For those who haven’t heard of the Liebster Award before, it’s awarded to new blogs just getting started which the nominator feels deserve more attention or recognition. The rules are:
- Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
- Answer the 10 (or 11) questions given by the nominator.
- Nominate and link 10 (or 11) bloggers.
- Notify all the bloggers you’ve nominated.
- Create 10 (or 11) new questions for your nominees to answer.
So let’s get started on Michelle’s questions…
Why did you start blogging?
He had just bought a fantastic camera [it was a Canon 600D, a good starter DSLR] and was starting to take [apparently] great pictures, and I thought more people should see them. Around a similar time, one of our friends complained that he didn’t know how to have a great day in London on a budget, so we thought we’d combine the two in a “days out” blog, with hopefully some artistic pictures.
She was working in communications and social media at the time, so suggested starting a blog – I liked the idea of having something to focus on (no pun intended) to give my photography more direction as I was getting into it, and this was the perfect opportunity for that.
What/who inspires you?
In terms of the blog, I think we inspire each other [cheesy…]. It’s tempting on a Saturday morning to lie in until lunchtime (and we do, sometimes!) but some of our best and most memorable days have been when we’ve convinced each other to get moving, with a great idea for a day out or something to see. Also in terms of photography, we draw each other’s attention to different things, and we love that. Now that I have my lovely little bridge camera (grateful girlfriend!) it’s a really collaborative hobby, which is even better.
Photographically, I’m inspired by fascinating details, whether it’s a window frame or a street lamp, and how they interact with the broader scale around them. I love beautiful architecture and hidden historical magic. On days out I love immersing myself in the history of the people, whether it’s a family who lived in a stately home or photos of slums in the 1800s at the Museum of London.
It’s great that we both have ideas of things we’d like to do, and often they overlap which is helpful! She has also been really supportive in encouraging me (and being very patient with me) in pursuing photography.
In terms of what I like photographing, I’m particularly inspired by architecture and nature. London is a great place to explore a huge array of different architectural styles mixed alongside one another, but there are plenty of other places further afield with great architecture to enjoy as well. I’m quite a fan of modern designs; for example, one of my favourite buildings in London is the classic Gherkin, and I love the buildings at the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia. I also love walking and photographing beautiful scenery, particularly in my homeland of Yorkshire.
What is your favourite colour?
Currently, a very pale baby blue. [She’s also a big fan of lens flare!]
For me it’s navy. [Probably because he wears it all the time…]
If your life was a musical, which would it be?
We do like a good musical… On some of our trips we are ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, while others are ‘Wicked’ – hopefully not too much of our blog is ‘Les Miserables’, though! That’s a Stomp-ing set of puns there, I’m not sure I’d want to make The Commitment(s) to beating them…
What is your favourite time of year and why?
This is a tricky one. It being September, we have some lovely recent memories of beach time in Cornwall and sunny Brighton, but there’s also not much more beautiful than Yorkshire in the snow or London at Christmas time, plus last week we noticed the leaves starting to turn… I think we’re just very glad we live in a country with distinct seasons!
It’s very hard to pick a particular time because there are so many different things to enjoy at different points in the year. I do like winter though, particularly if/when the snow starts to fall and you have a chance to go and enjoy it!
What is the cosiest item of clothing you own?
I’m glad you asked… With warnings of rainstorms over the bank holiday weekend, I invested in the fluffiest outdoorsy hoodie imaginable [I wouldn’t exactly describe it as “hardcore camping gear”]. Although we were lucky with the Cornish weather, I was rarely out of it! Buy it here – it’s amazing. (Maybe we should have a regular fashion feature?! […maybe not])
My cosiest item of clothing right now is probably a new Quba hoodie I bought while we were in Cornwall – the trouble is that any cosy clothes I might have seem to get stolen quite often…
What is your biggest achievement of the year so far?
I’m in awe of a certain recent achievement, so I’ll let him tell that story…
I haven’t got round to writing a post yet, but a few weeks ago I took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge with some friends. It was the perfect day for walking, and we managed it in 10 hours and 17 minutes, which I was pretty happy with considering we weren’t really pushing it too hard – I already want to go back and beat it! I took rather too many pictures during the day (which might have also slowed us up…) because I can’t resist the Yorkshire countryside; until I get the post up, here’s a teaser…
If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?
Invisibility – I’m very interested in people (see earlier) so this way I could eavesdrop!
I’d love to be able to fly – it would be such an incredible feeling to look down on the world (and to avoid having to ever get the Tube again!).
Where is your favourite place to go for afternoon tea?
Recently for a special occasion I was lucky enough to be taken to the fabulous Dorsett Hotel in Shepherds Bush for a spa session, massage and champagne afternoon tea. The food was delicious and I do like having tea to follow an hour’s full body massage!
Totally agree – the food was absolutely incredible, with far more than we could finish (we ended up taking the leftovers home – we weren’t about to let all that amazing cake go to waste…), and the staff were great as well. If you have the chance I’d definitely recommend checking it out!
And lastly (of course)…what is your favourite type of tea?
Earl Grey for the win!
Well… it has to be Yorkshire tea. Obviously.
Thanks again Michelle for the nomination, and thank you for reading – we’ll add our nominations in due course!