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40 Nelson Road
New Malden

My name is Rachel Carr and I started This Is Carrt in 2014 when my husband's job moved to Germany and I decided to give up my day job in the city and go with him on the adventure! I had always loved to travel and write, and was also passionate about photography so one day I sat down and mingled all three of them on this website and my Etsy page. I write about a wide range of things like how to cope with airline hand luggage allowances to what to wear to any destination wedding. However, when I write up a holiday destination, there are more often than not a few common themes linking what are otherwise very different places:

1) Food. I love to eat. It structures my day to day life as well as any trip that I go on. I think food is a great way to start to experience a new culture as well as meeting new people.

2) Value. I don't get swayed by places to be seen and clothing to be seen in for the sake of it. I hate being ripped off. Be that by a fiver or by hundreds of pounds. If an activity or an excursion I go on is expensive but an amazing experience, I will still highly recommend it, but won't recommend it simply because it is deemed luxury.

3) Beauty. I love looking at pretty things. They don't have to have a purpose!

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Our Blog - Dedicated to Travel, Food, Lifestyle and Fashion

With a love of travel and writing as well as a passion for photography, this blogsite and my Etsy page mingles all three.

The RHS Photgraphic Competition 2017

Rachel Carr

Last week, I submitted five pictures to the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual photographic competition. The snaps I entered are below and I have discussed them, where they were taken and why I submitted them. I’d love to know what my readers think – and see any floral or botanic pictures they have taken! Just contact me below!

- Singapore Ginger

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I took this picture whilst on holiday staying with friends who live in Singapore. This is from the city’s botanic gardens which I can highly recommend to anyone either living or visiting there. I was particularly proud of this shot and love the stark complimentary colours as well as the slightly abstract finish to the overall piece. As it was a composition I worked on two years ago, I feel my style has slightly developed now, but I still love this shot, not least because it reminds me of two happy weeks with some of my closest chums. I wrote a blog about Singapore here, but this picture is also available to buy, unframed, here.

- Dried Flower Head

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I love the elegance of this shot and, despite looking like it has had most true colour drained from it, this is actually pretty photoshop free. It was taken in Battersea Park, Southwest London, on one of those idyllic crisp autumn days so there was a lot of cool light shining down on browned leaves and dried flowers like this one. I submitted it due to its simplicity and stark, fine details as well as being from one of my favourite parks in London near my home. I made some great recommendations for anyone going to that part of the city here, but those simply wanting to buy this shot can find it here at my Etsy store.

- Lavender and Bees

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This lavender picture was taken at one of my favourite places in the whole world – my friends’ garden near Saint-Girons about an hour south west of Toulouse, France. I took this snap in particular half way through one of those wine fuelled long lunches in gorgeous sunshine. I ate so well that day, as I normally do in this region, as did the in this photo, like all bees do on my friends’ luscious lavender plants. The light in this area of France makes taking a bad photograph nigh on impossible as it is slightly softer than British light with a warmth to it too. Anyone visiting the area should read this.

- Bali Palm At Sunset

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This is a Balinese sunset at its best. Whilst it may not show of the tree and its flower in detail, the silhouette that is created is striking which is why I included it in my submission. I took this shot whilst on holiday with a girlfriend on the East side of Bali, which I wrote up on my blog here. I loved my stay in this part of Indonesia and hope to return one day. The hotel I stayed in Alila Mangnis was quietly luxurious and incredibly elegant. There are several hotels in the Alila chain of which I have never heard a bad word!

- Portuguese Birds of Paradise

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I love this flower. They are called Birds of Paradise and bloom around Easter every year in Mediterranean countries. This particular plant was in south Portugal and I captured it when on holiday at my late grandfather in law’s villa. Again, this is one of my earlier shots and is a bit more stylised in look than images I produce now. But I love the vibrancy of colour, the structure of the flower’s shape and the dynamism that it creates. You can buy it here at my Etsy store.

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