A summer’s day hike

We’ve just had a very autumn-ish weekend here and it is becoming obvious that summer is coming to an end. As the temperature drops, I am reminiscing about our hike at Alpe Devero. It was during this summer’s heat wave and after days of watching my assistant Lilly (that’s our English Cocker Spaniel) suffer from heat-induced boredom, we decided to whisk her away for a day hiking in the mountains.

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It really was the perfect day and I made promises to return the week after, or the week after that…but as always life gets in the way.

But I suppose its not too late – I can only imagine how beautiful those lakeside alpine forests must be when the leaves start to brown and fall – all those beautiful earthy and warm tones. Autumn really is one of my favourite seasons here in northern Italy.

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But until then, why not reminisce along with me for the amazing summer that was!

Check out my story on Steller from our hike.

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From my vegetable garden

There isn’t anything much more Italian than the humble tomato! The base ingredient of so many traditional recipes from the ‘bel paese’ its little wonder that mine are flourishing under the warm Italian sun.

But after making countless pasta and pizza sauces, I’ve decided my latest harvest are bound to a different fate. Here are just some of the recipes I’m considering:

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Cherry Tomato, Oregano and Balsamic Tarte Tartin – From My Dining Table

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Chickpea Za’atar Salad – Green Kitchen Stories

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Grilled Polenta with Tomato and Zucchini Salsa – Love & Lemons

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Heirloom Tomato Galette – Local Milk

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Roasted Tomato & Red Pepper Soup – Deliciously Ella

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Tomato Chia Jam – Its a nourishing thing

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Panzanella (Tomato & Bread Salad) – Jamie Oliver

Lavender

My house is always filled with lavender – dried in the winter and fresh from my garden in the summer. I just love the perfume and the multiple ways it can be used and displayed.

So, I’m always on the look out for the best lavender DIYs to utilise my left over blooms. Beside smelling and looking great, lavender is also great for soothing insect bites, burns and headaches. Its aroma is know to assist relaxation and help you sleep.

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So why not try one of these great lavender DIYs:

//  Lavender Sugar Scrub, from the Idea Room

//  Herbal Smudge Sticks  from You Grow Girl

//  Lavender filled mason jar candles from Project Wedding

//   Herbal Sachets from Design*Sponge

//  Lavender Wheat Heat Packs from Spoonful of Sugar

//  Lavender Votive from Once Wed

//  Lavender Bathtub Tea from Radmegan

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque with a Fixed 50

I am on a mission to free my travel photos from my hard drive, and while it is going to be a massive job I have decided to start with the photos from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi from my trip to the UAE in February.

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Of all the places to start, why here you ask? Because it was my first experience with a fixed 50mm lens. In countless interviews and tutorials, photographers I love and admire recommend the fixed 50 as ‘the best all round lens’ or ‘the only lens you’ll need if you have to choose just one’. So after my fellow shutter bug dad gave me one for Christmas, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it out.

At first I was frustrated as the viewfinder didn’t show me what my eye could see, and being a fixed lens, I couldn’t zoom out to get those wide angle shots that show the sheer grandeur of the place, which meant, at first, I did a lot of running around and stepping back, and back, and back, to get the shot I wanted.

But I soon found that the ‘thrifty 50’ gave me the opportunity to focus on the details, which I love so much and gave me a completely new perspective that took my photos beyond the typical postcard shots. And I think the results speak for themselves.

Check out my favourite pics from this visit in this Steller story here – https://steller.co/wayfarersinc