What happened to this year?
I mean, it has literally flown by. Things have moved so fast I just can’t believe it.
We have been so busy and are so thankful for that. Shooting weddings that have taken us abroad to places like South Africa (our old home), Prague and our firm favourite – Mauritius (so much so that I keep scouring properties out there!). I still do a fair amount of freelance retouching and have had a hectic schedule doing this during November and December at Mario Testino’s retouching studio in London.
The New Year shows no sign of let up either! We are off to Liverpool to shoot a big Jewish Wedding, an intimate wedding in Windsor and finally a local wedding to be held at Wotton House in Dorking, Surrey – where we live. And that just takes us to the end of January!
Christmas for us is a time spent with close friends.
Being away from “home” for so long we don’t have the luxury of celebrating with our family.
Usually we set up webcam conversations on Skype or have lengthy telephone calls with our nearest and dearest in in South Africa.
This is the first year that I don’t get to do that with my Dad. A lot of you who are friends with me on Facebook will already know, but I lost my father very suddenly to a heart attack in January this year. He was only 54. I have included a few family snaps at the end of this post in memory of him. I think of him every single day – even more so during the festive season. My step-mother is now fighting cancer and our thoughts and love are with her too. I can’t wait to see all of our friends and family in South Africa when we spend a whole month there in March / April.
The Black Christmas Tree
Two years ago I saw a black Christmas Tree with silver decorations in the window of a quirky furniture shop in Dorking.
I loved it. I had to have it.
They where kind enough to let me know where they bought it and off I went in search of my black Christmas Tree.
Black, Red and Gold…
The natural hand made decorations where bought from Oxfam
in memory of my Dad…
My Dad with my Step-Mom, My Dad and I, My Mom Dad and Oupa (Grandpa) – love those jumpers! 1970’s