Not going to pretend that waiting out Covid is a great hardship: a fully-stocked fridge, loaded bookshelves, Netflix, running shoes, a pile of board games, WhatsApp and Zoom do not a wartime Britain make. Very privileged, and won’t be forgetting it. (Neither am I underplaying how truly difficult it is for some. Just acknowledging I’m one of the lucky ones.)
Even still…these snaps from crisp winter walks around our fabulous city made me a tad wistful. Looking forward to venturing beyond Dulwich borders once again. T-minus 10 weeks (give or take a month or two) to go. The heart will only grow fonder…
I’ve been a fan of Dale Chihuly since I wondered into a fantastic exhibition at the Halcyon Gallery in 2011. And of course, everyone adores his Rotunda Chandelier at the V&A. So I was happy to queue with the hoards of other fans on a sunny Saturday in June to see Reflections on Nature at Kew Gardens.
Photographs can’t really do the works justice; I’d definitely encourage packing a picnic and heading over. The trail takes in the newly renovated Temperate House and spruced up Great Pagoda; and with the summer flowers starting to come through, it’s a good time to visit. I plan to return later in the year too, to see the sculptures illuminated at night.
A little collection of winter foliage – and even some splashes of colour – as we prepare to welcome in spring. A reminder that, whilst our politics may be a dismal and dreary affair, switching off the news and getting out can lift the soul….even in January!
I’m at the intersection of nowhere
and lost in the vicinity
of a city that’s just
a pretty mirage
– Jerm IX
So, it seems Shoreditch’s street art didn’t die after all. GO FIGURE.
Rivington Street #2
Brick Lane #2
Having previously spent hours with the butterflies at London Zoo, I thought I’d see if the Natural History Museum’s temporary butterfly house could compare. I think I now have arthritis in my hands from gripping the camera steady for so long!