Long Exposure of Loch Lomond – Inchmurrin

What not to love about Scotland, it offers so many opportunities to take photos. This time I was on the island of Inchmurrin on the waters of Loch Lomond. I have recently been on holiday on Inchmurrin, one of three habited islands on Loch Lomond. I wasn’t here for photography and never went looking for images, but my camera was always with me, more for family images but just in case I stumbled across a composition. We ventured to the far end of island and decided to try a different route back following the shore line round the island. We…

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The Ultimate Burger Recipe

I love burgers, no doubt about it, im boring too when it comes to eating out, I always opt for the burger on the menu, I just cant seem to help myself. When ever I get the opportunity I will make my own in the house, nothing beats homemade food especially a burger, If its done right of course, or in this case if its done my way. Please read all ingredients and method before proceeding What you will need This is a hard one really apart from the obvious you can put what ever you want on it. My…

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Healthy Eating with Meal Prepping

Im certainly not going to sit here and try to tell you that i am the healthiest chap going! But whilst the woman indoors likes to keep a tight fist on our breakfasts and teas being always home cooked and healthy – if i had my way I would eat utter crap breakfast dinner and tea and still chuck in some seriously bad snacks for good measure.  Im not stupid – I know its bad for me – my problem is is that im just damned lazy and cant be bothered to prepare anything for myself. Lunches are the only…

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Simple creative photography

Now that we are half way through the year and the dark nights are slowly rolling in I thought I would look back at some old photos. What I love about the dark nights is the creativity it can offer, from long exposures of cityscapes, to stars, to painting with light. When we were in Scotland, we knew because of the time of year it would get dark pretty early on so I wouldnt have to keep my kids up to late to be able to get a photo. Every time we go away we always take sparklers with us,…

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Wild Intrigue – a chance to be Re-Wilded!

Recently me and the family threw caution to the wind and took an evening trip up to Northumberland on a school night to explore the great outdoors, and to be re-wilded! We attended a Mini Expedition with Wild Intrigue for a Bats and Pizza night at Wild Northumbrian.  We have stayed here a few times so the choice of venue was familiar to us. The place still excites us each time we get to visit. Its filled with such natural beauty and every time we have stayed we have been reluctant to leave. When we arrived on site we were warmly greeted by…

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Using Photobooks to save memories – Saal Digital

Photobooks for personal use have become a big thing these days! Gone are the times of film and photo albums made of prints. Photobooks are great for gifts, whether that be Fathers Day, Mothers Day, Birthdays, Christmas – even Valentines Day and Anniversaries. I cant be the only guilty one when it comes to my images?! I take hundreds of them and then they are stored away on a hard drive only for me to usually do nothing with them! Whoops! I have a computer full of images as well as on my mobile phone, which has thousands of images…

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Rhubard and Custard gin recipe

Gin has become a national favourite, and it feels like it has grown very quickly. There are gin bars popping up everywhere, and all are offering some very tasty and unique flavours. Ive always been one for testing out and trying new flavours in drinks, and one I continue to make every year is Sloe Gin, with my oldest bottle being from 2014, this is my vintage, im want to see if I cane leave it until its about 12 years old. Anyway I have been trying to test out different gins, I have an allotment where I grow Rhubarb…

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Big Fish Little Fish – Family Rave

Who loved the 90s? Or even better who loved a good rave back in the day? All that partying stopped since the kids came along? Well problem solved – the company Big fish Little Fish gives you the opportunity to get that rave feeling but in a family orientated environment. I mean obviously you cant sink numerous pints and leave for a cheeky takeaway at an ungodly hour. But its a safe rave that allows adults to dance along with their kids to some top Djs and have a really good time, with decent food and drinks for sale. I…

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That time I lost my sons shoe -Mocc ons Review-

Ever heard of Sock Ons? The clever design that go over babies feet to keep their socks in place? Well the same designers have also got a similar product – Moccons. Using the same concept – the slipper socks are thicker material with little moccasins attached to the bottom.  They range in size from 6-12 months up to 2-3 years and come in a variety of unisex designs to go with all outfits. We were kindly gifted a pair and I chose the navy stripes as they caught my eye and were likely to go with most outfits. Elijah has been…

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Looking fly for a bearded guy!

Ive never been one to have a full on beauty routine (can men say this???!!) ; more so because I didn’t think it was masculine to be moisturising after a wash.  Since having a beard I have always used a beard oil but i’ve never been one to use any other products on my skin, ie scrubs or moisturiser.I should as I do suffer from dry skin from time to time and doing my current job I often rock up home absolutely filthy. I have used many brands of oils for my beard and I am yet to find one…

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The Curry Guy Easy book Giveaway

I have been a long time follower of The Curry Guy on Social Media, back in the day when there was only a blog! But now The Curry Guy – Dan Toombs, has 2 books; The Curry Guy and his latest new release Curry Guy Easy. I ordered his first book on pre release a while back and once I received it, for many months our Saturday nights became curry night and we would try a different recipe each week. His recipes are so easy to follow and honestly taste like the real thing. When ever I get the chance…

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Rayrigg Meadows in Windermere

Rigrigg Meadows is located on the shores of Windermere, just before you get to Bowness. Its a nice walk around through woodland and waterfalls and the water edge itself. you do have to pay for car parking and it can get quite expensive in Windermere, I think it costs about £3 for 2 hours and up to £10 all day. There are also toilets in the car park but you have to pay to access those. I went here for Sunset and Sunrise on 2 separate days, the Sunset worked out pretty well, however Sunrise didn’t happen and it was…

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Camping in Seahouses – Springhill Farm

  At last, we made it on to our first camping trip, and actually survived it. We took delivery of our first folding camper at the beginning of the year but due to having no tow bar on any of our vehicles and the time of year we put off until we got some essentials sorted. Guess what came today. I can wait to go on real engish holidays. Anyone recommend any? Anywhere in the country pic.twitter.com/qxfh4DJu8X — lewis brown (@adventure_brown) January 16, 2018 So for our first trip we wanted to stay reasonably close to home just in case,…

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Family photos by a professional photographer

In our family I am usually the one behind the camera taking the photos and as a result I’m hardly ever in the images. Unless I set up my camera on a tripod, set the timer and dash back to get in the shot. It’s time consuming and doesn’t usually get the results I am looking for. When we go out for days or even go on holiday, all the photos I take are of the kids enjoying themselves or with the missus and  kids. I rarely feature in any of the photos taken on my camera. The missus takes…

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Bamburgh Castle sunset photography

I have recently been camping in Seahouses, and with the beautiful Bamburgh Castle right on my door step I needed to go and photography this wonderful structure. For those who don’t know, the castle is located in Northumberland right on the North East coast, it stands high on top of the hill overlooking the North Sea. The Castle itself ofers so many photo opportunities and from so many different angles. It is part surrounded by sand dunes which make for a good foreground. I opted to stay in the dunes from the south beach, However if you want to shoot…

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Dad tips to store your children’s toys

Both of our children already have so many toys between them and yet we still seem to be collecting more. We all do it, we’re all guilty of over purchasing to some extent, and we’re all guilty of letting all the toys stack up, both old and new, most of them getting forgotten about. We live in a throw away world nowadays and yet we sometimes find ourselves never throwing anything away. Children can have so many toys, most of which just never get regularly played with. Then what happens? They end up at the bottom of a pile never…

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The Perfect Destinations For A Scenic Getaway

The best holiday destinations are visually impressive. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing trip or an adventurous excursion, you should aim to visit somewhere that has a lot to offer in terms of natural (or even manmade) beauty. Of course, there are a lot of places that fit such a description. If you’re stuck for future travel ideas then here are some of the perfect destinations for a scenic getaway. Scotland. We’ve talked a lot about the beauty of Scotland before. The shores of Loch Long in Argyll provide a natural paradise with stunning fir tree forests and the crisp…

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The Perfect Accommodation for a Family Break

Many parents worry about travelling when their children are young. Often putting it off entirely or staying relatively close to home and avoiding long drives and air travel until their children are older. This can be a shame. Travelling with young children can be wonderful. They view the world with such innocent wonder, exploring everywhere without discrimination or fear. This can be contagious. As an adult, your sense of wonder may have been deadened slightly. Travelling with a child and their infectious excitement can bring it all back. Yes, you need to be more organised and plan a little more.…

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Rusty Rivets Lab Playset GIVEAWAY (promotional)

  I have some exciting news for you all, one being a new series of Rusty Rivets is on its way and secondly we have a fabulous giveaway just in time! I have been tasked to host a giveaway of The Rusty Rivets lab playset in Partnership with Nick Jr. The new series of Rusty Rivets airs on tv from Monday 23rd April 2018! Never heard of it?? You can watch a clip here, Rusty Rivets are from the creators of the well known Canine hero’s show; Paw Patrol and is just as gripping and fun as the six pups.…

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Summit to eat, the perfect outdoor food

How many times have you been camping, went on a hike, or even gone to a festival, and the food you take just isnt suitable or palatable once it comes to eating it? Or it just takes up far too much room in your bag? I was recently approached by Summit to Eat to take a look at their dehydrated food. It got me excited as these are the types of things that appeal to me when I go out on photography trips, but even more so now as we have just bought a folding camper and plan to have…

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