Ashley Morrison's Blog

October 3, 2018

House of Fun.

Is the title of our latest published work in the November 2018 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
Pages 82 to 93 in the November 2018 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors and Living magazine featuring Deborah and Graham Swail's semi-detached house in the Belmont area of Belfast.
.. on pages 82 to 93 – which features Deborah and Graham’s semi-detached house in the Belmont area of Belfast.

“Deborah and Graham took a classic base, added a dash of vintage blended with quirkiness and colour to create a uniquely happy home in Belfast.”

Which we talked about shooting here: No ordinary house will make it.

So congratulations to Deborah and Graham here…
Deborah and Graham Swail in the living room of their semi-detached house in the Belmont area of Belfast.
.. for this time making it into Ireland’s largest selling monthly interiors and lifestyle magazine – from Marie and Stuart…
“Marie
.. plus Mandi and me

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September 18, 2018

Classic design that stands the test of time.

Homes & Gardens is one of Britain’s oldest decorating magazines, which has been in circulation since 1919.

“Aspirational yet accessible, stylish, sophisticated and indulgent, Homes & Gardens showcases classic design that stands the test of time.”

Back in 2015 Jacqui and her husband, Peter, returned to Ireland and bought this large, derelict house…
“Large
.. as a renovation project.

Unoccupied for a while it seems, therefore in a terrible state of repair – so they totally stripped it back to brick…
“Totally
.. and removed virtually all the woodwork apart from the staircase – as it seems they really did want a challenge

Anyway, after receiving a call from Janet McMeekin, a London based writer who also once lived here, we were recently invited to take a look – and the rest is now history, as they would say…
“Dianne
.. because before very long Ivan had the lights up and Dianne had everything, including Jacqui here…
“Jacqui
.. looking like something you would see in a magazine.
But not just any old magazine, because yes I’m delighted to say, that 100 years after Homes & Gardens was first launched, you will now be able to see our work in that magazine too

So a big thanks to Ivan & Dianne here…
“Ivan
.. as well as to Janet, because it was “great teamwork” like you said – but most importantly I’d like to congratulate Jacqui and Peter, because if the icing on the cake was winning a heritage award, then this has got to be the cherry on top of that

One to look out for at the start of next year…
“The
.. in Britain’s oldest decorating magazines which showcases classic design that stands the test of time

September 1, 2018

Try Before You Buy!

Is the title of our latest published work in the October 2018 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
Pages 78 to 89 in the October 2018 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors and Living magazine featuring Lisa and Conor McCann's 1930s detached villa in south Belfast.
.. on pages 78 to 89 – which features Lisa and Conor McCann’s 1930s detached villa in south Belfast.

“Lisa and Conor used subtle neutrals and pops of colour to create a cool contemporary home in their Belfast city villa.”

Which we talked about shooting here: Straight forward.

So congratulations once again to Conor and Lisa here…
Lisa McCann in the kitchen of her 1930s detached villa in south Belfast.
.. for this time making it into Ireland’s largest selling monthly interiors and lifestyle magazine – from Marie, Mandi, Claudio and me

August 10, 2018

Lane 5.

Each year on the University of Houston swimming & diving team there would have been around 40 of us in total – approximately 10 would have been divers – so in the pool that would have meant there would have been about 5 of us in each of the 6 lanes during training.
Lane 5 was the lane I remember swimming in – along with Billy, who I recently talked about meeting here: Billy, it’s Ashley and Ashley – and Andrew Gray, who was a very good long-distance swimmer from South Africa, who can be seen here…
Christina Anderson (Christina Ica Hörbäck) and Andrew Gray playing on one of the mats in the diving pool at the Universtiy of Houston.
.. with Christina from Sweden – who I remember we called the “Strawberry Girl” – but don’t ask me why, as my memory isn’t that good

Anyway, since signing up to Facebook back in 2009 and saying “Hi” once again to many of those who were on that team, Christina was obviously someone who I became “Friends” with and have followed ever since – especially since she was clearly still swimming, which in turn (unknown to her) inspired me to get back into the pool as well.
So naturally when she wrote to say that she (along with her husband, Bjorn Hörbäck, sister, Annis, and her husband, Philip Josefson) would be coming to Ireland for a few days, the answer was: “Yes, I would love to meet up” even before she asked

And where better to meet than at McDonald’s…
With Christina outside McDonald's at Sprucefield Shopping Centre, which is where we meet before I drove them all into Belfast and around the north of Ireland over the next few days.
.. because besides occasionally looking at all the pictures I took of everyone back then – many of which I have posted here on Facebook: University of Houston swim team 1979 to 1983 – nothing reminds me more of all the wonderful times we had together, than seeing those Golden Arches.

Anyway, after booking them into the Europa Hotel – which this book that my work can be seen in…
The book called 'In the Headlines' - the story of the Belfast Europa Hotel - by Clive Scoular.
.. tells the story about how it was once known as the “most bombed hotel in the world” – they all piled into the Land Rover and I drove them along the scenic Antrim Coast Road towards the Giant’s Causeway – where I enjoyed taking lots of pictures of them…
Christina Ica Hörbäck with her sister, Annis Andersson Josefson, and Annis' husband, Philip Josefson, at the Giant's Causeway.
.. taking pictures of themselves…
Christina at the Giant's Causeway.
.. as well as of the Causeway itself …
Christina Ica Hörbäck with her sister, Annis Andersson Josefson, at the Giant's Causeway.
.. before heading to the Dark Hedges
Christina with her husband, Bjorn Hörbäck, her sister, Annis Andersson Josefson, and her husband, Philip Josefson, at the Dark Hedges which has been used as a location in HBO's popular television series Game of Thrones.
.. which has been used as a location in HBO’s popular television series Game of Thrones
Christina with her husband, Bjorn Hörbäck, her sister, Annis Andersson Josefson, and her husband, Philip Josefson, at the Dark Hedges which has been used as a location in HBO's popular television series Game of Thrones.
.. as that was on the road back to Belfast. Were we enjoyed a lovely meal in the Europa, before heading across the road to the Crown Bar, as a few pints of Hop House 13 awaited

Next day I first drove Christina and her sister, Annis, to see the Peace Wall
Christina Ica Hörbäck with her sister, Annis Andersson Josefson, at the Peace Wall which separates the nationalist Falls Road and unionist Shankill Road areas of West Belfast.
.. which separates the nationalist Falls Road and unionist Shankill Road areas of West Belfast…
Christina Ica Hörbäck with her sister, Annis Andersson Josefson, at the 'Peace Wall' .
.. which I hadn’t actually seen myself before – even though it’s now a major tourist attraction – before taking them to Titanic Belfast – which is a monument to Belfast’s maritime heritage on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in the city’s Titanic Quarter where the RMS Titanic was built…
Christina Ica Hörbäck at Titanic Belfast.
.. where one can hear the many stories about the ill-fated Titanic, which (as you probably already know) hit an iceberg and sank during her maiden voyage in 1912.

Anyway, something which I had completely forgotten (and/or couldn’t have told you), was who else swam in ‘Lane 5’ besides Billy, Andrew and myself.
Well now I know, as it was none other than the unforgettable Christina…
Christina Anderson (Christina Ica Hörbäck) on the mats in the pool at the Universtiy of Houston.
.. a.k.a. the ‘Strawberry Girl’ or ‘Wonder Woman’ – which she was also sometimes known as.

Anyway, just wanted to post this to thank her here for the past few days, as it was not only lovely to see her again…
Christina Ica Hörbäck at the Dark Hedges.
.. but it was also lovely to be able to show her this wee part of the world where it’s believed giants once used to play…
Christina Ica Hörbäck and myself at the Giant's Causeway.
.. which I call my home

August 3, 2018

Out with the Old.

Is the title of our latest published work in the September 2018 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
Pages 92 to 105 in the September 2018 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors and Living magazine featuring Patricia McGinnis' detached 1960s house in Belfast.
.. on pages 92 to 105 – which features Patricia’s 1960s detached house in Belfast.

“Patricia has her mother to thank for finding her the perfect home in Belfast, though it didn’t seem so at first glance.”

So yes, it was out with the old, as inside was like a modern work of art…
Bedroom in Patricia McGinnis' detached family home in Belfast.
.. which just leaves me to say: Congratulations to Patricia for this time making it into Ireland’s largest selling monthly interiors and lifestyle magazine – from Marie, Mandi, Claudio and me

July 21, 2018

Billy, it’s Ashley and Ashley.

Look, it’s Ashley & Ashley…
“Billy McGoldrick with his daughter Ashley Hayes and me in the garden of his and Kerry Johnston's place in Dundee.
.. together for the first time.

Because yes, to follow on from Making a wish come true, I felt it time to not only meet Ashley, but it was also time to meet my once ‘best friend’, roommate and training partner, Billy McGoldrick…
“Billy
.. who can be seen here standing in front of our Motel’s front door, after having shaved his head for the 1983 South West Conference (SWC) swim meet, which was held in Austin that year.

And so it was, some 35 years on, outside in the garden of his fabulous gate lodge…
“Ashley
.. in his Scottish hometown of Dundee. As his daughter, Ashley, was over from Houston for a few days, to let him see her beautiful daughter – who’s name is Roisin…
“Ashley
.. Ashley, it seems

So “I’ll be back”, is how it was left, because the next time I want to meet his son, Billy – so then naturally the title will be “Billy, it’s Billy and Ashley”

June 2, 2018

Making a wish come true.

Back in the early 80’s, I took this picture of the men’s swimming & diving team in the changing rooms at the University of Houston…
Members of the 1982 men's University of Houston swimming and diving team in the changing rooms.
Glen Evans, T.K. Ponder, Ang Peng Siong, Kevin Lee, Hassa Bergqvist, Mike Turner, Wayne Welborne, Nicky Gray, Andrew Back, Kevin Richards, Richard Cahalan, Chip Martoccia, Philip Osborn, Garth Parsons, John Linklater, Ed Pierce, BIlly McGoldrick, Per Matsson, Jeff Farmer, Tom Cook, Iain Campbell, Sven Schultz, Andrew Chandler, Ulf Peters, Kevin Evans, Simon Draver and Andrew Gray at University of Houston.
.. which includes many of the guys that I have stayed in touch with over the years – thanks mainly to Mike Collins (who was on the Track & Field team) as he suggested a number of years ago that we all become “Friends” on Facebook.

Which in turn then naturally lead me to open ‘The Box’ which contains all the prints and negative I had taken back then – as well as newspaper cutting, scrapbooks and lots of other stuff from around that time in my life too… which I would refer to as “My swimming years”.

Anyway, after years of saying I would love to meet up with all of these guys again, this year I finally made a start at making that wish come true.

Tom Cook, who can be seen here on the pool deck at the Universtiy of Houston…
Tom Cook at the Universtiy of Houston swimming pool.
.. is definitely one of the guys on that list – and so when he contacted me to say that his wife, Lisa, and son, GreySun, were coming over to Ireland for a few days, the answer was “Yes, I would love to meet them” even before he had to ask

And so it was, as you can see at the Old Bushmills Distillery
On the 18th of May 2018 Lisa Tanner Cook posted this picture of me with her and her son GreySun Stattin at the Old Bushmills Distillery in County Antrim.
.. in County Antrim.

“Bushmills Irish Whiskey is made at Ireland’s oldest working distillery in County Antrim, Northern Ireland on the beautiful North Coast. Our original grant to distil was signed in 1608 by King James 1st and there has been distillation on this site since then, using the unique water from our own stream and Irish barley.”

Plus, at the Giant’s Causeway
On the 18th of May 2018 Lisa Tanner Cook posted this picture of me with her and her son GreySun Stattin at the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim.
.. “Shaka Brah!” Tom.

“Flanked by the wild North Atlantic Ocean and a landscape of dramatic cliffs, for centuries the Giant’s Causeway has inspired artists, stirred scientific debate and captured the imagination of all who see it. Is it the handiwork of legendary giant Finn McCool or the result of volcanic fury millions of years ago?”

Ashley Morrison: It was an honor and a pleasure, Tom – just wish you could have been with them.
So time to work on Plan H… which I will keep you all posted on
🙂

Lisa Tanner Cook: … And maybe Plan C 😎🌊🏄‍♂️

Tom Cook: Plan C – California Cook’s

Time to make another wish come true

May 31, 2018

Home Farm

Is the title of our latest published work which is on the cover and in the July 2018 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 80 to 91 in the July 2018 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors and Living magazine featuring Kim and Derek Loughery's barn extension nestled in the Sperrin Mountains near Limavady in County Londonderry.
.. on pages 80 to 91 – featuring Kim and Derek Loughery’s barn extension which is nestled in the Sperrin Mountains overlooking Lough Foyle and the Donegal Hills near Limavady in County Londonderry.

”Kim and Derek’s new build extension, anchored to an old stone barn near Limavady, maximises views of the Irish countryside.”

Which we talked about shooting here: Nestled in the Sperrin Mountains.

So once again congratulations to Kim here…
Kim Loughery in the living room of her barn extension nestled in the Sperrin Mountains overlooking Lough Foyle and the Donegal Hills near Limavady in County Londonderry.
.. for not only making it into this beautifully printed interior and lifestyle magazine but also for making it onto the cover too – from Marie, Mandi, Claudio and me

May 16, 2018

The Duchess Slant.

With the Royal Wedding coming up, naturally, there has been a lot in the news about Meghan Markle recently and how she is quickly learning her future ‘acting’ role – and who better to learn from than Kate Middleton: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Anyway, one of the things which I found very interesting, which I hadn’t actually picked up on before, was the ‘duchess slant’.

“The knees and ankles are clasped firmly tighter and the legs are slanted to the side, creating a flattering silhouette.”

“Typically the ‘duchess slant’ is used when a lady has to sit for an extended amount of time while keeping poise and posture,” says Myka Meier, royal etiquette expert and founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette. “It is the perfect pose for when a camera is shooting directly in front of you because by slightly slanting the knees to create a zig-zag effect when wearing a dress or skirt, your legs are angled so that the camera only shoots the sides of your legs and protects your modesty.”

And so with that in mind, it was time for some Afternoon Tea…
Screenshot of the home page on the Killarney Park Hotel's website.
.. in the Drawing Room…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. where one practiced…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. and practiced…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. and practiced one’s pose…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. before the ladies arrived…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. to show us how it was done…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. to perfection, at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry – from Dianne, Claudio…
Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. and me

May 15, 2018

The ironing board

The ironing board was put to good use – so here are some pictures to show how we used it to produce this image…
The Innisfallen Suite in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. in the Innisfallen Suite…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. which can now be seen on their website…
Screenshot of the Suites page showing the Innisfallen Suite on the Killarney Park Hotel's website.
.. and this…
The Innisfallen Suite in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.

Behind the scenes during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry.
.. .. at the Killarney Park Hotel
Screenshot of the Suites page showing the Innisfallen Suite on the Killarney Park Hotel's website.
.. in the beautiful Irish County of Kerry

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