It‘s not often I get a chance to stop at beautiful gates like this, but naturally when they come on a beautifully grand scale like this, a picture must be taken. It brings me to mind stories that I’ve read in the past where the hero (or heroine) has to reach the gates fast enough to get their happy ending – or even Greek Tragedies like Orpheus and Eurydice‘s tale of lost love. Inspiring enough to try my own hand at a fable like this, if I manage to finish it, I’ll post my story!
Sometimes I enjoy being in a congested, crowded place to work in and live in, if only because of the beautiful night lights I see on the way home. There’s unexpected moments where I stop to appreciate the beautiful little things, the hidden street art, the pretty lanterns, the beautiful skies.
This is something I saw when I peeked out of my window at work about three minutes before putting my coat on to go home – the lights looks lovely, the sky was a wash of colours and there’s something dreamy about the city skyline in the background, especially with the string of coloured lights. I go past these lights every day (they change colour, that’s why one is green!) and have always wanted to get a decent picture of the lights, and have never quite managed to. Today I got a lucky shot which I was quite happy with, although no doubt I’ll keep trying to take better shots!
I’m fascinated with lanterns, chandeliers and light hangings which are beautifully crafted and slightly unusual – which is probably why I love going to Middle Eastern restaurants that have luxury decor (must be the magpie in me). I loved this beautiful mosaic-style lantern which I saw in a Turkish restaurant recently, hanging close above my table.
I’d love to buy these and hang them all around the house in random places, but knowing my luck they’d all crash and break onto some unlucky passerby. Still, it’s a good Monday for beautiful things : )
Thought I’d do something to do with light and warmth, seeing as it’s the end of the year already. So here’s some pretty Morroccan-themed lanterns I saw a few days ago which I really liked, to symbolise light, warmth and lots of healthy orangey-ness in the new year : )
…The one in London that is. It’s a lovely atmosphere to walk around in, with plenty of beautiful red lanterns, gazebos to walk in an out of, and smells of various Chinese food and incense.
Didn’t quite manage to capture the sunset against this lovely Gate as it was too cloudy, but I loved the stream of lanterns against the traditional style of the gate and it’s beautiful Chinese characters. Definitely worth a visit if you’re nearby, there’s always plenty of events and things to do, and it’s something which has become one of London’s landmark places to visit. I’m sure I’ll find myself there again soon enough!
There was a family celebration a few weeks ago, which involved a lot of DIY decorations, luxury lanterns and rolls of organza. Oh, and good food, of course. Here’s just a few of the pinky things we had around the house (I’m sure you can guess the colour scheme we were going for), and our attempts to sparkle the house up : )
Okay they’re not really from Rajasthan, I just though they looked a bit like they came from there because they had a similar style of the rajasthani signature bright colours, mirrors and pretty mosaic patterns combined with glass. And god knows I’m a sucker for pretty, sparkly things like these. Saw these when shopping on the weekend (and bemoaned the fact that I have no space ANYWHERE for ornamental-y things like these in my bomb-site of a house). I liked how pretty the lanterns are too, imagine these things gently swaying in the wind in your back garden (not so pretty, one of the kids running past them in the garden and sending them crashing – not so pretty).
Made me feel as if I was wandering past a glass seller’s stall on the streets of Morrocco or something. Sigh.
I do love lanterns and tealights, especially where they look traditional or intricate. So I couldn’t resist snapping up these (very cheap may I add) tea-lights when I saw them:
And decided to give them a make over…
Until they ended up looking like these pretties…
I’m very please with the results! And best of all they’ll go with the the lanterns that I already have (and which I have spray-painted gold already), and which has proved very useful for mehndi nights and party decorations. Don’t you think they look lovely? They make great showpieces and really feel like a luxuy piece : )