Well, it turns out that I have the best friends and boyfriend! Not that I didn't already know this, but i was seriously overwhelmed by their thoughtfulness the other day. A few weeks ago i was having a bit of artists block, feeling uncomfortable with my work and every artist knows the stress this can cause is awful. So! My boyfriend Tom and friend Amy set out to create some secretive plans to cheer me up and give me inspiration! Tom told me there was a surprise coming, but i had no idea Amy was involved, and for the weeks leading up to it I hounded her with 'What could it be?!?!' 'I'm so intrigued!!!' little did I know she was keeping her mouth zipped all along!! Anyhoo, then surprise was Butterfly World!!!! And anyone knowing my work knows this could possibly be the biggest inspiration and research source in the north east :)
It was such a lovely day and we all had a lovely time. The butterflies in there are absolutely breathtaking, it's such a good activity for kids and enthusiasts alike. The best thing is that they literally just fly around your head, usually having a cheeky mate or searching for a tasty flower to feed on! Not only that, but you have other things to look for, a cute little Quail running around your feet and tiny colourful exotic birds flapping above your head :) There are even a few meercats to 'Awww!' at!
The Koi there are beautiful and even come right up to have a little nibble on your fingers.
I came out in such a good mood, full of inspiration and good feelings about my work so the whole day was definitely worth it. A little friend even came to sit on my head for a bit, which absolutely made my day!
After butterfly world, we had a good long walk along the grounds of Preston Park which was beautiful and very much Autumny, which i LOVE!! This gave me alot of inspiration and ideas on an upcoming photo shoot :)
Me, Tom and Amy. I really do feel lucky to have such thoughtful and lovely friends!