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The photo at the top of the page is me standing in the middle of the Great Salt Lake in Utah staring at my shoe.
We went for a day trip to Mersea Island in the Thames Estuary yesterday to celebrate janice’s birthday with a rather delicious fish meal. Then we watched a beautiful if rather chilly sunset over the estuary. Nice day.
Some things changed this Christmas. Some things stayed the same.
Christmas Eve we went to Eva’s name day party and encountered her fabulous food spread.
Christmas Day was super quiet and relaxed, I had a cheese sandwich for Christmas lunch.
Boxing day was very busy, a quick food drop to my Aunt Joyce , then a room with teeming toddlers in Hackney, then Earls Court, via the The Guardian, for a very pleasant evening with Henry’s uncle and aunt.
Then the gathering of the Swash clan a couple of days after Boxing Day
Finally a pretty good New Year Eve party at Tremlet Grove. I experimented at the party by just using my iPhone 6 as the camera plus an off screen flash unit, worked moderately well but the low light is always challenging for anything less than a top range DSLR.
We visited the poppies installation at the Tower, which was pretty spectacular, and wandered back across Tower Bridge and along the South Bank to Borough Market. It was a pleasing sunny day of bright colours, red poppies, blue skies, the colours of borough market. Even managed to squeeze in a Pearly King and Queen.
I wandered about in town yesterday in the pleasant warm late autumn sunshine, through the huge building site that is TottenHam Court Road station, and visited the new Foyles Bookshop building (very nice). In the process I took a few photos with the new iPhone 6 and I haver to say I remain very impressed by the abilities of the camera on this phone. Here are a few photos from my walk.
We visited the Malevich exhibition at the Tate today, it was very good, and then wandered back to London Bridge via Borough Market. It was my first excursion with my new iPhone 6 and I wanted to see what the camera could do. It turned out it could do a lot. The photos it produced, for a camera phone, are very good indeed, and it has some remarkable video capabilities. I shot a short time lapse video of the Thames using one of the new iPhone’s built in video FX. The phone itself has a super faster CPU and graphics processor and I tried out the app ‘Replay‘ that can create an edited video in seconds with just a few quick taps. On a phone!
My old friend Jane celebrated her 70th birthday yesterday, a lot of old friends, a face or two I hadn’t seen for a very long time, and lots of kids wandering around. My photography was pretty haphazard, too busy gassing, but here are a few.
We had a small gathering, with some faces from way back when, to celebrate my brother Chris’s 50th birthday and my dad’s 91st birthday. Great evening with a lot of laughs. To see all the photos click here.
Sometime soon Smithfield Meat Market will be redeveloped and renovated. I passed through the market on a long meandering walk yesterday and managed to grab a few photos of the old dilapidated, grand Victorian fabric of the place. You can see all the photos by clicking here.
UPDATE: I have just added some more photos from a second visit to the market.
Christmas has come and gone, and this year we did everything differently. Christmas Eve was at Rosie and Henry’s, Christmas Day was at Henry’s mum’s (where we got empirical proof that it is possible for another family gathering to be as loud as a Swash gathering), Boxing Day was a quiet and much reduced gathering in Hackney and the Swash family do was also small because much of the older generation were missing.
To see all the photos from Christmas Eve click here
To see all the photos from Christmas Day click here
Isabel and I spent a week in wales on near Cardigan and in between the rain storms we managed a bit of walking. To see all the photos This is Isabel walking the cliff top coastal path as the wind drives the waves onto the rocks below. Here are some photos of the beautiful Poppit […]