Monday, 8 December 2008

The one with all the christmas decorations...

We finally managed to get our christmas decorations up yesterday. Ok actually let me rephrase that, I finally managed to get our christmas decorations up yesterday whilst Mark played about with computers and electrical bits!

Now that they are all up it's starting to feel a lot more like christmas at home. Well they are nearly all, there's a few bits left to do including some stockings I'm making myself (complete with jingle bells!) that need the tops putting on them but other than that it's pretty much done! We don't have much, we've only been leaving together for just over a year and this is our second christmas living together (6th as an actual couple though which is rather scarey!).

I'm a bit particular when it comes to my decorations. For starters I have to do the tree and you can't just chuck everything on it needs to be balanced. Oh and everything has to be red and gold. No exceptions, my colour scheme is red and gold which in my eyes just screams christmas and that's final... no other colours are allowed to sneak in no matter how cute the decoration is!

So now do you want to see some pictures? Of course you do!

This completely gorgeous chap was bought a little earlier on this year when christmas decorations first started appearing in the shops again. I couldn't resist him he's soooo cute! He's actually meant to be a tree topper I think but they had him sat on a stair rail like this in the shop and I thought he'd be just perfect for our stairs.

The majority of our decorations are in the living room and are all kinda grouped round the fireplace as I always find that fires remind me of christmas anyway.

This has got to be my favourite photo out of all those I took, I love these Baubles anyway, they are so lush and opulent and there's just something about this shot that I really like!

This beautiful wire angel is also meant to be a tree topper but I thought she was just perfect for my fireplace (along with the cool metal reindeer I bought last year - no photo of those but if you look carefully at the shot with the fireplace in it you can see them on the other side of the mantel piece).
And finally the bauble tree, I picked this up this year and it's to go in the dining room as something a little bit different. It does however break my rule of only red and gold as the tree itself is silver... but that's not the actual decoration is it? Afterall my big tree is green isn't it... Or am I just making excuses now and before I know it I'll have a multicoloured chirstmas!

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Can you keep a secret?

I don't make my own cards. Is that a terrible thing to admit when I'm an avid scrapper and have a whole craft room full of paper craft supplies that could be used to make them. I think it bothers me at this time of year because so many people are busily making their own christmas cards to send out and I'm not. Actually that's not quite true, I've made one. Yes I've made one whole christmas card! I started off with such good intentions and bought a few sheets of christmas PP specially to make them and well it just didn't happen...

I don't know what it is with me and cards but we don't get on, I'm never inspired in terms of design. Fair enough I could just copy someone elses but that doesn't really excite me.

And why do I feel to share this with everyone? Well todays JYC prompt is all about correspondance and it got me thinking all about my lack of interest in card making. Is it something to be ashamed of? Well now I've announced it to the world I feel a little cleansed, afterall non crafters don't make their own christmas cards and just because I'm a scrapbooker doesn't mean I have to also be a cardmaker. JYC is all about taking back your christmas and I'm taking back mine and I'm not going to feel guilty about not making my own cards I'm quite simply going to be some charity ones and feel good about it!

For those of you still with me after my ramblings about christmas cards (and I doubt there is anyone) I'll reward with you with some lovely photos now... I don't have any pictures to share that go with this topic so I'll go for some completely random pictures of the most gorgeous Daniel Craig (who is my current hot totty and the reason why I'm quite happy to watch reruns of Casino Royale as many times as Mark wants but refuse to watch the older Bond movies!) that my friend sent to me in an email the other day in an effort to cheer me up (I was a little down about my lack of time to myself since starting full time work) and so here they are as my reward to you for listening to my rambling...

Monday, 1 December 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

...everywhere I go! Seriously, not only is that true but I have had that song in my head all day and have been humming it to myself.

On a similar note, Journal Your Christmas starts today and when I got home from work I was excited to be able to read my first prompt which is all about doing a manifesto. I had intended to write my own but I actually really like the standard one from the class so will be using this instead.

Starting today, December first, I will keep a Christmas journal. In it, I will write something every day to reflect on the holidays of my past, enjoy the holidays of the present and dream about the holidays of the future. To some, this would be a stack of papers and trivial scribbles, but not to me. I am taking back my Christmas, I am letting it be something I relish and most importantly I am giving at least fifteen minutes to myself, every day, no matter how crazy this season becomes. This Christmas I will make something with my own hands, my own words and my own memories.

Some people are using this as their page for the 1st December but I'm going to use it as my introduction page and for the 1st I'm going to journal about how cold it's been today (and yesterday!). The car said is was -7°C from when I started it up all the way into work. I've actually never seen it show a temperature that low before! I'm not sure if it was accurate but it certainly felt that cold.

Ok so this pretty photo isn't actually from today (I go to work in the dark and come home in the dark at the moment boohoo), I took it yesterday in my back garden. There was so much frost it actually looked like snow when I first got up and it was the same when I got up this morning. They have been predicting a really cold winter and it looks like they might be right!

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

The one about the new craft shop, another new camera (maybe!) and a trip to the seaside...

Ok first off I pinched the idea for "The one about..." title from Micayla but I was stuck for a title for this post and I love how she always does hers like that, oh how I love Friends!

My blog has been a little bit neglected this week as after starting a new full time job (after not working for a while) I've been struggling a little bit with keeping up with everything and so both my crafting and my time online have suffered. However, I am enjoying the job (a HR Clerk if you really wanted to know!) and will certainly appreciate the extra money. I'm already making plans to save up for a new DSLR. This one was bought by Mark and I always said I'd pay him back when I had enough money but now he's said he'd rather I bought a new one for myself and he'll keep this one for himself. So rather than simply saving up for another 450D I'm going to take a big plunge and start saving my hard earned pennies for a Canon 5D, yes I want to start playing with the big boys now! Watch this space as hopefully come summer time I may well have one.

I guess working full time has also encouraged me to make the most of my time off. I work alternative Saturdays and when the week I'm in on a Saturday I have a day off during the week (which this week was today!) so I decided to take myself off to visit a new craft shop in Preston and then to take some photos.

The craft shop was lovely, they already are stocking things I've never seen in a Bricks and Morter store before (Pink Paislee) and they are definately getting October Afternoon ASAP. They are also considering stocking Sassafras and Hambly. Can you imagine that, all in my local craft shop? Maybe I won't be getting my 5D so soon afterall!

After that I took a trip to Preston docks and then onto Southport. I hung around in Southport until sunset (which is shockingly early now) and managed to capture some great shots. This has to be my favourite of the day.

It's looking out along the pier at Southport just after the lights had come on and the sun was setting. The light was so pretty, I just wish there had been a few more clouds in the sky to help pick up the red of the setting soon and make the sky a little more atmospheric. I'll definately be revisiting there soon to see if I can make any improvements on this!

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Journal Your Christmas 2008 has begun...

...ok well not officially but it has for me as here is my finished album cover.

It started off life as a plain old boring dusky pink 8x8 Papermania post bound album. Not exactly inspiring is it? However I've had this album lying around gathering dust for yonks. Infact I think it was one of the first albums I ever bought and it was about time it was put to a good use (excuse the dodgy lighting on this photo as it was taken at about 10pm at night when I was about to start doing the decorating and realised I didn't have any before photos!).

And here is how it looks now, a big improvement even if I do say so myself! I've done it specifically to match the Peppermint Twist christmas range from K&Co as that is what I'll be using to do my pages inside.

I covered the spine and with some pink polka dot fabric (a la the American Crafts Modern Albums) and added some strings of beads with a little snowflake charm at the end of each one.

I edged the pink polka dot fabric with some blue gingham ribbon and created these cute christmas trees for the front cover too. They are so easy to make, simply two triangles sewn the "wrong way" and then turned inside out before adding the various embellishments. I also use a chipboard photo corner painted blue with some stickles over the top and some Thickers for the numbers. The paper in the window is from the Peppermint Twist range.

After looking at some of the past albums I was aware there was a good chance this album was going to get seriously fat, especially as I do like to use chunky embellishments. I've used 5 of those extension thingies on each of the posts to make sure my album has plenty of room to grow! I've already added the right number of page protectors to it so I'm all set! Normally this wouldn't have been an issue but because I covered the spine with fabric I won't be able to expand it now so I had to make the decision before I began decorating it.

Finally I added some ribbon the front and back covers to allow me to tie it shut and then covered the inside of the front and back cover with a square of green fabric (the same as the one used to make the christmas trees).

So there you have it! My finished album all ready and waiting for December. I can't wait to get started now and have been putting together my stash for the class all based around a pad of Peppermint Twist papers. I should hopefully have some pictures of that for you tomorrow.

Tagged - 7 Random Facts About Me

Chloe has tagged me to tell you all 7 random facts about myself, well here goes...

1. I met my partner whilst we were both on holiday in Newquay which is about 350 miles from where I live in Preston. The strange thing was that he actually lived just down the road from me, about 3 miles away. And we're still together over 5 years later.

2. I can touch type at a super duper fast speed, I think my official speed is over 85 wpm. I learnt to touch type because I have an old injury on my right hand that means I find it extremely painful to write for any prolonged period of time but it doesn't hurt to type. My ability to touch type came in very handy when I was doing my exams, as I did them all on computer!

3. I really dislike reality tv. I don't watch any of them... Xfactor, Strictly, Big Brother, I'm a Celebrity... Not a single one! I even haven't watched Gok Wan's latest program because it's a bit like reality tv and I normally love Gok!

4. I have to have the volume on everything on an even number. At one point I was quite obsessive about it but then my new car doesn't have any numbers for the volume on the stereo so I'm calmed down a little bit although there was an initial moment of panic when I realised I wouldn't know what number it was on! However, I'm not as bad as a friend who has to have the volume on number 8 whilst driving to work otherwise they'll have a bad day, not just an even number it has to be number 8.

5. I really really really wish I liked snowboarding. Mark loves it. I've tried it once and had such a bad experience that I didn't even finish the 3 hour lesson. It's a shame but atleast I can say I did try it once.

6. I don't like spicey food. Food that other people tell me isn't really spicey can often in my opinion be very spicey indeed!

7. I didn't go abroad until I was 17 when I went for the first time with Mark. He also had never been abroad. The airport was amusing to say the least as neither of us had a clue what we were doing!

Ok so now I believe I have to tag 7 people to do this too. I choose Jenny, Sarah (aka Gertie), Katy, Claire, Annette, Rachel and Vicki.

I'll be back a little later too with some photos for you of what I've been up and some lovely stash.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Stories In Hand Album Cover

Ok so here's my completed album cover for the freeStories In Hand class by Jessica Sprague. I've covered a 6x6 American Crafts D Ring Album with green velvet flocked paper and then added various embellishments to the front that are from my stash. I'm really happy with the result, particuarly as this is all stuff I already had in my stash (including the album!) so I haven't broken my stash ban!

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

"Bebe never sits on anyone's knee..."

…Or so everyone insists on telling me all the time and they never believe me when I tell them that actually he does sit on me. But now I have photographic proof to prove them all wrong!

First of all, a little about Bebe for those of you who haven’t met him before. If you scroll back a few posts I posted some photos of him inside on the sofa for the first time, something he never does. Because well basically Bebe is an old tom cat who got neutered and turned into this big soft loveable thing. He still doesn’t really get on with other cats but he adores people and always wants strokes and attention although he's still a little unsure of some things. Most people get sick of this after a while and ignore him. Me on the other hand has to make a fuss of him every time I see him. He does a great puss in boots impression from Shrek, I just can’t resist those eyes!

This is stage one, when you sit down he comes and sits next to you be it on the floor or on a bench he just comes and sits right by you and looks at you saying "stroke me, stroke me"! So for a while you stroke him and he's quite content and enjoying himself.

Next however he wants to get a bit closer but he's not quite sure enough yet to sit on you properly so he juts puts his front legs on you and keeps his bum firmly on the ground! However, if you keep up the stroking and making a fuss of him this happens...
Bebe sits on your knee! I think the thing with this is he needs a lot of sustained attention to get to the point where he wants to sit on you and most people aren't fool enough to do it. Me on the other hand is far too soft and can't help but make a huge fuss of him all the time.
Also thank you to everyone who has taken the time to comment on the previous post, it means a lot to me as it's the first time I've attempted something like that. And lets be honest now, we all love comments don't we!

Monday, 3 November 2008

A little creative photo editing

I've been playing around in Photoshop CS3 this morning, trying to get to grips with some of it's many many features to help me when I'm editing my photos. Quite often I find that my photos are a little wonky and the horizon often dips off to one side a little.

In this one it was quite a spectacular dip to onside... I have absoloutely no idea why it was at such an angle (and no I hadn't been drinking!) but this was the best photo of the swan out of a series I took. I like the way the ripples frame it.

So I set about both correcting the view point and cloning out the nasty car and trailer that are in the background behind the boats on the right hand side. For my first attempt I don't think I've done too badly, but would love to have your feedback on it so please leave a comment!

Monday, 27 October 2008

Firework... Yet another SOS on Monday!

Yes really this time! So last night I was sat here blog hopping and suddenly they start to go off. Luckily for me it was a slow start and allowed me to get set up and practise on a few before all the big ones started to go off at the end. I guess this definately qualifies for Show Off Sunday over on HSMSHS too, and yet again I'm late in posting it... Never mind. Hopefully I'll be back a little later to update with my post for todays prompt "Glossy".

Sadly it was VERY windy last night and in every single shot you can tell the fireworks are being blown to the left by the wind. However for a first attempt it's not too bad and I got a couple of useable shots and know what I'll do differently next time.

I like this one as if you look closely you can see the outline of trees and houses silhouetted with the light of the firework. I haven't altered this one at all, this is just how I took it and while not perfect I do like it. The first picture has only been cropped.

I don't like altering too much at this stage, I guess I'm still at a point where I feel I should be learning to do things differently in the camera and not simply change it afterwards in Photoshop. Don't get me wrong I think Photoshop has it's place and can be very useful and fun to use but in my opinion I need to learn the basics first and learn how to take a good photo in the camera!

Oh and as I missed it when she actually hosted it a few weeks ago I'm taking part in Ali Edwards "A Week In The Life" this week so will be spending the week with my camera glued to me!

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Firework stories...

Ok well not quite maybe that should actually read fireworks and stories but I thought the idea of stories about fireworks sounded far more interesting! Right now I'm sat here eagerly anticipating the start of fireworks at our local village hall. I'm not going, it's a horrible evening but I am going to go out into the backgarden and try and shoot them. Everythings set up and ready to go so now I just need some fireworks.

I've also signed up for a free class by the fantastically talented Jessica Sprague called Stories in Hand. It's all aimed at collecting stories from our lives and others to help improve our journalling and best of all it's free. Why not sign up too and play along, after all you've got nothing to loose as it's completely free and the supplies needed really are minimal.

I've been doing some scrapping over the last few days but haven't had a chance to photograph it (a combination of being busy and the awful weather we've had recently) so hopefully I'll get a chance to upload it tomorrow and share my latest pages with you.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008


Just a quick one from me today as I've neither had time to do todays HSMSHS prompt, which was moist, or to photograph the LO I did yesterday. However I just had to share this with you... Cosmo Cricket have brought out a line of fabric and oh my gosh it's sooooo yummy! Yes ok I admit I do get over excited by pretty fabrics but even so this is just gorgeous...

Tuesday, 21 October 2008


Todays prompt over at HSMSHS is Reflect. So many different options and possibilities to run with on this but I'm at home today and don't have a huge number of possibilities. I thought about using a cheat photo from our trip on the canal but decided against it as I do have ways of doing it right here today.

It started off as a bog standard lets take a photo of me taking a photo in the mirror. Everyone's done and it to be honest in amongst the chores I wasn't feeling all that creative.

However, when I started shooting I noticed that the flowers I have in a vase on the fireplace were also reflected in the mirror and I thought focusing on the reflection of those but still getting me in the mirror would give the standard photo of yourself in the mirror a bit of an interesting twist.

So I guess the lesson learnt today is that even the most standard or typical of photos can be made a little bit different and more interesting if you try!

No layouts to share today I'm afraid but after my chores and errands are done I'm going to get some scrapping done this afternoon. I already have one particular design going round in my head that I just have to get down on paper.

Monday, 20 October 2008

SOS Monday

I did this LO for the latest challenge over on Dreamgirls to "Scrap It Pink". The challenge was to use the colour scheme black & pink (in honour of Breast Cancer awareness month) but with no Paterned Paper and you must use some lace. Thanks for a great challenge girls, I really enjoyed this one!

I've used Bazzill card stock and inked the edges with two different shades of pink and then hand stitched a border. The journalling card is from the Making Memories noteworthy range and little pink women are hand cut from Bazzill Bling using a Maya road chipboard embellishment for a template.

The little flower embellishment I made from a circle cut from a mesh fabric, a chipboard flower I've had in my stash for ages, a pink Prima flower, a polka dot button and some pink pearl pins.

So now onto SOS, or Show off Sunday on HSMS... Except I didn't get chance to blog these photos I took last night yesterday so I'm blogging them today. Hence... Show off Sunday on Monday!

Meet Bebe, the most adorable cat ever. He used to be the neighbourhood tom cat until someone down the street took him to be neutered. However, what they didn't bank on was how soft and soppy he'd turn after he'd been done! They didn't want him and he wandered into our garden and never went away. I'm convinced he never goes further than next doors garden as you just have to stand at the back door and shout his name and within a few minutes he always appears.

I call him a dog cat, he runs down the garden to you when you call him and always wants attention. So the opposite of most cats, far more like a dog. He's huge too, quite a bit bigger than a lot of small dogs... Although he is a bit podgey these days. It used to be all muscle but since he had the snip it's turned to fat as he doesn't do anything anymore. Despite a strict diet he's only loosing it very slowly.

Normally he only comes in the kitchen, he refuses to go into the rest of the house. It's funny as he's so settled in the kitchen and will quite happily sleep in there all night as he's litter trained but he just doesn't like the rest of the house. Anyway, last night Mark picked him up and brought him in the living room (not expecting him to stay but we're ever hopefull) and he settled down quite happily! After a bit of fuss infront of the fire he jumped up on the sofa and went to sleep! He was so cute and I just couldn't resist grabbing my camera for some fab shots.

I've got a bit of an obsession with cats' paws' they are just soooooo cute! As Bebe was a tom cat for many years his are HUGE so I just had to get some shots of them.

Ok so maybe not 1 photo for SOS but several but I love them so much, these are the first photos I've ever got of Bebe inside so I'm well chuffed with them!

And onto Monday's prompt, Set... I thought about this and wandered round the house but nothing really jumped out at me (apart from the tea and coffee canisters but they are pretty boring) so I wandered back into my craft room (where the computer is) and just had to snap this shot of my set of little RUB boxes I have on my desktop for organising my supplies and tools I like to have close at hand when crafting.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

He said his name is George and HSMSHS!

Meet George, the friendly (and oh so gorgeous) Siamese cat who lives down the road. When he first started turning up I thought he might have escaped from his home as he had no collar on but I then found out he actually lived just down the road from me. As you know we have been caring for one of the stable cats who we named George (who actually turned out to be a Georgina...) so no wonder this lovely chap turned up after I'd been stood in the garden shouting his name! When his owner told me that his name was George it all made sense why he had started tuning up!

He still comes to say hello most days if he sees me out in the garden and runs in the house at any given opportunity (which is kinda annoying as it means doors have to be kept shut most of the time but as the weather is definately getting colder it's actually not that bad) but he's so lovely I just had to do this page to remember the story!

This is also my entry for Challenge Four over at the fantastic challenge blog The CrEative TyPe, to create your own type... I hand drew and hand cut the word George from some vintage sheet music and although I don't normally really like my hand writing I'm actually quite impressed with these letters and will definately be doing it again.

I've used PP from Imagination Project, American Crafts, October Afternoon and KI Memories and some October Afternoon diecuts as well as lots of other bits and pieces from my stash

The little fabric embellishments I made frm circles of fabric that I sewed into rosettes and finished off with a button. The instructions for how to make these can be found on Heather Baileys blog.

Ok so what is this HSMSHS (Her Space, My Space, His Space) thing all about that I keep seeing on people's blogs... I finally decided to investigate and it's a photography challenge blog run by the oh so talented Anita Mundt. I'll definately be taking part in this when I can.

Anyway, thought I'd have a go at todays prompt which is SPS (Someone's Portrait Saturday) and here's my entry...

Mark sat on the front of the boat on the canal, just love this shot of him. Taken on my Canon EOS 450D f5.6, ISO 200, shutter speed 1/250 and focal length 55mm.

I was very impressed this morning as yesterday I decided I wanted a Dymo Omega label writer as I was sick of seeing everyone using the cool journalling strips on their LO's and not being able to do it myself. Anyone, I read on UKS that Lidl had in the past had them on offer for £4.99 (they are normally about £10) so I popped into my local Lidl on the off chance but not expecting anything and luckily they had just one left in in this big box of past offers!

Oh and I've also ordered some very cool woodgrain tape from Katy, check it out you can buy it for £1.55 a roll on her blog!

Also, check out Linda's Stampin Up blog (better known as Gadget Monkey on UKS!), she's a superb Stampin Up demonstrator who I use and she's giving away some gorgeous blog candy that she made herself to promote the latest items out of the new catalogue. Check it out, not only is the candy just stunning but she has some great inspirational projects on there too.

And, (as if that wasn't enough!) there's yet more blog candy to be had in the form of a £20 voucher for Joanne Sheen's shop, just check out Edna's blog for details of how to win... such a fab blog candy give away and so generous of Edna.

Friday, 17 October 2008

Buttons, Buttons and erm more Buttons

Ok so I went a little bit button crazy with this but I love the end result and it's helped me make a dent in the button mountain I have so it's all good.

Removed for publication - will be back shortly!

For anyone struggling to read the journalling which I applied directly onto the photo in Photoshop CS3 before printing it reads...

But I see your True Colours shining through. Your True Colours, True Colours are beautiful like a rainbow.

That fab font is Ali Edwards official font that is available to download free from her blog.

I was sat here and on the TV was the current advert promoting HD on sky, you know the one with Captain Jack Sparrow in slow mo to the Song "True Colours". Well I was sat there humming away to myself when I realised that would make a great subject for a page.

I've been trying to be a lot more positive about myself recently, I've never had very good self esteem but I'm trying to focus on the good points not the bad so I decided to do one about my "True Colours" as it's the person that I am is just fine, I don't need to pretend to be anyone else!

Friday, 10 October 2008

My name is Emma and I suffer from High Heel Envy...

Yes I really do and as challenge 9 over at Say It In Scrap was the word "Envy" this was the perfect subject. Oh and I finally got to scrap my photo of my red high heels!

The journalling reads... "If I see another woman wearing a pair of fabulous high heels I'm always envious, I want them! When I wear these do they envy me?"

I've also made a decision to stop hording my new stash. Quite often I really love something, but then my tastes change before I use it. This has happened quite a few times, Urban Lilly being a great example. I bought some of those oh so popular PP's and never used them, now they aren't my thing at all.

So on here I've used some of my current favourite stash... October Afternoon PP, Foam Thickers and MM mini alphas.

The little birdie is a stamp from Autumn Leaves, the little Rhonna Farrer birdie. I stamped it on the LO and used this as a template to prick my holes and then stitched the design.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Scrapping newly taken photos...

Ok yes I have stacks of old photos waiting to be scrapped and yes I did only take this the other day but I was inspired to scrap and well there's always another day to scrap those other photos.

Was loads of fun doing this. I downloaded the font Rough Typewriter from Dafont and played about with it in Word using a repeated quote to create the background which was totally inspired by this lush layout by the Guest Designer Zina for the Third Prompt on the challenge site The CrEative TyPe.

That gorgeous green, black and white swirley paper is by American Crafts, how lush is that? Have used various other bits and pieces from my stash and all in all had great fun putting this together!

I did another LO as well but will save that as it's one of a pair and I'll upload them together, hopefully tonight or maybe tomorrow.

Monday, 6 October 2008

Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside!

Well after doing all the housework this morning and the weather was still blue skies I decided to take myself off somewhere to practise photography. I'd been meaning to go to Lytham St Annes for a while so it seemed like a perfect chance! It was very windy on the beach but I was wrapped up warm so it wasn't too bad. Had a great fun afternoon and walked miles along the front which has got to be good for me anyway!

This first photo was taken specifically for my portfolio on my City & Guilds to show Linear Perspective... Doesn't that sound posh! One of many formal elements we learnt about last week and I've been taking some photos to illustrate some of them for my portfolio. Still, it's pretty funky and incase you're wondering it's the life boat jetty in Lytham.

Next up some pretty cool old abandoned boats. I didn't dare get very close to them as I was on my own and there were big warning signs up telling you about the dangers on this part of the beach and that there was no rescue service here so on your own head be it. Well it didn't actually say that but you get my drift... So I stayed on the promenade and took the best photos I could from there. This is where I really wish I had a zoom lens already.

And then a little bit further down the coast in St Annes some pictures of the pier. Apparently this is one of the few piers you can get behind on the beach because it's so short. The end was demolished due to repeated fires so it's a little tiny pier but makes for some great shots.

I've not photoshopped these at all, these are straight off the camera not edited in anyway. I'll probably have a play about when I get chance but I'm fairly happy with them as they are, I must be learning something on that course!