We’ve had a busy few days towards the end of this week with our first Air BnB guest, school Sports Day and our annual Canada Day party (more on the first and last of those later in the week) but yesterday was an empty day in the diary and an opportunity for a dog walk and some time at home…and the weather was lovely too. Here are few photos from the day, as you can see a bit of the Canadian influence spilled over into Sunday!

If you want to join in with the HomeLife Project next month put a note in your diary now for the weekend of August 5th & 6th and follow this blog on bloglovin so you will get the Friday post of the creative challenge in your feed.

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I was a little late with this month’s photo, it was actually taken on July 1st during our Canada Day celebrations, rather than during the month of June, but with Jim away so often it can sometimes we quite tricky to get all of us together for the photo…and I knew my sister would be around to take this one, which makes it so much easier!

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The creative challenge I had originally intended for this month was weather dependent, so after looking at the forecast for this weekend I’ve decided to swap it round with August’s and keep our finger’s crossed for better weather in a few weeks (because that weather last week wasn’t all the summer we are getting, right?)

For July your challenge is to capture negative space. In photography negative space is the area that surrounds the main subjects of your photos. Used well it can define and emphasise your subjects and create clear minimal looking photographs. The key to capturing negative space is to ignore the objects themselves and focus instead on the space around them. I love negative space photos, but I don’t always recognise the potential to photograph them, so it’s an area I need to work on.

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I have had this post sitting in my drafts folder for at least a year, whilst I have tried unsuccessfully to get a photograph of me that showed a little of my new natural highlights. My lovely whisps of silver are often stubbornly hard to capture in a photo and I just didn’t feel I could write this post without something to back up my story of why I have ditched the hair dye for good. But today some photos of a friend’s wedding were posted online and you can just just make them out, so I can finally share my story…

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The first half of this year has whizzed by and I thought now would be a good time to take stock of the changes our household has made that we have stuck with, but also to acknowledge a perhaps inevitable but unexpected side effect of my pursuit for simplicity…

Here are a few of the areas where we have made changes that have stuck…

Switching disposable for reusable

I was reluctant to jump on this straight away as it seemed like it could just be an excuse to buy a load of new things, but as the year has gone on we have slowly replaced many disposable items with their reusable alternatives and without exception have found we prefer the reusable versions. So far this has included silicone cupcake cases (used several times a week now in my son’s yumbox) aluminum straws, cloth baby wipes, a diva cup and cotton makeup removers (more…)

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Hello. I'm Clare.
I'm a mum of two & a freelance content creator. I live in the Sussex countryside by the sea and this blog focuses on creative family living through photography, design, crafts and interiors. Read more

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