Friday, 22 May 2015

The Ongoing Adventure


May has whizzed past me and my final Uni deadline has come and gone. It's the end of the academic year and this should feel big - I should feel free, liberated, wild and filled with energy and excitement of the wide summer and promise of adventure spread out before me. Nothing feels different, nothing at all. Perhaps it hasn't sunk in yet. Perhaps it won't until I take the Ocean road homewards on the 30th June. I am counting down the days. 


I love summer, absolutely love it. I love the long balmy days and evenings spent on the beach waiting for the shooting stars. I love the open air gigs and eating dinner outside and the sea spray on my face. I spent a lot of time categorising time into transitions but it's not really working for me. Time is flowing, like a river. It's continuous. I didn't wake up one morning and suddenly the flowers were in bloom - I watched the tiny buds appear with excitement and joy until they grew into blossoms and wildflowers. There's no 'beginning' of the adventure and there's no 'end'. These past few years, I've been really working on living in the moment and making time count and I've had beautiful adventures on autumn days - bicycle trips down the canal, trudging through the deer park in the crispy leaves to winter picnics and rambling through old mine houses on the coast. The adventure never ends - it is ongoing. It is always. 





This year has been big. I braved the decision to switch to an entirely different degree - Photography to Creative Writing. I started in the second year and with no previous experience in the subject, I threw myself into it entirely and explored wonderful new areas and challenged myself in Playwrighting (one of my favourite modules!) Poetry, Writers Workshop, Short stories and Genre Fiction (bleh). I have met some truly incredible lecturers and cherished every moment on my new degree. I have learned so much and met wonderful people and really had the Academic experience I was longing for before at Art School. 
George moved up to Bath and gave Uni a shot although he has had a truly difficult time and it seems that Uni is just not for everyone and certainly not him. But that's okay. We've remained resolute and helped each other through the hard dreary days and the emotional strain has strengthened our partnership immensely. Sometimes you just need to give something a shot to realise it's not the right path and then you know, your curiosity sated. You will walk bolder and with more confidence down the other route knowing that you made the right decision and never left with the niggling 'what if' feeling. 


This spring, I've been taking some photos for Crown and Glory, a local accessories company from my home county :) Jess and I have been working on styling and photographing pieces from the Gliterati boxes which you can find on her blog here although I've refrained from sharing mine as I'm not sure yet how I feel about style posting here. At the moment, Salty Sea is a journal of adventure, art (in various guises) & thoughts and I'm undecided if adding styling advice or talking about my clothes/accessories is a part of my blog I feel okay expanding into. What do you guys think?






I've always wanted to do this. ^ 











I love photographing feet and shoes :) I'm really not sure why








I am delighted with all the weird and wonderful turns that this year has took, not only on Creative writing did I receive my first ever 'First' grade, but I've attained grades to be proud of all year long and I'm so delighted to finally make my Dadda and Nan proud :) They have both worked so darn hard for me over the years, supporting me, helping me through Falmouth art school, through driving lessons, they supported my decisions (Even if they weren't great ones) and supported the ones that looked scary but actually turned out to be good :) They even put up with the odd rubbishy (ex)boyfriend over the years and waited until he was long gone before doing the 'Well, I didn't want to say anything but...' :P I couldn't ask for a more supportive family who are unconditional, brilliant listeners and selfless. I will never forget the night only a week after starting Uni that I was crying on the phone to my dad about how homesick I was and he drove 200 miles across 3 counties to come 'rescue' me in the dead of night and bring me home. He's the best, they both are. And I flipping miss them (Oh dear biscuits, this is turning soppy). While I'm on the mention of family, I've also gained a wonderful expansion to my crazy pack. Big shout out to the Sanger's and Niki's family who have welcomed me into their clan and made me feel truly included, valued and loved. I am so darn lucky to be surrounded by incredible people. I guess what this post is about, is reflection on what's been achieved this year and what I have to be thankful for in precious people around me. I know they read this, and this post is dedicated for them. For every single one of them. You know who you all are you fabulous humans. I am thankful for you. And you too, dear readers who have taken the time and compassion to get caught up in my stories and care. You are wonderful :) <3








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15 comments

  1. Oh I love the heart and love you have for everyone in your family and extended family. So interesting to hear that you swapped degrees and I'm glad you have had success!
    So cool about Crown and Glory. I subscribed to Glitterati for 6months but stopped this month as I had too many. How wonderful you have been taking their photos!
    I'm off to Totnes next week, not quite Cornwall but I'm very excited to be over in the west. X

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    1. I've received two glitterati boxes so far which I share with my friend Jess as we collaborate on the work for C&G :) I love them but not sure where I'm going to put everything >.<
      My friend Abby is from Totnes! I've been there, its charming and lovely :D you'll have a great time!
      Send my love to Devon ^.^ - if you get a chance, Clovelly is just BEAUTIFUL :) <3 xxx

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  2. I personally think doing posts about style & accessories would fit perfectly into your blog! You take such stunning photographs and portraits that it would just slot right in! I'm sure if you started a Lookbook (lookbook.nu) you would get loads of followers too as your photos are much higher quality than many on there :) x

    http://thecornishlife.co.uk

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    1. Ooooh perhaps I should give it a try then? :) I'll have a look into this Lookbook business, it could be fun! :D
      Thankyou for the kind words and support as always, Anna. Your'e ace! ^.^ xxx

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  3. What a lovely post. Also, I absolutely adore your photos. What camera and lens do you use? Your Dad is a gem for coming and saving you from homesickness, I know my Mum would do the same. Nothing better than family :D

    Liv | www.maidenincornwall.co.uk

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    1. Thankyou Liv ^.^
      I use a Nikon d610 And I have a feeling I used my 50mm F/1.4 for these shots :)
      I used to shoot on a Nikon D3000 which I loved and is a fab camera but I sold it to my housemate as I just always use the D610. I love Nikons, they're just so easy to use and take great pictures ^.^ I swear by them. I tried a Canon once - no flipping idea what I was doing :P
      I'll post a photography Q&A soon so feel free to hit me up with questions ^.^

      Family are the absolute best. No-one can ever love us the way they do :) xxx

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  4. I've loved this post so much darling! You are a strong and a beautiful woman and I wish you love and luck for life!!!These pictures are faboulous..congratulations!!!
    xx
    Martina
    sweetietulip88.blogspot.it

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    1. Martina, you are the kindest :) <3 thank you for your lovely words. I wish you all the luck and wonderfullness and magic too ^.^

      Infinite gratitude xxx

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  5. Very pretty pictures =]

    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Take a walk and take some pictures and when you look at them think, YES I A FREE. :)

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  7. Also such wonderful pictures! I adore everyone! x

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    1. Thankyou so much Hannah! that is high praise indeed, for your pictures are most beautiful ^.^ <3 x

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  8. Such a beautiful post! I love the first picture so much. And you look gorgeous as always. I love Crown & Glory they are one of my favourite companies! Congrats on making the degree switch I would have loved to have done creative writing but they didn't offer it at my uni :(

    hellomissjordan.com xx

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