Chicken Stew

British Jewish Penicillin with an Asian Twist This is great for using up any leftovers from a roast, is budget friendly and healthy. This post is more of a guide than a recipe. My version bears only a passing resemblance to the stew my grandmother made in that it contains chicken and carrots – I […]

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Life in Lockdown

It’s March 2021. We’re approaching the point where this time last year, the UK went into its first lockdown. It feels like a good moment to reflect on what’s happened this last year, and what might happen in the next few months. For the first time in a long time, I feel hope as well […]

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Transfer Images to Plaster

How to Transfer an Image onto Plaster This post will show you how to transfer a laser printed image onto plaster. Keep in mind that this technique probably won’t give you a perfect result. For me, part of the reason for this process is the introduction of slight imperfections that add character to the final […]

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How I Dealt With My Spaniel’s Separation Anxiety

About a year ago I got my rescue dog, Jasper. I’d had two other dogs before Jasper, worked in a kennel as a teenager, grew up with dogs and have done volunteer work as a home checker for a dog charity. I’m quite a dog fan. My previous dogs were Golden Retrievers and they were […]

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Make Challah for Shabbat

Despite my lack of religious belief I recognise that there is a power in the routine and structure of keeping Shabbat. It’s a difficult acknowledgement for me because I seem to fight both routine and structure at a visceral level, but Friday night was an important part of my childhood and I kept that desire […]

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Feel Gratitude

If you’re feeling down a good idea is to write down at least three things you’re grateful for as a daily habit. I started to do this some time ago and quickly saw an improvement in my mood along with a more positive general mindset and a greater sense of self-worth. I began this as […]

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If You Feel Depressed, Do This Now

Feel Better Now My partner is a psychologist, so when I saw a talk with Martin Seligman and Richard Layard advertised I told him about it straight away. I watched about 2 minutes of it with him and I learnt something that might be useful to share on this blog, where part of what I […]

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Developing Black & White Film

A Really Simple Guide to Developing Film at Home I couldn’t find a really simple guide to developing film when I needed a refresher, so this post is to fill that gap. If you want to give film a try don’t be put off by not having a darkroom. You don’t need a darkroom to […]

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Feeling Anxious? Try CBD Oil

Four Great Reasons For Using CBD Oil I’ve been using CBD oil daily for a couple of years. It has had a lot of positive effects on both my mental and physical health that I’d like to share. Pain Relief 1 I initially tried CBD oil because I’m allergic to Paracetamol and I began showing […]

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Public Transport in London

A Photographic Subject to Explore Using public transport in London is a matter of course for me. If I won the lottery tomorrow (I haven’t got a ticket so I won’t hold my breath) I would still much rather travel by train than by cab both for the opportunity to people-watch, and to visit some […]

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Create Your Own Cyanotypes

We’ll briefly cover history & science of cyanotypes, compare the three main options on chemicals and look at how to make an exposure. History & Science A Mini History The cyanotype process produces a beautiful, Prussian-blue coloured print. The process was developed in 1842 by Sir John Herschel, an English astronomer, as an easy way […]

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A Lonely Poppy on the North Dorset Trailway

A Photographic Diary, July 2019 In case you were hoping for images of fields full of poppies, this post isn’t it. The majority of the field looked like this… But what made me pause mid-cycle, get off my bike and get my iPhone out was this single plant, its petals saturated a deep red because […]

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