Raindrops and lollipops

282“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.”  Dr Seuss – The Cat in the Hat

Not Hobbiton

036Blaise Hamlet and Blaise Castle – a rustic cluster of little ye olde cottages and a fort a-top a tree-speckled hillside. A mythical fantasy land bewitched with leaping goblins, singing flowers and knights errant? Or…a sleepy corner of Bristol. Also “the finest place in England,” according to Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. All images copyright Claire… [Read more…]

Yellow twig road

837Last summer Eton Dorney was a mad hive of activity as lycra clad athletes from across the globe, as well as their friends, family and adoring fans, descended upon Dorney Lake to be part of the biggest UK sporting event of our time – the London Olympics. I wasn’t lucky enough to snap up a…[Read more…]

Postcards from Berlin

011Fog has laid its cool soothing cover On a fevered pulsing Berlin Calming down the tempo Transforming the sin. Misty haze brings new quiet calm To a city once wild with fear The swirling air brings peace The relief elicits a tear. Sleepy days and lively nights Outside is so very cold But inside it’s… [Read more…]


What snow?

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There’s been a lot of talk of the white stuff these last few days. “IT’S SNOWING!” shrieked my Facebook feed on Tuesday morning, and Twitter lit up with talk of planes being grounded as temperatures plummeted. Throwing open my curtains and expecting to see a magical winter wonderland coated in several inches of snow, I… [Read more…]

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness,  Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;  Conspiring with him how to load and bless  With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;  To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,  And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells  With a… [Read more…]

No snow Snowdonia

Last week something monumental happened – after a year and a half without leaving English soil, I found myself traversing the border and entering a whole new country. Where did I end up? Wales. Fine, it’s no Bermuda but the towering peaks Snowdonia are nothing short of breathtaking. Deep glacial valleys flanked by lush green… [Read more…]

If you go down to the cemetery today…

‘So how would you use your local knowledge to help tourists make the most of their time in Tower Hamets during the Games?’ asked my interviewer a couple of months ago, as he sized me up for a potential voluntary role working for the council during the Olympics. ‘I’d direct them to all of this… [Read more…]

Isles of Wonder

I’m confused about the Olympics. There’s a veritable trough of reasons not to support London 2012 – the corporate monopolies, the Olympic lanes, the seemingly unfair ticket distribution and the hoard of opportunistic east-end business owners, landlords and entrepreneurs trying to capitalise on the occasion and squeeze as much money out of tourists and Londoners… [Read more…]

The home shire

Growing up in a little pocket of leafy, riverside suburbia, I never truly appreciated my home shire until I moved to London. City dwelling is infinitely awesome and I don’t think I’ll be able to give it up for a long time, but smog cloaked urban parks and green spaces are no substitute for the… [Read more…]

A village called Hope

I love to travel. In fact a lot of the time spent in my own country is whiled away dreaming about how I can be anywhere but my own country. Which is ridiculous when there are places like the Peak District a mere train ride away from my doorstep. I visited this region of breathtaking… [Read more…]

Double vision

I’m quite simple. When it comes to photography I’m absolutely obsessed with mirror images, reflections, how water can manipulate a subject and, you know, shiny things. I was bowled over by Kate Cledwyn’s photographic exhibition Mirrored City a couple of years ago, for its series of reflected and distorted snapshots of London architecture – this is just… [Read more…]

Land of the Morning Calm

Breathtaking mountainous scenery, pickled cabbage for breakfast, lunch and dinner, public toilet stalls set aside for ‘foreigners only’ and an annual mud festival – South Korea is one of the most incredible, as well as one of the strangest, places I’ve ever holidayed. The Republic of Korea is the southern tip of the only divided… [Read more…]

Seek, and ye shall find

Interesting images can be found in the most mundane places. One of the things I love about photography is the potential to take simple, everyday objects and showcase them in a whole new light – morphing ordinary into extraordinary, dull into luminous. In my favourite little cranny of London – the green spaces and canal… [Read more…]

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