this film, and decided with a friend that it was something we should try, and it's been an amazing experience. When we started in September it was +21c degrees in the water, and I've swum a couple of times a week since then, with +4 degrees being the coldest that I've experienced so far - and it's been totally fine! Which, if you knew me, you'd find improbable as I'm always the coldest person in the room, but for some reason cold water isn't a problem. There's a strict no phones policy at the Ladies Pond, which I think is great, so I haven't been able to take pictures. Anyways, I got to rush off now, but hopefully I'll be back before the end of the year!
Little Mo. I used to take a ridiculous amount of pictures of her, and it struck me the other day that I hardly ever take pics of Buddy. I don't know why, as he's a much more social cat, but maybe it's just as a result of me generally forgetting to take pictures, especially at home. Well, me thinks it's time to change that.
Back in June, President Trump was in town for a couple of days, and Londoners were not happy about it. Since then things have gone very strange politically in this country, and we're just waiting and waiting (and have been for the past three years) to see what's in store for us. My mum was visiting from France when this demonstration happened, and when I suggested we go down and check it out, she was a bit apprehensive. "Don't worry, the Brits don't protest like the French do!" I told her. I wasn't wrong.
Just a couple of days after getting back from Paris, it was time to hop on yet another train, but this time going north, to York, and hang out with our ex- London friends who now live there. Even though it's sad when friends move away, it's nice to be able to discover a new place, and to spend more concentrated time together. Last year when we were there in October it was really cold, so it was nice to be there in spring this time.
I love S & P's home; it has such a great vibe, and is very pleasing on the eye, even when you've got someone aiming a Nerf gun at you.
Looking forward to the next time we hop on a train and head up there again!
Finally I think I've reached the end of my Paris pics from April. I took these from the top floor of Musée des Arts Decoratifs. Love how the Eiffel tower just fitted in perfectly like that. Au revoir Paris, you were effing brilliant. Bisous.
We were lucky to catch the Ren Hang exhibition at MEP. I didn't know anything about him, but from just having a quick look at the gallery website, before our trip, I knew we HAD TO go. His pictures are something else. So clean and graphic (some very graphic), shot with a point and shoot nothing fancy compact film camera on regular Fujicolour 200. Seeing how he worked, usually in his tiny bedroom, and more or less winging it during shoots was fascinating. You can see for yourself here.
We also made it to the Gio Ponti exhibition at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs on our last day. Same thing here, didn't know much about him, but came away with huge respect for his talent and productivity. He designed buildings, furniture, ceramics, silverware, and interiors amongst other things, as well as sending really cool letters to friends and family (2nd from last picture). He truly was a jack of all trades - master of all. Respect.