Grassington on Instagram

Around a year ago I started using Instagram. I call myself Goodlife Jo because I love the programme the Good Life and kid myself I’m a bit like Felicity Kendall as I wander around the farm in my wellies.

Often around the farm there are some beautiful photo opportunities and it can be lovely just to take a moment out of the day and capture them. Photography focuses your mind on the moment you’re in and that’s what I love about it.

On my Instagram account I’ve posted a few of those moments, along with some favourite artistic holiday photos and memories of family life.

Having two daughters living their lives in a social media age, I’m also becoming aware that for their generation, it sadly seems that Instagram is not about lovely photos at all. It seems to be more of a dating App, a way to rate each other’s selfies, and generally flirt with people, (or be horrid) and most followers hardly know each other. I really don’t like that side of it at all, I have to be honest, and really feel for teenagers growing up in this social media generation.

It was so nice to grow up without these added pressures and I feel for kids and the obsession with image and how others judge them, how many likes they get etc. As parents we have to try and weaken the power of apps like Instagram over their lives, but it’s not always easy as society creates quite a narcissistic generation.

Anyway, here’s a photo from my Instagram account where the sun really hit the combs of the hens perfectly. I was really pleased with it.