Little Mo, and so went with an as opposite a cat as you can get. He may look petite, but in fact, as these pictures are already a couple of months old, it's funny now to see him looking so "small". So first of all he is a he, long haired and a Main Coon, the largest domestic cat breed there is. They are the closest you can get to having a dog without having an actual dog. He plays fetch, follows you around the house all the time and is super social. He simply just wants to be with you, as much as he can. Little Mo was often hiding somewhere, and wouldn't dream of playing with a room full of kids like it was nothing. I still well up sometimes thinking about her, and at one point I did think why on earth are we getting another cat that we will love and lose - again. But I'm hoping that we will have many years of fun with this furry dude, and I'd rather have known him than not at all.
Oh hey there. That was quite a break... I didn't mean to disappear like that, but I didn't have a great start to the year. I put it down to a mid-life crisis of sorts (I did turn 40 last year after all), and felt that I had to more or less stop everything and start building myself up from scratch again. I ended up putting my camera down, but kept going on Instagram, as it for me is just the light, fluffy, nonsense type of picture taking that I can carry on with, regardless of what else is going on. I'm still not fully connected to my camera yet, but I'm getting there. I still have to get to the point where I carry it with me everywhere again. I'm feeling better now, and I'm actually grateful that I went through what I did as it shook up things up. I was coasting along not realising that I was getting too set in my ways (some of them bad), and that at this point in my life (hopefully half-way through!), it was time for a change. I'll be back with more soon, but I'm not putting any pressure on myself to do so. It's gotta feel right at the end of the day. Life's too short innit.
Et voila - the last of the LA pics. I'm annoyed with myself that I didn't take that many pictures; for years I'd imagined going back there and not giving my camera a rest, but once we arrived I kind of switched off. Which I guess is what makes a trip like this a holiday, haha! Never mind. There's always a next time. Have a great weekend!
I might be a bit hormonal today, but looking at these pictures I feel really grateful that we got to go on this trip. And that we got to hang out with friends and family, enjoy beautiful weather and views, whether they were of national parks, the sea, the valley or the moon. It's both a blessing and a curse to have my dearest so spread across the globe... My husband has been away on the other side of the world for a week, and I plan on giving him the biggest bear hug I can muster when he gets back tonight. And I think I have a few phone calls to make to friends and family, and let them know that I miss them too.
Did I already say we spent a lot of time in cars on our holiday? I know. I did. We spent a LOT of time in cars. So to entertain myself I messed about with the slow shutter one evening (and no, I wasn't driving when I took these). This is how they came out. I think I'll call this series ' On the road again'...
Green Acres Ranch, which is run by my friend J's sister and her partner. It's a truly special place. Looking back at all of my pics from LA it's very clear that I wasn't in "blog mode", something that I find I very rarely am these days. And I really wish I had been, because had I, I would've taken so many more pictures of this place; my eyes were so happy there. It's a holiday let (it's even on Airbnb), so if you do go I highly recommend it as a place to stay. I really hope that we'll go again, and stay for longer. One night isn't enough.