Vintage Sundays

Shopping. Admittedly I haven’t done much of it since moving to Glasgow, just because finances are more demanding in the city, but I’ve been working really hard lately (6 or 7 days every day for the past month) and fancied a spending spree. In particular we decided to hit the vintage shops in the West End for a bit of a different experience, something neither of us had done before. However, my big aim today was to buy a longboard, but despite wandering around for hours we couldn’t find any skate shops open. First thing tomorrow I’ma hit up Boardwise!

 
 

Greek Salad

Oh, I do love my life in Glasgow, and one of those (trivial) things that makes me love it is having a deli on my doorstep. Fresh fruit and veg makes me happy, as does this wee tub of greek salad I treated myself to today.

 
 

The Great Scottish Outdoors

This has to be the hottest day of the year so far, right? My pink shoulders are testament to this. My friend and I decided to jump in the Mini, speed out of the city and spend the day beach and forest hopping. We also brought my dog, Indie, which was a bit of a gamble as she doesn’t travel well, but we all had lots of fun. Gah, Scotland is so pretty!

 
 

“Gimme that biscuit”

Indie gets what she wants with that face. Also, ƒ1.4 on a full frame camera, mmm. I know I’ve been shooting with the 50mm and 5D for a year now, but I still get excited by it.

 
 

Pretty Things: Maps

When @rougebert tweeted about a wee gem of a map he’d just bought, I had to check it out. After all, having not long moved to Glasgow and with an apparently growing interest in maps, it sounded like something I could benefit from. Turns out there were other maps too, and I ended up buying “How To Find Old New York” and “It’s Nice To Be Alone In Paris”. Funnily enough, Paris has been on my mind a lot lately. As mentioned in my last post, I’m eager to take a break somewhere in Europe, and with Paris being a city I’ve never visited as an adult as well as being so close to Britain, it’s likely to happen at some point soon.

 
 

Travels

I clocked this amazing journal on The Paperie whilst I was casually browsing stationery (does anyone else casually browse stationery?). Last year I got bit by the travel bug after getting on my first flight in 5 years (which followed with a trip to New York, then Florida and onto Belfast, all in the space of 4 weeks!). This year it looks to be a busy one with work, though I plan on getting away at some point, even if it is to a European city for a long weekend. Owning my camera has definitely surged an interest in travel for me; not the relaxed, beach holidays that you typically go on to recharge your batteries, but the rich-in-culture adventures that make me and my 5D explode with excitement. I’m going to fill this journal with notes and postcards and everything else.

Be sure to check out The Paperie if you’re into “casually browsing stationery” and use discount code girlwithacamera to get 10% off.

 
 

Olay The Shar-Pei

I know, I have this terrible habit of stopping people and asking if I can photograph their dogs. I wish I was even half as confident asking if I could photograph them, but that’s never the case. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never actually seen a Shar-Pei in real life. They’re quite simply not common dogs in Scotland. Couple that with the fact Olay is a mere 9 weeks old and you can imagine my heart melted a wee bit.

 
 

Greg’s House Party

My friend, Greg, held a house party to celebrate turning 25. It was the day I received my new Bowens umbrella, and naturally I really wanted to play around with it. Soo, I thought it would be great fun if I set my Speedlite up in a corner of the room and attempted a “Photo booth” type thing. It was a big hit, every body loved it (especially once loosened up after a few drinks) and some interesting photos were taken. I think these are my favourite.

 
 

Arabic Gary

Does anyone else have friends that turn up at their house dressed in authentic Arabic garments when they are in fact Scottish? Probably just me.

 
 

It’s all about the roast…

I can’t remember the last time I had a Sunday roast. It was very likely when I lived with my parents, which was a good 7 years ago. I’m not sure what brought the notion on but I just had to have one today! So a trip to Big Slope with Ryan was in order, followed by hot chocolate at Eati Boutiquie. I had been meaning to stop by there before; a “delicatessen and vintage boutique”, which doesn’t seem to be such a rare thing in Glasgow.

My family is also visiting this evening as they’re off to some big do in Glasgow (I wasn’t invited, but I’d rather stay home and play Dragon Age II as I’ve just worked 6 of the last 7 days). Naturally, I took photos of them in their dresses. My sister made the one she’s wearing in the picture.

Man, it felt good to whore my camera today. I love how something so simple makes me so happy.

 
 
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