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Back to this month’s blog circle and our word for June, which is Gaelic: Faodail (n) (fay-uh-day-l) a lucky find. It might refer to a found object but I’m also interpreting this as stumbling across situations and places that I hadn’t planned or known about in advance, but which felt like I was lucky to witness. My…

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  • Ana - Julie, your whole blog is a lucky find in itself. I love traveling through your photos and reading your stories. I want to know more about Mr Umbrella 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anna - That was indeed a lucky find to be there on graduation day. I love the way you capture  the students waiting for their graduation. Makes me wonder how their lives will turn out. ReplyCancel

Hiraeth is a Welsh word for which there is no exact English equivalent, but I know what it means to feel it. ‘Saudade‘ is the Portuguese word for it. In Gaelic it’s cianalas, though less melancholy. It’s like a longing for home, a homesickness without the means to return, or a yearning for a home…

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  • Ana - Ah Julie, what a beautiful interpretation, your images never disappoint. I feel your words about the Isle of Skye. I’ve only been there once a couple of years ago and I can also say I felt its “pull”. I am happy to see that you were graced with beautiful Scottish skies 🙂 and I look forward to seeing you again in Scotland this year xxReplyCancel

  • Anna - Julie, your posts never disappoint me. What a beautiful interpretation of hiraeth. And I can imagine that the Isle of Skye is pulling at you…xReplyCancel

Our blog circle word-of-the-month for April was mellifluous (adj. A sound that is sweet and smooth, pleasing to hear). As somebody with sensitive hearing I find it difficult to shut out background noise, so when I’m working at my desk I’m often grateful for the noise-cancelling headphones I bought this year! Music is very important in…

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  • Linda - I love how you have approached mellifluous through your senses. The double exposures are brilliant! And how special is Gandalf-sighting! Your son must have been so excited!ReplyCancel

  • Ana - Julie Anne, your posts never disappoint. Isn’t it great how our one Word gets us thinking the whole month. I kept saying to myself: that’s mellifluous!
    One day I will pull out all my records and reminisce.
    And how ace that you got to meet Gandalf!ReplyCancel

  • Anna - That’s a brilliant idea: double exposure! Sometimes I wish we would still play records instead of a cd. And you even met Gandalf! Julie Anne, it’s indeed what Ana writes: your posts never disappoint. XReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Spencer - Gandalf! If our blog circle was a Top Trumps game you certainly would have won with that photo! Beautiful photos as ever, I particularly like the double exposures as they work so well here. I just knew you’d focus on music and your interpretation is brilliant. xReplyCancel

The word we picked to illustrate for March is Uitwaaien – it’s Dutch so it seemed fitting as we have Anna from the Netherlands in our group. What a wonderful word it is – there’s not an equivalent in English, or any other language I can think of. It means “to take a break to clear…

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Meraki: (v) To do something with soul, creativity or love; when you leave a piece of yourself in your work. I found this work quite tricky to illustrate – or rather, I had so many ideas and so little time to actually do it justice. Meraki is a really good description of how I feel…

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  • Anna - Beautiful Julie. Meraki is about the small details in life. I love the story about your blazer and the violins. And the artwork from your daughter is beautiful. XReplyCancel

  • Anne - Oh Julie, how I LOVE the way you illustrated Meraki. It’s just beautiful. THANK YOU !ReplyCancel

  • Ana - Julie, that first image really spoke to my heart. Nothing says love and craft better than a home made quilt. You have some fine talent in your home what with sewing, music and art! A fine interpretation of Meraki xxReplyCancel

Let me introduce you to the blog circle of wonderful women I’ll be linking up with this year. I took a trip to Venice with some of these talented girls in the autumn; there are still more who I’ve only met online. We live in different parts of the UK, Europe and worldwide (hence the ‘Ineffable…

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  • Anna - What a lovely post with beautiful photos. It’s like I am there with you. I agree about the bottle. I’m the same with packaging. Love the details.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Oh my goodness your spiderweb in the freezing fog!!!! Also loved the black and white path! I loved them all, but those two jumped out at me 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Ana - After a few too many encounters with fog this winter, you have inspired me to make an effort to find the beauty in it from now on. Cake, gin, mist, a high street, a birthday boy, art and music all in one post makes for a fantastic read. I thoroughly enjoyed a peep into your life and so happy to see that you are feeling better.ReplyCancel

  • Anne - The spider’s web is like a lace doily, and the Chapel is absolutely BREATHTAKING ! Thank you so much for sharing this beauty. <3ReplyCancel

  • Vicki - There are definitely no right or wrong answers to this, I love your take on Luminescence! The chapel pictures are beautiful and I love the shot through the organza and, of course, the spiderweb. Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Spencer - Ah the colour and light, moments and movement – you really have captured it all. I always adore your photos and it is lovely to see this blog circle giving you a chance to show off those beautiful photos you take of your family life. It was a real pleasure to glance a little into your world, can’t wait until next month! xReplyCancel

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