming home to Spring

Our apple tree is in blossom, but not as much blossom as previous years. I don't think this is a bad thing necessarily as last year it had so much blossom and then branches snapped under the weight of apples. Spotted in the garden, Starlings nesting under the roof tiles and sparrows making a home in our bird box - I could watch them coming and going with twigs and moss in their little beaks all day!

On spending more time outdoors

On spending more time outdoors

At the start of the year I vowed to walk every day. It was a small change that's made a big difference.

Being outdoors is one of those things that many of us know are good for us. Like reading more, spending less time online, drinking less alcohol. But it's often one of those things that gets pushed to the sidelines when we're time pushed, when actually those are the times when we need it the most.

190. HDYGG - Exbury Garden re-opens for Spring

190. HDYGG - Exbury Garden re-opens for Spring

Regular HDYGG-ers will know that I often share photos from local Exbury Gardens. The Gardens close over Winter and have just re-opened for 2017. Monday, when they opened was a wet and rather dreary day and truth be told I did sulk a little about that. But fortune favours the sulkers and on Tuesday I awoke to blue skies and sunshine. I knew exactly where I needed to go!

HDYGG 189: Visiting Mayfield Nurseries, Southampton

HDYGG 189: Visiting Mayfield Nurseries, Southampton

We were invited to visit by our friends at Comic Relief, to see how some of the money raised by Red Nose Day is used in our local community. In previous years I've shared many stories from projects in Africa, but only 50% of money raised goes on to fund projects abroad, the other 50% is spent here in the UK supporting local charities. Did you know that wherever you live in the UK, the chances are there's a good cause within 30 miles form you that receives support from Comic Relief.

Snowdrops at Welford Park

Snowdrops at Welford Park

"We think the snowdrops here at Welford Park were planted by the Norman monks to decorate their Church for the feast of Candlemas, and also for medicinal use. The monks harvested snowdrops and used to rub them on the temple of people suffering from “mal au tete”. Close to the snowdrop woods we have also found wild aconitum, petasites and mistletoe all of which have strong healing properties." 

When your photos are downloaded a million times on Unsplash

When your photos are downloaded a million times on Unsplash

I love taking photos and sharing snapshots of my life with other people. I've no desire to get into photography professionally, for me it's simply something that makes me happy. To see those figures above makes me incredibly proud, around 1 in 100 people who come across my photos on Unsplash download them. If I want to, I can utilise that proven exposure for working with brands. Just as brands pay Instagrammers to post a photo with their product in on their feed. This in an unexplored and untapped side to having an Unsplash profile but I can see how it could be a future money maker for some photographers, after all these aren't photos once seen and then lost in a feed, these are photos that if approved on Unsplash are searchable and downloadable - meaning infinite organic exposure for a brand. See a gap, something that no one else is doing and fill it. Do it first and do it well.