Blogtacular Photowalk West - behind the camera

So you know when I said I hadn't taken as many photos as last year in my last post, well looks like I still had a huge heap to share! At heart I'm a people watcher and I'm used to photographing events so clearly couldn't help myself and took lots of people shots. Just look at all that wonderful colour and pattern. Photowalks are so good for the soul, spending the afternoon with like minded people and seeing the city from a different angle.

Blogtacular Photowalk West 2017

Last year I had the most wonderful and inspirational, if not exhausting time at Blogtacular that I wanted to return again for a second year. I was in two minds whether to apply for a place on a photowalk as I didn't think I would get a place having been on it last year. But yay! I got a place on Photowalk West with a meeting point of Victoria so bonus - even closer to home than last year! Looking back on last year's posts I didn't take quite as many photos but it was great to explore a new patch with a tribe of like minded people. We wandered through the streets of Belgravia and ending up on the King's Road in Chelsea. Not an area I know at all so it was good to see different city to the city I call home. Here's what I saw.

A postcard from Oxford

So this year I turned 44. Not quite sure how that happened but thems the facts. Now I love celebrating my birthday. Every year I turn into an even bigger kid than I normally am, annoying OH for weeks going on and on and on about my birthday. I'd arrange to meet all my mates for drinks which is great as I'm a bit of a social butterfly and have lots of different groups of friends who don't normally see each other except at my birthday. And I'd been doing this for at least 20 years. But this year something was different. This year I just didn't feel like celebrating it. I can't explain it but there was no anticipation, no excitement, no giddiness. Not quite sure what happened. Perhaps it was because it was on a Monday. Or perhaps I'm (whispers) old..... BUT the one tradition I did uphold was meeting up with my photo buddy and going for an adventure. For the past couple of years we have been going to one of my favourite places on the planet Great Dixter but this year I figured we should go there during a different flowering season so suggested a day out to Oxford. Not sure why Oxford but it's a city I've always loved since I've been a kid. Oh and I'm a massive Morse addict. So here is my postcard from a very sunny Oxford.