Monday, 22 September 2014

The writing is on the wall

As you may be aware I live in and love Brixton. Last week Brixton was one of the design districts for Design Week so the area was a little more creative than usual. At the end of this week these fabulous sketches turned up on an empty council building by Pam Williams. They depict 'moments captured from life as locals discuss, argue, build and celebrate our vibrant neighbourhood'. They put such a smile on my face when I first saw them and I hope they stay up for a while. To me they sum up what a fantastic community Brixton has and whilst Brixton is in the middle of being 'gentrified' I'm reminded why I love the area so much. Anyway thought I'd share them with you - enjoy!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Stockwell Festival

Blimey it's been a busy old couple of weeks. So many fun things to do and not enough time! You may recall I went to the Lambeth Country Fair back in July. I think I may have forgotten to mention that some of my pictures were then featured in Brixton Blog. Anyway someone from the Stockwell Festival spotted them and asked me if I would take photos of the event for them. I was well chuffed!

I wasn't quite sure what to expect but it turned out to be a great day. Here is a selection of what was going on:
 Ok so first up the main stage which was actually a bus - clever idea! Anyway I'd seen Naomi Keysha at Splash and really enjoyed her stuff. Actually found myself singing along.... 

 Cassandra London did some amazing reggae
Hackney based singer Aleisha Lee 
 There was loads of things for kids to do including an Art4space free clay workshop
 Amazing cakes - all vegan - very tempting but to my shame I'd wolfed down a hog roast bun so was a little but full.... 
 Balloons but this guy wasn't relaxed when I took his photo - I did ask him if it was OK!
There was a great workshop given by Swingland 
And an amazing body popping display by Soul Footwork 
 Yep you've guessed it we've switch to landscape - more of Soul Footwork 
 And Swingland giving a demonstration before their workshop 
 I missed these guys from Entwined Shades Dance Company giving their Zumba demo
But did catch this lot giving a demonstration. The tent was heaving and I struggled to get a decent shot! 
 And finally there were a lot of dogs. Battersea Dogs and Cats Home had an arena where people could enter their dogs in various competitions such as Most Obedient Dog, Best Trick, Best Biscuit Catcher and Cutest Dog. And so I'm going to end with a dog fest. There were just soooo many cute dogs! 

Told you - cute dogs. Anyway want to read more? Check out my piece in 

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Incy Wincy Spider

If you're of a sensitive nature look away now....

Now September always seems to be month of the spider as there are more and more webs about which huge spiders. I had spotted this spider near my compost bin and made a mental note to get the camera at some point. I couldn't believe my luck though as I arrived with camera in hand at the start of meal time. They're a little gory but thought I should share what I saw
I'm absolutely loving my macro lens as this is a sight I never thought I would see. Who knew that a wasp would make such a tasty meal!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Poppies, Gangsters and Graffiti

It was OH's birthday in August. He's a difficult man to buy for and I was beginning to struggle to have an idea until I read about an installation of poppies at the Tower of London to commemorate the centenary of World War One and that you can buy the poppies after the art work ended. Hurrah! So this weekend we went to visit his gift.
     And it was stunning ! A sea of ceramic poppies in what was the moat of the Tower of London. 
There was also a small army of volunteers helping to install the art work
Now OH and I like to walk the streets of London and this week we decided that once we had visited the Tower we would do a Bloody Pubs walk which was featured in Time Out a couple of months ago. So off we went to Wapping to see the sites of where Pirates took their last drink before execution. Yes you can see a happy walk but we spotted things we wouldn't necessarily see. 
On  the way up to Shadwell  we came across Tobacco dock which I'd never even heard of before with these amazing ships resting outside. 
On our way to Sidney Street we stumbled across a Hawksmoore church
with gravestones lined up against the wall
There was also a very derelict building which used to be the Nature Study Museum... clearly it had seen better days! 
We stumbled across this incredible mural depicting the Battle of Cable Street in 1936
Couldn't help but smile when I spotted this! 
I didn't think any Wimpy's had survived but found this one just up from Martha Street
Now most of the walk past Wapping covered pubs linked to the Krays. Here is the Blind Beggar where Reggie Kray murdered gangster George Cornell in 1966
After a quick pit stop (read pint) in the Carpenter Arms on Cheshire Street which the Krays bought for their mum we ended up on Brick Lane where we spotted this mural being painted. 
Which neatly takes me to one of my current favourite topics. Graffitti. Below is an example of the street art spotted out and about around Cheshire Street and Brick Lane. 
So there we have it. A nice walk featuring presents, pirates, gangsters, art installation, history and graffiti - what more could a girl ask for!