Wednesday, 28 July 2010

The Gallery - Nature

This weeks Gallery theme is Nature, and is sponsored by organic chocolate makers Green and Blacks.

(You can help them out by doing a very quick online survey here. I've done it, it only takes 3 mins - yes I timed it!)

A real indulgence for me is a bar of Green and Blacks Maya Gold. Yum!
(Did you know Maya Gold was the first product in the UK to be awarded a Fairtrade status?)

What has this got to do with my Nature post you may ask?
Green and Blacks are passionate about ethical, fair trade and organic products. And this is something that is close to my heart. 
Just as their products are 'created without compromise', I hope to raise Ffion without compromise, with a passion for the world she lives in - the nature that surrounds her, nurtures her, feeds her, clothes her. 

The nature that can give so plentifully but also take away. 

I hope she will embrace and enjoy all elements of nature - the mountains and rivers, trees and flowers, the animals and her fellow humans - but in the same breath, hold a deep respect for it.

Raised without Compromise

Just a photo I snapped on my phone (I've taken nearly 2000 images on my phone since having it in October!). 

She's just started walking - just a few months and she'll be able to help me collect the eggs from our free-range chickens and pick veg from the garden, we'll paddle in the river, climb the trees, we'll run in the rain, cuddle up by the log-burner on snowy nights, run our fingers through the meadow flowers in the summer, we'll learn bird calls and how to recognise trees and their leaves. I'm so excited just thinking about it.

Follow this link to check all the wonderful Gallery entries this week. 
Read and comment on as many as you can, enjoy the pictures and the beautiful stories behind them.

For more information on Buying Organic check out the Soil Associations website.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

The Gallery - A Novel Idea

It's been far too long since my last post, for several reasons, but there we are...!

This weeks Gallery theme is 'A Novel Idea'
"A photograph which you think represents a favourite book or novel or even children's tale"

A few books immediately came to mind, but for one book in particular, several photos came to mind with it (that were taken this Winter at our home).

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
As a child this was easily one of my favourite books. I have my childhood box-set of The Chronicles of Narnia ready to pass on to Ffion when she is older.
Believe it or not, I haven't seen the (fairly) recently made movie, however the BBC series in the 80's was a weekly staple in our house. 

I remember exploring the depths of wardrobes in the hope of stumbling into Narnia, I remember every time it snowed, imagining I was there. I remember wearing my Nan's fur coat, and playing Lucy where "it's always Winter and never Christmas!".

And to this day, every time a blanket of snow covers the ground I picture myself in that snowy wood, lit by a single lamp-post and meeting Mr. Tumnus the faun.

This winter was no exception.

Come through the wardrobe into my Narnia...

"Narnia! It's all in the wardrobe like I told you!"

"Winter is almost over."

Don't forget to visit here on Wednesday to see all the other fabulous Gallery posts.