Archive for October, 2009

October 31, 2009

Tomorrow’s Weather: Ready the Ark


According to BBC Weather, nearly all of the United Kingdom will be underwater by ten o’clock tomorrow morning.

October 31, 2009

Photo du Jour : Fun with Pub Names


Yes, this pub is called what you think it is.

October 28, 2009

Photo du Jour: Postman’s Park


I decided to use the overcast day as a reason not to wander too far from work today to a place I really like, the Postman’s Park.

As usual, you can read all about it here on Wikipedia.

The Postman’s Park is home to the Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice which recognizes the acts of kindness made by ordinary citizens who lost their lives when saving another’s. It was first created in 1900.

The walls of the memorial are covered in tiles, which name the late hero and the brave action which lead to their untimely death.


The most recent tile was added in 2009

I hadn’t noticed flowers at the Memorial before, but today, there were two sets, which prompted this shot on the left.

I shot 15 frames today, and this picture on the left was my first. (I was saying to a friend yesterday that my first shots are never what I want, compositionally).

As I didn’t post anything yesterday, and because it’s really hard for me to only post one picture because there’s so much to take in, here’s another (right). The stories captured within the wall are all so varied, that I’ll have to come back again to share more.

October 26, 2009

Photo du Jour: Canary Wharf


As Mondays are never good dasy to drag the camera in, I’m using another of Sunday’s.

Canary Wharf is home to some of London’s tallest buildings, as a number of rules have ensure the survival of London’s protected views and skyline.

October 25, 2009

Photo du Jour: In the Chang-Dowdeswell Kitchen


Today we went to visit our friends, Vera & Roland, at their snazzy new flat in East London.

The visit was worth the ride on the Jubilee line and not only for the company, as our kind hosts also cooked a delicious dinner which included noodles with pork and scallions seared with lardons.

This was my favorite picture today.
I like how they’re stirring in synch, both looking intently at their respective pans.

I’m looking forward to our next delicious visit already!

October 24, 2009

Photo du Jour: My New Project


This morning, I decided that I was going to learn to knit.

My Grandma Rosa tried to teach me to crochet when I was little, but I really never progressed beyond making a very, very long string.

I headed over to Stash Yarns, and with a good bit of help from the staff and other customers, I picked out this turquoise yarn to go with these expertly suggested knitting needles.

I’m going to try to pick this up using KnittingHelp.com, but I’ve also ordered a copy of The Stitch ‘n Bitch Handbook, which came highly recommended as well.

We’ll see how it goes. Perhaps I’ll become knitting mad and abandon the gym in favor of this knitting group.

October 23, 2009

Photo du Jour : Strawberries


I worked from home today in order to take the cat to the vet.

The perks of working at home for the day may include a fridge full of berries, and fortunately, such held true for today.

In taking this picture, I decided to take advantage of the natural light pouring in from the living room windows. (Yes, more evidence of London sunshine!) I took the colander full of berries and put it on a plate on the rug, right in the sunshine.

All was going to plan until the cat walked over and proceeded to take a seat at the berries.

He wouldn’t budge.

Being able to crop a photo is key, I just never thought I’d need to do it to remove cat legs from a picture of fruit.

October 22, 2009

Photo du Jour: Ladybugs @ Barbican



Today, I took advantage of the springlike weather and wandered over to the Barbican Centre, thinking there would be plenty of things I’d like to take pictures of.

Indeed, there were; however, all but one are there every day.

One of the elevated, brick walkways was covered in ladybugs, or as the English call them, “ladybirds”. There were so many, it was impossible to quickly walk along the sunny pathway without stepping on them.

It’s a bit late in the season for them. I snapped this one, having just ventured into the sun.

Here’s a neat bit of trivia about ladybugs from the wikipedia link above:
In Dutch, the ladybird is called lieveheersbeestje, translating to Our Dear Lord’s little creature.

October 21, 2009

Photo du Jour: at Gray’s Inn


It might seem that I’ve been slacking a bit on my plan to take a picture everyday.
I’m not. I have other excuses!

Anyway, today’s shot was taken from the Western edge of Gray’s Inn, which is one of the four Inns of Court in London. In the UK, students of law specialize as either Barristers or Solicitors, and all Barristers must belong to one of these four Inns.

The Inn consists of a series of buildings, connected by gardened paths, called Walks. According to Wikipedia’s entry on Gray’s Inn, Francis Bacon, one the Inn’s most famous members, was to be paid £7 for “planting of trees in the walkes”, in 1597, according to records.

October 20, 2009

Training Update: 21 October 2009


I’ve been steadily trekking towards the showdown, but I’ve had a bit of a setback.

My last running evaluation showed that I’m still doing the hip rotation thingy that I’m not supposed to do, although it’s significantly better than it was when I first began this process of learning how to run again.

What this has meant for me is reducing the rate with which I increase my run. I took a week off from the treadmill, and I’ve been stuck in week five of Couch to 5k now for an extra two weeks. The 8 minute run/ 5 minute walk is fine, but the 20 minute run is where I lose endurance and my hip starts to go. I expect I’ll have another week or two doing intervals with an eight minute run before I can increase it.

In the meantime, I’ve been enjoying these Annie Barribal works in the Tube stations. The one pictured to the right seems creepily appropriate in a city under constant camera surveillance.