Just Like Starting Over….

I’m now officially a student. Today i received my welcome information from the OCA.

I have seen my first assignment and cannot wait to start. So here goes…

Photography 1: Expressing your Vision

Assignment one – ‘Square Mile’

I need to produce between 6 and 12 images in response to the concept of ‘The Square Mile’.  This concept is within Welsh culture.  It is a connection between people and their childhood surroundings.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot since reading the brief. Where do I go? What do I photograph? I remember spending a lot of time in my grandparents’ garden. What felt like a huge landscape of trees, plants, bushes, sheds and two ponds full of life. My Granddad and I used to walk down our own ‘Yellow Brick Road’ that led to an apple tree at the bottom of the garden.  I wonder if the tree is even still there?  The ponds are overgrown now and little time is spent maintaining the garden due to their inevitable ageing. But it would be great to tell the story visually.  I’ve already thought about what images to photograph; The path, the bench (if it’s still there) the ponds, and the apple tree; my Grandad sitting on the bench or stood near the tree.

There is also a place called Bathpool, which I also used to visit frequently.  My dad used to take us to collect conkers from the many trees there.  We used to sit and watch the trains go by and I always remember wanting to play on the ski slope that ran alongside it. Not to mention the eerie feeling when walking past the area where Leslie Whittle was murdered. Even though it happened before I was born, it always gave me the creeps, yet I always wanted to explore the area.

I’m going to visit my grandparents’ house on Wednesday after work to check it out.

In the meantime, I am going to do more reading on this Square Mile concept….

hwyl fawr for now 🙂


It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day….

…And I am actually feeling good.

I’ve enrolled on a Photography course; BA (Hons) to be precise.  I am in the mode for study. I can’t wait.

I started this course back in 2007 so have a little idea of what is expected. I was young, free and single back then. A lot of distractions came my way and I ended up quitting. I’m a bit of a quitter actually, but having kids has made me realise that I can’t quit. No matter how hard things are, I have to keep going.  I need to apply that to my course.  I used to think I had no time.  Since kids, I’ve realised I had loads of the stuff. I don’t have as much time anymore but I know how to organise it better.  I no longer work full-time and basically, once the kids are in bed (by 8pm) I am wasting at least 3 hours per night. Time spent doing nothing.  I’ve never been a massive fan of the TV and everything these days can be recorded anyway!

By the way…even though this is intended to be my learning journey for my course, I am going to post other stuff on here. Personal things I get up to…days out with the kids…blah blah blah. It won’t overtake though so just bare with me while I add a little about my family to make me feel like I’m being a good mummy by including them! Ha! Oh…and expect the odd moans and groans of motherhood. Tonight I had a war with my eldest at bedtime.  I’m beginning to hate bedtimes for this reason. He does it most nights. He wants me to repeat word-for-word everything he says and he won’t quit. He would happily have me stood at the bottom of the stairs for the entire night doing it. And when I don’t do it and try the ‘ignore method’, he just screams the house down.  I half expect the police to knock one night. If I heard a child scream like that from next-door, I’d be on the phone to social services! Well, I would have been before I’d experienced parenthood myself! Haha!

So that’s me. My first blog post is done. I feel even more positive than when I typed my first word.

Welcome to my world….Happy reading

I am about to start studying for my BA (Hons) in Photography and want to use this as my learning journal.