Today, 01 March, is my gorgeous Grandmother's birthday - she would have been 111.
Grandma had an extraordinary love for flora (and fauna too!), her garden was always filled with the prettiest blooms and the most delicious herbs and vegetables. I think my love for gardening and flowers comes from her, through my darling Dad.
Not so long ago I took up photography to capture these beauties and admire them for more than just a few days.
And doodle, I've always doodled and grew up learning to write with a fountain pen and ink. I am fascinated by typography and lettering in all it's many beautiful forms.
A couple of years ago, on a whim and with the notion of picking up long ago pens, I made my way to Byron Bay and spent a morning of wonder with the very delightful and super lovely Sabine Pick. My desire to write again was awakened - Sabine is so kind and really such a treasure - her style and lettering just mesmerising.
And then last year, I was privileged to attend two workshops at Megan Morton's "The School". The first, a day with Maybelle Imasa - oh my, what a beautiful, gentle soul with such talent - her penmanship is just breathtaking. As a wedding present from my husband, this day will always hold such magic which I endeavour to take into my everyday.
The second day was a morning with Ashley Woodson Bailey as she shared her love of floral photography (or florography). Again an amazing and inspiriting soul. I came home with a full heart and a head brimming with creativity.
Almost 20 years ago I registered my business name - Inkala Images. Finally, my ideas are clear and it is becoming a reality. And so my friends, here is the beginnings of a wonderful journey - I'm excited, inspired, daunted and so very determined. I'm ever mindful of Maybelle's "perfectly imperfect" as I navigate my way and I'm hoping you join me on this adventure...
And Grandma, Happy Birthday! It only seemed right I shared this on your special day xox
I'm all over the place...my head is filled with so many wonderful ideas for my blossoming project, so dear to my heart. I'm so excited, I don't really know where to start and that's not a good thing!
I need a list. To tick things off one by one...to feel like I'm making progress! My desk is a mess...one projectmust be finished before I really get down to business.
So in this little space, I'm a little hap-hazard as well. I think I'm just going to embrace this and share little things that have happened along the way, in this wonderful year that is rapidly coming to a close. I've yet to share our wedding (oh my, there are no words for this day...just moments captured so beautifully), our road-tripping in Tasmania (it was cold and funny and oh so spectacular) and the days with amazingly creative souls who have opened my mind and heart and encouraged me no end...I'm truly grateful for all of these opportunities.
My head is a little full but my heart really is overflowing.
I find myself torn between my favourite seasons...I adore autumn for the warm hues of the changing leaves, of the cosy evenings indoors and the walks in the brisk air and yet still feeling the sun kiss my cheeks. And then there is spring...so much colour and freshness, crisp bright leaves and blossoms of every colour, the optimism of new growth and even sunnier days.
When there is opportunity for the two to collide, my heart sings! Last year, my surprise was at the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere - the tiniest hint really, but gosh it was pretty! Returning home meant that spring had bloomed in all her glory. I couldn't have been happier!
Of course, in my part of the world, our seasons are less distinctive and finding hints of each one is a treat to savour.
These little moments were captured across a couple of days wandering the countryside near Harpenden with my dear friend Jane. There were long evenings and sweet little places to retreat to for scrumptious food. Treasures times with the dearest of friends...loads of laughter and reminiscing. Was it really a year ago?