Secret garden

And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.  ~  Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

I like to think photography is my secret garden.  I can go there and play, immerse myself in the beauty of it, watch as it grows, and fall in love a little more each time.  Whatever sadness or disappointment or hurt has come my way, I’ve had an escape.  I want to be more creative, discover new things, do better than I ever thought I could.  The feeling of producing something wonderful gives me endless tingles and pride that nothing can compare to (with the exception of my daughter, the centre of the world!).  I think it’s so important to have that something – whether reading a good book, baking, painting, sewing, an evening walk, or just a cup of tea and a deep breath!  That thing that comforts and brings back the feeling of really being alive.  It’s how I heal, and how I grow.

I’ve learned so much about myself through my work, which can be both confidence-building and unnerving.  I’ve learned I’m a lot more introverted than I previously thought.  And a lot more determined than I ever expected.  And I’ve never been happier or filled with more anticipation of what’s to come.

It’s a good place to be.  And I love where I am right now.

M x

 Where you tend a rose my lad, a thistle cannot grow.  ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden




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  1. Emma July 27, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    Beautiful as always. Such a wise and precious little girl you have there <3

  2. melriddell July 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    Thank you so much Emma! Love x

  3. Jane July 30, 2012 at 4:31 am #

    And you are so amazing at what you do!


  4. Jen August 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    …and I am absolutely loving where you are and what you are doing. You are gorgeous ~ inside and out honey. These photo’s are so you…and so your beautiful little daughter. xx

  5. Lisa Jay August 6, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    I love what you wrote about photography being your secret garden where you can go & play. I can relate to that very much.

    These are lovely soft images.

  6. melriddell August 13, 2012 at 12:32 am #

    Thank you Jane!! x

    Thanks Jen, me too. It’s a good place. xo

    So lovely to hear that you can relate to this Lisa! It’s so nice to have an escape! Thank you. xx

  7. Jody August 13, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    Beautiful Mel. I love her in this dress

  8. melriddell September 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Thanks Jody! xx

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