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Bath in Spring

It would appear a party trick of mine is missing the blossoms each year. When I was a teenager living in Cornwall I took them for granted - they grew in all the hedgerows surrounding my parents' garden. If I was feeling especially playful I would pluck a few on my way to the bus and pin them in my hair (this was about the time when my style met somewhere between Alice in Wonderland and Florence Welch, I had a lot of fun with clothing in sixth form).

Since moving to Bath in 2011 I see less greenery on the whole. Bath is by no means lacking in parks, however between my university commitments and agoraphobia that piqued during my first few years in the city, I never had the energy to just get outside and explore. As such, even in more recent years it rarely strikes me to visit the greener areas of the city, despite the fact that when I visit my family in Cornwall I'll spend as much time as possible out in nature. As a result of my being relatively unacquainted with our local parks, I have missed the blossoms almost every year. I'd see them on Instagram and think I must make an effort to go to the park, but life would always divert my attention until they'd all withered and fallen. I'd spot them in passing walking to the bus stop or work, but I never stopped and enjoyed them the way I had when I was just a bit younger.

This year I decided to break my streak. The moment blossoms began appearing, I made plans to head to our nearest park (Henrietta Park) with our camera in tow. Truthfully, it's been a very long time since I've taken a proper camera on one of our adventures. A couple of years back I took my camera everywhere on the off chance I'd find a pretty location for shooting outfit photos; I wrote a personal style blog, and I became so obsessed with creating content that I began to live my life through a 50mm lens. In time I grew tired, and decided to put the camera down. I felt like I was never truly present, and I needed to learn to experience life again without feeling the need to document it. Once I'd put a little distance between myself and blogging I remembered why I'd started doing it in the first place - for the love of photography and writing.

Taking these photos amongst the blossoms rekindled my love of photography. It reminded me how much I enjoy taking photos with Grant, passing the camera to and fro, seeing what images we can capture without the obligation to immortalise a certain outfit or product - enjoying a passion we've shared since the earliest years of our relationship.
This is why I've started Siren and Rose. It wasn't blogging in it's entirety that I'd grown tired of - it was the manner in which I'd come to approach it. What was once a platform for me to harmoniously share two of my favourite creative mediums became an opportunity to make money, and that's where things got muddled. When profit came into the picture, lecturers, advisers, and other 'adults' in my life began to pay attention, and encouraged me to look at my creative space as a potential career. For many wonderful bloggers out there, this works, but for me it didn't.

2017 is a transitional year for us. This summer we're moving down to Cornwall and downsizing our lifestyle in order to save for a house deposit. It's a time in our lives that I want to enjoy and document, albeit in a relaxed manner. Once we're in Cornwall we'll have so much natural beauty on our doorstep, and I love the idea of having a place where I can share any photos and thoughts I may collect during our time there. Downsizing will come with it's challenges, and in some ways I will miss the city I have come to think of as home, so I'm forcing myself to do what I failed to do in my earlier years in Bath - get outside and explore. I want to meet new people, find new places, and enjoy our new life.

For the first time in a very long time, I've been excited about sharing a blog post. That feeling is pretty great.

8 comments

  1. I'm so thrilled you have started blogging again! My favourite aspect was always yours and Grant's beautiful photography, I can't wait to see more! :)

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  2. Yes yes yes to all of this!! I've taken a step back from all collaborations at the moment unless it's something I'm really really interested in.
    We also did blossom photos this weekend! Love these, can't wait to see what else you do! x

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  3. Only a few days ago I saw some photos from your old blog on pinterest and thought how much I miss reading your posts. I'm so pleased you've started blogging again!

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  4. It's so good to see you blogging again! :) Beautiful photography. Moving to Cornwall sounds exciting to me!

    T x

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  5. I've been following you for more years than I can count! When I understood you were getting tired of blogging, I felt a bit sad, though I knew it was for you to feel better. HOW HAPPY am I to discover you started blogging again! Welcome back <3

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  6. I always loved your beautiful and bright photos. I am glad that you returned to the blog.

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  7. Yay! I'm so happy to see you're blogging again - I hit the follow button immediately! These photos are so beautiful and I can't wait to see what is to come <3

    G is for Gingers xx

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