Photography for Bloggers Part 3 – Getting off Auto

Seed Head

Without doubt, the best thing that I’ve ever learnt in all my photography (oh jeez, that makes me sound all grown up!) is how to take my camera off auto.  There is so much comfort in switching your camera on, setting the dial (or whatever) to the little ‘A’ and going off to photograph whatever […]

Photography for Bloggers Part 2 – Lenses

Photography for bloggers, robin

BlogOn MOSI is rapidly approaching so it’s time for the second in the series of my “photography for bloggers” posts.  This time I thought I’d have a look at lenses – with a few pointers on what to look for if you’re buying a compact or bridge camera and then at DSLR lenses. In part […]

How to Help Schools Understand Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Health, Education

As both a parent of 2 children with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (or if it isn’t, something incredibly close to it, if the Doctors could just stop arguing and make their minds up) and having been a pupil at school with EDS (not that we knew that’s what it was at the time) one of the […]

Photography for Bloggers Part 1 – What Do You Need?

Which camera do I need, cameras for bloggers, bird photography, Hooded Merganser

This year I’m leading the photography session at the BlogOn Conference in Manchester.  We’ll be doing a walkabout around the Museum of Science and Industry and looking at taking photos in the ‘here and now’ rather than beautifully styled images that you can create in your own time.  I’ve already been asked some questions about […]

Is Man Flu Real?


This post is brought to you in association with Benenden Health – to find out what “In association with” means, click here It’s pretty safe to say that we are a household who are (probably) more medically aware than the ‘average’.  I have cupboards containing all sorts of medicine that does all sorts of things, […]

Snail Racing at Tintagel Old Post Office

National Trust, Tintagel Old Post Office, Garden

I’ve been taking some time to catalogue the *ahem* rather large (this may be an under-estimate) number of photographs I seem to have accumulated during 2014.  I took so many over the summer holidays but was so busy getting out there and doing stuff I didn’t share them here on the blog – so, with […]

Spacial Awareness with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

Macro, fuschia, spacial awareness, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

Today I have been what can only be described as “spacially unaware”.  Spell check tells me that “spacially” is not a word – so to put it another way, if you were to grade spacial awareness on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being perfect and 1 being a completely unguided missile, I reckon today […]

Sledging in London- Let’s Hibernot!

Hibernot, Land Rover, Snow, Alexandra Palace

My two have now reached the age where I have to establish ‘buy-in’ before I agree to attending blog related events – I totally respect that and actually, it gives me an insight to where they’re actually ‘at’ at the moment rather than thinking I know what they’ll enjoy. Last week’s invitation though was a […]

Ulnar Shortening Recovery – 6 months on

Penguins, Hooded ergansers, Whipsnade Zoo,

It’s six months since I had my ulnar shortened so it seems apt to look back at my recovery from the surgery and the progress I’ve made.  Ulnar shortening (known as an osteotomy)is a very rare procedure to be carried out as elective surgery – let alone ulnar shortening when it is relating to the […]

Did You Have A Good Christmas

National Trust, Frosty Fence, Christmas

Tomorrow my children return to school and, I fear, that there may be some lies told on the school run – and indeed in the playground.  I suspect however, it won’t be the children creating these untruths – although they may possibly be prone to a bout of new term over enthusiasm and wild exaggeration […]