Saturday Motivation

Sorry for the quiet journal. I’ve been busy planning my shop window at No3. And had a commission to photograph a beautiful garden. Images coming soon.


Have a great Saturday.

Bluebells New Edit

What a glorious day!As promised here’s a few photographs from my trip to one […]

Golden Orange

I managed to get out for a short walk on Sunday. The weather was […]

 

Bank Holiday Weekend

Hope you are all having a great Bank Holiday (UK) weekend? I’m having a lovely one: the weather could be a bit sunnier but at least it’s dry.

I’ve spent most of the weekend in the garden and my garden project is nearly complete, I’ll put a before and after up later on.

May 1st and Breezy Knees Gardens in Warthill are open again for the season. Lots of pretty blossom on the trees and lots of flowers in bloom. I can’t wait to see how the gardens change throughout the year. A quick video of part of my visit. Let me know if you want to see more like this.

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The Golden Hour

Golden hour photography. The golden hour (also referred to as the magic hour) in […]

Golden Orange

I managed to get out for a short walk on Sunday. The weather was […]

 

Happy Halloween

Hope you all have a good Halloween. I’ll be sitting in front of a roaring fire watching something spooky on television with my pumpkin curry!

Gorgeous homegrown mini pumpkins and gourds by SJ Butler Photography

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Nunnington Hall

Gourd!
That’s a lot of veggies!

I had a visit to Nunnington Hall & Gardens which is owned by the National Trust. Their botanical displays were absolutely gorgeous. Here are just a few of the many, many displays. If you want to find any information about Nunnington or any of the National Trust properties/gardens please click here.

Photographs by SJ Butler

Latest Instagram posts – check out the video of the gorgeous piano playing. I will be posting that sometime this week!

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IGPOTY – Results

Hope everyone’s having a great week so far?

We are in the final week of October as it is the first of November on Monday. Who’s having a Halloween party or have decorated your house or carved a pumpkin?

The results of the IGPOTY results for Square Crop Competition are in. Unfortunately I was not shortlisted this year but I’m not surprised as the winners are absolutely fantastic. Next year maybe!?

https://igpoty.com/competitions/square-crop-15-results/

Seductive Wings by Claudia Gaupp
IGPOTY Winner

Check out my latest Instagram posts

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Indian Summer

Blue skies

Brilliant blue sky & hot Autumn sun today (Friday). How lovely to be sat basking in the garden.

The term Indian summer reached England in the 19th century, during the heyday of the British Raj in India. This led to the mistaken belief that the term referred to the Indian subcontinent. In fact, the Indians in question were probably the Native Americans.

The term Indian summer is first recorded in Letters From an American Farmer, in 1778.

“Then a severe frost succeeds which prepares it to receive the voluminous coat of snow which is soon to follow; though it is often preceded by a short interval of smoke and mildness, called the Indian Summer.”

Michel-Guillaume-Jean de Crèvecoeur:

The English already had names for the phenomenon – St. Luke’s SummerSt. Martin’s Summer or All-Hallown Summer and the French also referred to l’été de la Saint-Martin.

These have now all but disappeared and, like the rest of the world, the term Indian summer has been used in the UK for at least a century.

I think I prefer the term All Hallown Summer.

“An Indian summer crept stealthily over his closing days.”

Thomas De Quincy, 1855

Red Leaves, Yellow Leaves


Day 6 post-surgery and the pain in my shoulder is a dull ache rather than not stop pain. It has been a most lovely Autumnal day so I decided to go for a short walk to collect some leaves to ease the boredom and to stop looking at my messy garden (thanks to the wind and the rain).

I collected some of the most gorgeous red & yellow leaves, which inspired me to take a few quick edits on my camera phone as it’s light & more portable (i.e. I don’t have to carry it on my shoulder).


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Last day of September


Well that month seemed to fly by didn’t it? The past few days have been so cold and wet, I’m thinking about digging out my boots and wooly hats out again!

The trees have started turned golden brown and Conkers have been lining the paths for quite a while now. A few pictures from September as I can’t take any new images due to an opp on my arm, but I will be back mended in a few weeks (hopefully).

Photographs by S J Butler

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Cyanotype Cats

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For the past three days I have been isolating as I am having an operation today. My right arm. I am right handed. So, I have been busy making some new Cyanotypes which I have made one of them into a new card available in my Etsy Shop.

I have only made a few at the moment to see how they go. Take a look you might like them if you (or the card recipient) is a cat lover. Or you may want to frame one to hang on the wall.

Starting to change colour from light green to dark green
Washing and drying the Cyanotypes – Some have come out better than others but that is the
beauty of it – you never know what you are going to come out with!
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April Cyanotypes

The weather over the weekend was glorious, so instead of visiting the Open Studios I decided to create […]

New 2022 Cyanotypes II

It was such a lovely sunny day that I created by first Cyanotype of 2022. Using ivy, ferns […]

New 2022 Cyanotypes

It was such a lovely sunny day that I created by first Cyanotype of 2022. Using ivy, ferns […]

Pumpkins


I have been growing some mini pumpkins for my window display next week and I have managed to salvaged 3! so today I’ve done a quick photoshoot with the cats and a few images from a couple of years ago to get us it the mood for Autumn.


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