It's been a long time since I've shared any of my photography. Today, I updated my Photos Section with a a new album (called 'Our Town') of photos I took around our town while Wayne's parents were visiting earlier this month.
I take for granted how beautiful it is where we live. I've included photos of the town centre (which is on the sea front) and also the cliffs we have here (also known as 'the downs'). You will notice in some of the photos that were taken at the downs flowers and crosses on the side of the cliffs. Those were left by the loved ones of people who jumped from the cliffs. Some might find this morbid or disturbing to see, but I've included them because it's a part of the experience of the downs. I've been told that more suicides take place there than anywhere in all of Europe (about 25 a year according to an article I read on the BBC News website). It's a sad fact and as beautiful as the place is - it can't be ignored. I love going to the downs. I think it's the most beautiful place I've seen in England (and it's right here in our town), but that being said - it's also a solemn place to visit and I can't help to think about those poor souls who ended their lives there. It's out of respect for them I've included the photos.
I quit smoking when I moved to the UK, mainly because I promised my husband I would. I did it for him, but not because I wanted to. I enjoyed smoking. I missed it, but quit successfully for many years until I went through a stressful time and started again. My relapse lasted over a year. The whole time, I was ashamed of myself. I hated the smell. I hated how I felt, I hated the health risks and I hated my lack of willpower. I've known a few people who have tried e-cigarettes. I was a skeptic. I thought it was going from one habit to another. The people I knew that tried it, always had it and were constantly sucking on it. It seemed to me they were more addicted to it then they were cigarettes. I don't know any smokers that constantly had a cigarette in their hand. Then in January, I saw a piece about it on the BBC News. I watched with interest thinking they were going to say that they have found it to be harmful. What they said was quite the o