One of the strange things about living in the world is that it is only now and then one is quite sure one is going to live forever and ever and ever.  One knows it sometimes when one gets up at the tender solemn dawn-time and goes out and stands out and throws one’s head far back and looks up and up and watches the pale sky slowly changing and flushing and marvelous unknown things happening until the East almost makes one cry out and one’s heart stands still at the strange unchanging majesty of the rising of the sun — which has been happening every morning for thousands and thousands and thousands of years.  One knows it then for a moment or so.  And one knows it sometimes when one stands by oneself in a wood at sunset and the mysterious deep gold stillness slanting through and under the branches seems to be saying slowly again and again something one cannot quite hear, however much one tries.  Then sometimes the immense quiet of the dark blue at night with the millions of stars waiting and watching makes one sure; and sometimes a sound of far-off music makes it true; and sometimes a look in someone’s eyes.
~ Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

These photos were taken in Cambodia last June.  Just a few short minutes in the beautiful gardens at our hotel.
Sophia collected the flowers and leaves she found lying on the grass, treasures to admire every small detail of.
I have so much more to share from our time exploring the incredible city of Siem Reap and the wonders of Angkor.
We fell in love immediately.

M x

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  1. Jane D December 29, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    just beautiful.

  2. Cristy December 29, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    So very pretty

  3. Anastasia December 29, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    What a beautiful girl you have Mel. Amazing photography too!

  4. Mish December 29, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    Beautiful in their simplicity and the moment you have captured. Of course Sophia is divine! Those eyes…

  5. melriddell January 20, 2014 at 4:39 am #

    Thank you so much for your lovely words Jane, Cristy, Anastasia and Mish! Looking at these photos takes me right back, and I can’t wait for our next holiday. xx

  6. Jen March 12, 2014 at 4:58 am #

    Mel these are so beautiful…..and I’m so behind. I’m sorry I haven’t visited in a while…..more sorry than ever now that I look at what I’ve been missing <3

  7. melriddell April 22, 2014 at 3:17 am #

    Thank you Jen! xo

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