14/01/2019

November/December

Looks like I didn't use my large camera much in November. In fact, I even managed to forget to bring it with me when I went to Stockholm at the beginning of the month, which I saw as an opportunity to be more present with family and friends. It's a tricky thing to balance, as I do miss out a bit of being in the moment when I take pictures, but then I really enjoy capturing moments as they happen, and love having a memento of a split second that I'll then treasure forever. But taking pictures is just a fraction of time in a day, so it's really no big deal. Well, November is always Oomoo's birthday, and I can't quite understand how he is nine already. Here he is looking at a pile of pressies early on a school morning.



2018 was a really good year in London art-wise. And in November I went to see Yayoi Kusama, Heidi Bucher and Cornelia Parker's PsychoBarn, amongst other things. Heidi Bucher's latex skinnings were so cool!

Christmas morning. Buddy checking out the mess on our bed, whilst Oomoo opens his presents.

Our niece made the Christmas crackers this year, and some of the jokes had us in hysterics. An example:" What's the best thing about Switzerland? I don't know, but their flag is a big plus!"

A round of Mafia, at the xmas dinner table, which we have been playing a lot recently. Clearly neither of these guys are the mafia in this round...

The only picture of me at xmas this time round. I never blooming remember to pass the camera on to someone else so there is proof that I was there too.


Cuddles with Pepper the cat.











And finally, for New Year's, we went with friends to the Cotswolds for a couple of days. A great rounding off a pretty good year! Let's see what 2019 brings.

11/01/2019

New Year's greetings from the past

Can I still say Happy New Year or am I too late? I hope the start of the year finds you well? I intend to spend more time here again, as I've developed an "allergy" (wink wink) to my smart phone (again), and I'm hoping to stay away from it for as long as possible. So hello slow internet life, nice to be here again! I'm not one for giant posts with too many pictures in it, but if I want to keep this space kind of current, I need to do some, so I can catch up picture-wise with where I'm at now. And to spur me on taking pictures again innit. So, here's my October 2017. Or the last couple of weeks of it. The pictures above are from the People's Vote march, in support of a second referendum about Brexit (will there be one, won't there be one - who the hell knows?). I think it's clear which side I'm on... It's all been such a long and painful process, and in just over two months we might be crashing out of the EU and into the unknown. Anyway, the march, where I was one of 750 000 people, felt very jovial, and some (most) of the home made protest sign made us smile. I was umming and erring about bringing Oomoo with me, but decided not to in the end, but before I set off I asked him what he would write on his protest placard had he made one. "We want breakfast - not Brexit!" is what he replied. And the last sign I saw, as me and my friend left the march, said exactly that! ­čś«



Some pictures from home.



Went to see the Space Shifters exhibition at the Hayward Gallery. There were some very cool things in there.



We spent a couple of days in York visiting friends, who took us to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. It was awesome. Like, SERIOUSLY awesome. We totally lucked out with the weather, and that walk is one the best I've ever taken. Can't wait to go back one day.

Our friends have some really nice art in their house. Makes me want to get some new things to put on our walls. But there's no rush. Peak stuff and all that.



P on the piano.

And finally the letter R (for random, haha), from a train we saw in the Railway Museum in York (there were some beauts in there I tell you). 

November/December coming up.... Have a great weekend!

13/12/2018

Windows of Amsterdam

I had the great pleasure of returning to Amsterdam back in September, just me, without my fellas. I'm so grateful that I get to go there for some me-time every now and again. I was just there for three nights (one day we must go for longer - goddammit), but my friend Z and I crammed a lot in as per usual, without it ever feeling overwhelming.

All these windows made their way into my eyes and onto my camera, and this is the order I saw them in. It's interesting how the materials they used when they built these buildings are the same as what's been used here in London, but the two cities look so wildly different. It doesn't take a genius to guess which styles I prefer!

07/12/2018

Another day another castle




More from a day trip this summer. We went to Hever Castle outside London on what felt like the last hot day of summer and it was pretty awesome. Beautiful gardens, a castle with a moat, a brilliant playground (modelled on the castle itself), a water maze (see pic 5) and a lake to explore by row boat or pedalo, to name just a few of the attractions. Next summer seems so far away right now, so it's nice to be a bit (ok, a lot) behind here on the blog. More catching up to come.