Warmth #developingyoureye

IMG_7874Warmth and light suffuse this image of grains of sand nestling in a shell. These images were taken using only natural light and my iPhone with a macro lens attached .

#everydayinspiration Mido Cafe, Hong Kong

IMG_8414On a recent visit to Hong Kong we visited the Mido Cafe on Temple Street, Hong Kong. There is a fabulous blog page about it already that I shared a few moments ago.

You will read how great this place is, but for me the thrill was in its windows. Beautiful 1950’s Crittall windows. Made in my birthplace of Braintree, Essex, UK. More importantly, for this everyday inspiration post, I was inspired to tell my children how their grandparents met when they both worked at Crittalls Factory in Braintree .Until this moment I had completely forgotten my family link with the factory and even forgotten why I love Crittalls windows quite so much.

 

Treasure #developingyoureye

IMG_8510I’m always intrigued by the unusual. Passing a building site in Hoi An , Vietnam , I found this metal basket full of old tea-shop crockery , the builders had clearly preserved the old China rather than just lob it in the skip. Still in a filthy condition the bits clearly represented “treasure” to the builders.

Mystery #developingyoureye

IMG_7605.JPGA stack of old coffee pots in a museum of modern art in Cuba. The stack was built to resemble a small dwelling house.

Mystery= Why?

it was a representation of the hospitality that Cubans show to guests

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Solitude #developing your eye

IMG_8356.JPGSometimes solitude sneaks up on you and sometimes many of us sneak off to find it. Time out from busy lives. This is a favourite spot in Cornwall and the solitude was fleeting but precious.

Temple is a word that the world recognises as a space for contemplation and quiet Solitude. Say that word in Cornwall currently and people’s reaction is somewhat different.

Temple is the site of life -changing roadworks on the A30. The delays caused at this particular Temple have hugely impacted on businesses and people, almost certainly causing  harm to those who are trapped for hours in their asphalt misery.

The picture above was taken after one such traffic experience. Whilst not exactly the silver lining of a cloud it is somewhat representational of the sentiment.

Abundance #everyday inspiration

IMG_5393Crystal Palace is the town that gives . A bustling Triangle  of loveliness, somehow defying all the preconceptions of London, it has a community feel that any small rural town would be proud of. Crowd funding to repair the station cat following a road accident is one example of the abundance of community care that just pops up in this south London gem, or the gentle cuddling of a small,lost, fox cub by a commuter prepared to wait until rescue arrived.

Bliss #developingyoureye

IMG_1357Bliss is a big subject

Bliss is the subject of my current on-line blogging masterclass.

Blissful , even the word gives a frisson of pleasure.

Bliss..

Big subject and,for me ,this photograph represents just one of the crazy things that can produce momentary Bliss.

The serendipity of texture alongside incredulity at a sudden misplacement of items. In this case a beautifully crafted piece of wedding jewellery with some plastic roses.

Bliss is also my favourite cafe in Crystal Palace

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Bliss is also Saltash on a sunny day.b104-adef-f6b5-29a1