Nina Nixon


I'm Nina, a photographer, film maker and forever wanderer.  Passionate about nature, the great outdoors and all of life's adventures.  This is the place where I keep all my 'field notes'

Top Tip

As long as I can remember I've always had a fascination and have been interested in 'old wives tales' - or the labour saving concoctions and devices from generations long gone.

Anything and everything has gone down in my little mental note book.

Grandmothers tips passed down within the family. Over heard conversations between older ladies at the bus stop. Shared advice from friends and colleagues. Old notes, diaries, scrap books and pieces of paper that fall out of long ago once forgotten cook books, uncovered from lost family members or routing around in junk shops.

I keep everything.

You know - the kind of life saving top tips on how to clean 101 things with lemon juice or how bicarb is a fantastic scouring agent. Leaving white linen out to dry in the sun to help with bleaching or lavender to ward off moths and conkers to deter spiders.

And many, many, many more.

Well my top tip, the one I've discovered from raising babes by the coast - and a sandy coast at that - is talcum powder.

Now I know it gets a bad press, talc that is - or was that the new 'no, no' like eating shark and tuna when I was pregnant with the little Boo? The rules are forever changing.

Anyway. Talc is an absolute essential if you're planning a day out at a sandy beach.

It is the best (and only thing I know) in getting off that tricky, sticky, stuck in between the toes (and everywhere else) sand.

And it has been an absolute life saver in coaxing little ones feet back into their shoes, sandals, socks or flip flops at the end of a day on the beach.

If you have little ones then I know you will appreciate how difficult it can be trying to get them to put any item of clothing back on again. But when you add 'uncomfortable' into the mix then forget it - those feet are not going back in.........for anyone.

Plus it's so painful walking in footwear with sandy feet don't you think? I hate it, can't think of anything more irritating to my feet - so why would I expect my children to.

There you have it - my little top 'beachy' tip passed on to you.

So if you're heading to the beach this Summer and you know sand is going to factor into the equation then talc is your new best friend.

Even friends that came home from spending the past three years living on a beach in OZ - with children may I add - were agog when I started sprinkling talcum powder onto the kids feet just before we left the beach and put their shoes back on.

Magic dust for the beach I think they called it.

So when you pack the beach bag make sure you pop a container along side the sun block and floppy hats - it is one of my top life saving (moment) solutions and I would honestly be completely lost without it.

How about you. Do you have any top tips?