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New Year's Day

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New Years Day at the beach, Durham coastline, England | Emma Lamb

A brand new day of a brand new year and I got to spend some of it visiting my most favourite part of the British coastline in North East England. It was dull, damp and grey, but oh so beautiful! The tide was high, the waves were a wee bit choppy and the sound was wonderful. Crashing waves echoing against the cliffs, the trickle of pebbles as the waves flowed back to where they came from and the slight fizzing of the sea foam. Just perfect!


New Years Day at the beach, Durham coastline, England | Emma Lamb
New Years Day at the beach, Durham coastline, England | Emma Lamb
New Years Day at the beach, Durham coastline, England | Emma Lamb

As for new years resolutions, I am a firm believer in those small but achievable goals. None of this nonsense like giving up chocolate to save the inches on the belly, but instead only choose to buy the chocolate I really love even if it is almost twice the price of my usual brand. This way I'm more likely not to buy it so often, therefore savour the wee stash I do have squirreled away and inevitably save those inches! You just can't beat logic like that... ;)

New Years Day at the beach, Durham coastline, England | Emma Lamb
New Years Day at the beach, Durham coastline, England | Emma Lamb
New Years Day at the beach, Durham coastline, England | Emma Lamb

There is one thing in particular that I want to try a wee bit harder at this year and that is my photography, learn how to use my camera properly and and use it as a way to explore my world in all it's pretty details. Now remember I said small, achievable goals so you won't find me sitting down to read my camera manual any time soon. No, I want to learn by doing, I want to make mistakes and discover wee tricks on my own or at least try doing it this way for a wee while. So my resolution is to try and take a few pictures everyday, keep my camera with me whenever possible and see what there is to be seen.
I have to say that so far I'm doing okay, not great, but okay. I have only had one day of 'none photographing' but that was because I was working on a very special project for a very dear friend. I have had a couple of days of last minute pictures before going to bed! Not all of my results are great, mostly okay... but this is only the start of this resolution and hopefully they will get better! Of course I'll be sharing any pictures I'm not ashamed of, that is unless the really bad ones have a 'giggle factor' that I don't mind you all having a wee giggle at!

Emma, x

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goblin king, goblin king!

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River Wear, Durham, England | Emma Lamb

So as promised here are a few sunny pictures from our walk along the river in Durham last week, in the pic above you can just see the very top of Durham Cathedral behind the trees. Then if you look really closely you should be able to spot a stone throne on the river bank below the cathedral?


Here's a closer look...

It is a public sculpture created by the sculptor Colin Wilbourn in 1988 when he was artist in residence at the cathedral. Although when I first saw it I just assumed that it had been made with reclaimed sculptures found within the grounds of the cathedral itself, but of course I was wrong. If any few hundred year old carvings were found in such good condition as this I'm sure they wouldn't be left out on the river bank to be weathered by the elements?!

Kathedra : Colin Wilbourn, 1988 - Durham, England | Emma Lamb
Kathedra : Colin Wilbourn, 1988 - Durham, England | Emma Lamb
Kathedra : Colin Wilbourn, 1988 - Durham, England | Emma Lamb

Even so, I am absolutely fascinated with all these wonderful faces (as was my camera which kept doing the face recognition thingy, much to my amusement!) as it reminds me of one of my most favourite childhood (and adulthood) films - Labyrinth!

Kathedra : Colin Wilbourn, 1988 - Durham, England | Emma Lamb
Kathedra : Colin Wilbourn, 1988 - Durham, England | Emma Lamb
Kathedra : Colin Wilbourn, 1988 - Durham, England | Emma Lamb

I'm wondering if it was in any way influenced by the film which was released in 1986, two years before this sculpture was put on display. My suspicions were raised by this last picture of a face hidden at the very bottom amongst all the weeds, surely I'm not the only one who thinks it bears an uncanny resemblance to one of the talking door knockers (the one on the right with the ring in it's mouth)?! Maybe a 'homage' to the film or maybe it is just me?!

Kathedra : Colin Wilbourn, 1988 - Durham, England | Emma Lamb

Anyhoo, now we're back to the title of this post and the huge crush I had on David Bowie, aka Jareth the Goblin King, after watching this fabulous film... *swoon*

Emma, x

ps - I've put more pics up on my flickr pages if you'd like to see?!

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