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Port D’ Andratx

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In Port D’ Andratx, we strolled along the harbour front – there were so many boats, restaurants, bars and boutiques. Most of the restaurants were pricey but we did come back one evening for our 18th month anniversary!

As you can see, we had ice-creams. We had to! The one in the picture was pistachio flavoured. I got a lemon sorbet in the pot, as always.

See Andratx pictures here.

Artist In The Limelight: Chloe Hall

Again, thanks to Twitter, I discovered the lovely work of an illustrator from Leicester, Chloe Hall. I adore her work, especially that she adds embroidery on her illustrations. I thought it is very clever and bold thing to do.


 Hey Chloe! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hello! My name is Chloe Hall, with help from De Montfort University’s Enterprise Inc scheme I have been able to do what I love and start a business as a freelance illustrator! I live in Leicester, and have recently turned my shed into a little studio to do all my drawing, making and tea drinking.
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How did you become an artist?

I didn’t really have a set plan to become an artist, I studied graphic design & art at A Level, enjoyed it a lot so decided to carry it onto a foundation course, thats when I realised I really wanted to do art as a career and went onto complete a degree in Graphic Design & Illustration, which was really fun! I was then fortunate enough to get a place on the Enterprise Inc Scheme through De Montfort and I haven’t really stopped drawing since I finished uni!

How would you describe your art?

My art I would say is quite delicate, hand crafted and often humorous, I like adding textile elements into my work to give it more detail.
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Andratx, Majorca

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While we were staying in Camp De Mar, we visited Andratx for a day. It is a small town with few stuff to see – town hall, gardens, church and pretty houses. What I enjoyed the most about the trip was their colourful window shutters, most of them were green or blue, which were really nice against those beige houses.

We also hopped on a bus to Port D’ Andratx later that afternoon but I will be sharing pictures in the next post.

Been there?

Camp De Mar – Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Nikon D700

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I finally upgraded my DSLR after months of researching and deciding which DSLR I should go for. I don’t have a lot of money so I needed to be 100% sure before spending.

I had Nikon D80, which was a really great camera for me as a beginner but now that I know more about photography and as always, keen to pursue a photography career, I wanted a better camera.

So I got the lovely second hand Nikon D700 from eBay. I was also eyeing on some Canon DSLRs (I enjoyed using Canon EOS Mark II on my trip to Columbia Road Flower Market) but it made more sense for me to buy a Nikon because I have three Nikkor lenses already and buying new Canon lenses as well as Canon DSLR would be too expensive.

This weekend, I’ve had an opportunity to test it and I LOVE it already. I am cat-sitting at the moment so when Remus got up from his morning nap and came to me asking for food, I grabbed a chance to take pictures but it turned out the 15 minutes long sweat-inducing exercise! Who knows photographing a cat is so hard!

I also hunted for wide lens, wider than my usual 50mm f/1.8 and snapped up an affordable Nikkor 35mm f/2 from eBay, again. It is absolutely a beautiful lens, very fast too.

I am very pleased with my D700 and new lens. I am excited to use it more, collecting memories and beauty of this world.

So, tell me what DSLR do you own?

Shedquarters Purchase

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Discovering Shedquarters on Twitter is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I am borderline obsessed with stationery and this little online shop is right up my street. I am not just loving their stationery, but their style and consistent branding. They also has accessories, homeware and prints sections.

I went to buy a pocket sized planner, Minimal Planner for my business. What is brilliant about it is that we can start using it anytime because there are no fixed dates. While the paper is obviously good quality, it is also lightweight and will be easily to be packed into a bag if you need it when you are out.

It comes in three colour options: Navy, Coral and Green. I chose Coral but excuse my slightly poor photography, the colour somehow came out more orange than it really is.

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As you may know, I appreciate small lovely details, I absolutely love the mint green stitching down the side.

The shopping experience was smooth and receiving the post, it was wonderfully packaged – like I said, their consistent branding is spot on. The picture on the top of the post says it all.

If you know any shops that sells pretty stationery, send me links.

Have you shopped at Shedquarters before? If not, check them out!

Camp De Mar | Part 3

Like I mentioned in the first post about Camp De Mar, there was a rocky beach right front of the villa we stayed and we had to climb down a ladder to swim in the sea. I wish I brought a waterproof disposable camera, pictures underwater would have been so pretty with all those fish in various size, shape and colour as well as seaweeds, which were in the mixtures of red, purple and brown colour.
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Moving on but still about sea – one day it was really cloudy and windy, there were strong waves and they looked interesting against the cliffs so I whipped out my Nikon F4 and challenged myself to take photographs of them, which after developing them I think I’ve kinda failed miserably, in capturing the waves breaking, but some shots are lovely.

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I am really liking the colour combination – browns, yellows, whites, blues… I’d love to try to paint one of those pictures!

What do you reckon? 

Read my Part 1 and 2 here and here

Camp De Mar | Part 2

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As you can see, there were so many palm trees and succulents to admire. I love the fact that Peckham has palm trees (yes!) so whenever I go to the town, I feel like I am at a holiday. Especially at the summer times. I went to Peckham – which is only 10 mins away on the bus – on Thursday and it was like I never left! If I have a massive garden, it will sure be covered with palm trees and succulents. And flowers. They make me happy.

Check out Part 1 here.