Festival of Remembrance 2021

I had the honour of being in the audience at this year's Festival of Remembrance at London's Royal Albert Hall. Organised by the Royal British Legion, this year the festival commemorated the charity's 100 years of service to the Armed Forces community. Tomos Roberts (aka Tomfoolery) reciting Alive with Poppies Also marked were the 30th … Continue reading Festival of Remembrance 2021

Scrapbooking in 2021 | Singapore

In late 2005, The Brainy One and I left London for a 6-weeks-long round-the world delayed honeymoon. It was on this trip that I was introduced to scrapbooking (by K in Australia) and our subsequent scrapbook was my very first attempt at pairing photos with paper and journaling. Thank you, Creative Memories. Looking back sixteen … Continue reading Scrapbooking in 2021 | Singapore

Summer Photograhy Scavenger Hunt 2021 | Final Link-up

Today is the third and final link-up for this year’s SPHS and is hosted by the lovely Mary-Lou of Patio Postcards blog. #2: Favourite Time of Day - any time spent with a flask of tea by the Thames. #9: Something Older Than You - Keats. You can read his story here. #11: The Shape of Round - a … Continue reading Summer Photograhy Scavenger Hunt 2021 | Final Link-up

Covid-19 | The Journal, Part 17 (and Probably The Final Part)

As previously mentioned, I'd chosen to end my Covid journals on the day all restrictions were lifted in England. Let's begin with the delay in ending Covid restrictions and an updated green list. I made an interactive flap and used patterned paper of Europe to add interest. The media had been reporting on things the … Continue reading Covid-19 | The Journal, Part 17 (and Probably The Final Part)

Slow Summer | The Churchill Arms

The Churchill Arms, Kensington Church Street The Churchill Arms, in London's Kensington, is a traditional pub marked in summer by its beautiful award-winning floral displays. Fun Facts: The pub claims to be the first in Britain to serve Thai food (when the landlord back in 1985 teamed up with a Thai cook.)I've never set foot … Continue reading Slow Summer | The Churchill Arms

Slow Summer | London’s Last Sewer Gas Lamp

Sometimes I choose a Slow Summer outing as simply a way of making The Boy leave the house for a few hours. Hunting for London's last remaining sewer gas lamp was one such occasion ... The Webb Patent Sewer Lamp was invented in the 19th Century as a way of drawing off smells from underground … Continue reading Slow Summer | London’s Last Sewer Gas Lamp

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising opened in London's Notting Hill in November 2005 and grew out of the collection of consumer historian Robert Opie, who began by saving a packet of Munchies chocolate at the age of 16. His collection now has around 300,000 items. It takes about an hour to meander through … Continue reading Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

Slow Summer | Giro the Alsatian

In Central London, at 9 Carlton House Terrace, is the grave of Giro the Alsatian, whose owner Dr. Leopold von Hoesch was a well-respected diplomat under both the Weimar Republic and Nazi governments (and famously received a full Nazi funeral in London in 1936). Giro had died two years earlier, after chewing through an electrical … Continue reading Slow Summer | Giro the Alsatian