One of my passions


One of my passions, is Photography.  Which can be rather a problem at times, especially when you suffer from Polymyalgia Rheumatica, and are trying to hold a camera steady. :D

In a way I am lucky because my husband, who also has a passion for photography, takes me to places where there are plenty of benches to sit on.  And the places he takes me to have lovely gardens, where I enjoy photographing the flowers.

Suffering from an illness where, you ache no matter what you do, unless you pump yourself full of medication which then turns you into a zombie, is rather debilitating.  At times, if he didn’t take me out in the car at weekends, if only to sit on the sea front or in some garden or another, I think depression would really take hold of me.

And I have found a nifty way of stopping camera shake…. Use a monopod as a stabilizer.

Here is a selection of photographs of flowers we have taken throughout the South East of England.  You can view more of photography by visiting our Ryan Photography blog.

I know there are other people out there who suffer, so what form of hobby do you have, that takes your mind off of your illness.

Enjoy our flower photographs…..

Blogging – So what is the next step…


owning your blogSo that is two decisions made in your new life of blogging… the first step being that you decided to blog and the second step being on whether you will let take care of your hosting or you would opt for the Self Hosting method.

And remember whatever you decide to blog about, it is your choice… it is your piece of cyberspace to write down your own thoughts, show your photographs, share a recipe of two, or whatever your passion may be.  Your blog is your space so don’t let others come along, troll your blog, insult you and put you off of what can be a great adventure.  The world of blogging is showing your appreciation to another person’s blog and them encouraging you, with their likes and nice comments, to carry on with your own blog.  You wouldn’t let someone into your home to insult and abuse you, would you? So why let them do it on your blog?

Now the third step is what is your blog going to be about?   Oh my you have so many interests, you can’t decided which one to choose…. well have no fear, if you are blogging with, you have the ability to create as many free blogs as you wish.

Which is great if you have a passion for say photography and cooking and you want to keep them separate.  But the choice is yours… you can combine your hobbies and your thoughts into one blog or keep them separate.  That is why I love

I have three blogs going, one about our Photography, one about the places we have eaten called Weekend Ramblings (note self must update that soon) and this blog, which covers everything else… my thoughts, my sense of humour, my rants and whatever else I like to voice my opinion on.

Why I keep my Photography and Places to Eat blog separate, is simply because I wanted them to concentrate on each subject separately… I didn’t want a mish-mash of posts one being about photography and the next being about a plate of steak and chips I ate at some country pub.

Cookery-school_zpsfe6eb082 URLIt is your blog so be comfortable about how it is run…   And don’t fear if you run a blog that has multiple posts and then decide later on that, you wish you had created separate blogs, for instance you wish you had put all  your cookery posts a blog of their own…. Don’t fret about it because the remedy is simple; as WordPress gives you the option of exporting posts from a certain category to a xml file which you can then import to your new blog.  Problem solved.

Growing your audience and reaching out to other people to encourage them to follow your blog and getting your blog noticed takes time.  Post regularly and encourage your readers to comment.  Comment on other blogs, but don’t start leaving the link to your blog in other people’s posts in hope that they might venture to your blog.  It is bad manners.  Anyway, with WordPress, it gives you the opportunity to have your blog link attached to your name.  So when you comment, readers can click on your name and be forwarded to your blog.  To do this you have to go to Users in your Dashboard and select Personal Settings and scroll down to the Account details and add your blog’s URL there.

Also use social media to promote your blog and tag your posts correctly to gain more readers.

But the most important thing about blogging is online security…. YOURS.  Don’t give too much away if you don’t want people to know who you are… Don’t post photos of your family and children, if you don’t want them to recognised in public.  If your are comfortable with people knowing a little about yourself and who you are then fine… just don’t cry foul if you get some unwarranted attention.  Your security on the internet should start from you.

Blogging can be a great experience… and believe me you do get to know some really nice people on the internet.  There are photography blogs that I follow and read regularly and believe me I have learnt a lot about photography by reading these blogs. Some blogs have given me inspiration to further my photography  whilst other blogs have taught me tips and tricks with regards to using photography software like Lightroom and Photoshop.  By following various blogs within WordPress, you get to see those bloggers new posts within your reader.  Having your blog at gives you a whole new blogging experience, especially with their reader, stats, and notification services.

So you’ve now jumped in with both feet into the blogging world…. HAPPY BLOGGING.

Leathered by Ryan Photography…


You can read how I created the picture below by visiting this post on Ryan Photography


River Medway at Tonbridge



River Medway at Tonbridge

The above picture was taken back in February 2012 at Tonbridge in Kent

Nymans Path…

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Nymans Path…

The above was taken at Nymans, West Sussex back in  July 2012

A rose for my rose…


A rose for my rose…

The above was taken at Morden Hall Park back in July 2012

Textured bluebells


Textured bluebells

When we first took up photography one of the places that we visited was Emmett’s Gardens in Kent.  It was during the spring season when all the bluebells were out.. and the wooded areas and slopes were full of bluebells and it was spectacular.

Here is the original photo processed in Lightroom


And the texture used was one from Public Domain Textures


Oh the great British Weather…

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One thing I love doing, is visiting the seaside.. yep just like a child.. I can’t wait to get to the beach. Only this time I am not playing in the sand and throwing pebbles for the dogs to catch.. I am going back down to the coast to capture what I hope is another beautiful sunset, only this time the location is Folkestone. Continue reading

Orphaned photos…


P1010231-2Well do you take photos, as a hobby or professionally?  Do you post them onto the likes of Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram as well as many other sites?  Did you know the law has changed overnight as to who actually can benefit from your hard work?

As many of you might know, when you upload to some sites, especially the likes of Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, the metadata from your photos is stripped.   Continue reading

Put it on the back burner.. no way

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back burnerWell one of the hobbies I do share with my husband is photography… should anyone be interested they can view our photographs over on our photography blog, aptly named Ryan Photography.

Unfortunately we lost our old dog due to old age and have subsequently got two Golden Retriever puppies, who are a handful. Continue reading

Resurrection Time


I had completely forgotten that I had this blog.. I don’t know why but it was only when I got an email saying the blog owners had not seen me for a while that I remembered it.  I have another blog called Regrets and Ramblings, and that is mainly about my regrets about not believing someone, when I should have done.

It is so easy to fall into a situation, where the thinking of a group of people and their reasons clouds your own judgement. People who managed to enforce a belief and to be perfectly honest I succumbed to their thinking instead of being strong and saying, “No that is wrong.”  But that happened to me and I rue the day when I never gave the family of a missing child the help they needed. Continue reading