Suffolk Barn

Suffolk Barn is one of the most elegant, private and beautiful event venues I have ever seen.

Suffolk Barn is one of the most elegant, private and beautiful event venues I have ever seen. Click To Tweet

It is nestled in private parkland just outside the beautiful town of Bury St Edmunds and has a rich history dating back to the 1400s.

As a photographer, I have seen a large number of venues used for weddings, conferences, parties and meetings.

When I walked into this one to take pictures for Paul Farrow of Trimley Herbs, (who supplied the plants seen in the images below), the scene and atmosphere took my breath away.

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Trimley Herbs is certainly making an impact in Suffolk where brides-to-be are shunning flowers in favour of herbs.

Trimley Herbs is certainly making an impact in Suffolk where brides-to-be are shunning flowers in favour of herbs. Click To Tweet

Hawstead Place is the site of a breathtaking Suffolk barn dating back to 1423. The ancient barn underwent a spectacular transformation recently when a young couple dressed it out for their spring wedding reception.

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wedding herbs

Wedding herbs are the in thing for couples 'tying the knot' these days. However, herbs at weddings are nothing new.

There is a long tradition, dating back centuries, of herbs being used at weddings. When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, she  bucked the tradition of using herbs and started a new trend for flowers to be used instead.

The use of wedding herbs is, however, making a huge comeback.

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 See the stunning array of plants grown by Paul Farrow of Trimley Herbs. 

To start the slide show, click on the first small square image.

For details on what Paul does, click here to read about him in another post.

Trimley Herbs

Trimley Herbs 

If you would like to contact Trimley Herbs, click on the above link to find details.

The Jewish cemetery in Ipswich is being treated with such appalling disrespect, you cannot help but wonder if Ipswich suffers from an anti-semitic attitude.

(See 2019 update at the end of this post.)

The forgotten people of the world are many and varied however, some of them have left clues that remind us they were once here.

Some clues are celebrated and looked after well so that future generations can understand who they were and how they lived.

Others are hidden away and left to the ravages of time and, to the rough hand of modern man who, it seems, just wants to forget that some people were ever here.

And given the current state of the Jewish cemetery in Ipswich, one cannot help thinking that it suits Ipswich leaders to forget the role that Jews played in the development of the Ipswich economy.

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Historic Jewish Burial Ground Neglected and Lost In a Sea of Cars

As people scurry around Ipswich in their cars, many will come very close to a site of huge historic significance. A site that even has a connection to Suffolk's celebrated, world-renowned artist, Sir John Constable.

However, many will be unaware of the sacred, historic burial ground where the remains of the town's once thriving Jewish community were laid to rest.

Why? Because despite the deep and interesting history attached to the site, it appears to be neglected and largely ignored as part of the town's rich and diverse heritage.

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Junk Jewellery

Junk Jewellery is an obsession with me.

Why? Because making junk jewellery is fun, inexpensive and helps recycle waste.

When people give me presents, I am just as grateful for whatever wrappings, boxes or tissue that come with them.

Only last month my lovely friends in Brighton sent me flowers that came with gorgeous red tissue.

After I had arranged the flowers, I set about turning the 'junk' they were wrapped in (the stuff people often screw up and throw away), into jewellery.

One of my favourite things to do is make something from the detritus of people's kindness and send it to them as a gift. Click To Tweet

My theory is, it will always remind them of their own kindness and let them know how much it meant.

So that is why I turned the tissue in the pic below into the junk jewellery you see bedside it.

To find out more about paper beading click here.

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paper pendants

Paper Pendants made from food packaging are easy and fun to make.

You can also use your own abstract artwork to create the pendant front. The paper pendants you see above were made from card cut out of a cereal box.

They were shaped and moulded by a sophisticated technique which requires the most inexpensive tool in my craft room - an empty toilet roll tube.

And I created the channel through the back of the pendant, where the stringing material goes through, by using another amazing technique involving a skinny, flexible birthday cake candle.

Oh yes - I have all the latest crafting gadgets in my craft room!

Paper pendants made from junk are fun and easy to make. Click To Tweet

If you want to find out how I created these paper pendants, visit where you will find a step-by-step video tutorial explaining how I use my very unsophisticated tools to create these bright, chunky and durable pieces of jewellery.

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It is good practice to remove metadata hidden in photos before you post any pictures on the internet.

This is especially true if you use smart phones or other devices that embed GPS information into the images. It may be necessary to remove metadata that reveals information about you, hidden in the pictures you post online. 

There are several different ways to remove metadata but I have found one very simple way that ensures all the recorded metadata has gone.

There are several different ways you can remove hidden metadata from photos but I have found one very simple way. Click To Tweet

In the above video, I show the method I use to get rid of unwanted metadata in my pictures before I post them anywhere online. This kind of data can be anything from what camera or device you used, to the exact location where you took it.

If the security of anyone in the pictures is an issue, for example, you may not want to publicise where your children live, then it would be important to remove metadata hidden in the image file.

You can also check to see if you can change the settings on your camera or device so that GPS data is not recorded. That way, the location will not be available in the first place.

However, if you are posting pictures you took while the settings were allowing GPS metadata to be recorded, you may want to get rid of it before you send your pictures out into the world.

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How much easily readable private information is embedded in your pretty pictures online?

For more information about metadata myths v facts, click here.

For more insights into reasons why you might want to think twice before posting pictures online, click to read this disturbing New York Times article -  Web Photos That Reveal Secrets, Like Where You Live.

After reading that, you may decide you want to remove metadata and the private information it contains from all your images before posting.

The way I remove metadata is just one method.

There are many others.  I find my way quick, easy and very effective. I am not relying on an app to do it, I am removing the metadata myself  by creating a whole new document that has never been in my camera.

What are your thoughts on metadata? Do you take care to remove it before posting family pics? Click To Tweet

What are your thoughts on metadata? Do you take care to remove metadata before posting personal  photos online?