Thursday, 25 August 2016

In The 'Burbs

Some days, if you time it right,
our bit of the London suburbs
can look and feel like the countryside.
As long as you ignore the ever present sounds 
of the elevated section of the motorway,
the Piccadilly line and aircraft on approach to Heathrow.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Snap #26 | Trevi Fountain, Rome

Helena has a new photographic theme for 2016:
Snap, a visually linked group of 2 to 4 images.
***
The film La Dolce Vita has a lot to answer for.
 Doesn't matter what time of day you go, the Trevi is packed with tourists.
 But if you are patient, 
you can almost always manage to get a clear shot.
 I am not a tacky tourist, however, 
I am a tasteful traveller ...
You can see more Snap images here.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

It's A Scrap

Two weeks left of the Summer holidays, 
and I have time to scrapbook during the day ...
because The Boy Child is at Football Camp.
It's true, I could have scrapbooked in the evenings
over the last few weeks, but I chose to become an armchair expert
on all-things Olympic. 
It was all so thrilling, I'm not complaining.
If only I could get the London 2012 album actually finished ...

Monday, 22 August 2016

Keeping Track of Summer

While I try to not be too regimented about routine
for The Boy Child during the long Summer holidays,
I do try to give him some sort of structure to the days.
And what works best for me is to see the days 
written out on paper.  I see friends using their smart 'phones 
to record and plan their movements and realise that I must 
look like a Luddite by comparison.
But I can live with that.

Friday, 19 August 2016

What Caught Her Eye #24

Continuing my new series for Fridays: 
the contents of that Smythson notebook,
one page at a time.
"Knowledge comes
but wisdom lingers."
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Thursday, 18 August 2016

London Theatre | Bugsy Malone

Yesterday, The Boy Child and I attended a matinee perforamnce
of Alan Parker's Bugsy Malone.
Given that the majority of the cast is made up of children
and young adults, I was expecting it to be rather mediocre.
I couldn't have been more wrong.
Ninety minutes flashed by,
watching great acting, laughing at fantastic comedy 
and on my feet, dancing and applauding until my hands hurt.
My favourites parts of musical theatre 
are the whole-cast ensemble pieces;
singing and dancing as one.
A truly stellar production.
And I now have the show's final lines stuck in my head ...
"you know you're gonna be remembered for
the things you say and do."
  
How very true.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Snap #25 | St Peter's, Vatican City

Helena has a new photographic theme for 2016:
Snap, a visually linked group of 2 to 4 images.
***
No visit to Rome is complete without a visit to Vatican City
and the magnificence of St. Peter's Basilica.  
 Go early to avoid the worst of the crowds. 
Be brave and climb 202 stairs to the gallery inside the cupola. 
 And then brave 300 more to the very top of the basilica.
 You can see more Snap images here.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Things He Says | The Fashion Edition

"I don't think much of that top, Mum ...
but it's better than nothing!" 

Monday, 15 August 2016

Photography Scavenger Hunt 2016 | The Definitive List, Numbers 15-21 {and that elusive #13}

This is the fourth year I've participated in Rinda's Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt.
You can see this year's list here.
#15: A team logo.
The logo of Liverpool Football Club on the arms of The Boy Child's glasses.
#16: A map showing a trip taken during the time period.
The bus route map of Bermuda; it was consulted a lot.
#17: Twins.
 Conjoined strawberries fit the bill nicely.
#18: A supermarket cart, basket or trolley full of groceries.
The basket of groceries purchased the afternoon of our return from Bermuda.
#19: A seasonal cocktail or beverage.
Bermuda's Dark 'n' Stormy qualifies for this one.
#20: Someone laughing.
The Boy Child and his wee pal more than fit the bill.
#21: A photograph of you with a newspaper or calendar page from the time period.
The story everyone seemed to have an opinion on.
#13: The moon.
This was the one that eluded me ...
until The Boy Child spotted it on the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre 
in London's West End.

 Some of these images have already appeared in my Instagram feed.
Search under #rindas2016photohunt.
How are you getting on?
You can link up with Rinda here.

 

Friday, 12 August 2016

What Caught Her Eye #23

Continuing my new series for Fridays: 
the contents of that Smythson notebook,
one page at a time.
"To save your world you asked
this man to die:
Would this man, could he see
you now, ask why?"
Epitaph for the Unknown Soldier,
W. H. Auden