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18th century colourful cottages & townhouses

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18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb

So yes, at last some pictures from our wee trip to the Lake District a couple of weeks ago - it's been a busy couple of weeks! Anyhow today I want to share a few colourful snaps from around the little town we stayed in...


18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb

The place we stayed is the historic market town of Cockermouth on the western edge of the Lake District. Pausing for a sec until the cheeky giggles die down... I know. It's unfortunate. But the town sits on the mouth of the river Cocker and that's why it has it's called Cockermouth. It's likely that if you're not English speaking this will make no sense to you, but for all of you that are I thought I would give a wee explanation. And I am sure that for anyone who is in a fit of giggles it won't be helping that I keep typing Cockermouth for you to read.

Anyhow! We stayed at the Allerdale at the east end of main street amongst the colourful 18th century buildings of St. Helen's Street and the Kirkgate. A really, really pretty part of the town! It was such a joy to wake up to these colours every morning instead of the drab sandstone of the city.

18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb
18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb
18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb
18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb
18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb

I think I spent an hour one morning snapping details and colours along St. Helen's Street and I loved that the further I went the wonkier and shabbier the buildings got. It almost felt as through I was going back in time. Some of these buildings (or at least parts of them) are close to 250 years old and have settled a little over the centuries. Roof lines aren't level anymore, chimney stacks lean over, corner walls seems to bulge disconcertingly in places and window frames have twisted in all directions. See the little red and white house below? I don't think there's a true vertical or horizontal line on it! That one is my favourite, I marvel every time I see it!

18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb
18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb
18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb

Even inside the Allerdale where we stayed the floor and ceiling were all a bit wonky too. The main staircase leading up to the rooms had that distinctive sloping in the centre. If you're wondering it was a decent place to stay. Maybe a little old fashioned inside (80s/90s old fashioned instead of a lovely historic vibe), especially in the old part of the building at the front where our room was. But it was clean and friendly and the full Cumbrian breakfasts every morning were great - Cumberland ring sausage, two rashers of bacon, black pudding, two eggs cooked to your preference, tomatoes, beans and mushrooms with tea and toast! Fantastic!! Plus the £5 per night fee for Spanner was brilliant. The Lake District is dog country after all so the wee man has to come along too :)

Emma, x

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yesterday

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My wee man Spanner in his favourite spot for snoozing, spring sunshine or not! | Emma Lamb

On any given morning this is where you will find my wee man snoozing and 'sunbathing'. I include the quotes because 'sunbathing' has absolutely nothing to do with how sunny it is.


When I ask him "Would you like to sit in the sun?" he has come to understand that as "Would you like to sleep on my bed for a few hours, temporarily elevating your status in the hierarchy of our pack and giving you the right to give me a foul look when I come back later to ask if you would like to go to the toilet?" The answer is always 'yes' btw, as indicated by an all over body shake.

Yesterday he just got lucky with the spring sunshine!

My wee man Spanner, due for another haircut at the doggy barbers next week! | Emma Lamb

Next week he goes for a haircut, a perfectly timed spiffy new 'do' for the spring sunshine arriving - those ears have been trailing in too many muddy puddles lately! Then next month he will be nine years old. My little fluffy puppy will be nine years old!? In dog years that's 63!!! He's already starting to get a little greyer around the chops...

My wee man Spanner, a little greyer around the chops than he used to be! | Emma Lamb

But he's happy (especially when snoozing!) and healthy as far as we and his vet can tell - his bladder stone and pancreatitis problems from just over a year ago are under control and his new low fat diet supplemented with white fish and fresh vegetables has done his little body the world of good. Although some days he is adamant that carrot and cucumber pieces are not treats!

Emma, x

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winter on the beach

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winter on the beach | Emma Lamb

I took these pics on a beach walk this weekend and this week I am finding myself coming back to them again and again. I've edited these a wee bit because I wanted to maximise the drama of the sunlight in the clouds and shadows on the sand. The film effect is a lovely little overlay I found at Picmonkey, I like how it helps focus you in on the details of the horizon and my welly prints. I love the sense of nostalgia it creates too, whenever I'm not at the beach I always feel nostalgic for it.


As part of Creative Courageous Year, we're being encouraged to really notice the seasonal colour around us. On today's dog walk I took so many pictures, but have yet to sort through them so I thought I would focus on these two beachy shots for today.

January can often feel like such a bleak time of year in terms of colour, especially when December is so rich and vibrant, but if there's one place I can appreciate and celebrate the bleakness it's at the beach. The simplicity of the sky, sand and sea combined with the winter light is the perfect canvas for showing off all those lovely 'bleak' non-colours at their best. You can see virtually every shade of grey imaginable at the beach on a winter's day. It's kind of cleansing in a way, like a visual detox for my colour hungry mind!

winter on the beach | Emma Lamb

Over the coming days I'll be sorting through the pics I took today looking for a little more colour than this and am hoping there will be one or two interesting winter wonders to share. Until then please do share your thoughts on January colour in the comments, I am sure it varies wildly around the world and I would love to know what it is like where you are!? Also, registration is still open for Creative Courageous Year if you would like to join in and explore your creativity alongside a very lovely group of people.

Emma, x

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studio details : a snapshot of my day

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Hello my lovelies! Today my day is looking a lot like this...

studio details : a snapshot of my day | Emma Lamb

It's been a quiet day mostly spent in my pjs, tinkering with crochet flowers and organising my FB page (organising photo albums to be precise and inadvertently deleting dozens of pictures, ho-hum) while I waited in for delivery of my new toy - a spiffy new laptop. Yay!


I am so excited about getting this thing up and running so I can faff around with it's super speedy touch screen. I haven't upgraded my work computer for years so more than anything I'm hoping for looking forward to being able to have more than two programs open at once without feeling like I've just dunked it in a pot of treacle and to no more powering off tantrums! Needless to say there are going to be a few hours of software installing and I'm expecting the inevitable 'why won't it talk to my wifi' debacle! But at least I have my crochet hooks to keep my sanity intact... well, mostly.

studio details : a snapshot of my day | Emma Lamb
studio details : at last, a fabby new toy to play with! | Emma Lamb
studio details : a snapshot of my day | Emma Lamb

So that's my exciting day, what wonderful things have you lovelies been up to!?

Emma, x

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September sunset

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dramatic cloud line over Holyrood Park, Edinburgh | Emma Lamb

Early autumn is the best for dramatic sunsets, especially from Holyrood park here in Edinburgh where you get great views over the city and a much better sky view than from the streets of tall tenement buildings...


skimming Salisbury Craggs | Emma Lamb
skimming Salisbury Craggs | Emma Lamb

Below are views of Dynamic Earth (you can see the roof suspension cables at the bottom left of the pic) the Royal Mile and Calton Hill respectively. This was my first walk around Arthur's seat in a couple of months and although I just stuck to the gentle path around the marshy pond in the centre it felt so good to be able to do it again. And what a treat to be able to capture such a fantastic light show!

dramatic light show over Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh | Emma Lamb
dramatic light show over The Royal Mile, Edinburgh | Emma Lamb
dramatic light show over Calton Hill, Edinburgh | Emma Lamb
going home | Emma Lamb

Emma, x

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