Fluorescent Heaven

God’s Own Junkyard is a place like no other, and probably one of my favourite spots in Walthamstow. If you’re ever visiting London, it’s worth the trip to the end of the Victoria Line (possibly combined with a visit to the Gin palace Mothers Ruin, or resident beer makers Wildcard Brewery, which are the nearest neighbours – Not the worst day out if you ask me!)

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Throwback to Summer 2015

How long is this January? It honestly feels like it has been going on for about a year and a half. I’m not one to wish time away, but the grey, wet, windy days could pass a little faster. At least bring some frost, snow and sunshine instead, right?

Last summer feels pretty far away. Looking through my Instagram feed, it was pretty darn long though – probably because I kickstarted it in March with a work trip to sunny Barcelona, then Sicily, followed by another work trip to scorching Berlin. And, if you lived in London last summer, I’m sure you remember the heatwave. One of the most vivid memories I have, is standing outside a Walthamstow pub at 10pm with a glass of cold white wine in my hand after watching a film screening, and absolutely boiling in 28 degrees and a very high humidity. Just like the rest of the audience.

I love winter. But, only if it’s proper – Snow and freezing temperatures, and all that comes with it. But on these dark January evenings I do dream of summer. The good news is, it’ll be here before we know it.

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Ice cream at the Copenhagen harbour
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A very hot, and very pretty Berlin
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Sicily putting on a show – Look at that water!
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In an English pub garden
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Preferred summer food –  always and forever
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In sunny Montpellier in August last year

A brand new year: So far

Well, 2016 isn’t so bad, is it? Not much has happened yet really, but a nice, gentle start to the New Year ain’t so bad either.

I started work yesterday, and committed the classic post-holiday blues crime of booking all my holiday for the year. Definitely something to look forward to, and it’s looking to be an exciting travel year ahead indeed.

I’m one of those people who is not so keen on New Year’s eve. Going out is out of the question, a house party might work, but really I prefer to stay at home. Normally my Christmas days are pretty full on, so when New Year comes around a bit of relaxations is much needed. Also, in our current flat we have a pretty fantastic view of South-East London, so no need to move to see a bunch of fireworks. So, this year Joel and I went for an early evening drink in our local pub, grabbed a load of cheese and other indulgent snack foods, went around a friend’s house (who conveniently live about two houses down from us), and were back home at about 10pm. the rest of the evening was spend on the couch with lots of bubbly, food, and Jools Holland on TV. Pretty good if you ask me!

January isn’t the most inspiring month (by far!) but how nice is it to know that spring and summer is just around the corner?

Have a lovely year all, and remember – Just like with age, it’s just a number (says the one who is turning a very sharp corner later in the year – hello 30).

A few Instagram shots from the holiday: 

Ice skating and mulled wine at Somerset House

Well, if I wasn’t feeling Christmassy before, I certainly am now!

Last night Kat and I swirled un-gracefully around the Somerset House ice-rink for an hour. At first, we played it safe (very safe!) going rather slow around the edge, always within reach of the handrail. But we quickly became braver and ventured further out on the ice, and actually became pretty good at it! No one fell (Although it was pretty damn close a few times). It wasn’t pretty, but it was definitely fun!

When we got off the ice after an hour of skating, we somehow forgot how to use our legs the normal way, but we did manage to walk to the bar next to the ice rink to get a much needed mulled wine.

Somerset House sure is the perfect setting for ice skating. Surrounded by beautiful lit-up buildings on all sides, a huge Christmas tree and happy people, it did loads for my festive mood.

After ice skating we walked across the bridge to check out the Rekorderlig cider lodge at The Southbank Centre on the other side of the Thames and the Winter Market. It was nice, but not many stalls were open when we got there, and it was a little empty. If you plan on going, definitely go before 9pm and perhaps wait till we get a little closer to Christmas.

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It’s here! 

I made a big decision a little while back; to ditch my much loved Canon DSLR camera, and get a smaller camera. Mainly, because all too often I would let my Canon stay home because of its size and bulky-ness, and instead opt for my iPhone, which takes pretty decent pictures for everyday use – but nothing like a ‘real’ camera. 

It arrived today: my new Olympus Pen Generation. It’s the latest update of the camera, and is a rather popular model as far as I can see. And I understand why! It is a good size, exchangeable lenses, has a charming retro look, and loads of great photo capabilities and fun settings. I haven’t had a chance to properly try it out yet, but once I do, I’ll let you know what I think. 

  

Dreaming of: Olympus PEN generation

This post is a little bit painful. As anyone with a DSLR camera knows, you are either very strongly a Canon person, or a Nikon person (or something completely different, but the force is strong with those two). I have always been a Canon person.

I bought my current DSLR in Nepal back in 2007 (no, it’s not a fake), and I’ve loved it muchly. I later acquired a really good lens for it (the Canon red series), and it has provided me with some brilliant photos over the years (despite me not being an expert – I know things, and how to use a DSLR in manual, but that’s about as far as my technical abilities go).

But a lot has happened in camera technology since 2007, and there’s a new camera on my radar: The Olympus PEN generation. I feel a bit like a traitor for saying this, because ‘one time Canon, always Canon’ and all that, but I do think the Olympus has something to offer.

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Firstly, it’s fairly compact. And way more compact than my Canon, which is one of the reasons why I don’t take as many good photos anymore – It’s simply too big and bulky to drag around in my handbag or hand luggage. I reckon I would bring a proper camera much more often if it was smaller. At the moment I tend to use my iPhone 6, which is doing a pretty good job, but nothing compared to a proper camera with a good lens.

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Granted, it’s the ‘blogger camera of choice’, but I have checked out various reviews online (this one for example, which has a lot of image examples, or this one), and it seems that most people think it’s a fine little camera that takes great images – Which is exactly what I need. IIt is as complicated as you want it to be – Manual settings to your hearts desire, but at the same time some fun functions like filters. It does video too, although it’s not it’s strong suit according to most reviews. And then there’s the look of it – I love the retro vibe, I must admit.

Which camera do you use, and do you like it?

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Sunday Inspiration #1

I love Pinterest and Tumblr for the visual inspiration that they provide – For me, both channels are a source of both collecting things that I love, or that make an impression on me, and a relaxation tool. This is a collection of what has inspired me this week – What has inspired you?

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Photo Diary – Siracusa, Sicily

About a month back Joel and I spend a short week in the Italian city of Siracusa, located right on the bottom right hand corner of Sicily, on line with southern Greece and Tunisia. More precisely, we spend most of our time on Ortygia, which is a small island that’s part of Siracusa. I’ve previously visited Palermo, and Siracusa had just as much character – perhaps even a bit more. Ortygia was without a doubt the soul of the city, and a beautiful old town with narrow streets, and a new discovery around every corner. Amazing restaurants too! The Island is surrounded by a beautiful, and at times very choppy, clear blue sea. Images speak louder than words – So here’s some impressions (All taken with iPhone 6 and edited with vsco, as my hand luggage didn’t allow for my DSLR unfortunately)   Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.05.35 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.05.56 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.06.09 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.06.38 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.06.51 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.07.14 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.07.26 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.07.52 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.08.08 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.08.43 Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 21.09.05   All photos are mine. Do not use without permission. Thank you! 

Christmas time and a brand spanking new year

A new year starts, and I immediate;y feel like I should do something. So therefore, hello again dear blog! Sitting on the couch with a cup of tea, next to a man who is concentrated watching Match of The Day, is perhaps not the most inspiring scene imaginable. But, it is life, and pretty damn lovely in its own way.

I spend my Christmas in Denmark as usual. There were not much snow this year, but thankfully a few very frosty days, clear skies, frozen puddles and ice crystals on windows. It doesn’t quite feel like real Christmas without those days where you can’t feel your nose after being outside for 5 minutes.

It was lovely seeing the family and spending some quality time with them all. And Buster the dog of course. I don’t see them near as often as I would like, and it’s silly, really. One of the things I want to change in 2015!

I spend New Years at home in our little loft with my Love, and it was perfect. Now, thinking about what 2015 might bring, I don’t actually have a clue. I feel like something significant might happen, but I’m not sure what. It does feel like some sort of change is in the air though.

Hope you all had a lovely break, and got a chance to see the ones you love. That’s what this season is all about really. Bring on 2015 adventures!

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Christmas relaxation favourite: Wandering about the little farm with Buster and looking at the chickens.

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Sadly, Christmas wasn’t pure joy. This little Sweetheart, Kamma, took her last breath. If only animals lived as long as we do!

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My favourite sidekick ❤

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Spent a lot of time with this guy over Christmas. He is the sweetest little soul imaginable.

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Amazing Christmas cookies made by my father – could eat these all year round easily.

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Our little Christmas tree in our flat. It will be time for it to continue its journey soon.

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My Instagram favourites

I love Instagram, and I’m always on the look out for inspiring and interesting accounts to follow. Below are a few of my current favourites:

nikolajthanning – Copenhagen based photographer. Takes amazing atmospheric photos, using only his smartphone. I love the simplicity, the colour and the nature. And of course how he manages to portray lovely Copenhagen.

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alicrider_ New York based lady. Beautiful photos with a personal touch and story.

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linesofiegyldholm – Danish based blogger with a great sense for aesthetics and the sweetest cat, Ono.

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bubberinstagram – This guys is a Danish TV presenter, who I used to watch as a kid, as he sad in a bathtub and his best friend was a talking camel. And now he’s suddenly an Instagram star! Who would have known? Expect vibrant, colourful, detailed pictures, all taken with iPhone.

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So, that was a small selection of some on my favourites. Which are yours?