Mothers and Daughters…

Just recently, me and my princess had a professional, “Mother and Daughter” photoshoot together. We had the most sublime time and the photographer was amazing! My daughter was a natural and the camera simply loved her.

We had so much fun together and it bonded us further, like anything you do with your child does. We had a female photographer who had a natural affinity with children and made my princess feel at ease.  I have uploaded a few of my favourite photos from our shoot to share with you today.
Porrens-Powell18Porrens-Powell42bwThis image of us holding our handbags was a fun shoot to do! We laughed so much it hurt…
Porrens-Powell47bwThe photo above is a particular favourite of mine, as this captures our relationship perfectly!
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Porrens-Powell09 Another favourite photo of mine. We had this one blown up onto a canvas for my living room.

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In all honesty, the photo above was such a funny shoot because I almost fell over!
Porrens-Powell08 A natural image of the two of us and one that will be added to our newly designed montage.

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Porrens-Powell38The above and below image of my princess is so beautiful. I came over all emotional when we saw these at the viewing.
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The above black and white image is such a classic, I fell in love with it on sight.Porrens-Powell10Porrens-Powell31My princess was such a natural and loved every minute of the “Frozen” part of the shoot.
Porrens-Powell24I love this image of my princess in her favourite red dress!
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Porrens-Powell36My daughter loves this outfit and wears it all the time!
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My princess is my everything. My life is far richer as a mother and my heart is full to bursting…

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A POEM: ≈ ONE SINGLE STEP ≈

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The mind is a whole world for us to travel,

Opens doors we never considered.

It takes us beyond the realm of thought,

Stretches our imaginings, allowing us to wander.

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If it’s an adventure you seek, yet, you are held back with binds,

If your daily life keeps you within a few feet.

Simply close your eyes and wonders you will find,

Believe in the impossible and miracles you will see.

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There is a whole world full of adventures in your head,

Dare to journey and take that wondrous step.

Open those doors and allow ‘you’ to be lead,

For great adventures, begin with one single step…

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~~~A Soldier’s Fear ~~~ Excerpt Chapter One…

 

 A Soldier’s fear coming soon…

~~ One ~~

 

Olivia ambled through the treatment centre towards Dominic; her heart was beating so fast she thought it might burst open. As she approached him, he struggled to sit up comfortably. She glanced at his six-foot form lying helpless in the bed. She wanted to throw her arms around him and never let him go. He looked into her weary eyes then turned away from her. “You shouldn’t be here Olivia, you must go, now, please.” Tears filled her eyes and began to cascade down her reddened cheeks. “Please Dominic, don’t do this, we deserve a chance, you can trust in me, in us. I will never hurt you,” she cried.

“One night of passion does not change anything Olivia, what did you expect? The whole relationship thing is not for me, I’m sorry, but there you have it. Now, please, just go.”

“I don’t believe you, I know you feel the same way as I do, I felt it, I could not have imagined that. I don’t know what happened to you in the past Dominic, but you have allowed whatever or whoever it was to ruin you. I saw the look of fear in your eyes when you let your guard down. I saw you, the real you, briefly. We shared an incredible moment, one that you may want to deny yourself, but I won’t,” she waited expectantly for a response; however, it did not come. He was lost to her, for now at least, nevertheless, she was not leaving him without a last word, parting advice for him to think about while they were apart. “Oscar Wilde once said: Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” She paused momentarily hoping for a response, but there was nothing. She sighed deeply, turned and headed back through the treatment centre with a heavy heart.

Dominic watched her form moving farther and farther away from him. He did not take his eyes off her until she had disappeared from his sight. He would not allow his resolve to weaken, he couldn’t, he gave his heart away once only for it to be returned to him in pieces. He would never forget the pain of the rejection by the woman he loved with all his heart. Since then, his heart had hardened dramatically, the shutters were down and that’s the way he liked it. Olivia Clancy was the first woman who had penetrated his hardened heart in four years. He had not seen it coming, she took him by complete surprise and it made him feel vulnerable again.

Dominic was 30-years-old, single and about to repatriate to Britain following his accident from a humanitarian deployment in Iraq. He had been part of a handful of SAS soldiers on a mission in Northern Iraq to gather intelligence. This was the first time British troops had been in active service in Iraq since 2009 when they withdrew from Basra. US Marines and Special Forces had already landed on the Sinjar mountain a few weeks previous. There were thousands of refugees seeking refuge in the mountain from the unsparing militants. The aim was to get as many of them to safety as possible. Dominic had sustained a severe injury to his leg, after losing his footing on the Sinjar Mountain. He broke it in two places, the breaks were not clean, and so the healing process would take much longer. The breaks were so severe that he was advised by his consultant he would not be back in active duty for at least six months, due to the muscle damage also sustained during the fall. He would need daily physiotherapy going forward to get him back on his feet and into active service again. He was not in a good place mentally. Over the years Dominic had served in Afghanistan several times as well as Iraq a few years previously. He had seen the worst kind of human atrocities over the years.  He had survived an IED explosion on his last tour in Afghanistan, which had affected him mentally. Over time, this had taken a toll on his mental health and he was suffering from PTSD.  Although, he would not admit it to anyone let alone seek treatment for it, he had learned to conceal it over recent times. To him this would be an admission of failure and failure was not a word in his vocabulary.  He dreaded the call of nighttimes, the darkness that shrouded his entire being, and the return to the war-zones in his nightmares, which gripped his emotions like a vice, each night.

Olivia had walked into Dominic’s life the day after he had landed in Iraq, she was a freelance photojournalist and out there at her own risk, without the support of a big organisation behind her. Dominic recalled the first time he had laid eyes on her and smiled. She was bold, feisty and very beautiful. Her hair was dishevelled and blowing all over her face, her almond eyes penetrated through him and he was taken aback. She had managed to persuade the convoy to allow her to tag along. She was in his armoured vehicle for two days and during that time, a mutual attraction was born. She was there when he lost his footing and fell on the Sinjar Mountain and remained with him until he was airlifted to safety.

 

~~~END OF EXCERPT~~~

 

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They all fought, some returned to a welcoming home. Some did not? Don’t walk on by…

I do not know with what weapons world war III will be fought, but world war IV will be fought with sticks and stones. ~ Albert Einstein

 

Homeless

 A Broken Soldier

Once on the front line, brave and bold

A few years later, broken and old

Once he was needed, lives he saved

Now he is lonely, his spirit he gave.

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A decorated soldier, struggling to survive

He disguises his pain due to his pride

Smiling on the surface, sadness within

Walking tall, weary, and thin.

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Yes, we see him, just an old man

With our eyes wide shut because we can

We fail to notice the badge of honour

He wears with pride upon his collar.

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Which tells a story of a long ago hero

Who fought the war, returning with zero

Who loved and lost with a heavy heart

For on his return, his wife did depart.

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An extended hand was all he did need

To help his transition to civvy life succeed

How different his life may have been

If only a loved one could have seen.

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