#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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Cats everywhere – a visit to the London Cat Village

We’ve dropped in on a Sunday night because we couldn’t wait any longer to share these photos… Don’t worry, there aren’t too many words to read here, just some incredibly cute cats from the Cat Village in Shoreditch.

Cat

With cat cafés popping up around London, there’s some competition, but we’re pretty certain that this one is up there with the best. Particularly now, as they have a ten-week-old litter of kittens roaming around…

Cat

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A sunny stroll in Hampstead

We’re north Londoners, it turns out [for the moment at least]. I’m not quite sure why, but what it does mean is that we have the joy of Hampstead Heath on our doorstep. Every time we go we ask ourselves why we don’t go every week – I guess those National Trust properties won’t visit themselves…

After a short walk from Gospel Oak Overground station, you end up here at the top of Parliament Hill, looking out over London. Spottable are the Shard, St Pancras station, St Paul’s and other highlights of the London skyline.

View from Parliament Hill

Facing the other direction, though, was another popular activity – kite flying. Ostensibly for children, there were a fair few parents not too keen to give up the reins…

Kites over Hampstead Heath

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Afternoon tea at Le Méridien Piccadilly, courtesy of RIBA

Today we are breaking the tradition of a blog lifetime and telling you about something that happened midweek. On a Wednesday, in fact. But fear not – it was very exciting and blog-worthy…

We were invited by the team from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the lovely people at Le Méridien to a bloggers’ afternoon tea at the beautiful hotel on Piccadilly. RIBA and Le Méridien are currently collaborating, and as part of this partnership, RIBA has curated a beautiful photography exhibition, ‘Unlock London: A City in Pictures’, showcasing a stunning selection of 17 black-and-white images of London’s most iconic landmarks taken by leading architectural photographers from the 1930s through to the 1960s.

We were given a tour of the balcony first, and the opportunity to snap a few pictures in the last of the summer sunshine…

Terrace at Le Meridien, Piccadilly

From atmospheric architectural shots down to finer details:

Flowerpot on table at Le Meridien, Piccadilly

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Return to Cornwall, part 2 – coastal paths and cosying up

[Haven’t read part 1 yet? You can find it here!]

You know we love the National Trust. They don’t sponsor our blog (maybe they should!), but they just always seem to appear in the right place at the right time, even when you haven’t planned it…

What we did plan was a day of walking, exploring the beautiful coastline around the Fowey area. One trip to the tourist information centre later, and we found ourselves with an invaluable National Trust map of walks. It took us to secluded coves…

View over bay near Fowey

We made friends with some frankly hilarious-looking pigs…

Pig

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Return to Cornwall, part 1 – exploring somewhere new

It’s time for the second (and final, sob) summer holiday post of the year… After our rather more exotic trip to the Algarve, we decided to re-run last year’s brilliant camping holiday to our beloved Cornwall. However, this time we thought we’d try somewhere new – Padstow, Mevagissey, we love you, but this year we drove to Fowey, two days before the miserably forecast Bank Holiday weekend.

Butterfly

But fabulous as Cornwall nearly always is, we arrived to its own micro-climate of bright sunshine and barely a cloud in the sky… Fowey welcomed us with brightly-coloured houses and bunting all over the town, steep hills to the car park (ouch!) and picturesquely narrow streets.

Coloured houses in Fowey

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An evening stroll

Just a short post this week with some pictures I took one evening around St. Pancras station in London. I happened to have my camera with me, and I love playing around with night photography, so I thought I’d take a few shots on my way home. This wedding car was sat outside the beautiful Renaissance Hotel as I walked past.

Wedding car outside St Pancras

A handy bollard served as a makeshift tripod for some long-exposure shots as the evening traffic busied around.

Traffic around King's Cross

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A day at Osterley

Fancying a day out of central London but nearby, we used our hardworking National Trust membership and headed to Osterley Park, in Isleworth. When built, Osterley was surrounded by rural countryside, but is now dissected by the M4 and the Heathrow flight path [which you’re unfortunately reminded of fairly frequently] – probably not something Robert Adam had to bear in mind…

Front entrance to Osterley Park

We’re big fans of Robert Adam (as you can tell from here and here) and he remodelled this Elizabethan house in 1761 for the Child family.

The garden is typically pretty, with a very lovely Adam “garden house” in keeping with the house itself.

Orangery at Osterley Park

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Perfect day for a wedding – a celebratory weekend in Cambridge

We took another trip to Cambridge… but this time for a wedding! Two friends, who had met while studying there at the university, decided to get married back at Magdalene College in their college chapel – understandably, as it’s really rather pretty. We decided to make a weekend of it and stayed with another member of the group nearby.

King's Chapel

On the way to the wedding we took a quick detour through King’s College, which was looking fairly spectacular in the sunshine.

Entrance to King's College

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A Sunday at the seaside – day trip to Brighton

After a pretty hectic Saturday, we headed to Brighton for a day of relaxation on the beach. With the cost of the train under £15 from central London [if you go on Thameslink – there are quicker Southern trains from Victoria but they cost more], we took a morning train with croissants, strawberries and apple juice, and were ready to go by the time we reached the coast.

We avoided the stag and hen parties and walked along the pebbly beach towards the famous Pier.

Deckchairs on Brighton beach

We passed a Punch and Judy show, but by the time they came out to play we had continued on to discover the next excitement!

Punch and Judy in Brighton

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