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).
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
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I am gradually populating the site with my photographic works, mainly Norfolk scenery but you will also find wildlife images and street photography.
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Life is always busy but over the past couple of weeks it has been even busier as I have been populating this website with more notebooks, cards and now wall art – all featuring my images.
I have been a photographer for the best part of my life but it is only in the last 12 years or so that it has become my main occupation, along with writing.
Most of my photography shows my deep love of Norfolk, particularly the coast but increasingly the city of Norwich too as I came to live alongside the River Wensum two years ago. I have actually lived in Norfolk for 30 years. Although I know it well, I am constantly discovering new things to love about this incredible county.
If asked, I tend to say I am a landscape photographer but the truth is, I am passionate about most kinds of photography so you can expect to see a real mix as the website evolves further. My sneaky pleasure is street photography but I will talk about that and my influences (both famous and local) in later posts.
This site will also include wildlife and street photography, I just haven’t started uploading many of those yet (but you will find some seals…) so please be patient with me if that is your thing.
Many people have a love of photography and want to learn more about it so I will share some tips on that too if you are a beginner. Please don’t be shy to ask if you have any questions. I may not be a technical expert in all areas but if I don’t know the answer, I have photography friends who will know for sure.
This website isn’t only about my photography and products, my alter ego is @PetraKidd who writes short stories. I want to make this website a great place to discover new authors and books, both local and from all over the world. It is writing that led me to create notebooks. I love to use a nice tactile notebook to jot my ideas down so it made sense to create my own collection.
In a world full of troubles, it’s good to escape sometimes into the world of art so I hope you will enjoy your visits to this website.
Subscribe below to keep updated with what’s new. Something I like to do every month is to reward subscribers with a giveaway, at the moment it is usually a notebook but I could also create digital downloads of my prints or colouring in pages so that overseas subscribers can enjoy a freebie too. At the moment, for obvious reasons of postage costs, I only send the giveaways to UK subscribers but I’d like to be able to change that going forward.
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The results of the MyriadLifebooks February notebook giveaway. Subscribe to be in with a chance of winning a notebook in March.
Entries for the February giveaway have now closed and three lucky winners have been notified by email.
Please pop by and subscribe to MyriadLifeBooks.com to be in with a chance of winning a notebook in March. UK subscribers only (sorry!)
I will announce the March giveaway on 16th March so keep your eyes peeled!
Every month I create a giveaway and subscriber’s emails go into my magical Rainbow Mug to be picked out. The idea of the giveaway is to show you how beautiful and useful my notebooks are. All covers and interiors are designed by @myriadlifephotoart – all have tactile softback matte covers.
Check out the new Colour my Cover notebooks – the collection is growing fast!
While you are here, be sure to check out my greeting card collection too. The perfect way to send handwritten messages to your family and friends.
Coming soon: prints. If you love Norfolk, coastal scenery and wildlife, you will soon be able to visit my online gallery. I will post as soon as they are ready.
Monthly notebook giveaway – this February it’s Norfolk Notebooks. Subscribe to win a free notebook. UK subscribers only.
I will be drawing three lucky winners from UK subscribers to this website on Monday 28th February so don’t miss out!
See more about the Norfolk Notebooks I will be giving away to three lucky subscribers via my blog post, link below. Please share so your friends will be in with a chance too.
All you need to do is fill in your email address and hit the subscribe button below to be in with a chance. Stay subscribed as I create a giveaway every month and the March one will be announced soon.
While you are here, please keep reading…
I have been busy adding my Norfolk prints to this website so you will be able to buy prints as well as notebooks and cards very soon. Perfect for all you Norfolk lovers out there who would like some Norfolk scenery for you living or work space. Even if you don’t know Norfolk, I am sure you will enjoy the views. You must come visit!
The prints are of the coast, Norfolk Broads and our fine city of Norwich. I have lived in Norfolk since my twenties but I’m not going to tell you how long that is, I will just say it’s a very long time!
I hope that seeing Norwich and Norfolk through my eyes, you will come to love it just as much as I do (if you don’t already).
As well as colour photography, I do like to shoot in black and white. Street photography is a secret vice for me. I may sell some of those prints here too in time.
You will find the odd nature/wildlife print too, I am not a wildlife photographer but if an owl, swan, goose or of course a seagull, presents itself, I am usually ready with the camera.
For me, photography is a huge part of my life. I hope you will enjoy the images and keep me in food and clothing by buying some of them.
Check out my alter ego author self @PetraKidd too. If you love quirky short stories, she has a few to tell. Visit PetraKidd.com to find more and subscribe there too to keep updated with Petra’s book news.
Norfolk Notebooks giveaway for subscribers to MyriadLifeBooks.com website.
Giveaway time is here again!
In January, some lucky subscribers each won one of my year planners, this time, I am going to give away three of my Norfolk Notebooks: Blakeney Marshes, Holkham Dunes and Blakeney Marshes. These softback 6×9″ notebooks with 160 lined pages inside are ideal for anyone who loves the Norfolk coast.
All you have to do is subscribe to this website. I will draw the three winning subscribers from my magical Rainbow mug on 28th February. Apologies but this is for UK subscribers only.
Notebooks for writers, including: Creative thoughts, Novel ideas, Work in progress. Tactile softback books to get creative with.
This week I have been working on a new collection of notebooks specifically aimed at writers. Being an author myself (PetraKidd.com), I really do know the value of having a good notebook to hand to make sure ideas never go astray.
I love a notebook to be tactile and easy to write in. Good quality paper that helps the ink glide is a must too! There is a certain pleasure in seeing characters, plots and random thoughts laying within a notebook in my own handwriting. It is too easy to lose the art of handwriting if you don’t use it everyday. I spend an inordinate amount of time tapping away on my Mac so it is refreshing to physically jot characters, plots and new story ideas in my notebooks.
With my scatter brain, if I open new files on my computer or phone to record notes, I often forget what I named the document or where I filed it and I end up wasting time trying to find it again. On the whole, I am pretty organized, but it is easy to get distracted and lose things in the millions of folders set up to make life easier!
My notebooks solve this problem, or at least they do for me, so they may do the same for you. I find it much easier to find what I am looking for in a notebook and somehow, seeing it in my own handwriting makes it more personal. It’s lucky I don’t have handwriting like most doctors!
This new trio of writer’s notebooks have a writer’s quote on the inner front page and 160 lined pages inside. Simple and effective.
I hope you will enjoy using them if you decide to get one for yourself. The images on the cover are by @MyriadLifePhotoArt (yep I am also a photographer). Lately, I have been enjoying more black and white photography so I thought I’d use it for this series. I like the simplicity and the idea of thoughts and ideas flowing like the tide. The swan is to symbolize new ideas taking off for a ‘work in progress.’ The grey is for the grey matter in our brains that we use to form genius thoughts and create stories.
You can buy a writer’s notebook by clicking on the images above and below.
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I enjoyed reading the article below so I thought I would share it with you. I love all the points made and it gave me food for thought as I write my new book of short stories. Hopefully it will be of interest to you, if you are a writer too, or thinking of starting writing. Feel free to leave comments on what you thought about it.
In other news this week, I have set up an Instagram account for MyriadLifeBooks so you can see the latest notebooks, journals and logbooks arriving in my Amazon store. If you go to my profile and click on the Linktree link it will take you directly to my sales pages so if you see a book you like on Instagram you are only a couple of clicks away from being able to buy it.
Also, some lucky new subscribers here, won my Daily Planner 2022 giveaway for January. Here is a snap of me posting off the planners to them. If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning a notebook in February, hit the subscribe button below the picture and sign up.