Gavin the Gull has been at it again…

Gavin the Gull has a new design out today and this time he has an eye on your car. It could be a compliment, it could be a threat… I like to believe it’s the former!

There are 86+ products showing Gavin the Gull’s latest quip at Redbubble – choose from clothing, home decor, tech accessories, stationery and bags. Lots of great gift ideas or keep Gavin all to yourself!

Check out his other comments too, such as ‘When the chips are down, I pick them up…‘ ‘Winging it…‘ ‘Your ice cream looks nice…‘ Gavin always has an eye on food. Look out for more designs as they arrive.

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Fun for adults and kids. Gavin loves everyone.

Gavin the Gull – new prints at Redbubble

Gavin the Gull, new gifts at Redbubble

Every week I will keep you updated with my latest prints at Redbubble. In case you didn’t already know, Redbubble is a print on demand site and it enables me to create prints on a fabulous collection of quality items including t-shirts, caps, posters, stickers, home decor, cards, furnishings and tech accessories.

Perfect for original gift ideas or go ahead and treat yourself!

I have been using Redbubble for years and can vouch for the quality.

Gavin the Gull is a legendary seagull full of wit and wisdom. I originally created him as my company logo but of course, he demanded more fame than that, so now you can see his quips and comments on a whole variety of items at Redbubble.

Gavin the Gull  - Winging it...
Gavin the Gull floor pillow – Winging it…

Gavin must be the most popular seagull I know! I never expected people to love him so much but I am glad that they do. Seagulls have a bad reputation generally but they are also very intelligent, there is a lot more to them than meets the eye…

Seagull facts

Did you know that seagulls can live for around 20 years?

Seagulls are intelligent birds, they are always learning and once they have learnt something, they remember it.

Seagulls are very caring and attentive with their young.

Seagulls can recognise people by their faces, especially those who feed or interact with them. It really is better not to feed them though because they can attack because of it and they have specific nutritional needs. While Gavin may joke about your chips, they aren’t good for him.

Seagulls usually mate for life but divorce is also an option…

I will give more seagull facts next time I post a new Gavin the Gull design so look out for them.

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Gavin the Gull Winging it… mug

New Norwich prints at Photo4Me

River Wensum, Norwich prints by Sally Lloyd.

The River Wensum at dusk – canvas

Photo4Me is a print on demand site I use to sell my images. They provide a professional, high quality service with free UK delivery and I have happily been using them for years to sell my work.

Whenever I create a new image at Photo4Me, I will post here to show you what is newly available and show you what the picture could look like in your home or workspace.

If you have any queries or special requirements please feel free to use the contact page to get in touch.

The images are available in a variety of formats including: frames, canvas, acrylic and poster. You can choose from a variety of sizes too.

Here are my latest prints – The River Wensum at Dusk and Elm Hill in April. This image was shot from the Lady Julian Bridge with the Queen of Iceni on the left and the Waterfront on the right.

Choose canvas for that crisp modern look. Ideal for a modern apartment or loft as show above.

Different colour frames are available so you can decide which fits best with your colour scheme.

Visit here for more of my Norfolk prints city, coast and country.

Another newbie is Elm Hill in April. One of the oldest and most picturesque streets in the city of Norwich with its Tudor buildings and cobbles.

See more of my Elm Hill prints by day and by night via the link here.

Elm Hill in April click the link to buy

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The Lady Julian Bridge

Photos of Lady Julian bridge in Norwich.
Photo by MyriadLifePhotoArt

The My River Wensum series starts with a photo tour of bridges along the river. I began with Carrow Bridge as it is the nearest to my apartment. Travelling along the Wensum up towards the city, the next bridge featured in this series is the Novi Sad Friendship Bridge. From here you get a beautiful view of the Lady Julian Bridge.

View of the Lady Julian Bridge at night by MyriadLifePhotoArt

It maybe a bit weird, but one of the things I love most about the 13-year-old Lady Julian Bridge is the satisfying sound it makes when children jump up and down on it. The other thing that really appeals to me is that it is designed in the shape of sail.

Lady Julian Bridge looking towards Riverside – photo by MyriadLifePhotoArt

Don’t walk in the middle 🙂

Lady Julian Bridge going towards King Street – photo by MyriadLifePhotoArt

This bridge is also a beautiful example of modern bridge engineering and links an area where new buildings are springing up fast to the much older side of the city. The bridge crosses over from Riverside towards King Street, which happens to be one of my favourite streets in the city.

Lady Julian Bridge is, tellingly enough, named for Lady Julian, who was an English anchoress in Medieval times. It is believed her writings, Revelations of Divine Love, are the earliest surviving English-language works by a woman. St Julian’s Church, where she lived, is not far from the river. An anchoress is “someone who has retired from the world,” which, at times, sounds pretty appealing to me.

Lady Julian Bridge – photo by MyriadLifePhotoArt

The bridge is a swing footbridge which opens to let bigger boats through. If you are planning to sail down the River Wensum, you can find more details via the Broads Authority website.

To find out more information relating to the Lady Julian Bridge scroll down for some useful websites.

All images and text copyright of @MyriadLifePhoto 2022

Lady Julian Wikipedia

Revelations of Divine Love Wikipedia

Bridges of Norwich – The Norwich Society

Down by the River Wensum – a photographic record in the making.

Springtime on the River Wensum, Norwich has arrived at last. It feels as though it has been a long winter and although there is always something to see waterside, life gets far more interesting as the temperature rises.

I have spent the last two years photographically recording the River Wensum through the seasons, and I continue to do so. The different styles of architecture, modern and old, are fascinating to shoot. The best thing to do, in my opinion, is to shoot from a boat. My choice of craft is a canoe. It can be a bit wobbly which worries me sometimes but it’s flexible in getting good camera angles. It’s a whole new city from the water!

Where once there were Wherries and ships, now there are leisure boats, paddle boards, canoes and dinghies. Industrial use of the Wensum ceased in the 1980’s. I like to imagine how the Wensum thrived as a port. The industrial buildings all have their own stories. One of my favourite buildings is the old Furniture Restoration barn (see below). The corrugated metal it was created from has worn and rusted over the years. I like the way it is described on the Geograph site as being in a state of ‘picturesque dilapidation’.

The Old Furniture Restoration Barn

There are other elderly buildings I love along the river but I will detail those in future posts.

Each post will focus on a particular aspect of the river whether it be the Cormorants, Barnacle or Egyptian Geese, my beloved swans, Kingfishers or the medieval bridges, historical buildings such as Pull’s Ferry and Norwich Cathedral. I will drop in some history but mostly it will be how I see the river through my eyes, here in 2022, as it continues to change and evolve.

There is so much to look at and investigate, I hope you will subscribe to see the River Wensum through my eyes and enjoy my observations, perhaps even adding your own. The other benefit to subscribing is that every month I create a free notebook giveaway. All you have to do is leave your email address (don’t worry about getting bombarded, I don’t post all that often!)

My next post will give a brief history of the Wensum and explore the bridges.

Til next time…

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Spring vibes for photography

Spring is at last beginning to spring into life after what has seemed a very long winter to me.

As a photographer, I love all seasons but I have to say, the long gloomy days this winter just haven’t been as inspiring for me. Although I did carry on shooting (it’s impossible for me to stop), my mojo did wane somewhat.

Every season brings something worth seeing, if it isn’t obvious, you have to go look for it. I live by the river which makes things easier. There are always the swans, geese, cormorants, and pigeons to spot. Never have I been more thankful to see the blossom again, and the wild flowers beginning to burst into life.

I guess the state of the world has to have a bearing on the mood this winter. First came the pandemic and now of course war. Even though we are far removed from the wars in other parts of the world. The thought of others suffering wherever they are, takes a toll on the psyche.

So I am going to cease moaning about what a long difficult winter it was and start to celebrate spring. We are lucky to be here and especially lucky to be living in Norfolk.

This weekend there will be blue sky and the daffodils are blooming all around the city. Yesterday we took a walk along the River Wensum, down past Cow Tower which is one of my favourite spots to see them.

Only a few days earlier, we were lucky enough to spot a Kingfisher along the banks of the Wensum. I spent the whole of 2021 looking out for Kingfishers only to see a few from a very long distance away. This time, I had my baby Canon ready to shoot. I am not really a wildlife photographer, as in, it is not a speciality of mine, so I was mighty chuffed to capture a Kingfisher as they are rare to see and even more difficult to photograph.

I am going to endeavour to keep a photo diary of sorts to blog each week so if you would like to be updated, please hit the subscribe button below. By subscribing you will be in with a chance of winning one of my notebooks. I create a monthly draw and all subscriber emails go into it (not just the new ones).

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Colour My Cover – March Giveaway

Every month I create a giveaway to thank subscribers for joining my website. All subscriber emails go into my magical rainbow mug at the end of the month and I pick out one (sometimes two or even three) to send a notebook too. Draw takes place on 31st March 2022.

For March, the giveaway is a notebook from my Colour My Cover collection. A series of notebooks with covers that you can colour in – get artistic and make your notebook uniquely yours using a medium of your choice. 80 lined pages inside.

At the moment the covers are all Norwich and Norfolk scenes but obviously not all of my subscribers are from this region so the giveaway is a beach hut cover notebook which is more generic (even though the image is from Wells-next-the-Sea).

I’m sorry but this is a giveaway for UK subscribers only. If you are outside of the UK and interested in buying a Colour My Cover notebook, please head to my collection at Amazon.com

There are lots of reasons to subscribe other than the giveaway of course. If you love photography, reading, art, notebooks, cards and prints, this is the place for you.

I am gradually populating the site with my photographic works, mainly Norfolk scenery but you will also find wildlife images and street photography.

As well as being a photographer, I also write short stories as @PetraKidd – as much as I love to write, I also enjoy promoting other authors too. If you head to the home page you will see featured writers from around the world, and local writers and their books too. If you happen to be a writer yourself and would like to be interviewed on this website, please email me at myriadlifebooks@gmail.com.

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Make it a colourful 2022!

With all the stresses of the pandemic and life in general, what can be more fun than to sit down and get artistic? As well as being a writer and publisher, I am also a photographer and I thought it would be an interesting experiment to turn some of my images into colouring pages.

Not all images lend themselves to the transformation but I have picked out the ones I think work best. Below is a sample of some of the printable images available via my Etsy store.

They are great for artists or anyone who needs to take their mind away from everyday distractions and who enjoys the scenery Norfolk has to offer.

I am working on a book of these colouring pages so look out for that, I will post via my social media when it is available. I will also add colouring pages to this website so that they can be bought and downloaded directly. Eventually there will be more generic ones such as animals and flowers too. I have a huge number of images to trawl through to convert as I have been a photographer for many many years, so keep coming back for updates.

You can check out some of my photography here via Photo4Me

While I am here, it would be remiss of me to point out that there is a FREE giveaway at the moment here on this very site. If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning a 2022 Daily Planner featuring one of my images on the cover, please hit the subscribe button below. The giveaway deadline date is Friday 7th January and available to UK subscribers only (apologies to my overseas visitors!) Visit the link to see more details.

I try to create a giveaway every month so it is worth subscribing. February may be a good month to do a colouring page giveaway and that would go worldwide as I will create a printable download. Hey, what a good idea! I just thought of that as I was typing. Don’t be shy, subscribe!

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Win a 2022 Daily Planner!

New daily planners for 2022, plot and plan the days ahead for work and for pleasure. Note priorities, weather conditions, what you are excited about, monitor your water/food intake and keep your To do list up to date. Enjoy views of the coast, wildlife and nature on the front covers. Plan your beach days and escapes!

To celebrate the arrival of 2022 and this new collection we have three planners ready to give away to subscribers, so sign up (if you haven’t already) to be a part of the draw which will take place on Friday 7th January all you need to do is hit the subscribe button below to be in with a chance of winning.

PLEASE NOTE you will not be able to choose the design for the free giveaway.

This giveaway is for UK subscribers only. Prizes cannot be substituted.

This website is all about notebooks, authors and books in general, so if you are a reader, writer or book enthusiast, this is the place for you.

The planners shown have tactile softback covers and measure 21.59 x 0.74 x 27.94 cm. All photography is by Sally Lloyd of MyriadLifePhotoArt – you can buy framed/canvas/acrylic prints from the collection shown here at Photo4Me

All planners are available to buy via Amazon here.

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