We returned home from our trip to the UK with, predictably, hundreds of photos. I’ve had to be very strict with myself to distil the week and a half long trip into just two (or in some cases, where I failed to be sufficiently strict, four) pictures a day. Pictures that somehow encapsulate the essence of each day for me…

friday

friday – heading west (amsterdam to london)
1. rijksmuseum ‘annexe’ at schiphol airport, detail from ‘seascape with a herring fleet’ by cornelis boumeester, c.1700, majolica  |  2. clouds and yellow rapeseed fields, snapped from grubby aeroplane window

saturday

saturday – sussex
1. seagull, brighton pier  |  2. ouse valley viaduct (more pics of this amazing structure next time!)

sunday

sunday – london
1. complementary colours, snapped en route to the alexandra palace farmers’ market  |  2. digby! one of the coolest cats i know

monday

monday – highgate cemetery, london
1. tomb of thomas sayers, bearing a statue of his dog ‘lion’, 1865  |  2. domino II, the cemetery’s resident black cat, accompanied us on our ramble  |  3 & 4. tombstone typography

tuesday

tuesday – london
1. detail from ‘octopus games’ by utagawa kuniyoshi, 1840 – 42, colour woodblock. it’s hard to believe this work was made 170 years ago! (go and see the ‘kuniyoshi’ exhibition at the royal academy if you can. ends 7 june)  |  2, 3 & 4. derelict londonparkland walk: a 7.2 km / 4.5 m linear green walkway in north london. it follows the course of the former great northern railway suburban branch line between finsbury park and alexandra palace, and is now a local nature reserve (and favourite haunt of graffiti-ists).

wednesday

wednesday – london
1. ancient oak tree, richmond park  |  2. algernon (a.k.a. cat), another favourite feline friend (it certainly was good to hook up with all these old friends again :)

thursday

thursday – braunton, devon
1. stand-off between agnes and taunting ducks (ducks out of frame)  |  2. our shadows

friday

friday – somerset
1. exmoor, grass cropped to a perfect lawn by the ‘wild’ exmoor ponies?  |  2. hand shadow against perforated metal barrier, waiting for first gig (grouper) of the festival to begin…

saturday

saturday – all tomorrow’s parties music festival, minehead, somerset
1. poppy in pub garden  |  2. alan sparhawk of retribution gospel choir  |  3. music festivals are thirsty work!  |  4.  derek fudesco of the cave singers, one of the (new to me) great musical discoveries of the festival!

sunday

sunday – all tomorrow’s parties music festival, minehead, somerset
1. hush arbors  |  2. grails

monday

monday – heading back east (towards london)
1. door hinge detail, dunster, somerset  |  2.badger chow, whitchurch-on-thames

Holidays are fantastic… but wouldn’t they be doubly-so if there was a little gang of holiday-sprites furiously working away at all the stuff you’re neglecting while you’re away? So you wouldn’t return to an overflowing email inbox and mountains of work. Not wanting to ask too much, but it would be great if they hung around after your return to do the holiday laundry as well. I’ll be scaling that mountain this weekend – hope you’re up to something less prosaic :)