Wednesday, 30 June 2010

The whole world in your hands.

And this was found just in the middle of a street just one row of pink and white hands that have suddenly appeared over the last few weeks.  I don't know the story behind it but it's looking like an artistic child on the loose and believe me the road in question could do with some jazzing up (jazz hands - get it - see what I did there!)

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Oh my.

So this might look like a random bit of graffiti and maybe to some it is.  A few years ago a lad, barely into double figures was walking home from his youth club, it was about 9pm and he apparently looked at a group of kids the wrong way.  They chased him and stabbed him, he managed to almost get himself home and collapsed outside a pub.  He was so close to his home that his mom was able to get out and hold her little boy as he took his final breath.  The pub has left the messages for him - which I think is really nice of them.  This is on my way to work and on a road that leads to some friends houses.  One friend thinks she heard the attackers after this had happened but who is to really know.  Rumour has it that the people responsible where put into hiding by their parents.  I don't know if I could do that, but then I am not a parent yet.  It's a bit of a hard hitting picture of the day - but what was gained from this night? A little boy lost his life and a whole heap of people have had their lives changed, maybe destroyed forever....and for what? A moment of feeling powerful?

Monday, 28 June 2010

(Rock) Paper Scissors

This is of a Sioux warrier - a Native American Tribe of great interest to me.  This was made out of paper.  It is amazing.  There is a collection of work (all for sale...what now? It's my birthday soon........ ☺)

They are made by Patty and Allen Eckman, one item sold for £47,000!!

Sunday 27 June 2010

Curious photo right? Well it's for something called Band of Elephants and it's in support of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which I think you should all know I am a huge supporter of.  Please go to this link and buy your own band to help raise funds for this incredibly worthwhile cause.  And thank you!

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Saturday 26 June 2010

Before leaving to come back to London (Boo) we stopped at a very picturesque little village called Luss - and here we saw a Mommy and Daddy swan and 8 little babies.

Friday 25 June 2010

A lot of Lochgoilhead and the surrounding area is tiny little roads that to me looked like someone had rolled icing out along which you drove.  The whole place looks a bit magical.  At the end of the road leading onto where we stayed, this is the view.  The mountains are so high the clouds are lower in parts and it's all just so lovely and green.

Thursday 24 June 2010

Not a road sign you see everyday.  This was on the way to where we were staying and it made me smile every morning.  We didn't see any red squirrels there but we did see one at the Benmore Botanical Gardens - a lot more timid than the grey squirrel and now fully protected I think.

Wednesday 23 June 2010

Edinburgh.  A city full of royal architecture and turrets.  The queen spends a lof her time living in Scotland and I alway thought it was at Balmoral but she has a castle here that apparently is her favored place to stay.  It was very pretty so I don't blame her - but being back in a city after being around the lochs for a few days really made me realise how I quite like the quiet life now.

Tuesday 22 June 2010

One of our visits was to a place called Benmore Botanical Gardens and it was absolutely amazing - there wasn't many flowers but the area was so nice and fresh and there appeared to be turrets everywhere - skipping along I suddenly stopped in my tracks as there was this little snake in front of me.  I have a huge phobia of snakes - I have managed to touch a real live snake once but that was when someone else was holding it - I side stepped this one and went on my merry way.

Monday 21 June 2010

Inverary Castle.  I thought places like this only existed in my dreams!!!

It's a bit of a con though as the family get to stay in this house rent free and with all repairs being paid for due to letting people view their house - but they only actually have to allow you to see 10% of the place to qualify, they didn't even open up the whole of their gardens - it's a lovely place but one that isn't worth the entrance fee.  I was going to offer them 50 pence cash for it - thought it was a reasonable offer!!!

Sunday 20th June 2010

This was a short walk up a hill from where we were staying - so still Loch Goilhead but from it's other side - pretty from all angles.

Up the hill was a really tumble down house, the chimney billowing smoke on a super hot summers day - which of course led me to believe the man was actually cooking up his last victim.  Just behind his house was the hint of something grand - you could just spy a turret sticking out amongst the over growth - a big padlock stopped me from exploring any further.

Saturday 19th June 2010

So I've been on holiday for the week - hence the break in the photos - but I am back so let the upload commence.

Todays pictures shows the lovely Loch Goilhead in Scotland where we were staying and our lovely hire car that got upgraded from a Fiat to a Jaguar.....for favorite kind of payment.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Here's the other half

You've met Mork - now here's Mindy - check out those eyes!!!

Thursday, 17 June 2010

When I grow up I want to be a ballerina

My career was cut short by a teacher saying no in a most unfair manner to me and me getting my own back and getting politely asked to not be brought back to ballet - but here are the lovely flowers that are known as Ballerinas dancing merrily in the breeze.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

I think they're trying to say something?

Not quite sure what message they are trying to get across though.................

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

A little gift of Audrey

Not only was I given a box of Mini Toblerone at work I was also given some Kinder Country (it has cereal bits in it so you can pretend you are being semi healthy), but I was also given a copy of 'The Children's Hour' a film I have not yet seen - it sounds familiar but.........Jane at work told me about it which led to Sion at work telling me he'd lend it to me then one better he found he had two copies - woo hoo so now I am the proud owner of this movie.  I hope it's good!

Monday, 14 June 2010

Flaming June

We're almost half way through June - a month that is quite often referred to as 'Flaming June' due to the arrival of summer or at least a mini heatwave - this year it's being referred to as Flaming June alright but thanks to the cold weather and the rain!  The poor little flower has been battered.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Hampstead Heath

London can be so built up in places but it's also one of the greenest if not the greenest city in Europe (in proportion to size and people living here).  D and I took a lazy pub lunch followed by a long walk around Hampstead Heath and the surrounding area...a perfect Sunday outing.  Now I'm ready for my afternoon nap!!!

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Camden Town

I went for an early morning shopping trip with my friend Ana to Camden Town - early morning is best as it gets beyond heaving by lunchtime and you just can't think or see for the amount of bustling people.  Just out of shot is a man blowing the hugest bubbles but you need sunglasses in case they pop in your face!!  I also think the clouds give a hint at the shape of the earth - all that could just be that I am in serious need of some food.

Friday, 11 June 2010

In Bloom

Our front garden is wild.  Not in any cool outrageous way - just overgrown.  We offered to help but the landlord, well for some reason he said no.  Anyway - suddenly out of nowhere this crazy wild mess turned into a lovely rose garden.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Moody Blues

Well it sure is Flaming June alright - but normally it means a nice mini heatwave - this year it's just been most odd with rain, thunder then glorious sunshine.  A girl just doesn't know what to wear - but it is giving some spectacularly moody skies.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

London Town Init

So whilst out for dinner with Jo and Claire I saw a picture opportunity that shows a real slice of London - not only does it show the signpost to indicate the area in a good old Narnia style, but you see the lovely London architecture - a hint at the bussel going on in Soho just behind -  but what's that...not only is a giant shoe - but it has flashing lights on it too.  Although to me it stops one step from being cool.  If there was giant bath tub at the bottom of the shoe and you slid down the sole of the shoe to get into said bath - now that would be cool!

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Head in the clouds

I've always joked that I have my head in the clouds - not just because I am tall, or naturally blonde but I sleep right up there in that roof - right up there amongst the clouds and the stars! My own little Princess Turret.

Monday, 7 June 2010

You looking at me?

This is one of the displays in the corridor at work. Right next to it are some gorgeous tiara's and jewellery but this lady kind of scares me - even though she's only papier mache - I wouldn't mess!

Sunday, 6 June 2010

It's an animal themed weekend

D and I had to get up early to go into Camden town to open up the msuic studios that he part owns. They have their own cats, Mork and Mindy and here's Mork thinking that it is infact him that owns the place, sat up on his little throne!

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Demon Dog

My friends Jenny and David travelled down to London to see me and D today - we went for a walk through the woods - got caught in the rain and sheltered in a lovely cafe hidden in the woods - it looks very Hansel and Gretel.  I saw a dog on the way that looked really scrotty and dirty but the sort of dog you have a soft spot for - then I looked at his eyes.  They looked like they were yellow - most odd for a dog - on closer inspection we realised the dog was playing at being David Bowie and had one blue eye and one brown eye but when I took a photo - the Demon Dog did appear!!!

Friday, 4 June 2010

It's all Greek to me!!

This is a restaurant down the road from me, I've not been - yet - I hope that changes soon as if the food is half as good as the decor it's got to be a winner. Somehow I am sure it still looks like this even in the winter! Magic!!

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Cecil was a caterpillar, Cecil was my friend......

On the way to work this morning whilst in the midst of trying to wake up and thinking what a lovely day it was I suddenly found myself looking at the world how I assume a caterpillar would - or how I would like to think they would.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

So I was walking down the street and.....SQUIRREL!!!!!

Yeah, I know, kind of any excuse to get a quote in from that fabulous movie Up! But who can blame me!

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

I'm only happy when it rains!

Ok that is so not true - I much prefer it to be sunny and warm, not too hot but nice and warm - I don't ask for much really! Anyway - it meant I couldn't go out for walk in my lunch break so I wasn't able to go exploring for photographs or blow the cobwebs away - so I sat in with a selection or reading material.  Gossip - educational and learning! Grazia, Lakota Woman and the Metro Newspaper.  Lakota Woman is by far proving to be the most interesting.  Written by a female native american is rare enough but it really gets to grips with how the introduction of the 'white mans' ways into the native american community really did some damage to what I consider to have been quite a beautiful race.....yes yes they did some pretty odd things at times but their ideas on life and nature were pretty special.  It's a read I would recommend.