Monday, 5 March 2012

Two Years Old

On the 2nd March, this blog celebrated its second birthday. It was a quiet, understated affair - given that its author was away from her computer at the time. But life wouldn't be half as much fun without celebrating; even the little things that make you smile and feel glad, and the personal victories and small triumphs that make a day complete.

There are many things this blog is not. It is not prolific, it doesn't boast a massive following, and references to my personal life (while certainly present in some posts) do not make up the true substance of my writing here. But that's not to say this blog is not a personal journey, because it is.

The Beau Monde Gallery is a window into what really inspires me, what gets me thinking and what fires me up. Thoughts, feelings, flashes and sparks of inspiration culminate here into posts dealing with anything from history to photography, fashion, art, food, film and much more. I only write about what truly interests me - what grabs me by the shoulders, shakes me and pulls me in. My greatest wish when sitting down to begin a post is that this passion is evident in what I write. 

One day soon, I hope to make a career from writing. While I'm trying to make that happen, I continue to write with honesty, not only in ensuring the integrity of the subject matter, but also with heart.

Thank you to everybody who reads and follows this blog; those I have met and those I haven't...those who stay awhile and those who pass through. My inspiration is gathered from those of you around me (and you know who you are), and for that I can never thank you enough.

Just like last year's birthday post, here's another retrospective in pictures to celebrate a very Happy Second Birthday!

Smiley Beach Art, Cricceith, North Wales
Bright Beach Huts at Llanbedrog, North Wales
Manchester Tart at The Teacup on Thomas Street, Manchester
At the launch of Flux: Stoke-on-Trent - exciting, 100% Stoke made ceramics
Admiring the view - Spain
Beautiful Thoresby Hall Hotel, Nottinghamshire
Flying to Canada for Christmas
Spring Time in the Garden
Wightwick Manor, near Wolverhampton
Massive Lemon Meringue Pie. I ate it all.
Cart-Wheels captured on Black-and-White Film
A Sleeping Beauty in the gardens at Alton Towers, Staffordshire.
 All photos by me.


  1. Happy anniversary! You've got it absolutely right: writing about the things that truly inspire you and writing with honesty. I hope you will one day find a fantastic career in writing - you deserve it :-) xo

  2. Dear Laura,
    I'm late for the party but send you my belated best wishes! Keep at it and perhaps your dreams shall come true.

  3. Thank you both! I'll keep at it and keep believing. :)

    Thank you for your encouragement and inspiration, ladies.