Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Easter in France enjoying the sunshine: Part two

Welcome to part two of my French holiday and pics from a brilliant walk my mum and I went on. Now the thing about the Lot Valley is that it can be really sunny first thing in  the morning but it can be incredibly cold - it doesn't warm up until at least 10.30am.
Here is the view opposite mum and dad's - can you see the frost? And yes the rural scene...
 Here is a close up
 The sun soon came out in earnest and it warmed up
 The region of Quercy, which is were the Lot Valley is, is covered in oak trees. Mum and I went for a walk through the surrounding countryside which went down through a forest with a winding lane. 
 Hawthorn blossom in blue sky 
 The gardens were coming out in full - loved the light coming through  these leaves. 
 Mum and I were delighted to spot 'les moutons' aka sheep which are becoming a rare sight in the area. And to make it even more magical we heard them first rather than saw them. Yes they were all wearing bells - think Heidi and her goat herd (if you are, like me, a child of the 80s). Magic. 
 Towards the end of the walk were came across a flooded areas which gave up magical reflections. 
 So that's it, end of part two! Right final installment soon 

Monday, 13 April 2015

Crafty Fox Easter Market in Peckham

It's Easter and so it must be Crafty Fox Market time. As you may know I'm lucky enough to take photos for the market which I love doing and I've met so many people as a result. I was only able to attend Saturday's market as I was spending Sunday with OH but here are some of my favourite pictures.

Emma Nicol doing stitched portraits - amazing!

The wonderful Cecily Vessey and Georgina Bosson working on a collaborative mural throughout the weekend celebrating Peckham's skyline

and finally Ray Stanbrook - I couldn't resist the Brixton cushion which now takes pride and place on my sofa!

Feel inspired? Wish you could have gone? Well don't worry, they're doing it all over again at the end of the month on home turf Brixton. 25th and 26th April - put the date in your diary! 

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Spring sunshines comes to Sydenham Hill Woods

It was a perfect spring day today in sunny old Brixton. OH and I wanted to go for a walk so I suggested Sydenham Hill Woods. We'd been a few years ago and I'm always amazed how wonderful this wood is and it's only 10 minutes away from Brixton on the train. 

Though the weather was so beautiful we chose to walk through my beloved Brockwell Park and got on the train one stop up at Herne Hill. Here is Brixton Lido in all it's glory! But two stops later we were in Sydenham Hill Woods

 There were carpets of wood anemones 
 I love new shoots coming through 
 Still quite a bit of mud around following the down pours over the weekend 
 A rare action shot of OH battling through overgrown holly bushes!

 Mountain Ash (we think)
 and new beech leaves 
 I simply couldn't do this view justice. The wood was so vast and certainly felt ancient but in the background we could make out the city of London in front of us spotting famous landmarks such as the BT Tower, the Gerkin and the Shard. 
 We found evidence of a long abandoned railway line no doubt a victim of the huge cull in the 60s. 
 But what I hadn't realised is that it's the spot where Camille Pissarro painted his famous painting Lordship Lane Railway, Dulwich in 1871

Some signage was clearly past it's best... 
 Spring greens are so vibrant 
 And new leaves are so translucent 
 Like jewels in the sky 
Spring is finally here and it's warms the soul. If you're ever in South London jump on a train and go to Sydenham. The wood is literally 2 mins from the station and it is a totally magic place to visit.