My friend Cheryl and I were taking snaps when this lovely couple posed for us whilst we were walking across Waterloo Bridge! They saw our cameras and asked “Did you get it?”
You gotta love the people you meet in London!
So in 2016 I posted this photo on Instagram:
I loved the photo because it has one of my favourite London building icons, the Elizabeth Tower, aka Big Ben (which actually is the name of the bell that’s inside the tower). I was quite pleased that the photo came out pretty well. It probably didn’t have as many likes on Instagram as I would have wanted, but in the end, it’s not necessarily about the likes. I was really proud of the photo. It showed textbook depth of field and I was really pleased with how it turned out. It was a perfect representation of how pretty springtime sunshine in London can be. The Marketing girls of the firm I worked for loved it so much too that they used it on the firm’s website for springtime themed posts.
And two years later, my lovely little photograph of the Queen Elizabeth Tower and the daffodils in the gardens at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital has been featured in the Essex Chronicle business supplement in a two-page spread in the that my firm contributes to. I am grateful to the Marketing department at my firm because they want to support and promote home-grown talent, as it were.
What’s even better is that I get credited for the photo!
I, of course, did what any self-respecting, modest person would do – I posted stories on Instagram about my photo in the paper and added the same videos on Facebook. I’ve bought a couple of copies of the paper to send to my mum and sister in Manila, too! Oh, and if you’re in Essex, it’s in this week’s print edition of the Essex Chronicle! Of course, I would also recommend you reading the brilliant business articles that my colleagues at Rickard Luckin have written as they provide really good business insights! I’ve tried to play it really calm, cool and collected but of course in true giddy-giggly Bridget Jones-esque fashion, I failed miserably. I was far too pleased with myself! It was quite the event in my life!
“Time was a funny and fickle thing. Sometimes there was never enough of it, and other times it stretched out endlessly.” ~ J. Lynn, Be with Me
It’s part of that list – the list of the iconic London structures that every tourist will want to see. The Elizabeth Tower, the structure that houses Big Ben, the great bell that has marked the passing of each hour for 157 years, since it began service in 1859. The Big Ben was silenced in August of this year for necessary restoration work that is meant to take about 4 years to repair the cracks and the Elizabeth Tower was slowly covered up with scaffolding to also undergo restoration work, along with other areas of Westminster Palace. Although Ben was meant to be silent for 4 years, it did chime during Remembrance Sunday and Christmas Day. It is also meant to chime in the New Year.
While I have always said that since I moved to the UK, time has rushed past me, waiting for Ben and his “braces” to be removed seems to be quite a long wait. Sometimes waiting for Ben to be unbraced is unbearable. I keep telling myself it’s for the best, because Ben will come back, stronger and restored. So wait we must. Patience is a virtue. But oh my goodness! 1146 days (give or take a few days, as I can’t be completely accurate) is a lot of days!
I miss you Ben!
“Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgandy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.”
― Jack Kerouac, On the Road
This photo was taken on Saturday. I still can’t get over how beautiful the sunset was!
This is one of my favourite streets in London. Mostly because it has so many museums and it leads straight to Hyde Park.
At the moment, it is the focus of of news reporting because of an incident. Apparently a car hit a number of pedestrians. If you want to keep updated on news, you can either google or follow this link to the BBC website.
As bad as it sounds, I’m just hoping this is just a serious road traffic accident instead of an act of terrorism.
Keep safe everyone. Stay alert.
UPDATE as at 19:00
The Met Police have advised that this was a road traffic accident. More details on the BBC website link I placed above.
But still…STAY ALERT. KEEP SAFE.
Sometimes you have good weeks and sometimes you have bad weeks and the days before Open House London were…challenging. A storm had been brewing in my personal life and I was wondering about the choices I was making.
I think the universe knew I needed a distraction because I was overthinking things (as I usually tend to do) and I was starting to doubt my decisions. So I got this message on Instagram on Friday.
I was so excited! I’d been looking at my friend Ella’s little Apple pen offerings on Instagram and I was missing being able to doodle and I thought I’d get myself a few drawing pencils and a few watercolours and I’d start waving a brush around! But as luck would have it, I won a gorgeous “starter” set from Reeves from an Instagram competition that Boxpark in Shoreditch ran. Reeves was running a pop-up shop in Boxpark for a couple of days and this competition was part of that promotion.
I was asked to go to their pop up shop to claim my prize and we were served with welcome drinks and invited to colour postcards, paint plant pots and colour fish themed flip books. We were also given canvas totes with more art supplies samples. I wanted to stay and colour the postcards because they were “I love London” postcards but we had an appointment with 55 Broadway (we’d signed up for a tour of the TFL office which was participating in Open House London) so we had to quickly say our goodbyes.
When I finally got the chance to open my lovely prize, I couldn’t quite believe how generous Reeves were. In my lovely prize box was:
Thank you sooooo much Reeves, I can’t wait to get started!❤️👩🏻🎨
…well, okay, to be honest, I’ll have to recover from Open House London first!🙈