The very best part of this blog thing is the chance to get lost in a virtual world of lovely. And I’m here to introduce to you a brand new favourite: Lean + Meadow.  She simply must be on your radar. An incredible writer, a beautiful soul, and the entire experience feels like sipping a warm cup of tea. With photos from Amanda Lenhardt, we’re going behind the blog.

SMP: Tell us a little about lean + meadow!
lean + meadow is a food and travel photography journal. It is a place for me to share captured moments from my most two favourite things – slow, seasonal, sustainable food and all over the place, back street, intrepid travel. Every week I’ll post a new recipe and travel adventure and often day to day moments sneak in there too. I have also recently began an exciting little project called Creative Humans USA, an interview and photography series of selected creative folk who I am lucky enough to meet on my travels around the states. So together, it is a real natural compilation of my daily inspirations. Admittedly, it is my current love affair…

SMP: What made you decide to start a blog?
I didn’t set out to be a photographer, let alone a blogger. I was previously a performing arts teacher. I had no idea what the alternative would be, but I did know that I couldn’t keep teaching. I didn’t enjoy my work, and for me that was enough to stop. I knew very little about the blogging world. When we moved over to the USA and I stumbled across the possibility of sharing my photographs, travel and food stories on an online journal, I became quite excited. It seemed to be the perfect way to combine my creative interests of photography, cooking and writing into one neat little expressive ball, all the while documenting our time living overseas. It made me incredibly happy, so I ran with it. I’ve not once looked back.

SMP: What’s one thing you’ve learnt along the way?
I am a perfectionist. So, it has been a valuable lesson for me to be forgiving towards my personal judgements and to encourage myself to post photos, even if I am not 100% happy with them. After all, it’s a journal – it is a wonderful place to look back on and see growth.

SMP: If you could go back in time, what would you do differently?
I would have started sooner.

SMP: Stranded on a dessert island question: what’s one cocktail you’d bring with you!
I adore gin and egg white. So, a gin fizz please. Made with fresh lemon and Ransom Old Tom Gin, my recent favourite.

SMP: A single quote that best describes your creative process?
‘She’ll be right love.’ – Something I grew up hearing daily from my Dad. The most lovely Australian man, who always encouraged me creatively and who taught me to see things in a positive light. With Dad, everything always worked out for the best. I like to think of this as I create and generally in my day to day life.

SMP: Your secret to success?
To keep moving. It’s important for me to never allow my abilities or daily life to become stagnant. I love to learn and I love to explore. This keeps me inspired and drives my being. There is just too much to seek and so much to be explored to become too comfortable with life.

SMP: Your most prized possession?
My Dad’s guitar.

SMP: One thing you simply can’t live without?
Travel.

SMP: Three things every stylish homeowner should have?
Natural light, a gas hob and a veggie garden.

SMP: Your favourite online design resource?
Oh, it’s too hard to choose a favourite, I have so many! Can I name a few? Kinfolk, Freunde Von Freunden, The Design Files and Miss Moss.

Photography: Amanda Lenhardt | Blogger: Lean And Meadow