My sister-in-law just came back from sunny, luxurious Qatar recently and brought us all gifts – huge bags of multi-coloured, multi-flavoured popcorn for us to enjoy. My husband and I enjoyed guessing the flavours (after I took about a hundred pictures and wouldn’t let him touch any) – and this is my favourite.
Who said you can’t play with your food, eh?
Took me a while to get this shot, managed it in the end with a burst shot setting and changing to suit a low light setting.
I’ve always loved fireworks and sparklers, the way they transform the night and make it feel magical (and not just because I’ve read the stories of Gandalf’s fireworks and the sparkles at Hogwarts!).
So here’s a little something to dazzle and brighten the week, especially with Guy Fawkes night coming up next weekend : )
I often have to go out around London town to visit various areas for work, and often stumble across beautiful pieces of street art, unique sculptures and through-provoking posters, graffiti and signs around London which all make it the wonderfully quirky and interesting place that it is.
While running around Canary Wharf area today, and trying to hide from the rain, I spotted this amazing giant street scrawl on the side of a big block of flats by artists Irony & Boe, who are known for their giant pieces around London.
It was just what I needed to brighten up a very wet, grey day and of course, made me stop to take a picture (or three). Something to start this week off, a giant doggy (it’s actually called Chihuahuazilla!) with a little wisdom in its eyes as it looks over the busy traffic lights : )
As it gets closer to the Christmas break, I’m going through my things and piling together things I love doing – I’ve managed to find my gorgeous colourful pens (i do love my pens), notebooks and paints which I’m hoping to play around with – don’t they look lovely?
A sharp red this Monday, a little spot of colour to brighten up the week. My mum grows all sorts of things in her garden, and this is one of them – they don’t last very long so you have to grow them at the right time – you can imagine my toddle niece’s delight when she managed to pick one though!
A little macro today, I saw this flower in my garden and took a quick shot because the colour looked so pretty – it’s actually a flower from a nettle we need to pull out, but it was a nice flash of colour in a sea of green. Monday afternoon purples 🙂
A friend of my husband comes from Morocco and brought these pretty miniature key-rings back from a recent trip. I love the mini drums so naturally picked the yellow one (because deep down, I’m the yellow Powder Ranger). It’s currently sitting on my bedroom window sill (next to all my lipsticks) and I love how beautifully detailed and well-made it is.
A nice way to start the week, and a nice addition to my keyring collection!
Spotted this today while buying chillies in housewife mode – is it just me who just delicately picks up every and each piece of vegetable to examine before putting it in my bag? Meanwhile a woman in front of me strode up, dove her hand into the pile and grabbed a huge bunch without looking and stuffed them all into her bag (all while looking at me suspiciously, and probably wondering why I’m looking at each individual chilli pepper).
Luckily she didn’t pick up this ladybird (which was still tottering out oblivious to the earthquare happening three inches away) – after I whipped out my camera to take a snap, I left it in peace in the big green jungle : )
One of things which I feel the most in the heat of summer days is that longing for a cool drink in the middle of the day – here’s what I wish I was drinking today (although I’ll stick to water for now!)
One of the things that Ramadan really makes me appreciate is the abundance of water we have at the tip of our fingers, which we can take for granted – we all know how much gets used washing, drinking, doing laundry, for toilets – and it’s easy to forget what a valuable commodity it is in countries where there are those who are less advantaged than we are.
During the heatwave which has been gradually climbing towards us, I also turn to those in Pakistan who have been hit by extreme heat of 45 degrees celsius and above recently, and who struggle to fast – which makes me re-think the stick and humid atmosphere that we call heat here in London, and how lucky we are that it is bearable at least, for us.
It also makes me appreciate the luxury of cold drinks when we do open our fast at iftar time – it can be one of the biggest challenges of Ramadan to not think about your thirst and keep a cool attitude, and focus on getting through the day. It’s certainly made me change my attitude towards our luxury of water – I try to drink as much water as I can but it feels more striking when you know how much you’ve longed for it.
So here’s a drinky post for you – and also a request to keep the people struck by heatwave in Pakistan in your prayers.
It’s not often that I get to enjoy a meal somewhere different, and this river-side cafe tucked away near the River Thames was a perfect spot to enjoy a light meal and a cool breeze, and watch some ferries go by.
It’s nice to enjoy the warm weather and take a break after a long day’s work (especially after convincing your husband to take you shopping and ending up with a bag full of cookies).
I’m hoping to explore London and wander around more this summer, but for now, this is a snap for Mondays, to start the week off with some luxury and some food!