My mum and dad watch Countryfile most Sunday nights and last week I was around and heard about their calendar competition they run every year. Having started photography a couple of months ago, I thought I would give it a go and enter! What have I got to lose right?! It can only improve my skills.
This year the theme was ‘From Dawn to Dusk’ which basically means literally anything! Obviously it has to be something to do with the show, I.e landscapes, animals, etc but it seemed to be so open this year! They select 12 winners for the calendar and the main winner selected by the judges wins some photography equipment worth £1000! How amazing is that! It seemed pretty simple to me, I just wanted to enter for the experience more than anything, but obviously been selected would be absolutely amazing!
Myself and my family visited Bakewell last weekend which was the ideal opportunity to capture some pictures! I personally think I managed to get some great pictures, but of course I’m bias! I didn’t have much time to plan what I was going to take, it really was just a spur of the moment thing! Here are the photos I entered into the competition..
I’m not too sure what happens next, I think the photos appear on their website and people vote for their favourites. If that is the case, I’ll be sure to let you know! What do you think of my photos? I’m always wanting to learn more!
A couple of weeks ago now I travelled down to London to visit a very good friend of mine. We hadn’t seen each other in a while and I also hadn’t been to London in a very long time, so I thought it would be the perfect day out! The weather wasn’t brilliant but we did manage to get around a lot of places during the day. It was a really great day exploring our Capital City and being a proper tourist.
We had brunch at a place called ‘The Caravan’ and it was lovely. It was a really cute, little place which had a fantastic environment and served the nicest food. I had a very unusual meal. The base was beans mixed in with kidney beans with a real kick of spice which I really cannot remember what it was! On top was a fried egg with a side of toast and fried mushrooms. It was completely different to anything I have ever had before but it was delicious.
We headed over to South Kensington and visited the V&A Museum and looked around there for a while. We saw some very interesting treasures! We really wanted to visit some of the exhibitions they had on as there were a few based on Photography and Fashion that we really would have enjoyed. But it was really expensive and we didn’t have the time to spend as much time as we would have liked in there, to warrant spending the money, which was a bit disappointing! Knights Bridge was next and we, of course, went into Harrods to have a little browse. I just adore that shop, I will come out with loads of bags in my hands one day!
The weather brightened up a bit after dinner so we decided to head to Southbank and walk along the Embankment and across one of the bridges. We visited a few things along the way, including this really cute little beer garden.. We even learnt CPR too!
Covent gardens was great as usual with all its little markets with so much to see. I just wish I had taken a bigger bag so I could have bought some of the lovely things I had seen. From there we walked over to Leicester Square and visited M&M world. I love it in there and I love M&Ms, we both left with a bag of them which cost a fortune!
I wanted to look around Soho and see where all the bars were, so we walked through china town and into Soho. There wasn’t much to see during the day but it was still nice to see where everyone enjoys a good night out.
Oxford Circus was one of our last stops where we looked around a few of the shops and did a little bit of shopping, to end the day off nicely. I wanted to head back towards Westminster so I could take some more photos, and when we arrived, there were floods of people protesting outside the Houses of Parliament. They were protesting about the NHS, it was great to see everyone come together and share their passion and concern on such a massive topic. To finish the day off nicely we went for tea at Prezzo at Kings Cross station which again was really lovely.
I had a really great day, I really do love London and loved being a tourist for the day! I have promised myself that I will visit more often, so I can learn about and visit different places, there is much I haven’t seen yet!
Have you visited London recently? Do you recommend anywhere I should visit on my next trip down south? Let me know!