Devon randoms

And so, the last of the Devon pictures.
/ Oomoo doing his best Wall-E impression
// A ram somewhere on Exmoor
/// A view of Lynmouth
//// A little leaf peaking through the window
///// The kids enjoying the cool sea at Woolacombe beach.

Have a great weekend!


Two in one day

On one of the days we took the kids to The Big Sheep where they had a whale of a time looking at and feeding some of the animals. It was actually the day with the best weather, so after a few hours we headed to the nearest beach called Westward Ho! I didn't put that exclamation mark there to emphasise - it's actually what the town is called! Some in our group were hardier than others and went for a quick dip, whilst some of us stayed on the beach wrapped up against the strong winds. You can guess which camp I was in...


In between

Some moments from the house we stayed in Devon, in between the daily excursions.


Pooling around

Hey friends! Firstly thank you so much for your lovely comments on the previous post. Secondly, I'm not going to accept a weekly (or bi-monthly) post on this blog; the reason I couldn't post sooner is that I hurt my back a couple of weeks ago, and am only now feeling more back (haha) to normal. So I need to up my post ratio! Anyways, back to that Devon trip that now feels like a hundred years ago. As the weather was rubs, and as there was three kids in da house, the option of just hanging out indoors all day was not applicable. So, on one of the days we drove to Ilfracombe to check out the old Victorian rock pools at Tunnel Beaches. It's funny, but looking at pictures of the same place in good weather doesn't seem to make the place justice. I think bad weather actually suits it better! But then I wasn't hoping to go for a dip there anyway, and so didn't feel let down. It's funny looking at these pictures now; you can't tell from them that is was actually quite busy, but it's amazing how easy it is to edit reality by cropping something out of frame.

Hope you have a great weekend, and I'll promise I will be back to regular posting - I need that as an excuse to take the camera out for regular walks again!


In the Valley of Rocks

So we went to Devon in what turned out to be the worst week of the summer. It's always a gamble when you holiday on these fair isles, and it was a gamble that we lost. But hey, that's what rain proofs and wellies are for, right?! Anyway, we and some friends rented a house in North Devon and it was ridiculously beautiful, despite the weather. On this particular day the weather was dreadful, but we got out of the house anyway and headed to Lynton, a little town on the coast. The skies cleared after lunch, and me and the boys walked up to the Valley of Rocks, a beautiful, if slightly smelly, walk along a coastal path. The smell became self-explanatory when we literally crossed paths with a feral goat. The walk itself was our favourite part of the whole week, something you might be able to guess from these pictures. It was still a bit drizzly so we got to see a rainbow - from above!! Just breathtaking. Along the path there were little sheltered seating areas, and in one of them we found a box of poems where anyone could scribble down what they felt like, as they sat there, staring at the sea (see pic 4). Some of them were very funny. And rather than writing down a poem, I'd like to think of these pictures as a sort of visual poem of that day :)



Dear neglected blog,

I'm sorry that I've been ignoring you for the past month. I didn't mean to disappear like I did, but life got in the way. Big things have happened; Oomoo started school a couple of weeks ago. He loves it and has settled in well. When he was born almost five years ago, the first day at school seemed like a life time away, and suddenly we were here. It feels like everything lately has revolved around this momentous moment, but now the dust has settled it's time to knuckle down and get on with things. You know, I don't think I've even touched my camera this month. Must see to it that I do. And I haven't even shown you the pictures I took on our Devon holiday at the end of last month! I'll get on it, I promise. Anyway, good to see you again and let's catch up some more next week.


F xx


A favourite

For the past 23 years or so I've been fortunate enough to visit my friend A's country house, just a half hour outside of Stockholm. It's insanely photogenic, and the evening light on the particular day we were there this time round was ridiculous. We had a lovely time out there; swimming, eating and playing (and Oomoo got his first bee sting there too!) and I really hope we get to go again. What you can't see in these pictures is quite how packed the island has become, new houses keep being built for people who now live there all year round, and that country side feeling is quickly getting lost. My friend is thinking of selling up and getting something much further out in the Archipelago, but whatever happens, I'll always cherish my summer memories from this very special place.


No people

Some random visual vignettes from Sthlm. The building in the last pic is on a very busy road, and I love the pattern that fumes and dirt have left on it. I doubt it'll look as pretty if/when it gets re-decorated...


Maximum selfie

I was trying to put together some Stockholm posts before bed last night, but I got into all sorts of technical troubles, so they'll have to wait. I should have known I was too tired to plonk myself in front of the computer instead of catching zzzzz's (or reading my bedtime read; Donna Tartt's 'Goldfinch' - sooooo gooood!). Anyway, during this technical hitch I'm posting a selfie I took at Tekniska Museet in Stockholm. Laters!


Stockholm 2014

Looking at these pictures now, it seems like ages ago that we were in Stockholm, even though it was only last week. It was insanely hot when we were there, and we were relieved to come back to a cooler London; but now as I type this, with rain and wind lashing at the window and wearing a jumper and a scarf, I wouldn't mind that heat all over again. I wasn't really in blog mode when we were there, so my pictures from the trip are very random. We stayed in a sweet little flat in a neighbour hood that I've never lived in, just so it felt more like a holiday than it usually does. Those of you who live away from family will know the madness of those trips, when you go "back" to see everyone you've left behind, which quickly becomes a bit like an endurance test. So many to see, in such little time, all over the city. But it's worth it. Seeing Oomoo and morfar (my dad) messing about and having a laugh is a true joy to witness, and I'm very grateful for that. We can always recharge our batteries once we're back home again.