Got the chance to work with my favourite Pilates teacher Tina again to shoot her Vitality Mama post-natal recovery class. It’s a fab class if you have just given birth and feel like you need help with little niggles like back pain from nursing, bending over nappy changing and carrying round your little bundle of joy. It’s also great if you have given birth a little while ago but want to get back into exercise. 6 weeks to a stronger mama healed from childbirth inside out! Here is a video of Tina explaining a bit more about the course:

Here is what Tina says about her Vitality Mama course:

Attending a  Vitality Mama postnatal recovery class is a fun, social and motivating way of starting exercise after child birth. Meet other mums and get tailored advice on returning to your pre-pregnancy shape safely and effectively. I love working with women at this wonderful time and am committed and passionate about giving you the tools for a healthy mumhood. I have experience in supporting new mums with a range of postnatal conditions including sacro-iliac problems, Pelvic Girdle Pain, pelvic organ prolapse or weakness, general back pain and diastasis recti.

Our classes are for mums and babies, however the focus is on you! Pilates is very beneficial at this time as it is all about bringing it back together, pulling it back in. Enjoy regaining stability and strength, increase energy levels and learn techniques to support your posture and every day activities with your baby.

6 week course where we’ll work from the inside out activating your core and pelvic floor to restore function and strength using breath, movement and resistance bands and other small equipment. On top of that you’ll get:

  • 2 x weekly busy mummy homework workout videos
  • a dedicated, private WhatsApp group, where you’ll be able to ask questions, encourage each other throughout and build up a great community spirit.
  • a weekly nutrition challenge, designed to help you make small, but manageable changes to the way you eat in order to help you reach your postnatal goals.
  • New, healthy recipes for you to try out each week.
  • A voucher for a half price postnatal massage

Some of my shots of Brendan from the Unruly Pig in Bromeswell in the Morning Advertiser the other day.

Another fun event with Do Good networking at Age UK Suffolk this month. This one was really busy and we were all put to work wrapping pressies, writing christmas cards and preparing hampers and raffle prizes. Amazing how much time it would have taken one person, but there were quite a few of us so it was done in no time at all. The presents and raffle prizes were wrapped up for the Age UK Chinwags, that are being hosted on a regular basis to get older people out of the house and meeting others and having a bit of fun. Check out this lovely video that Age UK made about their chinwags It’s a great way to get together and help people who may not see anyone all week and have less social contact than they used to. Here are the dates and locations of the next few chinwags, if you know anyone who might enjoy coming along to them, why not pass on a message:

Woodbridge Community Hall, Station Road, Woodbridge, IP12 4AU – 3rd January 2020, 7th February 2020 – 10.00am – 12.00pm

The Limes Hotel, Needham Market, IP6 8DQ – 7th January 2020- 2-4pm

Kesgrave Conference Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, IP5 1JF – 20th December 2019, 17th January 2020 –  2-4pm 


Have you seen the Ark that has pulled into Ipswich Marina yet? My friend Tina and I went to see it the other day with our little ones. Now, I should just add that I am not a believer but I was intrigued to see it. Just the sheer size of it is truly amazing and it is beautiful inside too. It is 70 meters long and 4 stories high. Half the size of Noah’s original. There is a lake in the lower deck with real fish. Go and see it if you can! It’s buggy friendly too as they have a lift.

Lovely cookery day at Kenton Hall – South Indian Cookery with Padmaja.

Learned some yummy new recipes from Paddi and even had some left over to take home! Things like Coconut rice, Bombay potatoes, Beans Poriyal, Chicken Curry and Lentils with chilli and coriander. Paddi also used this yummy spice on the poppadums we ate for lunch called chunky chat, they definitely elevate poppadums to whole new level of taste! Also it was the first time I had grated carrot in my Raita and it was really delicious!

Back in June I had to chance to attend my first ‘Do Good Networking‘ event. They offer a really different approach to networking, where you actively do some good for a couple of hours, like a beach clean or tidying up the community garden of a charity, really hands on. Rather than standing about drinking tea and coffee and swapping business cards (nothing against normal networking which is also enjoyable). It’s great fun and you really do get a chance to get mucky. We were working in the garden of local homeless charity Emmaus Suffolk. Helping to tidy the garden up, which had been pretty overgrown with weeds etc. Overseeing the work was Joe from Urban Growth Enterprise CIC.

Felt great after a morning of garden to see the final space look like new. We also managed to give the fence a lick of paint to refresh it. Everyone was mucking in and it felt like you were really doing something positive. It definitely gave you that warm glow inside. The weather was glorious too and the local bakery donated some yummy goodies for us to munch while we had a tea break. Look forward to the next one!

Had the pleasure of working with Brendan and Dave from The Unruly Pig again. It’s always great fun to work with these guys and I absolutely adore the food! This was just before the nomination came in for the category of ‘Best for Wine’ in the Great British Pub Awards 2019. Everyone was very excited to be nominated and I am pleased to say that they won! Well done you guys! Very well deserved! The restaurant has won a bunch of awards so far, also this year Dave the head chef won the ‘ Best Pub restaurant Chef award – which is fantastic! 

We thought this time we’d do a fun shot of Dave and as the name of the restaurant lends itself to something a bit quirky we thought we might involve a pigs head. Also some front of house shots, a portrait of a reluctant Brendan and some food shots to complete the day.

Are you a small to medium size company and use photo’s of yourselves on Social media sites like Linked in and Twitter and so on? Is it time for an updated photo perhaps? Maybe you have employed a new colleague and you want your images to match to present a unified look?

A local IT company certainly thought it was time for some new headshots and asked me to help them with it. I had previously helped them and they had a few new people join their team.

We had great fun, I rented a space near their office and set up my mobile studio.

If you need help with your headshots please get in touch, special offer for the afternoon of the 9th May, if in you are in the Ipswich area.

Looking for an amazing Brunch in Suffolk? Look no further than the Unruly Pig in Bromeswell. This 16th Century Inn is located in Bromeswell in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, near Woodbridge. You can sit inside and warm yourself at the log fires or now spring is here and the sun is out perhaps the beautiful terrace is more appealing.

From delicious Oysters Rockefeller to Slutty Eggs and sweet treats like Belgian waffles which Dave and his team make with their own waffle maker! My all time favourite brunch food has to be eggs benedict, either with ham/parma ham or smoked salmon (Eggs Royale). The Unruly Pig has won heaps of awards for its food and Brendan and his team will give you a very warm welcome. Have a look at the brunch menu here to whet your appetite!



Took some pictures of two very interesting ladies in 2015 for the WI Life Magazine. The first article is about a local foraging lady and cheese maker, Vivia Bamford who writes the Sciapod Diary Blog and the second article is of  Stella Rimington, Ex head of MI5 and successful author of spy thriller novels featuring a female heroine called Liz Carlyle. Read her 2015 thriller Close Call in a couple of days -its a great read!

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