November 23, 2016

GratitudeIt has been a tough few days (actually a tough year but let’s focus on the last few days). We lost a chicken on Monday and that upset me more than I expected it would and yesterday, Steve and I went to a funeral as our friend Alexia lost her dad.
12 months after losing mine, feeling her intense pain and re-living the sense of loss and sadness we all felt, was extremely draining and painful.
We, as a group of friends, have spent far too many times at the Crematorium these past few months…4 times in total, that’s one loved one gone every 3 months.
Yet today, with tears in my eyes and my whole body aching, I want to feel grateful for all we have.



August 30, 2016

A glimpse of SummerSqueezing the last drop of our Summer holidays before back to school…

We went to the Futuroscope on Friday (blog post to come) and Le Chateau de Versailles today (photos to follow too) and both were great in complete different ways.

I like taking the girls to things that wouldn’t even enter their sphere of interest. Versailles felt like a chore when I mentioned it to them yet in the end we had a great day the four of us with my mum.

I know the day will come when we will cherish and remember this day together fondly.

I took this photo of Lily on our way back from Versailles. I know it’s out of focus but I still love it. Sometimes things don’t have to be perfect to be loved…

How was Summer for you?

Summer ’16 The Edit | Tanned, bruised and sweaty

July 27, 2016

Skating is a dirty job but someone has to do itThe first month of Mila‘s Summer holidays is almost over and boy…we’ve been really busy living and I’m happy with that. With Brexit and Nice, I’m more than ever determined to give my child the happy childhood she deserves and create happy memories she can cherish in years to come.

I have been practising photography a lot which you may have noticed on my Instagram and Mila’s and it has allowed me to gain some peace through the recent events and our first Summer without dad. I still feel tearful when I think about it but photography has given me an escape and has enabled me to focus on the beautiful side of the world and remain hopeful.

I have been watching a lot of tutorials from Creative Live (in English) and Objectif Photographe (in French) and I feel I’ve made some progress since our trip to Portugal but I still have a long way to go. I haven’t tackled digital editing yet but I’m trying to show my face more and do more style & fashion shots. Both are a big challenge.

I’m dying to get the Olympus Pen F which would make my life as a Blogger easier on so many levels but I’ve saved so much to buy myself this Canon Mark III that I’ve decided to not cut corners and learn my camera inside out before I treat myself to another one. It’s so easy to get tempted to the next toy especially when it’s lighter and easier but I feel I need to walk the talk on this and be patient.

Mila has been surfing and skating a lot. Yesterday, she did both back to back and ended up pretty tired, hot and sweaty when I took these shots, yet she still asked for more today.SUMMER ’16 THE EDIT | TANNED, BRUISED AND SWEATYWe are both surfing.
My body is covered with bruises, my fingers hurt from getting tangled in the leash, my hair looks like a mess after 2 hours in salty water but I’m loving it. I have no idea how long it will take me to reach a good level. I seem to spend weeks learning little things and suddenly in one class, every comes together and flows nicely and the day after, I’m useless but it doesn’t matter. I love being by the sea…SO much.SUMMER ’16 THE EDIT | TANNED, BRUISED AND SWEATYI have been using René Furterer protective Summer oil to protect my hair and apply Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse on my face and body at night to restore my skin. This year, I’m SFP 50 all the wayshe says wishing she had started 20 years ago.

How is your Summer going?


Life with mila | the credit card

July 23, 2016

Life with Mila | The credit card

Mila: “Papa…at what age can I have a credit card?”
Steve: “31”
Mila: “Really!? But Hayley has one and she is like 21”
Steve: “Yeah but its 21 in New-Zealand. In France it’s a weird rule but it’s 31”
Mila: “OK…”fun father & daughter conversation