For me, the Easter holidays are lovely. The end of term busyness is over, the days are longer, warmer and sunnier, the kids and the hubby (who is a teacher) are off school and work, and the diary is refreshingly empty. I think I may actually prefer it to the Christmas hols (gasp!) and you know how much I love Christmas!!!. For us, the Easter break is so much quieter and event free, so we get to potter around, pootle about and play!
Even though holiday pootling was the aim, I did ring fence (serious business terminology!) a couple of days for Two Crafty Brownies product design and development. However this is a difficult and sometimes stressful task in my household, with no room dedicated to my busyness and business and with my 4 lovelies knocking about, they are in my work space and I am in their play space. I did manage a couple of hours here and there, but what I dedicated lots of time to this hols, which is possible to do when pottering with the rest of the fam, is photography. Photography isn’t a past time I’ve spent a lot of time on historically, but I’ve been practising and playing with my relatively new camera, a Nikon Coolpix S9900, taking lots of pics and some films too.
So this is my holiday slide show but don’t nod off - there is a cool little film of Brownie making with recipe at the end!
When the sun was shining, I took pics of blue skies and blossom….
And took advantage of the sunshine coming inside, creating patterns of light on the table…….
I took lots of photos whilst pottering about in London, like Jenny, finding beauty in our city….
Tiles on the underground.......
We Brownies and our families made our way to Crafty Fox Market, a great market for crafty businesses (we hope to sell here one day!), enjoying London as we went…..
We may have had to stop in a pub and rest our weary legs and enjoy a meal and a glass of prosecco…….
I loved taking pics at London Zoo, where so much wonderful conservation work is carried out. Amazing colours, animals, setting…….
I was taking a pic of this poster I liked, when a mongoose did pop through, but I wasn't quick enough to snap him!..….
I did a double take when I walked past the first aid post…….
We popped into Brighton and I just couldn’t put my camera away. I loved it! We pottered along the pebbly beach, gazing at the sea, past the beach huts...…
...the bandstand, the old pier and other interesting sights worthy of a pic or 2……
...into town, into Choccywoccydoodah. This, believe it or not, is made of chocolate......
I found it difficult to be restrained in Brighton sewing centre ..........
and in the reclamation yards and thrift shops......
The architecture of Brighton Royal Pavillion wowed us.......
I clicked and I clicked until the sun went down….
Back at home, I did a spot of baking from this book and played about with the short film setting on my camera…..I give you Making Crafty Brownies……
Please ignore that annoying background music - I can't seem to get rid of it on my camera! If you did play it with the sound on you may or may not have heard one of my children say the word 'bum'! Oh dear, what was I saying about me in their space and them in mine? Moving swiftly on, these brownies are so tasty! Here’s the recipe:
Melt 185g/6.5oz dark chocolate and same amount of unsalted butter together. Cool slightly. Whisk 3 large eggs and 275g/9.5oz golden caster sugar together until doubled in size.
Fold melted choc and butter into this egg and sugar mixture.
Sift over 85g/3oz plain flour and 40g/1.5oz cocoa powder and fold in.
Stir in 50g/2oz chopped milk choc and 50g/2oz of chopped white choc.
Pour into lined (with foil) 20cm/8” square tin and bake for about 40mins (recipe says 25min but I always have to leave it in for longer!) at 160C.
Leave to cool in tin, cut into squares, dust with icing sugar and enjoy!!
My lovelies, I have been so excited about sharing my photos with you. Thank you so much for indulging me and sitting through my holiday slide show! Do you have any useful tips to pass on about photography for blogging, social media or in general? I’d love to hear them!