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Oxford Photowalk

Oxford, England by Kat Molesworth

Last weekend a group of my blog friends and I went to Oxford to spend the day chatting, browsing, wandering and photographing.

When it comes to eye-candy Oxford has it in old fashioned spades. We probably only covered a small distance because when you stop every five yards to take a photo progress is slow.

Oxford, England by Kat Molesworth

Oxford, England by Kat Molesworth

Oxford, England by Kat Molesworth

We spent quite a bit of time investigating the shops in and around the Covered Market with a couple of real gems tempting me into spending. I definitely feel more trips on the horizon to explore the indie shops further out from the centre.

Oxford, England by Kat Molesworth

Oxford, England by Kat Molesworth

Oxford, England by Kat Molesworth

Oxford, England by Kat Molesworth

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We managed to pick the date of Folk Weekend Oxford for our visit and the town was awash with morris dancers. I have to apologise to my friend Karen for dragging her into the centre of the dancers despite knowing she has a childhood fear of them. But I couldn’t resist – they are so fantastic to photograph I could have followed them all day.

Oxford, England by Kat Molesworth

Oxford, England by Kat Molesworth

Oxford, England by Kat Molesworth

Karen snuck us into her daughter’s college, Balliol, for a peek into the oldest college in the English speaking world. Being over 75o years old the college boasts some incredible architecture. While Harry Potter wasn’t filmed here, (Christ Church, New College and the Bodleian are the places to head) it certainly had the Hogwarts air of grandeur.

Oxford, England by Kat Molesworth

Oxford, England by Kat Molesworth

I failed to get a picture of the dining hall without people and despite great temptation to peek we didn’t open the doors to the Master’s room. The woodwork of the tables and benches is deliciously worn and the top table is splattered with wax from spent candles.

I came to a study camp in Oxford when I was a teenager and stepping inside the colleges did give me a minor pang of regret that I didn’t push myself to get to one of the big universities. Obviously I gave the children a nudge that this is a good place to study.

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Bloggers do Oxford-91

April is a lovely time to bimble around with friends. It was a day of great weather, interesting conversation and plenty to look at. Karen organised such a perfect day out for Lottie, Heather and I and we were lucky enough to be joined by Natasha after a chat on twitter – yay internets!

Oxford, England by Kat Molesworth

Now Marvel at my selfie stick photos :)

Bloggers do Oxford

Bloggers do Oxford



Half the World Away

You know I have a policy of saying yes to the fun opportunities which come my way. It took me longer than it should have (oh but what if I’m too busy in April?) to say yes to a day of fun, food, photography and friends.

It turns out a day away from my desk is exactly what I needed.

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Ten of us headed down to a shoot house in Sussex called Walnuts Farm with the aim of capturing images for our blogs. I took four projects to photograph which is just as well because I spent all of the rest of my time chatting rather than capturing the beautiful surroundings.

I haven’t tackled my blog photos in this way before but I really found getting a group of shots nailed incredibly satisfying. It also means I have a couple of recipes and a big secret sewing reveal to post over the next couple of weeks as well as the wreath and chair (24 hours left on the giveaway!) I posted last week.

It does feel good knowing I have posts queued up for what is set to be my busiest month ever. I could be tempted to do this regularly!

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Being in such beautiful surroundings really made me think about my home. I’ve mentioned a few times that we have only done what really needed doing in our house and the rest is on a vague one day list.

I’m looking at our home with new eyes and thinking about what I can do now instead. I have a few projects in mind for this summer not to mention the culmination of Project Garden so stay tuned for some interior developments!

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As you can imagine having a group of friends with blogs makes for lots of fun. Igor made this cute collection of pink using some of my props (and props to The Hambledon for hooking me up, more on that soon) alongside the gorgeous drinks Heather brought for lunch.

I was really interested to see the different way people approached their photographs. There was lots of Instagramming and if you search for the #farmbloggers hashta you can find everyone’s photos. I could swear I didn’t spot Lottie with the camera once but boy did she capture some beauties.

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Such a perfect day; working away at my favourite hobby, relaxing over a bring & share lunch and chatting like there was no end in sight. We even got silly for the last photo of the day – a fully propped and chickened up group shot.

Oh yes, this is the kind of day we should say yes to. A day of friends and creativity which leaves you filled up.

You will find lots more photos over at YvonneIgorLottieEmilyHeatherBridgeeGeraldineCatherine and Tina’s blogs!

Weekend Blog Love

The internet opened up a world for me that I’d always hoped existed. One where kindred spirits were not so rare. Meeting people online has brought me incredible gifts over the years; friends, business partners and even the love of my life.

When online people ask if I’d like to meet up I more often than not jump at the chance. What is the point of putting yourself out there if you’re not going to take the next step and connect? So today I’m headed West for some chatting and picture-taking with six lovely ladies and I thought you might like to meet them too.

Bradshaw & Sons

As meeting up was Emma’s idea she has the honour of going first.

I’ve been reading Emma’s blog so long I can’t even recall when I first came across it.

Bradshaw & Sons is a blog filled with the joy of creating and the great outdoors.

Emma’s photography brings out the pleasures of childhood people often attribute to ages gone by. Camping, fishing, parties and cake baking; she and her boys have a ripping time.

Emma has inspired me in so many ways not least with her outdoor cinema nights. You should check out her gingerbread house download for some festive baking & making.


Little Green Shed

Lou is an illustrator whose blog is packed with beautiful treasures and finds mixed amongst the family stories.

Her shop is filled with prints, cards and ceramics – great for gifting (or self-gifting).

Lou is very much a community person and so often I go to comment on posts to see she was the first there. Her enthusiastic spirit draws people to her.

I have to admit that the majority of music I’ve downloaded in the last year or so has been thanks to a recommendation on Little Green Shed.



Bristol Parenting Cafe

I secretly wish Catherine’s children and my children were friends so I could go to the wonderfully imaginative parties she throws for each of them.

I am constantly in awe of the creative ideas Catherine has for crafts and activities.

While this isn’t the most prolific blog (Catherine is busy with her Bristol eco cleaning business) each and every post is a treat.



Nimble Fingers & Steady Eyebrows

I only get to meet one half of the nimble fingered, steady eyebrowed blogging duo tomorrow.

Laura (Steady Eyebrows) and Annie (Nimble Fingers) have been friends since they were teenagers and when Annie moved to the US they began a blog of alternate letters to each other.

Laura has joined us for two courses at Capturing Childhood so I have had the opportunity to get to know her in the last six months. I can’t wait to meet her in person.

Natalie’s Kitchen

Natalie is a baking extraordinaire. She can do whizzy things with buttercream and icing that make my mind boggle.

Not only is baking her passion but it’s her business too and she runs classes and children’s parties in Bristol and Gloucester.



Oyster & Pearl

Lottie is a blogging veteran and Oyster & Pearl has been going for seven or so years now.

It’s a delicious mix of lifestyle and personal marked out by Lottie’s exceptional taste.

You will find scrumptious recipes, tempting finds and inspiring links. All wonderfully presented.


Wish me luck – I find meeting new people a little nerve-wracking! Now tell me; which bloggers are you dying to hang out with?