Life, Lately

I know, it has been a REALLY long time this time. I have been a bad blogger, but as ever, I’ve made a comeback. Call me Take That if you will. I don’t have an awful lot to say, but I’ve been taking a lot of pictures lately. More than usual. Sometimes it’s good to focus on something creative and photography is a skill I’d really like to develop. These snaps aren’t all amazing, but they’re a bit of an insight into what’s been going on over the last few months. I’m no David Bailey, but I sure do love taking a camera and capturing a moment.


Just after Christmas, I treated myself to a Crosley record player. Though I think there are a lot of purists out there who don’t rate it as a record player, I absolutely love it. Growing my record collection has become a bit of an obsession, and with some help from Pa who treated me to a handful of his favourites, it has become quite a collection. From Roxy Music to Aswad, Aretha Franklin, Kylie Minogue, Paul Simon, Louis Armstrong and everything in between, I’ve been going through the music I was raised on and adding to my collection often. Move over Chris, I’ve found a new love of my life.


At the end of February, Chris and I went along to the incredible Cecil Sharp House in Camden for a celebration of all things Welsh at the Hwyl festival. Created by the folks who run Green Man Festival (which, incidentally looks pretty awesome too), this day long festival was filled with music, poetry, spoken word and set amongst an array of comfortable beanbags and friendly faces. My favourite act of the day was the incredible Sweet Baboo, who performed an acoustic set, just he and his guitar. Check out Motorhome and If I Died if gorgeous vocals and catchy little ditties are your kind of thing. I know they’re mine.


I have lived in London for almost four years, but I’d never ventured up to the top of Primrose Hill. After wandering round Regent’s Park with my parents on probably one of the first convincingly sunny days of Spring, we decided to make our way up to the top. We weren’t the only people who’d had the same idea but the view was pretty special up there. It reminded me of how beautiful London really is and how lucky I am to live in such a vibrant place.


After hearing about when it opened a couple of months ago, I was super keen to get up to the top of the Walkie Talkie to the Sky Garden. Though it was a bit like being in a tropical airport, the 360 degree view of the city was incredible. Like at the top of Primrose Hill, I was reminded just how brilliant this bloody city is. And while I love popping up to the top of The Shard (preferably for cocktails, rather than to the viewing platform), the view from the top of the Walkie Talkie was significantly better.


I went to Bath for a hen party a couple of weeks ago (what an absolute riot that was!) and while I was on the train, I finally got my hands on a copy of Oh Comely magazine. It’s described as “a magazine that makes people smile, full of quiet moments and stories” and that’s definitely what it is. The tagline, “Keep Your Curiosity Sacred” is perfect to describe the content – full of wonder, intrigue, captivating words and beautiful pictures. Pick one up if you get the chance, I think I’ll be subscribing.


I was so excited about the Solar Eclipse. I remember watching the one in ’99 with my Dad towards the end of the summer holidays. We were fully prepared with our glasses and we pulled over to the side of the road to watch. It’s probably one of the clearest memory of my childhood. This year, despite hunting for solar eclipse glasses and failing miserably, I made myself a pinhole camera as an alternative (wrapped in silver foil to look extra cool) but come the day, London was bleak and miserable. This was the view from the balcony at work, which, whilst optimally positioned, bore not a scrap of sunshine. Until about an hour after the eclipse had finished.


When I was at the hen in Bath, we popped along to The Makery to create hen party sashes and I inevitably had to take a snap of this, if only to remind myself to take time out regularly to make, photograph, write amazing things.


When I heard about Letters Live, the live event from the folks behind Letters of Note, I absolutely had to get tickets. It’s a website I’ve been reading for ages, and it’s so easy to lose an hour or so just trawling through notable letters from notable people. Held at the Freemasons Hall in Holborn, we were treated to letters written by the likes of Van Gough, Nick Cave, Matt Park, Cassandra Austen on the last hours of her sister’s life, and so many more. These letters were read by read by the likes of Juliet Stephenson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Louise Brearly, Russell Brand, Caitlin Moran. Letter writing is an art form which has faded away with the advent of technology and some of these letters were so deserving of a wider audience. It felt like such a privilege to hear the intimate thoughts of these people.


Every year for the last however long, my family and I gather at a cottage in Essex for Easter, not far from my Grandparents and where my Dad grew up. This year was bittersweet for reasons that I won’t go into, but this part of the world is really stunning. I have a bit of an obsession with the sky, and it seemed so massive on this particular day. Just a reminder of how small we really are.


Not much to say about this guy. He was on his last legs but he was still beautiful. This is one of the best photos I’ve taken with my new iPhone 6. The camera is banging.


As much as I love London, it’s always nice to step away from the pace of city life and take a breath. For this, I find the perfect antidote is a dose of the beautiful countryside. I did quite a bit of running while I was away and while my usual route past the houses of Dulwich is nice, taking in the rolling hills of Essex and the fresh air as opposed to the tar filled smog of the city was a treat. While I didn’t run past this (I was actually sat on a miniature train, see featured image, when I took this) I think it’s the perfect representation of the glory of the English countryside.

What have you been up to lately? Hopefully I’ll be back here again soon!

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