Next up in this Blogging Challenge, is another personal blog post where I have to write about 10 facts that you may not know about me…
No. 1: Music
I’m always on the search for new music – I can’t get enough of the stuff! When I came across Jeremy Loops – an up and coming South African loop artist, earlier this week, my ears were the happiest they’ve been for a very long time! I can’t help but smile when this song of his in particular “Down South” is playing… what do you reckon?!
No. 2: My biggest addiction
My friends & family all mock me, but I just can’t resist a new notebook!! Well, that was until just recently because I think I’ve now found a ‘cure’ with thanks to the wonderful Midori Travellers Notebook! Mine arrived from Japan a couple of weeks ago, and it alone is my new addiction. No other notebook measures up to this thing of beauty in my eyes now – it’s sitting beside me as I type, it’s in my handbag whenever I’m out, I even take it in the car with me when I go out to work on a shoot ‘just in case’ I feel the urge to use it! So what’s the fuss about?!
It’s chunky (I love chunky!) and very robust, yet it fits in all my bags. The cover is made of thick leather which will just keep getting better over time. It holds multiple notebooks that you can buy cheaply from all kinds of places with lots of variety. The fact it can hold multiple notebooks means I can now keep my sketchbook, notebook, visual diary, and study book with me all together in one!
Here are some mobile snaps I took of mine the day it arrived. Love love love…
No. 3: My fave hobby to do outdoors
Geocaching – Yup, I’m a bit of nerd. I love maps, I love treasure hunts. Add them together and you get GeoCaching! The thing I love most about this is that it takes you to places you probably might never consider exploring – I can guarantee there is a geocache just up the road from you. If not, tell the world and there will be one there soon! Geocaches are EVERYWHERE. They come in all kinds of different shapes and sizes – some are so hidden that you can walk past them everyday as they are completely out of sight. Or some very sneaky ones are right under your nose and so well camouflaged that you need a clue to discover it! If you like the sound of this (or even if you’re curious) and you have a smart phone – you’re literally minutes away from finding your first! I love that I’ve got a lot of my friends on board too – it’s getting a little competitive now!! Here’s a video that tells you more…
No. 4: My favourite drink
This one always eludes people! Whenever I visit new friends or clients for the first time and they offer me a drink, they never believe my answer – they think I’m being polite, they try to give me something ‘more exciting’! But in truth, my all time favourite drink to slurp down is water – good old fashioned-fresh-with-nothing-in-it-water. I find it refreshing, revitalising, thirst quenching… everything a drink needs to be. I love it and will always choose it over any other drinks 😛
No. 5: Favourite country visited so far
Ooof this is hard! I love them all for so many different reasons. But I think at the moment it has to be Canada in 2008. I loved the lifestyle, the countryside, the lakes, canoeing whenever we wanted, the people, the wildlife… the freedom. It was absolutely beautiful. We were based in Ontario, visited the lakes, and stayed in Niagara for 3 nights during our visit, and this is where one of the best experiences I’ve ever done happened – a helicopter flight over the Falls… if you get the chance to do it, doooo it!!
No. 6: PC or Mac
Mac – but that’s not to say I don’t like PC’s – we just don’t share the same understandings 😉 It’s down to each individual what they prefer, and for me I’ve personally had a lot less bother with Macs than PC’s…
No. 7: Canon or Nikon
Uh oh, another dodgy topic!! Again it’s down to personal preference and a bias view, I work with Canon. My granddad’s first camera was a Canon, my Mum’s first camera was a Canon, and my first camera was a Canon. If Grandad’s first camera was a Nikon, then I might very well be shooting with a Nikon… but I’m not. Canon and Nikon are so closely matched, I really don’t consider one to be better than the other! I’ve grown up with Canons in my life, I speak their language and they do the job perfectly of what I ask of them.
No. 8: Fave TV series
This has to be Friends or The Gilmour Girls… I can’t actually decide between the two! I love snuggling up to watch an episode or three in the dark, cold winter evenings, tucked up with a hot chocolate and often another friend or two will pop round to join in and have a natter whilst it’s playing! Both series are easy watching, silly and oddly comforting. Sometimes I have an episode playing in the background when I’m editing too 😉
No. 9: Best Souvenir
For the last 2 months, I’ve been wearing a little Pandora turtle charm on my necklace – he is my first charm and I got him in Crete after shooting a wedding out there earlier this year. I took my husband along with me for this one, and we spent a few extra days out there for our holiday. On one of those days, we saw something that immediately went straight to our list of ‘Most Amazing Sights’! We went in a submarine boat, and out at sea a couple of sea turtles came along & swam alongside us. The boat stopped for a while so we could watch them play, feed, bob about etc – it was amazing to see these beautiful creatures in the wild, I know this will sound stupid, but we felt they looked happy – with little grins! Either way, it was incredible to witness and when we saw the turtle charm in the window of Pandora, my husband insisted that I have it as a memento of the trip.
No. 10: Travel Must-Haves
For my 21st birthday, Chris (my husband, then boyfriend!) took me to London for the day to watch the Phantom of the Opera (amazing!), but before that, we went to Hamleys! After a very silly half an hour in there we came out with two little bears, a panda & a brown bear… I can’t remember why we did this, but those two bears have now been on all of our adventures with us! Big kids I know, but we literally can’t go travelling without them now, and of course we have to take an obligatory photo of them… meet Oko & Bertie!
If you’ve missed any of my other blogs in this 7 day challenge – check them out here:
Day 1 – Who am I?
Day 2 – What am I passionate about?
Day 3 – My first online tutorial: Bokeh
Day 4 – You’ve just read it 😉
Day 5 – Something I find helpful