Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!!!!!



From team Wales and team London and Team strange beasty that left those footprints in the snow last night.... xxxxx

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Boxing Day walk




Icy grass beneath our feet, fenced off woodlands, dogs aplenty and my very first robin redbreast.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Miss you!





My ridiculously cute niece, nephew, brother and dinosaur robot. Oh and Mr. Fluffy. Merry Xmas you lot!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Black cherry and thyme...

...jam and butter on croissants Emily brought back from Aix-en-Provence. Yummy. Then a mouse scuttled over my foot. Dear little thing. You won't be there when I return from xmas now will you? PS black cherry and thyme jam is the most amazing combination of flavours... i've found the jam pinnacle!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Defrosting toes and hearts





Here's the pub from the post previous, all backlit with sun and with plenty of headroom. Most pubs here are dark and small and crowded. This one is how I'd imagine a house I'd want to build. All windows, high stud and complete with the most elegantly formed bargirl you've ever seen, not to mention delicious mulled wine.

The people watching possibilities in east London are endless. The most beautiful and intriguing people frequent this area, I'm sure of it, more so then in any other. I'm not talking about beauty per se, just a whole lot of interestingness that comes through in all sorts of ways. I guess it's a multi-ethnic, creative, on it's way to being gentrified hub, not unlike Ponsonby once was.

After yesterday's sun, today surprised us by snowing heavily! Quite a different story indeed. A white christmas is approaching ...

Morning sunshine!









Sunday was, well pretty perfect. The sun was strong and bright; such a rarity for London, especially in winter. The Columbia flower markets bustled with people picking up last minute bouquets of amaryllis, peppers, mistletoe and pussy willow to dress their homes for the festive week ahead. Last minute christmas trees were brought and all the flower vendors were in happy states of vendor hysteria. Again the scent of pine laced the air and the chap was playing upright bass while little kids did jigs on the pavement in front of him.

We started the day with a delicious flat white and cheese sandwich from a little cafe in broadway market, and then wandered through to the flowers. It was cold! Your toes turn into painful little blocks of ice after about an hour of being out and about... one cure for that... mulled wine in a friendly pub! Ahhhh the defrost. In the pictures above are Georgia, visiting from Switzerland, Daniel (my new flatmate) and two lovely Danish girls the boys picked up in the pub the night before. ( I know!!!)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Winter is setting in.

This was the situation here in London yesterday. Tonight the night is cold, but clear as a bell. Today was spectacular. I'm recovering from my work christmas party last night. I'm in bed with peanut M&Ms and admiring my mother's new 1400cc bike she bought herself for xmas. That's 200cc's more engine power then the cop bikes here in London. Phewee. I know this because i had a sweet little conversation with one last night, on his bike, while he was waiting for pizzas. He let me in to a little cop secret... they like to rark them in the middle of the night up the motorways, just for the sheer delight of it - "you got to run the engine out a little, you see". I do see.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Grandfather







Beautiful photos by Sam Peacocke

Grandad traveled up to Wellington and Auckland for the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the River Plate, WWII's first great naval battle. He was a 16 year old seaman boy at the time, and one of only a handful still living today who were on the HMS Achilles.

The guns you see are off the original ship now to be found at the Devonport naval base. New Zealand looks just so beautiful going into christmas, while tiny little snow flakes are coming down outside my window.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

♥ east London ♥





in my hood. x

Neighbours




Vince and Pauline

Jesus, Jamaica and a bit of seasonal joy x









Emily, Ben and I went to church tonight. We joined our Jamaican neighbours at their local church in Clapton to watch the children's nativity performance. It was so beautiful. The little 8 year old angels were pulling gang signs in their halos!