Welcome to my photo blog.  A few pertinent things you might like to know:

Name: Alison

Location: South-West of England, near Bath



  • full-time working mum but thankfully school holidays help her to stay sane – allegedlyb258944_sackett_om-30_1.jpg
  • married with two grown up sons – all who do their best to send her insane
  • one dog – a mad black labrador called Monty, who is insane
  • A keen Francophile who lives for her summer holidays in France and usually starts planning the next one as soon as the current one ends
  • enjoys quiet creative hobbies to escape the insanity of all that is above – needlework, quilting, photography and reading


  • to take that one photograph that makes you say “wow!”
  • to challenge myself to becoming a better photographer by taking more photos
  • to take part in a photo challenge or two
  • to document some of the things I see in my everyday life
  • to post my photos on this blog for constructive criticism (hopefully) and to meet other photobloggers from around the world

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”  Henri Cartier-Bresson

“A photograph is a click away. A good photograph is a hundred clicks away and a better one, a thousand clicks away”  Kowthan Kumar K

 “The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”  Elliott Erwitt

 “A picture is worth a thousand words”  Author Unknown

There won’t be many words here, just photos. If it’s words you’re after, then please visit my other blog Minerva’s Meanderings, where I occasionally talk about my love of crafts and other bits from my everyday, but generally mundane life.

Thanks for stopping by today and taking the time to look at my blog. If you’d like to watch my photographic journey please sign up to follow this blog either by email, rss feed or via Bloglovin’. If you want to contribute by adding a comment I’d be delighted. I look forward to meeting you.

30 thoughts on “About

  1. I like the quote a photo is just a click away etc etc I was once taking some photos with my fairly good canon equipment and someone said wow you must get really good photos with a camera like that to which I said something like the quality of the photo is much more dependent on the person who presses the shutter than the equipment.

    • Absolutely! I’m actually considering selling all my Canon dslr stuff as most of the photos you see on this blog are taken with a small compact! I may trade my stuff in for a mid to high end compact instead, as I find the Canon and lenses too heavy to always have with me and I can’t afford the really good lenses I want. Just need to make the most of the equipment one has! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment 🙂

  2. Thank you for stopping by my blog! I think you have about the same aim as I have – becoming better and better by taking more photos! I agree it’s a good way of escaping overall insanity…Keep photographing – it’s great – keep up the good work!

  3. I just “met” you and like you already. Now, I’m going to check out your other blog since I, too, love crafts and maintain my sanity with knitting and oil painting!

    • Welcome! Minerva’s Meanderings is a little neglected at present as I’ve been ill and concentrating on my daily photos……hope to post there again soon!

  4. Hello newest Spikey! I know, a bit corny, eh, but that’s the term that has come to stick for those folk who are part of the clan known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    My aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations on life as I see it, thrown in for good measure.

    My promise to you is not to be overbearing, just a couple of posts a day, maybe 3 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…


    • You’re welcome – I’ve already seen some of your posts via other blogs I follow and so thought I ought to do the honourable thing and follow your blog properly! I look forward to reading your thoughts more regularly.
      Alison x

      • Aww thanks Alison, much appreciated. So, gotta ask, how did you you stumble across it; from which blogs (nosey aren’t I?) 🙂

      • The ones that come to mind are Leanne Cole Photography and Toby Gant Photography – I’m sure there are others but I can’t recall at present…..

  5. hi, Alison 🙂 I enjoyed reading your About section 🙂 I fit almost perfectly your status description 🙂 full-time working mom of two boys, allegedly sane 🙂 well, no dog and just dreaming of a vacation in France (for now) 🙂 will be hanging around to find out more about your world through your photos 🙂 Alex

  6. Hi Alison – I enjoyed the quotes about photography. It is so true, there is so much to learn, not just about the camera but also how we see our own pictures. I now look at pictures I took just a few years ago which I thought were pretty good and want to re-take them. Out of thousands and thousands, there only are a few that have the “wow” factor. good thing we have digital cameras now and don’t have to pay for film and film developing anymore…glad you are enjoying your blogs as a creative outlet away from from hectic life.

    • Thanks for your comments. I’m much more critical now about my own photos than I was when I started although I am still hoping for the “wow” factor. Maybe as I get better my expectations increase also and it will always elude me! I’m still enjoying the journey!

  7. Thank you for following our blog. Through our photography and words we hope we can help inspire others to follow their dreams and passions. It’s never too early or late to get started on what you would really like to do. Cheers, Wooly and Raeski.

  8. Hi, Alison! Your MM photo of the violin was just superb. Thanks so much for the follow – I’m really enjoying browsing through your blog and am delighted to join you on your journey as well! I love that you love France – me too 🙂 And I love the photography quotes you have chosen to post. All so very true and good to remember! Looking forward to seeing more of your work!

  9. Hi there, I’m afraid I disagree with Henri Cartier-Bresson: my first photos were the best, and now, after 10.000 they are steadily going downhill.
    Blame the cameras of course 🙂

  10. I have a feeling you are a really nice person, and I like what I have read so far. Photography is getting really important in my life too now.

    • Thank you for your kind words. Although it’s sometimes difficult to take photos every day, I do find that I miss it if I can’t take photos for a few days……

  11. Thank you for visiting, and welcome to Chiconia. Love your pictures – I come at images from the opposite direction: to illustrate my words instead of substituting for them, but I can appreciate your perspective. I have a relative new Canon Eos 1100D which I’m not using very well, but I’m learning, and one day I’ll sit down and read the manual…

  12. Hi Alison, nice to meet you. Your photographs are lovely!
    Thank you for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey. And don’t be a stranger – come on over and join the conversation.
    Cheers, and happy photographing from one Alison to another.

  13. Hello Minerva, and thank you for subscribing to my blog! Your photographs are lovely. I will enjoy following your blog as well. 🙂

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