Weekly Photo Challenge: Love

This week’s photo challenge has been really tough for me. Try as I might, I couldn’t find a photo or subject that symbolised love for me. Then today, out of the blue, my two year old goddaughter gave me the answer.

Last Friday we had a charity day in our office to raise money for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young). We raised over ¬£700, which is amazing (well done to all my generous colleagues). One of the games was ‘Name the Bear’, which I won (his name is Hugo in case you’re wondering). I strapped Hugo into the back seat of my car, and he’s been travelling around with me for the past few days.

This afternoon, I went to pick my goddaughter up to take her swimming, and as soon as she saw Hugo she exclaimed ‘Monkey!’. She immediately picked him up, cwtched (hugged) him, and didn’t want to put him down again. I was immediately reminded of my instant love for my monkey soft toy Malcolm when my dad bought him for me at a service station in Belgium when I was twelve. Malcolm has accompanied me on most of my travels ever since. So, for this weeks theme, here’s a photo of Malcolm enjoying the sunset over the Grand Canyon.

Watching the sun rise over the Grand Canyon

This post is my entry to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Love.

Beyond the Main Streets

This post is my entry to this week’s Photo Challenge: Beyond

Cities and towns across the world are each their own intricate, unique labrynth of streets. Most¬†have handy maps to guide you around, tell you which road you need to take. It’s all too easy, though, to only acknowledge the main streets, those on the map. Here in Cardiff, just like in many cities, there is a whole network of alleys and side streets just beyond the main streets that quite often go unnoticed. I’d like to share with you some of these hidden worlds from my own neightbourhood. I even found an alley that I didn’t know existed right behind my street when I was taking the photos!