One pic an hour on the hour 24/01/19

07.00 Picking my camera up in the study, where I was charging the battery overnight.

08.00 Oomoo reading his Swedish homework aloud at breakfast. He goooood!

09.00 Winding my watch up whilst listening to Dutch radio on my phone. As you can see I hadn't wound it up the day before... 

10.00 On the tube on the way in to town, hiding my camera in my book. So hard to brazenly take pictures of strangers in such close proximity. Best to do it on the sly.

11.00 Looking at fabrics at The Cloth House for an interiors project I'm currently working on. These Japanese indigo fabrics are well tasty.

12.00 At Fabrique, with my friend D, eating my first semla of the year. I'd already eaten it by the time I took this.¯\_(ツ)_/¯

13.00 Lunch at Whole Foods; brown rice with mushrooms in coconut milk, tofu, steamed veg and chilli - countering the semla I ate an hour before 😉 Also, being a grown up means you can eat dessert before lunch.

14.00 At Leighton House Museum, sneaking a blurry pic as no photography was allowed. Such a beautiful beautiful house.

15.00 In Gail's, on Kensington High St, warming up with chai latte and a drop scone. Too cold to spend any time outside on this particular day.

16.00 Walking round Japan House, looking at beautiful, crazy expensive things - and buying a £7.50 soap.

17.00 Arriving at the bottom of the stairs at my local overground station and seeing a random potted eucalyptus tree. It looks like it's doing rather well there!

18.00 Flicking through the latest issue of Ideat that arrived in the mail whilst I was out. My idea of a treat.

19.00 Just about to start researching more fabric options for the house I'm working on. Because you can never do too much research.

20.00 Oomoo on the loo - sorry son! Talk about not respecting someone's privacy.

21.00 A very dark and orange Buddy hanging out on the living room floor.

22.00 Brushing my teeth - time for bed yo!

It's been years since I've done one of these challenges. In the past I've used a compact camera, and very quickly on Thursday I realised that I'd made a mistake using my DSLR. Especially as I shoot manually, so it was really easy to take blurry and underexposed pictures. But eff it. Makes a nice change from taking pictures in a considered way, and more true as a result. I think I'll try and do one of these every now and again (maybe once per season?), just for a laugh.

In other news; I read this article (via A Cup of Jo) on the weekend, and it describes exactly where I'm at, and there's a name for it now. Turns out I've become a digital minimalist, and it feels awesome. Read it if you like, and see what you think.


Six frames from Sunday

A sunny Sunday! Such a treat. It's been ages since that yellow disc in the sky has been visible here, and I for once remembered to have my camera on me. Got to do that from now on, as my phone hardly ever comes out - even if the outcome is quite random. Oomoo had had a sleepover at his Grandpa's, and we met up with them in Kenwood, where we had tea and a super quick look around Kenwood House itself. Must go back soon and spend longer there - I found the old interiors and all the art on the walls a perfect January escape. We then had an unplanned and light lunch at Grandpa's, eating lots of random things, as you can see. 



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.


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! 😮

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!