Important News! I’m Moving!

For you from our garden 

Hello, dear Friends!

A quick post to let you know that, after nearly five years and 300 posts here on Blogger, I’m moving my blog to a new host and new platform. I’ve been working on this for a little while and have recently hired someone to help with the final switch over. Looks like it will be completed faster than I thought and the new site could be up and running within days!

We’re doing our best to ensure the transition is seamless and that all posts, comments and followers are automatically transferred and stay intact. So, you shouldn’t have to do a thing.

But, I’m pretty nervous to make this change so just in case, please do keep an eye out for the next post. I would seriously hate to lose contact with a single one of you. (To be honest, this is making me lose some of the already limited sleep I am getting right now!)

The new site address will be: georgiannalane.com

To be on the safe side, it would be great if you would like to stay connected by:

Following me on Twitter. (@georgiannalane)

Liking my Facebook page.

Signing up for my mailing list.

Then you’ll be sure to hear about the new site when it is officially launched.

The next issue of my newsletter will also be out this week with a texture tutorial, a free download of one of my favorite textures, photo tips and more. Would love to send you a copy!

AND, once any dust is settled at the new website, to celebrate, I’ll be having some truly wonderful giveaways during the month of July. Think Paris, romance, good books and tea parties.

I have so many new posts planned with more from Venice, Paris, Versailles, London, a new project photographing the most beautiful floral displays you have EVER seen and some great new features.

So, I look forward continuing our adventures on the updated blog. None of this would be nearly as much fun without you to share it with!

See you soon!

much love, – g

Amsterdam and Haarlem

On my trip to Europe in late May, I had the opportunity to once again visit my friend Eline Pellinkhof in Amsterdam. (Although this post is not in sequence per the trip itinerary, I wanted to share it now as Eline recently celebrated her birthday. Happy Birthday, Eline!)I flew to Amsterdam from my location shoot in England and Eline whisked me and my enormous luggage (tripods, camera, lenses, reflectors, strobes, etc.) to her lovely townhouse on a quiet canal in Haarlem. We started (fairly) early the following morning, enjoying the most wonderful day, thrilled with the happy atmosphere that seemed to envelop the city along with the warmth of the sun.

First stop: Amsterdam. We strolled the old city center, laced with canals and charming house boats, the streets studded with playful shops and tempting cafes and bakeries, where we purchased our lunch to go.
We dined alfresco at Eline’s beautiful, secret garden – a peaceful refuge where bees are kept in a private city area. Eline owns a landscaped, flower-filled plot, complete with a little house, and can escape to it anytime for a mini holiday.The plantings are designed for the bees, so Aguilegia (columbine) are plentiful, as are birds and even frogs and salamanders.
The afternoon was spent in Haarlem, smaller than Amsterdam but with a unique style and character. Below, a typical street in Haarlem, lined with shops, cafes and lots of bicycles. Above, the steeple of the huge church in the square. Below, citizens enjoying the summer weather; Eline’s reflection in a mirrored hanging in a trendy shop. Joined by her boyfriend, Joost, we ended with an amazing dinner in a classy restaurant overlooking another gentle canal – a serene and beautiful evening to wrap up several weeks of high-paced travel and shooting. Eline is hard at work on her THIRD book! I’m so proud and happy for her. You’ll enjoy visiting her blog and exploring her utterly charming and irresistible books. Thank you, Eline, for such a memorable day!

London Town

Cheerio, my friends!

In tribute to the Jubilee festivities, I’ll share a few images from our recent day in our favorite city.

When I was 14, we spent a magical summer outside of London, near Richmond, in a centuries-old house with narrow staircases and crooked beams and hidden rooms. We absorbed with wide-eyed wonder London’s architecture, museums, galleries, shops and parks, creating indelible memories as we explored each cobble-stoned street. Ever since, we’ve adored her unique blend of history, charm, quirkiness and style. Subsequently, I attended a summer course at a London drama school, lived and worked in the city, and visit whenever possible. I’ve been fortunate to marvel at many of the world’s great cities, from Tokyo to Rome to Paris, but dear London will always have my heart. So, when a frustrating flight delay in April necessitated an overnight stay, we were {secretly} delighted. (And was the only sunny day that week.) :)

Some of my favorite London activities:

Visit the National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Britain Gallery
Linger over tea and cakes at Fortnum and Mason
Walk along the Thames at dusk
Attend a performance at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park (summer)
Warm up with hot chestnuts from a street vendor (winter)
Scout for treasures at an antiquarian book shop
Sigh over incredible fabrics at Liberty
Say hello to the Shakespeare statue in Leicester Square
Stroll through any of the parks – St. James, Hyde Park, Hamstead Heath
Soak up the lively atmosphere at Covent Garden and Neal’s Yard
Listen to Big Ben chime the hour, any time of day

Have you been lucky enough to visit or live in London? What do you love most there?

We are having the soggiest start to summer here in the Northwest. Hope your days are sunny and bright.

xo

– g

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