a few favourites


reading | the lost art of free time + the bone clocks (i do so love david mitchell’s writing) + 9 self-help cliches to change for your own good (oh yes) + An imaginary classification of animals by Jorge Luis Borges including “those that tremble as if they were mad” and “those that have just broken a flower vase” + coffee waste – Why the man behind Keurig’s coffee pods wishes he’d never invented them

watching | kin fables – vol. 1 – kin + vol. 2 – salvage + vol. 3 – requiem. haunting, strange, beautiful storytelling

waiting | for a plumber to become available to drain our hot water cylinder and replace the element. not as easy a fix as i had hoped. until then, the cold showers continue

trying  |  buttermilk fried chicken from the sunday suppers book. delicious, if a little messy, nice to have once in a while, but it won’t be a regular menu item at our place

loving  |  Here’s to all the full figured unicorns out there (thanks to Nic for the link)

planning | how we will decorate our new office space. since it’s a blank canvas and we both (thankfully) have similar tastes, we’re poring over the modern rustic magazines (one & two) discussing ideas and pinning stuff to a shared pinterest board

researching | good places to learn a new language online. have you tried any?

considering …

When did loving yourself
become so rare, that it’s
revolutionary to do so?
– DS

life on film


2014: holy wow we bought a house! + on an ISLAND! + we travelled back to the uk for a wedding + and met up with some friends + and had a long-weekend adventure in champagne + milo appeared in our lives + and it’s been an interesting time with him so far – the perils of adopting an older cat and him figuring out that his old neighbourhood is not very far away + there have been days, and days, and days spent out in the garden + some serious upgrades to our water situation + and a new studio ordered as our office / guestroom + we’ve visited a lot of the island’s wineries + joined a local gym and are both loving our new fitness regime + weekends collected was resurrected {and there’s an open call for submissions} + we’ve had more visitors than we can count + not enough meals outside this summer (yet) + music is played here less and less, as we both realise we love to be able to hear the birds (of which there are many) and appreciate the quiet (we live on a no exit road, with very little traffic) + i’ve read more books than last year + and grown more plants than the past seven combined + i’ve run out of space for any preserves or chutney until we eat our way through the current stash + i’ve had moments of blissful stillness + and moments i think i’m about to go crazy from all the stories in my head + aside from missing the proximity of uk friends, life is good + life is very VERY good.

+ playing along with between lenses december prompt ‘reflection’ today

another place by antony gormley. crosby beach, merseyside, liverpool. hasselblad

we live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty to which every part and particle is equally related, the eternal ONE. and this deep power in which we exist and whose quietude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one. we see the world piece by piece, ,as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but the whole, of which these are shining parts, is the soul.
– ralph waldo emerson, from the over soul

three things {the kindness edition}

the kindness edition

  1. What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded…sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly.

    Or, to look at it from the other end of the telescope: Who, in your life, do you remember most fondly, with the most undeniable feelings of warmth?

    Those who were kindest to you, I bet.

    It’s a little facile, maybe, and certainly hard to implement, but I’d say, as a goal in life, you could do worse than: Try to be kinder.

    Now, the million-dollar question: What’s our problem? Why aren’t we kinder?

    read the whole speech of George Saunders’s advice to graduates here

  2. if you have a day (or even just a moment) where you think the world is an ugly place, go visit the kindness blog and i promise something there will restore your belief that kind people exist (just maybe not anywhere near you right now)
  3. be kind, starting with you by bella cirovic, for kind over matter

three things {for meditation}

for meditation

  1. have you tried getting some headspace? try the free take 10 programme (10 minutes for 10 days), then sign up for more if it’s what you fancy
  2. did you know that deepak and oprah are doing another 21 day meditation challenge? it starts on august 5th and you can sign up here for FREE
  3. puppetji vs meditation. puppetji gives a lesson in TRUE meditation

three things {to change the world around you}

change the world around you

  1. what is your slavery footprint? I choose fair trade, buy organic and ethically made clothing where possible, get our veges via an organic box scheme, repurpose things instead of buying new things, chose my handbag based on the company’s ethics…
    …yet the slave count at the end of my answering their questionnaire was disturbing, even if I don’t understand how it’s calculated. now I am more aware, I can change my future choices
  2. want to help change the world one small things at a time? yep, me too. thats why i support sevenly and falling whistles and love the concept that became this because
  3. “Every time I pull out my wallet and pay for something I am making a choice about the world I want to live in.”
    – Danny Almagor, in Dumbo Feather, Issue 35

three things {for only you}

for only you

  1. Maybe you achieved something less tangible, and that is just as valid of an achievement, whether you broadcast it or not. … Make your own definition of success, and leave that to only you.
    ‘How I learned to stop companring myself to others, and love my own ideas’ by Meredith Fineman for Fast Company

  2. I end up in Crazytown every time I see something posted via a Social Media channel and think “oh, I do that {insert thing here} too… maybe I should be sharing it as well”. Even though whatever that thing is, some ancient & wise part of me had already concluded that {insert thing here} was something that I didn’t really need to share with anyone as it’s a part of my daily practise that is sacred and it doesn’t matter if no-one but me knows I do it.
  3. Visit I can read on tumblr for a whole list of beautiful quotes and sayings. Something might speak to you to remind you of the preciousness of YOUR amazing life (it worked for me).

paint and palette

wells next the sea - abstract photograph - copyright leonie wise all rights reserved

a lot of my brothers and sisters studied art at school and a lot of them are incredible painters. when made to choose because of conflicting timetables, i picked performance music. it’s years since i’ve played the piano and part of me wishes i had stuck with art, become proficient in darkroom film processing, picked up a camera in my teens instead of just a few years ago.

it is only after making thousands of photographs that i am realising that cameras can be my brushes and the whole world is my palette.

Art is a leap into the void, a chance to give birth to your genius and to make magic where there was no magic before.
– seth godin, from his manifesto, “we are all artists now

shadows and horizons

Here the land bleeds into the horizon with only trees and  light to mark where one ends and the other begins. More than once i fall in love with the curve of a fence in the snow, or the shape of a line of trees.


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One of the biggest mistakes I made on the first photography workshop I did with David duChemin was not asking enough questions, fearing that it would seem that I didn’t have a clue. This time was different – I let joy be my guide instead of fear; I became a shadow – following Martin & David around, asking what they were doing and seeing… asking them to talk me through their process, then finding my way to the images I knew I could make into mine. Some were similar to theirs, though never the same. Some so different I wondered if we were in the same place.

Open and empty, my heart felt like it expanded to fill the white spaces. I became the wideness, the wildness, the beauty, the quiet, whilst also being the singer, the song, the laugher and the laughter.

I was the shadow and the horizon.

I am forever changed.