Showing posts with label Ballachulish. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ballachulish. Show all posts

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Wipe the slate clean

Welcome to the third and last installment of the Highland photo sessions.
First off a vintage 70s lurex extravaganza labelled Richard Shops that I bought on ebay last year.
The reason to why I decided to bring this frock was because the colour reminds me of slate and Ballachulish is an old slate quarry village. The shore is absolutely covered with the stuff and I just thought it would go well with the dress. I'm actually quite pleased with how these pictures turned out. I love how the surface of the loch is like a softly rippled mirror for the sky, the combination of grey slate and the rust coloured seaweed, it really appeals to me.
It was absolutely freezing cause it had been raining all day and the sun only decided to make an appearance in the early evening. The wind was still strong and I was having real problems with my wig.
 I got so frustrated with having to spit synthetic hair out of my mouth every few seconds so I tore it off in a huff, scaring the pants off an elderly dog walker in the process.
The last frock we shot isn't actually a frock at all but a theatrical skirt and top set.  I bought it a couple of years ago from a freelance costume designer who was clearing out her clutter at a car boot sale. I couldn't believe my luck that day I can tell you, it is absolutely stunning and tremendously well made.
Incidentally this was the ensemble that we tried to shot in the glen, the one that filled up like a tall ship sail.
Mark had warned me but I was adamant to give it a go anyway. I don't like to be beaten but on this occasion the whipping Scottish gale force winds whooped my ass.
 Here I am struggling to keep the skirt down and looking rather miffed ;)
Photo sessions in The Highlands are fun to do but they do present challenges that's for sure. When we did our session last September the weather was very good but then we had  to contend with the midgies and this time we were just a little bit unlucky with the weather...third time lucky?! Who knows? 
That's all folks!
I hope you've enjoyed these posts as much as I enjoyed creating them.
To sing us out the stunning Icelandic band Sigur Ros, enjoy :)
Loads of love,

Sunday, 28 April 2013

From Ballachulish to The Boogaloo

When we left London a week ago the sun was blazing and there was not a cloud in the sky as far as the eye could see.
I had hoped that the glorious weather would travel with us up to Scotland but alas that was not to be, pants!
The further north the bus took us the darker the skies turned and we quite literally drove into a whole heap of bad weather.
It would have been nice to have a week of sunshine and blue skies but I'm not one to let a bit of dreich weather spoil my fun.
We stopped off in Greenock with my brother-in-law for a night before continuing the journey up to Ballachulish in The Highlands.
When we visited last September, I brought all my shapeshifter ponchos and we staged a little photo session in the glen and I had hoped to do the same thing this time. My suitcase was full of frocks and photo session paraphernalia and every day I was up with the lark monitoring the weather forecast hoping that there would be a wee break in the thick blanket of cloud. We did get a few pictures done but the conditions were not ideal to say the least but I'll blog about that tomorrow.
As per usual I took loads of pics all week and I thought I'd share some of them with you...
It's grim up north! Not really but it was rather dreich it has to be said.
The River Laroch and the Loch Leven shore. 
Swan in Loch Leven & the St Munda burial island.
The River Laroch in Ballachulish, Scottish heather in mums garden and a cool as a cucumber sheep in Glen Nevis.
Glen Nevis and Scots pine tree.
There was still some snow on the hills. Despite it looking like it never stops raining in the Highlands it has in fact been "unseasonably dry" and at the beginning of this month there was even a wildfire outbreak
Little chirpy bird in Glen Nevis and big chirpy bird at the Lochan Trail in Glencoe.
I was delighted to catch a bunch of Kyloe cows having their breakfast in Glen Nevis. Later on that day we went to Glen Coe to attempt a photo session, we ended up having bemused tourists taking pictures of us taking pictures, och! In the evening we met up with my father-in-law at The Laroch Bar for a few bevvies :)
On Thursday it was my mother-in-laws 70th birthday :)
It did clear up for a few hours in the early evening so we zipped down to the lochside to take a few more pics. Then mums friends came around for a little 70th birthday get-together at the house. Loads of  cake, wine and laughter :)
The morning after mums birthday we left Ballachulish at eight, stopped in Glasgow for a quick pub brunch before hopping on the bus back down to London.
We arrived in London at half ten in the evening and I had my market the following day.
Thankfully I had prepared everything before we left so it was just a case of packing everything up in the morning. I was a wee bit zombified on Saturday but Mark helped me to The Boogaloo and stayed around until I was all set up. Who would have guessed that sitting on your arse for twelve hours could be so physically & mentally exhausting?! 
Despite being a bit of a hazy-daisy I did have a very good day, chatted to some lovely folk & made some people happy with my vintage threads and that's what it's all about after all ;)
Here are some pics from yesterday's Can't Buy Me Love market....
What I wore:
Indian frock, tulle tutu, shaggy cardi with flower brooch, tights, 80s boots, Frocktasia earrings, Tibetan prayer bangle and my trusty market peddlers bumbag ;)
So there you go that was my "dropping off the blog radar" week.
I'm totally behind in my blog reading but as I have already picked out most my stock for next Saturday's Dandy Lion Market I should have a few hours to spare tomorrow to indulge in a little bit of catching up, looking forward to it, I've missed you's!
I'll leave you with one of my favourite Scottish bands, enjoy :)
Loads of love,