January 30, 2014

Perfect time for soup

Eat, have hot drink, eat, have hot drink.. have soup, eat, have hot drink.. crave hot chocolate.. have hot chocolate, eat.. repeat. That's pretty much Winter to me.

January 27, 2014

Coffee and informal portraits

When you meet up for coffee with someone who loves photography as much as you do, its not unusual to spend most of your time taking photos, instead of relaxing with your coffee. The thing is though, it is relaxing, for us anyway. Usually, when having coffee with my husband or anyone else who is not into photography, I have to hold back and pretend that I'm not mostly itching to take photos of everything around me. Or its just awkward and people start shying away when I whip out my camera infront of them.

What's even better is when you're having coffee with someone that's not only into photography, but does it professionally. It then really becomes more about photography than coffee. The only time when coffee takes a back seat. For me, anyway. So when my friend, who is a professional wedding photographer agreed to meet up with me at The Counter Cafe and have me take informal portraits of her, I did a little dance in my head, imagining the fun we would have. And we did have fun..

We took turns shooting each other, shooting coffee like coffee paparazzi and not one bit worried about the weird stares people were giving us, because as photographers, its something you tend to get used to.

January 21, 2014

Streets of London: Bull's Head Passage

So I've decided to resume my idea of showcasing the streets of London. If you've read my blog from the beginning, you know that I did a post on Artillery Passage and had this idea of walking around the streets of London and showing you exactly what the streets of London look like... the quirks, the people(which could also be part of the quirks), the unusual, the historical, the modern, the charm, or whatever else it might be.
What happened to that idea last year? Well, life got in the way. But here I am, hoping to finally show it you.. fingers crossed that I'll be able to deliver on this and not back down.

So today it is Bull's Head Passage. Yes, the name is one of the quirks, but not as quirky as a lot of other things that London has named. It's about one postcode away from Artillery Passage. I planned to walk down to the Thames that day and then this passage caught my eye and I couldn't help but snap away. London is literally just too photogenic, its a little overwhelming.

All I can say, is that this passage is just charming. A piece of old school in a very modern, business-like area, squished away, but very well-known. It also has a wine bar called Planet of the Grapes :) The third photo from the top, you'll see a landscape photo with a blue door on the right. This was one of the film locations in Harry Potter. That door was the entrance to the "leaky cauldron". It was an empty shop at the time, but for years now its been The Glass House, an optician store.

The market next door has also been used for a few movie scenes, including Tomb Raider and Proof of Life. I will do a seperate post on the market itself, since it is rather eye-catching.

January 7, 2014

London Coffee: Climpson & Sons

My husband and I have been trawling London for good coffee spots. Every now and again we make a point of trying a new coffee shop and we have found some gems here and there. One of them being Timberyard, which was one of the best we've tried thus far. I need to make a point of blogging about them soon.

Climpson & Sons in Broadway Market, East London is a tiny little cafe, but ever so popular. The lack of seating does not by any means discourage customers. They will gladly queue outside, if they must. Everyone thinks that the English love queueing. I don't think they love it, they're just used to having to do it. London is one congested place. You have to queue at some point! 

Back to the coffee. As expected, good cappuccinos. Just don't expect to find seating on a weekend. 

January 1, 2014

Rather late than never

I know everyone says this, but how is it already 2014? Seems like yesterday when everyone was so freaked out about the year 2000. As they say, time waits for no man.

My NYE was spent indoors at home, pretty much doing nothing. We now tend to avoid central London, as it is, to put it lightly, a little crazy out there. Apparently there were about 100 arrests last night. Not unusual, I must say. Poor 999 must have had a hectic night, to say the least. So, we watch the fireworks on BBC's Youtube channel the next morning. If you've never seen the splendour of London's New Year's fireworks, do yourself a favour and a have a look online. I promise it won't be a wasted 11 minutes, unless of course fireworks is not your thing.

To paint a picture of my NYE, there was Scrabble, TV, tea, chocolates and Pringles. Oh and shut eye before 1am. We must be getting old.

Never mind us, I wish all of you a Happy New Year. I hope it's a good year and one in which you try your best to fulfill your personal goals. Also, a big thank you to those who read my blog and comment, even if it be but a few. It means so much to me. 2013 was a good year, a year in which I learnt a lot about myself, what I am capable of, how quickly our lives can change and just how important family relationships are. Let's hope 2014 will be even better.

Here are three shots I took of the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park on Monday evening. And no, I'm not hiding behind the bushes, even if it may seem so.