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What this blog is all about

I share travel stories and photography tips to inspire families with older children and amateur photographers to go on beautiful adventures.

Each week I write about photography. Currently these are blog posts for novice photographers with simple tips for learning. I’ve also written many blogs for enthusiast photographers with more experience, analyzing what works and what doesn’t in a particular image. It’s 33 years since I first picked up a camera and I’m a past camera club champion, so I’ve been through the mill many times in photography critique and judging. Find my latest post in the photography tab at the top of the page.

Also I write frequently about travel and days out. I use our family adventures to tell a story and give insight into both the practical and cultural travel experience. Lots of my travel blogs are about the USA and France.

Family life with teenagers is also a regular topic. Their challenges (like exams), their likes and dislikes (like home decor) and their activities often feature in blog posts.

Occasionally I will blog about things close to my heart and you can get to know my life a little better through these posts. There might be a recipe, thoughts on faith, or health news (I’ve had a lot of bother with my foot, so that keeps coming up).

About the author

I’m Janet, I’ve lived in Harrogate most of my life and it’s home, but I’m still a little bit Bristolian. I’m in my mid 40s with two daughters; one teen (Fizz* 2001) and one tween (Belle* 2005). My husband Mr Falcondale* is a very busy man and a frequent flier, but when we have free family time we like to travel, eat out, take photos and join in with events at our church. My husband and children are well-trained at tolerating my motor-mouth and bad jokes. We sometimes ride bikes together, we almost never agree on the food we like. I like to approach everything a bit differently if I can, to view things from a new perspective, and if I can help out someone else along the way, even better.

Most of my friends know me as a photographer. I don’t do that professionally although I was planning to. You can read here about why I changed my direction.

Likes and dislikes

I like to under-complicate things in life whether that means my outfit or simplifying a recipe or editing a photo or planning a night out. Well, that’s true unless it’s a holiday in which case my planning becomes intense and precise. Things I don’t like include horror, meanness and ready meals.

A short life history

I trained in media and marketing back when most things were analogue and “social media” meant a pub with a TV in it. But steady on, I’m not THAT old. I’ve had many jobs although for a long time I was a teaching union official. In common with many women, my career went down the pan when I had children and that’s when I retrained in photography. I’ve brought these skills with me into the blog.

Why I blog

I started my blog for enjoyment, to build on my media training and to develop my skills in writing. My husband has a completely insane job with longer-than-long hours and lots of travel, so I have all the family responsibilities. I can make blogging fit around that and it works for us.

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This blog contains some affiliate links. If you click on one of these links and then make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps contribute to the running costs of this website.

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All photographs, text and graphics on FalcondaleLife website or across any associated social media are copyright and may not be copied or used without permission. Copying and reposting to or from Instagram is also not permitted without specific agreement. However please do ask if you would like a licence to use a photo. I only charge a fee in rare circumstances and we will probably be able to come to an arrangement. The use of my copyrighted photography without permission will incur a fee.

Work with me

Visit my “work with me” page.


*Not their real names for the sake of privacy.



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1 Comment

  1. mumthera
    22nd March 2016 / 2:43 pm

    Love your blog, your about page is fab, it made me chuckle out loud. Keep going!