With one month until Christmas Eve, let the hoopla begin. Spotted on a very posh store in South Kensington, London.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
On a very grey and rainy day in London, I spotted this: a lonely chicken taking a call next to the Thames. No, I have no idea why he's there. No, I don't know who he's talking to. (His agent? He might be saying something like, "You need to get me a better gig than this.") But whatever his reason for being there, his presence cheered me up immensely.
Monday, November 11, 2013
I captured this photo near the end of an epic walk on my birthday eve.
We had a most excellent dim sum brunch at Royal China at Westferry in Canary Wharf and decided to walk back home because it was a beautiful sunny day. We tried our best to stay on the Thames Path on the way back. But several times we found that some money grubbing, heartless developers closed off their sections of the Thames Path and we had to do some zig zagging back and forth from the Thames to Westferry Road. This was one of the zig zags.
But it was a fantastic day just the same-- tasty brunch, sunshine, fun walk and (most importantly for this picture) great light.
Monday, November 04, 2013
I was spoiled for choice to pick just one picture to capture Week 44 of 2013. We went to the Shard at sunset (Ooh!). It was Halloween (Boo!). We kicked the autumnal leaves in the park (Ouch!).
In the end, I went for a snap of the Blackheath Fireworks. It's a huge part of our autumnal calendar, and we go every year (except for last year, when I mistakenly booked tickets for us to see the opera that night instead. I won't be making that mistake again.) They estimate that more than 100,000 people gather on the heath to watch them. It is insane, but one of the many reasons why I love living in London.
Monday, October 28, 2013
This beautiful surprise is one of the many reasons why I Love London.
Monday, October 21, 2013
When I saw this shadow in the back garden, it looked to me like the Bat Sign-- calling Batman to Gotham CIty to restore law and order and do other Batman-like things.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Falling Rain + Falling Leaves = Our Sunday Morning.
I took this picture for Instragram's weekend hashtag project, "Signs of the Season." I took it in the pouring rain, which wasn't at all pleasant, but I thought it was perfect for the project, as the directional sign seems to be pointing at the fallen leaves saying, "Look! Autumn is right here!"
Monday, October 07, 2013
In Week 40, we had our apple harvest. In the midst of harvesting, we found this little friend on one of the apples.
Monday, September 30, 2013
It was a fantastic day. We had cake for breakfast, as is the tradition. The sun shone. The tailgating at Wembley was epic. The pre-game show featured Tinie Tempah. We enjoyed some American fireworks to go with the American over-the-top festivities.
The funniest moment of the day was when the lovely gentleman from Devon seated next to me turned to me and asked, "So, is this your first American football game?" To be fair, he hadn't heard me talk yet, so maybe my American accent would have negated the need to ask that question. I only laughed and said, "Well, I've seen A LOT of American football games. I have no idea how many." (This is just a ballpark figure, but maybe 11,631?)
We also learned the answer to the question that had always troubled us: Could Gene Simmons, he of outrageous makeup of "Kiss" sing the national anthem without his usual getup? Alas, he can. Who knew?
Alas, the Steelers did not win. But it was an amazing day just the same.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Sunday, September 15, 2013
This is the only picture I took all week. The reason for the paucity of output is simple: I thought I would be spending Sunday at the Goodwood Revival, where they would be photo ops aplenty.
Alas, I spent Sunday at home with my sick teenager. Motherhood is so glamourous sometimes.
On the plus side, I finally installed the new version of the vsco app for my iPhone. This is the first picture I took with it, and I know I'm in love already. So at least something good happened to redeem my day.
Monday, September 09, 2013
Monday, September 02, 2013
Or, in this case, when your son and his best friend want to raise money for their favourite charities, make lemonade. Which is exactly what we did.
I think I got RSI from squeezing several dozen lemons, but it was delicious. The boys also managed to raise £103 on the day, so it was well worth the effort.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Reims is the capital of the champagne region, so we were disappointed to not be given a bottle of complementary champagne on our arrival in the city. Oh well.
Reims is also known for its amazing cathedral. We have been to our fair share of extraordinary churches in our time, but this one was by far the most awe inspiring of them all.
Monday, August 19, 2013
It was epic.
We got great photos, sure, but it was epic because of the fun we had together. It was a perfect ending for a perfect trip.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
It made for an interesting week, as the ducks would glide by in the morning and evening and we had the ever-present sound of water rushing down the waterfall (we got used to it eventually). The sight also reminded me of a waterfall from my childhood that was just down the street from our house, which was nice.
But after surviving a hail storm and a small flood in the house here (that's another story for another time), I'm glad we were only visiting, not living there permanently.
Monday, August 05, 2013
RideLondon is the successor to the Sky Ride, which we also did. Central London is closed to automobile traffic, but it is still completely mad because so many people take part. But there is definitely a special thrill having the roads taken over by cyclists and gliding past all the places that make London London.
We managed two loops-- 16 miles-- before the crowds got to be too much and we headed home. It definitely was something special though.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
Hashtags: #FromWhereIStand #Epic #ALifetimeOfRunningCameInHandyAfterNoTraining
Monday, July 15, 2013
Monday, July 08, 2013
Monday, July 01, 2013
As the Steve Miller Band once sang, "Time keeps on slippin' slippin' slippin' into the future."
This week I was reminded more than once how quickly time flies. Our 13-year-old is heading off for a week with his class for a trip to France, while our 10-year-old moved up to the highest swimming level after taking lessons non-stop since he was 18 months old. It seems only yesterday that both of them were toddlers with a headful of curls running around whenever possible.
They'll be leaving for university before I know it if I'm not mindful of the time we've got together.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
I had a really hard time choosing this week's picture: it was down to either this one or the red balloons floating to the sky for Walk for Tom.
Walk for Tom was a charity walk around the grounds of Charlton Athletic to raise money for Charlton Park Riding for the Disabled. It honoured the memory of Tom Warren, who had cerebral palsy, and loved riding at the RDA. (To see that picture, see it here: [http://www.flickr.com/photos/mastapleton/9118297022/])
In the end, I went with this one. "Brain Collector" was one of the dozens of art happenings this weekend as part of the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival. Brain Collector was absolutely mad-- in a good way. I have no idea if it collected our brains after we visited, but it sure was interesting.
Monday, June 17, 2013
The moon shines on Bruce Springsteen at Wembley during his EPIC concert during Week 24.
It was amazing. Bruce was epically good, as always. But it was also amazing because we took our 10-year-old and 13-year-old sons with us. They now know why The Boss is The Boss. It's almost as if our parenting job is complete. Ha!
I was also able to capture the moon rising over the Wembley. It's not often that you look up at the sky during a monstrous rock concert, but there you go. That's me for you.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Week 23 was a week of glorious sunshine. I found myself eating lunch and working in the garden every day, because I was so desperate to soak up the sunshine and Vitamin D. I even managed to get sunburned on two days. It all made a nice change from the endless gray skies we seem to have had so far in 2013.
Monday, June 03, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
A formula for you:
CosPlay* + Marvel Avengers + XBox Game Preview = ComicCon Nirvana.
*For the non-hipsters among you, it means "Costume Play". I had to ask the 13 year old what it meant.
Monday, May 20, 2013
This Red Balloon found its way to our ceiling during Thing Two's 10th birthday celebrations. It, along with a dozen other balloons, found their way there while Thing One showed us all how static electricity worked. Every morning after they had fallen down in the night, Thing One would dutifully put the balloons back on the ceiling for us.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
In Week 18, I found that it was peak cherry blossom season in Greenwich Park during one of my morning runs.
The funny thing is, this is our 14th spring in Greenwich, but this is the first time I actually got around to taking a picture of the beautiful cherry blossom lane near the top.
No filter was harmed in the making of this picture.