Friendship, Beauty and Just Being Ordinary

Photo © Andrea Ellison

Do you ever have of those weeks when everything goes wrong? I thought I was having one. Until today –  when I realised that despite spending yesterday huddled on the hearth with a blazing fire and a hot water bottle, unable to get warm and feeling desperately sorry for myself – it’s been a good week.  A text from a friend suggesting we meet for coffee next week, then a trip out today to meet the amazing Andrea (who despite her busy life always finds time for me) and discovering I’ve sold some crochet patterns online. How great is my life?

So, I’ve dusted myself down, counted my blessings (quickly ran out of fingers and toes) and I’m heading into the kitchen to cook something nice for “Mr T” who is home tonight after a week away.

I got to thinking about something Andrea said today, thinking about why brides choose her as their wedding photographer and on the way home I realised what it is that makes her so special.

Andrea has a unique ability to find beauty in the ordinary. A single look between two people at a wedding reception, a cheeky grin from the flower girl, a proud mother brushing away a tear as her son makes his speech. That’s before we even get to the photos of the bride and groom. Read her blog and you’ll see what I mean.

Andrea’s talent isn’t just about what she sees through the lens, its an attitude to life, and one I hope I share.

So, thanks Andrea. Helping you brush up your crochet skills was a small price to pay for helping me finding the beauty in just being ordinary.

Now, will it be fish pie or lamb curry for tea ….

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  1. Oh my word ………I don’t know what to say….that has to be a first <3
    It's always a pleasure to spend time with you ….I always come away feeling refreshed and ready for anything and that's because of you ….so you are contagious to me too x

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  2. Tracey Todhunter

     /  February 3, 2012

    Thank you – I’m looking forward to seeing your crochet creations x

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  3. My Mum was a firm believer in counting blessings! I’ve had a miserable week, full of the cold …… but then I spent the afternoon with friends sewing and chatting, which is better than any cold rememdy!!
    Fish pie or lamb curry? That’s a hard choice!!

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  4. Tracey Todhunter

     /  February 3, 2012

    Oh gosh, hope you’re feeling better. Decided on fish pie .. mash potato comfort food x

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