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UK PHOTO DIARY!

Should I take a jacket? And how many dresses? Packing fills me with an intense anxiety I can only compare to studying for exams: you KNOW you should be prepared. You KNOW there’s areas you can trim down on, and others you should focus on; but it’s impossible to know what’s important until you’re there, in the moment, and then IT’S TOO GODDAMN LATE. Dresses or pants? Jerseys or swimming costumes? I packed for mild weather and English rains and was instead greeted by a heatwave so miserably hot I felt my will to live wither in the hot pink glow of my face.

PINK AND SWEATY
PINK AND SWEATY

In the muggy heat of the grimy Thames, with heat and pollen caught between the city buildings, I became my least photogenic.

So naturally I turned the camera away from me and any selfies, and instead indulged in using a new camera with a wonderful new lens on the city and people around me. It’s impossible not to have fun in London though, and with my trip to the metropolis sandwiched between a lovely visit to charming Colchester and the Guinness-laden Dublin, I loved every minute.

The UK was overflowing with deliciously ripe red cherries; this sweet thing was ripening on my aunt's tree in Colchester
The UK was overflowing with deliciously ripe red cherries; this sweet thing was ripening on my aunt’s tree in Colchester

Some interesting artwork at the Tate Modern
Some interesting artwork at the Tate Modern
Eclipse of the fans at the Tate Modern
Eclipse of the fans at the Tate Modern
British flowers
British flowers
Old timey pub sign
Old timey pub sign
These lovely flower buckets hung in the street all over London and Colchester. Unbelievably beautiful.
These lovely flower buckets hung in the street all over London and Colchester. Unbelievably beautiful.
Paddington Bear
Paddington Bear
Details from a 21st - Straws and cammelias
Details from a 21st – Straws and cammelias
Details from a 21st - Straws and cammelias
Details from a 21st – Straws and cammelias
One place I'd bookmarked a visit to almost a year ago was Loop London; an exquisite, whimsical yarn store filled with delightful oddities like this fine, beautifully white French linen.
One place I’d bookmarked a visit to almost a year ago was Loop London; an exquisite, whimsical yarn store filled with delightful oddities like this fine, beautifully white French linen.
The sheer volume of high quality, natural fibre yarns (bamboo, wool, linen, cotton, silk, blends) made this trip feel like a pilgrimage. One thing people don't realise about knitters is their love of colour, and this selection of Quince & co yarn gave me a rush of pure happiness.
The sheer volume of high quality, natural fibre yarns (bamboo, wool, linen, cotton, silk, blends) made this trip feel like a pilgrimage. One thing people don’t realise about knitters is their love of colour, and this selection of Quince & co yarn gave me a rush of pure happiness.
Action figure Freud from the Freud museum!
Action figure Freud from the Freud museum!
A lovely walk through a beautiful English neighbourhood to see Freud's house - the place where he died. Since my boyfriend is a psychologist he found this especially moving, and spent ages staring at his therapy couch decked in luxurious materials and surrounded by ancient statues.
A lovely walk through a beautiful English neighbourhood to see Freud’s house – the place where he died. Since my boyfriend is a psychologist he found this especially moving, and spent ages staring at his therapy couch decked in luxurious materials and surrounded by ancient statues.
The ubiquitous London Undergroiund makes it wonderfully simple to travel, though in the heat and during rush hour a walk between stations was sometimes the wiser choice.
The ubiquitous London Undergroiund makes it wonderfully simple to travel, though in the heat and during rush hour a walk between stations was sometimes the wiser choice.
Burroughs food market - liquorice
Burroughs food market – liquorice
Burroughs food market - owl cookies
Burroughs food market – owl cookies
I don't know what this is, but I want one.
I don’t know what this is, but I want one.
Burroughs food market - amazingly fresh tomatoes and other produce
Burroughs food market – amazingly fresh tomatoes and other produce
Burroughs food market - noooooooo idea what this is
Burroughs food market – noooooooo idea what this is
Burroughs food market olives
Burroughs food market olives
Burroughs food market olives
Burroughs food market olives
I don't even like seafood but the daringly orange glimpse of this shell food's tongue was too beautiful to ignore
I don’t even like seafood but the daringly orange glimpse of this shell food’s tongue was too beautiful to ignore
Burroughs food market - aubergines, garlic and artichokes
Burroughs food market – aubergines, garlic and artichokes
Burroughs food market - deliciously tart gooseberries. Not as sweet as the South African ones and with a very different texture
Burroughs food market – deliciously tart gooseberries. Not as sweet as the South African ones and with a very different texture
Burroughs food market - white, fresh asparagus, only available in SA in a tin!
Burroughs food market – white, fresh asparagus, only available in SA in a tin!
Burroughs food market; fresh thyme and mushrooms
Burroughs food market; fresh thyme and mushrooms
Burroughs food market - fresh liquorice roots!
Burroughs food market – fresh liquorice roots!
Burroughs food market - chocolate
Burroughs food market – chocolate
Bookshop on the river!
Bookshop on the river!
Dressing up in theme and watching performers was fun but not something I'd do again
Dressing up in theme and watching performers was fun but not something I’d do again
Medieval banquet
Medieval banquet
We heard some garish teens loudly and angrily discussing the aggressive brown squirrels (pictured here) that bullied out the gentle, native red squirrels
We heard some garish teens loudly and angrily discussing the aggressive brown squirrels (pictured here) that bullied out the gentle, native red squirrels
Outside Colchester castle we saw this lovely live dragon (the plants are alive!)
Outside Colchester castle we saw this lovely live dragon (the plants are alive!)
Spitfire Ale is not only native and delicious, it also has a rather wonderful pun on the label
Spitfire Ale is not only native and delicious, it also has a rather wonderful pun on the label
I love British flowers and couldn't resist pulling out the macro lens for this one
I love British flowers and couldn’t resist pulling out the macro lens for this one
My brother and girlfriend tired after a long day tramping the London streets trying to see EVERYTHING
My brother and girlfriend tired after a long day tramping the London streets trying to see EVERYTHING
Beautiful old architechture
Beautiful old architechture
Tate Modern from the Thames
Tate Modern from the Thames
A poet outside the Shakespeare Globe Theatre selling his poems for whatever you can afford. Wish I'd had the courage to buy one!
A poet outside the Shakespeare Globe Theatre selling his poems for whatever you can afford. Wish I’d had the courage to buy one!
London architecture
London architecture
Detail from a Southern style American restaurant in Colchester
Detail from a Southern style American restaurant in Colchester
The British flag proudly flicking in the wind in Colchester
The British flag proudly flicking in the wind in Colchester
I reallly like photographing flowers
I reallly like photographing flowers
Detail from an old grave outside the Colchester church
Detail from an old grave outside the Colchester church
Bright yellow flowers blooming
Bright yellow flowers blooming
Gorgeous cherries growing in my aunt's garden
Gorgeous cherries growing in my aunt’s garden
These cherries are not as large, plump and deep red as the cherries on sale at the markets
These cherries are not as large, plump and deep red as the cherries on sale at the markets
Beach huts at Mersea
Beach huts at Mersea
Colchester dragon
Colchester dragon
Twilight lasts very long when the sun only sets after 10pm
Twilight lasts very long when the sun only sets after 10pm
Lovely old pub signs
Lovely old pub signs
Colchester angel
Colchester angel
The UK was overflowing with deliciously ripe red cherries; this sweet thing was ripening on my aunt's tree in Colchester
The UK was overflowing with deliciously ripe red cherries; this sweet thing was ripening on my aunt’s tree in Colchester
Haha! One of the first things we saw when we walked into Dublin
Haha! One of the first things we saw when we walked into Dublin
Tee hee! Also at Evoque
Tee hee! Also at Evoque
Ireland is very proud of it's knits and woollens, and the beautiful store Evoque had these lust-worthy scarves
Ireland is very proud of it’s knits and woollens, and the beautiful store Evoque had these lust-worthy scarves
Ireland is very proud of it's knits and woollens, and the beautiful store Evoque had these lust-worthy blankets
Ireland is very proud of it’s knits and woollens, and the beautiful store Evoque had these lust-worthy blankets
Guinness is indeed the heart of Dublin
Guinness is indeed the heart of Dublin
Awesome pub
Awesome pub
Literary pub crawl had some vivacious actors reciting bits of Dublin's history and excerpts from their great writers
Literary pub crawl had some vivacious actors reciting bits of Dublin’s history and excerpts from their great writers
Pub settling down to a good party - it gets light so late in Dublin this was around 10pm
Pub settling down to a good party – it gets light so late in Dublin this was around 10pm
An alternative Guinness we got to taste at the Guinness storehouse - this one brewed for the West Indies
An alternative Guinness we got to taste at the Guinness storehouse – this one brewed for the West Indies
An alternative Guinness we got to taste at the Guinness storehouse - this one brewed for the West Indies
An alternative Guinness we got to taste at the Guinness storehouse – this one brewed for the West Indies
An alternative Guinness we got to taste at the Guinness storehouse
An alternative Guinness we got to taste at the Guinness storehouse
Whiskey tasting
Whiskey tasting
The chocolate fudge cake from Queen of Tarts in Dublin. Divine after a long day of drinking Guinness and whiskey!
The chocolate fudge cake from Queen of Tarts in Dublin. Divine after a long day of drinking Guinness and whiskey!
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