A day of remembrance

Soldiers are citizens of death’s grey land,
Drawing no dividend from time’s to-morrows.
In the great hour of destiny they stand,
Each with his feuds, and jealousies, and sorrows.
Soldiers are sworn to action; they must win
Some flaming, fatal climax with their lives.
Soldiers are dreamers; when the guns begin
They think of firelit homes, clean beds and wives.

I see them in foul dug-outs, gnawed by rats,
And in the ruined trenches, lashed with rain,
Dreaming of things they did with balls and bats,
And mocked by hopeless longing to regain
Bank-holidays, and picture shows, and spats,
And going to the office in the train.

— Siegfried Sassoon

Poppies against the wall at the Tower of London

(This photo is from the installation at the Tower of London in 2014 – click here to see more pictures from that day)

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all our readers a very happy festive season, and hoping you have a few days off to relax and enjoy the company of your loved ones, yummy food, and maybe even a few presents! London themed wrapping, anyone…?

With love from the Month of Sundays duo xx [the kisses are from her, not me…]

Merry Christmas

P.S. Festive photography tip: this year we ordered some photographic Christmas cards to send to family and friends from moo.com. We chose five designs (which you will have seen before!) from last year’s wintry fun. They were ready quite quickly and cost around 80p each. Recommended!

We will remember them

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned out backs,
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame, all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.

Gas! GAS! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.-
Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams before my helpless sight
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin,
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,-
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

– Wilfred Owen

Graves at the American War Cemetary in Cambridge

(This photograph was taken at the American War Cemetery in Madingley, near Cambridge. You can see more pictures from our visit there here.)

Supermoon eclipse

Today we’re dropping in with this quick photo – we got up at 3am on Sunday/Monday to watch the supermoon eclipse, and brought the camera with us. Being in London, it never felt like it got completely dark, but this time lapse is an interesting take on the movement, moody colours and different angles of the eclipse. See you again in 2033! [Can’t believe we’ll be almost 50 by then…]

Supermoon eclipse

#Liebsteraward

Thanks to lovely Michelle (Petite Tea Lover) for nominating us for the Liebster Award!

Liebster award

For those who haven’t heard of the Liebster Award before, it’s awarded to new blogs just getting started which the nominator feels deserve more attention or recognition. The rules are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  2. Answer the 10 (or 11) questions given by the nominator.
  3. Nominate and link 10 (or 11) bloggers.
  4. Notify all the bloggers you’ve nominated.
  5. Create 10 (or 11) new questions for your nominees to answer.

So let’s get started on Michelle’s questions…

Why did you start blogging?

He had just bought a fantastic camera [it was a Canon 600D, a good starter DSLR] and was starting to take [apparently] great pictures, and I thought more people should see them. Around a similar time, one of our friends complained that he didn’t know how to have a great day in London on a budget, so we thought we’d combine the two in a “days out” blog, with hopefully some artistic pictures.

She was working in communications and social media at the time, so suggested starting a blog – I liked the idea of having something to focus on (no pun intended) to give my photography more direction as I was getting into it, and this was the perfect opportunity for that.

What/who inspires you?

In terms of the blog, I think we inspire each other [cheesy…]. It’s tempting on a Saturday morning to lie in until lunchtime (and we do, sometimes!) but some of our best and most memorable days have been when we’ve convinced each other to get moving, with a great idea for a day out or something to see. Also in terms of photography, we draw each other’s attention to different things, and we love that. Now that I have my lovely little bridge camera (grateful girlfriend!) it’s a really collaborative hobby, which is even better.

Photographically, I’m inspired by fascinating details, whether it’s a window frame or a street lamp, and how they interact with the broader scale around them. I love beautiful architecture and hidden historical magic. On days out I love immersing myself in the history of the people, whether it’s a family who lived in a stately home or photos of slums in the 1800s at the Museum of London.

It’s great that we both have ideas of things we’d like to do, and often they overlap which is helpful! She has also been really supportive in encouraging me (and being very patient with me) in pursuing photography. 

In terms of what I like photographing, I’m particularly inspired by architecture and nature. London is a great place to explore a huge array of different architectural styles mixed alongside one another, but there are plenty of other places further afield with great architecture to enjoy as well. I’m quite a fan of modern designs; for example, one of my favourite buildings in London is the classic Gherkin, and I love the buildings at the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia. I also love walking and photographing beautiful scenery, particularly in my homeland of Yorkshire.

Yorkshire

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We’re back!

Hello! We know we’ve been quiet for a while…

It’s not been the greatest few months and blogging wasn’t something we were in the mindset to do. But all is now well – with a brand new job, new flat and new National Trust membership in time for summer, we’re full of fabulous weekend trips and summer excursions to tell you about! In fact, this month includes both our birthdays, which may or may not include some superb days out – we couldn’t possibly comment… (Even to each other! [The suspense is killing me…])

Theo the dog

Two fabulous summer happenings already (above and below) – a dachshund and a rose (both from my parents’)!

Rose

We’ll also be belatedly posting back through the last few months [I’ve got quite a few photos to dig through], so there should be plenty to read very soon! Thank you for sticking with us 🙂

WWI commemoration – #LightsOut

“The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime”

Sir Edward Grey, British Foreign Secretary, August 1914

Marking 100 years since the start of the devastating First World War, we joined others across the country in lighting a candle as part of the ‘Lights Out’ WWI commemoration. It was wonderful to see the candles flickering in the windows up and down the street, along with the huge spotlight over London, courtesy of the ArtAngel Spectra project.

Candle