The month of – February 2015

Peregrine and mouse

The moon

Sunset colours

A little box from Hummingbird Bakery

Orange and yellow

Mussels, Harlyn Bay

Macro world, Harlyn Bay

Seaweed, Harlyn Bay  It's coming! Summer Somewhere BBQ at the Beach Hut

Rainy journey home

Cocktails at the Zetter House

I would have liked to write about snow and winter. Instead I have to make do with telling you that it was a cold month. Very cold. Either that or my body temperature is broken. I slept (I am still sleeping) under four duvets.

An evening walk to the top of the hill for sunset. Saw a peregrine dive down, catch a mouse and take his prize up to safety. Witnessed a stunning colourful cloud display. And the moon came out to play.

They say the best things come in small boxes. My strawberry cheesecake cupcake from Hummingbird Bakery was perfect. And a lovely treat on a dreary day.

We made an effort and left our cocoon to visit a couple of exhibitions.

Drawn by Light at the Science Museum. The 200 images on show from the Royal Photographic Society collection inspired us. The quality was astounding. There was one particular image taken just over one hundred years ago that would effortlessly fit on Instagram. So advanced and modern looking for its age. The whole show was a surprise in fact. It had images shot as multiple exposures and even images made from multiple negatives, self-portraits (which I see as the predecessor of selfies). Tourist sites shown from an interesting angle. The lot. It’s funny how we think we’re mastering technology, but there is nothing new in what we do.

Whilst we were there, we had a quick look at ‘Make Life Worth Living‘, a series of photos taken by Nick Hedges in the seventies. Taken for Shelter, these show the slums in Glasgow, Manchester, Salford, Leeds and Toxteth and the horrendous conditions people lived in… not so long ago. Shocking.

Maps of Persia 1477–1925: A graphical journey through the history of Iran at SOAS. I don’t know what it is about maps. You may not know the place, the town or the country… but they draw you in. You visually explore, wonder and travel. You pour over the data in front of you. You visualise the people there now. What are they doing? Where are they going? What is around them? What is it like to be there? As you are here looking at the map, they are living the map. I don’t know quite how to explain the thoughts that travel through my mind when I look at maps. This is as good as it gets I’m afraid. This was a specialised exhibition and I loved the artistry at work, how each map has its own personality.

Back home. The trying of new recipes is a complete success and you can see the ones we’ve kept from January and February on my Pinterest board (where you can have a sneaky preview of the March ones). We are eating such nice meals, and trying so many new dishes. The Other Half told me only a few days ago that twenty percent of people haven’t tried a new recipe in a year. Wow. We’re certainly bucking the trend.

Our weekend in Cornwall was chilled.  A quick stop in Padstow, followed by hours of fun at Harlyn Bay where I regretted not taking my proper camera with me, as all that caught my eye that day was the macro world.

A winter warmer at the Beach Hut. A week too early unfortunately for their Summer Somewhere BBQ!

Ended the month at the Zetter House. Cocktails with friends. Lovely.

 

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