I’ve had these images assembled for quite some time, and then life got rather busy. I never tend to mind a delay between taking a photograph and then doing something with it, because it’s great to look at images with almost-fresh eyes, and enjoy reliving the memories. This time around there’s a more unusual feeling to the delay, because between taking these photographs back in spring, and the moment now where I sit writing this blog post, my husband and I have moved to another country! So I thought that in this blog post I would not only reflect on the lovely mini holiday during which these images were captured, but on my experiences since then.
To the images first…this is Blakeney, one of mine and my family’s favourite spots, and a place filled with happy holiday memories. This time around we went for a short break in mid spring, as a belated gathering for my birthday. The sun came out just before it completely dipped down behind the buildings of the pretty high street, so I headed out quickly with my Contax and a roll of Kodak Ektar film. The colours, textures and light were all calling to me, and I knew Ektar would do them justice…it never lets me down and is pretty much my all-time favourite film. Just look at the way it captures all of the beautiful nuance and detail in the shadows and the highlights…I just feel it is the closest I can get to capturing the full depth and beauty of scenes like this as I see them with my own eyes. The first shot shows Bank Cottage, which was the gorgeous little cottage where we stayed, and all of the other photographs were taken within a two minute amble up or down the high street. My favourite photograph is near the end, where I was taking a shot of the door to the cottage as I was heading back in, and my sister Holly popped up just inside the cottage and did something cute, as she so often does.
After this holiday things seemed to speed up, and life became quite a whirlwind of work and preparations for our move, though with plenty more lovely family memories mixed in. Now we are one week in to our new adventure here in beautiful British Columbia in Canada. There is so much to take in! We’ve travelled around BC extensively on our many visits here, but of course everything feels so different when a place is your home. It’s still just as beautiful, in particular during these last few days where the sunshine hasn’t stopped and the gorgeous mountains all around go on and on and on, surrounding you across vast distances as far as your eyes can see. But now we can’t just enjoy the scenery, the wide open spaces and the wilderness that awaits us outside the city limits. Instead – for now – we have to focus on a million other things…finding out where to shop for food and toiletries being small things; finding and buying a car and a home being huge things! We only have a small number of our possessions with us, with the rest not due to arrive for several weeks, and we’re not in our own home. Certain elements in the run-up to our move went unpleasantly and stressfully wrong, but rather than having time to recover and reflect, we have had to charge headlong into the next life-changing step. We’re having to make big decisions that we’d usually deliberate for weeks or months over within the space of hours or days and when we’re at our most tired, and despite the common language, everything seems to come couched in unfamiliar terminology. Those are some of the challenges that we’re facing, and even in the space of this first week things have been up and down and then back up again, all within the space of a few hours. Throughout it all, having the love and support of our families behind us is making all the difference. We’re so fortunate in this, and it’s such a comfort to be able to see and speak to them all so easily through the wonders of modern technology, sharing all of our news and hearing all of theirs. Knowing that we’ll continue to live our lives together despite the extra miles between us has made this move a possibility for us, and we’re already feeling the benefit of being able to keep in touch so readily.
For the most part, I’m feeling positive and strong, and I’m looking forward to having time to stop, breath, look around and enjoy the beauty around me (with my camera in my hand of course!)