Dover, England
Dover, England
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Hand lettered in the Donald Design Studio.
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Hand lettered in the Donald Design Studio.

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Hand lettered in the Donald Design Studio.

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It’s been about 6 months since we arrived in England and my how time has flown by! We are renting an apartment/converted (old) shoe factory in the town of Ipswich, in the county of Suffolk.

Recently we bought a £400 Ford, Focus, wagon and took a 6 week road-trip which in our usual haphazard and poorly planned fashion took us to France, Luxembourg and Switzerland, but not before a 2 week jaunt around England. Initially we had not intended to spend a great deal of time exploring England, aside from the distance between Ipswich (home) and Dover (the ferry Port from which we would sail off to France). As it turns out, England has more to offer than the average Englishman will let on!

Lemme explain, see, since we arrived we have been continuously cautioned that England sucks, and is by all means, inferior to Australia. If I hear “You’re from Australia! Why the hell did you come here!?” one more time, I will bust some skulls (or at the very least get my passive aggressive on).

I suppose Australia is wonderful, and the more I am away from it, the more I appreciate ‘The Great South Land’, and I suppose there is a little ‘the grass is always greener’ mentality in operation, but hey, people of England, your country is really, really neat! Well, now I have that off my chest, let me try and give you a brief account of our English escapades.

In the interest of longevity, we like to save money wherever we can; one of the means by which we do so is by avoiding toll roads. A method of navigation I would highly recommend, and that results in both a more economic journey and a more interesting one. Needless to say, we spent a lot of time on minor country roads, which in England, are extremely narrow, and confined by tall hedgerows on either side. Many times my driving skills and reflexes were put to the test whilst passing more ‘confident’ local commuters.

The time of year in which we travelled meant the vast paddocks we passed brimmed with crops, like corn, sunflowers and wheat, a beautiful sight to see. Villages are small but are situated close together. The age of towns, buildings and roads in is striking; we particularly enjoyed wandering cobblestoned roads, lined with thatched, and Tudor style cottages, whose wonky walls and lack of symmetry troubled the OCD in me.

As it turns out, England has some pretty epic coastline as well. We enjoyed some sunbaking and swimming at Sennen Beach (Cornwall) and managed to score beachside camping spots a couple times, sharing wine with some new German friends.

I’ll spare you every detail and destination, but before I wrap this up, I have to mention one of our favourite stops: Clovelly, a small fishing village in the Torridge district of Devon. Only accessible to foot traffic, and to those who have paid a fee (which is normally enough to deter me). Clovelly is a privately owned village, with (very) steep cobbled roads, which descend 120m to the pier below and are lined with cute wattle and daub cottages. The pier is a hub of activity, where a beer and pasty can be had, refreshment that is much needed before the accent back up.

We’re looking forward to many more trips out and about England, she sure has an abundance to offer! Stay tuned for our Luxembourg, and France posts!

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A few of my favourite things. Wallet by RUKI-KRYKI. Completely Handmade from cow hide in Barnaul, Russia.  
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A few of my favourite things. Wallet by RUKI-KRYKI. Completely Handmade from cow hide in Barnaul, Russia.  

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A few of my favourite things. 
Wallet by RUKI-KRYKI. Completely Handmade from cow hide in Barnaul, Russia.  

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Your next adventure awaits!
Hand Lettered in the Donald Design studio. 
Your next adventure awaits!
Hand Lettered in the Donald Design studio. 

Your next adventure awaits!

Hand Lettered in the Donald Design studio

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Wheat field - The Cotswolds, England
Wheat field - The Cotswolds, England
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The words of Nelson Mandela, hand lettered in the Donald Design studio. 
For custom lettering, design, branding etc. send me an email. I’d love to make something beautiful for you!
The words of Nelson Mandela, hand lettered in the Donald Design studio. 
For custom lettering, design, branding etc. send me an email. I’d love to make something beautiful for you!

The words of Nelson Mandela, hand lettered in the Donald Design studio. 

For custom lettering, design, branding etc. send me an email. I’d love to make something beautiful for you!

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Mel & the unitedbyblue​ Derby Tier Backpack - Chateau de Chambord, France. Not too shabby… 
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Mel & the unitedbyblue​ Derby Tier Backpack - Chateau de Chambord, France. Not too shabby… 

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Mel & the unitedbyblue​ Derby Tier Backpack - Chateau de Chambord, France. Not too shabby… 

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ellajohnes asked:
Heey!! great work, all you do here :) Just wanted to wish you good luck with your further creating, it is such a blessing to this world :) I'm a begining graphiscs/typography artist and wonder if you'd have any advice on creating an online portfolio.. any hints on good servers, or free websites? anyway, have a wonderfuly good day! all the best to you!! ☼

Hey! Thanks for your message and encouraging words! Not that I’m an expert on the matter but my top tips are as follows…

- Create a portfolio that is diverse, including a variety of styles and projects, from branding to custom lettering (if these are the sort of services you offer). This will help you to appeal to a wide audience, from businesses to everyday folk looking for some nice wall art.

- Only include the best of the best. You’re better to have a small collection of really great stuff as opposed to a large collection of substandard work. Quality over quantity. 

- Wordpress is great for building (free) custom sites. Tumblr is also wonderful. There are many other options which I don’t know a great deal about. Web development is not my forte. instagram is  a wonderful means of sharing your work with the wide world also. 

So there is my humble opinion. Let me know if you have any other questions. Always glad to help! 

Adam

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Hey there you two - I don't only love your blog and posts but also your choice of life. Wish I will be able to do something like this one day, good luck with everything for all your trips! What I wanted to ask was which programs/apps do you use to edit the uploaded pictures? Thanks so much in advance!

Hey thanks for the kind words! I’ve listed all the details Re. camera gear/editing in our info section if you’d like to take a look there.

Cheers, Adam

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ourlifeintransit:

Quote by François Rabelais. Hand lettered in the Donald Design studio. 
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Quote by François Rabelais. Hand lettered in the Donald Design studio. 

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Quote by François Rabelais. Hand lettered in the Donald Design studio. 

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Hand lettered in the Donald Design studio. 
Hand lettered in the Donald Design studio. 

Hand lettered in the Donald Design studio

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I got a questions for Adam! What is your process for the designs you make? How do you get the textures in your fonts? Thanks!

Hey there! I wish I could give you a simple answer! I am always experimenting with different techniques to create designs and texture.

Most designs are rendered directly from my notebook, some have natural texture carried over from the ink or pencil. On some designs I use custom brushes in Illustrator and/or Photoshop. Hope that helps! - Adam

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Love the blog! I'm a big camera nerd and I'm curious what you take your beautiful pictures with? Keep up the awesome work!

Hey thanks for the kind words! We really like your blog also. I use a Canon 5D Mk II and have just one lens, the EF 50mm f/1.8 II. 

Cheers, Adam

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