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AN ANNIVERSARY IN MENDIP MOLLY

Jane B, one of our lovely guests sent us this snap of her recent trip to Mendip Molly, where she and her husband celebrated 24 years since meeting. Congratulations to you both, this is just the thing we love to hear about!

SHOOTING FILM BARWOOD STYLE

In 2014, a time when everyone has at least one digital camera glued to them at all times - some of them with more megapixels than you can shake a stick at, why would we still care about shooting film? Apart from the sheer look and the richer, more physical quality of film shots, there is its effect on you. Today we take more photos than ever but make less and less meaningful beautiful images. When you have sometimes as few as ten shots per roll, you really take a moment and think before you shoot, frame out that ugly thing in the background and wait for what Henri Cartier-Bresson called the decisive moment - that moment that you still manage to miss when you take 30 photos of the same thing with your phone.

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SHOOTING STARS BARWOOD STYLE

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For those who have tried and failed, and for those who just think it’s way beyond your skill limit (it’s not!), John Barwood explains how to make your star pictures look like more than just a sneeze on a black square.

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MAJESTIC BUS - HEREFORDSHIRE

A 60s bus, now converted into a comfy escape for couples or families, looking out at the spectacular hills near Hay-on-Wye

A BIT OF CHRISTMAS CHEER

We sent some small thank you’s - in the form of little hand-sewn Santas - to our most loyal guests, and got some lovely thank you’s in return. Couldn’t help but share in the Christmas cheer - especially with the shared pictures, including one hanging in a home-made treehouse made of willow withies and an old tailor’s hem measurer!

Thanks for the card & 🎅 @canopyandstars Merry Xmas to you and I can’t wait for our next C&S adventure.

A big thank you to @canopyandstars for our Christmas wizard tree decoration. We love it, and love you

Big thank you again to everyone who has stayed with us again (and again!) this year. Here’s to a holiday-filled 2014!

MAKING SURE IT’S A WHITE CHRISTMAS

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For those sporting a new camera for Christmas, and for those of you who already have one - let the snow begin to fall for a chance to snap a bit of white magic! But here’s the bad news snowball: snow pictures are notoriously difficult to catch and tend to come out flat and dull - (read more on ‘why’ here). The good news is there is a very simple way to fix this. John Barwood - one of our professional photographer moonlighters - explains how…

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FAITHFUL - DARTMOUTH

A boat - and what a boat! - for two moored near chic Dartmouth, with super restaurants and a hotel spa in town. Let the waves lull you…

BIG SKY RETREAT - DEVON

The Big Sky Retreat is a creatively crafted haven of soft wood colours and solitude. Inspired by legendary American yurt builder Bill Coperthwaite, and his iconic 70s book, A Simpler Life. Recently featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces on Ch 4!

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