The towns of Saint Martin de Bréhal, Bréhal and Coudeville sur Mer, share a stretch of golden sands north of Granville on the west coast of la Manche. The area is renowned for it’s shellfish, especially mussels and oysters. This particular beach is home to a few of these ocean farms, whose traditional methods stretch back generations. The environment is perfect for a plethora of … Continue reading Snapshots#26: Plage Saint Martin de Bréhal
So, you have the basics of photography down and want to try something new. You’ve probably seen NatGeo photos with sweeping smooth landscapes, silky waterfalls, and busy light trails and want to try and capture it yourself. Well, you have come to the right place!*** Before I start on Long Exposure, we have to go back to the basics of what is exposure. Controlling exposure … Continue reading Photography Tips #21: Long Exposure
Happy New Year! How are the resolutions going? This year I decided to come up with a weekly photo challenge to keep myself on my toes photo wise this year and stay creative as 2020 just drained all creative energy from me… And I don’t want that to happen again so it is the perfect time to commit to creativity, the whole new year, new … Continue reading New Year Photo Challenge
As I failed the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge last year, I decided with my new 2020 vision, I have no excuse to fail. The year kicked off to a fiery start with the consumption of books…And well we know how 2020 went after March… Safe to say I did better this year, reading the 52! So this is the bit you’ve all been … Continue reading 2020 in Books! Another Long Review
The days are getting shorter, the nights colder and darker, to top it off, it is somehow still 2020. It’s getting to the festive season meaning that all the pretty lights are coming out both in the house and on the streets. It is always a treat to see, and more fun to capture! This post is to inform and help with getting that all aesthetic Bokeh effect and add a little more magical sparkle to your holiday pictures! Continue reading Photography Tips #20: Bokeh
Before the exciting second lockdown, I was able to manage a couple of little coastal adventures. This one is Pointe du Hoc, outside of Criqueville-en-Bessin.
Pointe du Hoc for me is one of the reminders of the importance of the Normandy coastline in the 20th century. It is the littered ruins of structures both on and offshore alongside reels of barbed wire. It is pretty incredible how much history is in the ground here, yet it’s so easy to forget. Continue reading Snapshots #25: Pointe Du Hoc
A while ago I wrote a post about colour harmony and the traditional colour schemes in media. Now I have the expertise to share how you can create your own custom palette by building on the basic colour harmony knowledge! Colour definition Within the realm of colour there are different ways of explaining in detail what you mean. Knowing the difference between a tone, tint … Continue reading Creating A Colour Palette
Annoville Dunes, a nature reserve hidden on the west coast of the Manche Peninsular! Continue reading Snapshots #24: Annoville Dunes
Wow things have moved fast this year… surprisingly given the worlds seems to be ending… Continue reading Living in Normandy #2: Has it Been Over 6 Months?
Since my last review I have been busy working on projects and taking time to find indie authors (mainly on twitter) and I got such an overwhelming response! Thank you to everyone who linked me their books. My first read off this long list of the twitter writing community, is a supernatural, detective horror by Chrissey Harrison, Mime.
Chrissey Harrison describes herself as “a wearer of many hats. Metaphorical hats, that is, not so much real hats. Although sometimes real hats. At the moment I mostly wear my writer hat, my designer and my crafter hat.” This can be seen in her writing, especially in the characters. Chrissey is predominantly a writer of supernatural thrillers and other spec genre fiction. She is also the proud owner of an 18 year old goldfish called Ambition, something I am astounded by seeing as my goldfish never lasted more than 5. (RIP all my fishy friends).
From first glance at the cover, I was getting some serious “It” vibes with the creepy cover, but from reading the first few pages I was delighted to find a writing style that did not reflect my Stephen King preconceptions. (This is not a bad thing in anyway as I am not big fan of King’s writing style!) Books, like with films, I don’t watch trailers or read the blurb as I like to go into a book with no preconceptions. Trying to avoid the cover however is a problem, the same with film posters so I let myself have that one. I had no idea of the plot, characters or themes of the book when I started to read and I am so glad I made that decision.
Mime looks like it is going to be the first book of a killer series. I mean that in both terms of the word. Usually I am not a fan of a book flipping from different perspectives, but the way this is written with both characters being almost on the same plotline makes it more of an insight into each characters mind rather than a flip-flop about a complex world. The characters are very unique meaning that you can follow them with ease and get engrossed quickly. The story did not take long to start, something I love in a book. There is nothing worse than waiting around for 100 pages waiting for something of interest to happen. Straight in there with what’s happening and the weird.
In terms of the three “Cs” in the thriller genre: the contract, the clock, and the crucible, I feel this book checks all three. I want to go into more detail but I don’t want to give too many spoilers away, so if you don’t want spoilers, look away now!