Category Life thru a Lens

Life Lately … Losing my Dad

A recent bereavement put me on blogging hiatus. I’ve been grieving the loss of my dad. Diagnosed with cancer before Christmas we lost him on the first of March. Exactly a year since my spinal surgery, I’m still reeling from the roller-coaster of 2016/17.  Tongue tied, I’ve felt like I couldn’t carry on and blog […]

Life Lately … October edition

Here’s a little up date on what’s currently floating my boat. Lately I’ve been… Watching: Luke Cage, and Big Bang Theory (series 9). Can’t say either of these are really doing it for me, but I’m all out of shows that I love right now. Obsessing: over Bjork and Radiohead’s old music videos. Fascinated by Bjork’s […]

Life Lately… Summer’s End

This summer’s been far from uneventful. I’ve been busy with job interviews, grand days out, and the odd gig for good measure. Taking stock I’ve been… Enjoying: working in a University environment for the first time in years Waiting: for payday before I buy anything Hoping: I’ll be temping for more than a few weeks Liking: […]

Travel Blog- Grand Days out in Glasgow

Glasgow is fast becoming one of my favourite cities to visit. It’s compactly cosmopolitan and has a rich heritage in the arts and sciences which makes for inspiring places to visit. This year I explored the nooks and crannies of the Hunterian Collections at Glasgow University and strolled through the glass-houses of the 200-year-old Botanic Gardens. I love Victorian […]

90s rose crown and choker

Life Lately… Post OP Spring edition

If you can’t take stock after a serious operation then when can you? Here’s where I’m at so far this Spring: Making : Good progress in my recovery from spinal surgery Reading: Lots of lovely books and comics people have sent as get well gifts! Wanting: To be well enough to enjoy the spring weather. […]

Emergency Spinal surgery-post op recovery

Emergency Spinal Surgery and Post-op recovery

So,  my life took a dramatic turn recently. An MRI scan investigating my chronic back pain picked up a dangerously displaced disc pressing on some vital nerves… I wish you could see my MRI images, black and white x-rays showing horizontal and vertical cross-sections of my spine. Every single medical professional that laid eyes on them reacted the same way. Basically with a “Uh-oh. That’s […]

Frosty the Snow Cat - Happy Xmas from Geen Genie

Life Lately… Yuletide edition

As Christmas encroaches along with the end of the year, I feel prompted to ‘Take Stock‘ of where I’m at right now: Wondering: If I should grow out my fringe Liking: Jewel toned nail polishes Loving: The colour red, its goes great with dark hair Pondering: A purple/red hair tint for xmas? Buying: Last minute gifts and wrapping paper […]

Carving Halloween Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkin Ideas for Halloween

I get super excited about Halloween pumpkins, because I didn’t have them as a kid. I loved dressing up and trick or treating, going to the parade and fireworks, eating Halloween snacks while nodding off in front of the TV watching schlockly old Horror films and B-Movies. But…Halloween without a pumpkin is like Christmas without a tree. We didn’t have […]

Autumn trees- Taking Stock

Life Lately…Autumn 2015

I don’t normally do this but now that October is here and Autumn is officially begun I felt like ‘taking stock‘ and sharing a little of my personal life : Drinking : Copious Earl Grey Tea Reading: The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers Looking: At Instagram far too much Playing: Nine Inch Nails ‘Hesitation […]

Orange is the new Black- last of the summer

Life Lately… Orange is the New Black

Lately according to my Instagram gallery I’m drawn to all shades of rust, red, copper, orange and ochre: Clockwise from Top Left: Bringing the last of the summer in from the garden, orange Irish wildflower Montbretia (Crocosmia)/ Whose been sleeping in my bed? My ginger tabby Sam / And so it begins, the first of the […]

Crystals and Gems photo collection

Life Lately…Crystal Gazing

Lately according to Instagram I’ve been going crazy for crystals. It started with my getting  back into jewellery, now I like having them around me all the time: Clockwise from Top left: I’m wearing my handmade ‘downward spiral’ fossil necklace, hematite wand, and rainbow-moonstone cross/ Miniature specimen jars catch the sunlight on my window sill/ Detail close-up […]

Clogs- riverside reds photo series

Life Lately…Riverbank Reds

Lately according to Instagram I’ve been seeing red! Especially along the river bank… Top right going clockwise: My Red Mary Jane Clogs from Lotta from Stockholm /Graffiti covered by wild ivy/Detail of Rosebay Willow Herb/ Red bamboo-like stems of the Himalayan Balsam (Jumping Jack). I love to walk by the river and my clogs have been […]

photography Sycamore Helicopters- summer greens

Life Lately…Summer Greens

Looking back over my Instagram lately I’m seeing a lot of green. It’s been a long wet summer so far, with what feels like endless rain. Now that I live in the woods and have a back yard of my own I’ve developed a budding interest in wildflowers and botany. Clockwise from top left: Raindrops on overgrown […]

Sleepy Barn owl - photo by Bridgeen Gillespie

“The Owls are not what they seem” at World Of Owls- Antrim

Enigmatic and symbolic Owls are embedded in our popular consciousness, whether your first exposure was through Harry Potter or Greek myth, Twin Peaks (where the owls are not what they seem!) or The Labyrinth, I’m sure you’ll agree they are fantastic creatures.  Actually, real owls are awesome so World of Owls was a definite must see… I’ve […]


Life Lately…Mysterious Monochrome

My Instagram feed recently featured some mysterious monochrome photographs, some of which are truly vintage while others simply pretend for effect. Meanwhile some shadows don’t need any editing at all! I love the soft tones of aging photographs, and it’s always a joy for me to play at recreating them digitally. Clockwise left to right: My father in […]

The Green Cat

Life Lately…Summer

Lately according to my Instagram feed I’ve been hotly anticipating summer. At almost halfway through June we are approaching mid-summer but I can’t deny the voice in my head is still crying out ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ Summer so far has meant dandelion season and blue skies that belie chilly days. Also rapeseed blossom on the way home […]


Gothic Glasgow

Cemeteries are strange places, they have their own kind of architecture. Odd little houses and beds for the dead that are quite archaic . On a recent visit to Scotland I visited two very character full graveyards indeed, Blackfriars Kirkyard Edinburgh and the Necropolis in Glasgow. Here’s a little of what I saw: I love Victorian cemeteries best, they are […]

Travel Blog- Scottish City Breaks

While on a recent break in Scotland, Edinburgh won me over with its Old Town, quirky shops, Medieval castle and Victorian streets, while Glasgow wowed me with art,  universities and a very grand graveyard – the Necropolis!  I’d reservations about Scotland due to personal baggage, but this time the place won me over. My biggest regret is now not […]