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London walks and a bit of a ramble

Instagram photos from my London walks. London walks photography joanne seale I’ve been on a health kick recently, and started a health and wellbeing regime :) including walking for at least an hour per day and trying to eat 5-a-day (fruit and veg) every day. I’ve been plotting my progress on the fleetly and 5 A Day apps. I’ve really enjoyed the walks and eating healthy food and have realised that trying to eat 5-a-day is as good as being on a diet, you cannot physically eat much more as the fibre really fills you up. Last week I made a some lovely meals including, vegetable curry, cabbage and swede cheesy bake and an oriental aubergine and pepper dish. I’ve also been using my walks as photography trips and for listening to audio books. It was really cool listening to a BBC Radio adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere and passing some of the landmarks mentioned in ‘London Below’ such as ‘The Night’s Bridge’, ‘The Angel Islington’ and ‘The Black Friars’. By the end of the week I had surpassed 7 hrs of moderate exercise and managed 6 days of a full 5-a-day diet. However it was pretty painful, I had 2 inch blisters on my feet, constant headaches and sore muscles in my legs. These have all abated now, the blisters were due to wearing in my new and very lovely Wolky boots, I found that eating sweeter fruit stopped my low blood sugar headaches and my legs are no longer aching after resting them at the weekend. :) I’ve been reading a new series of books (on Audible) called ‘The Mortal Instruments’ by Cassandra Clare The Mortal Instruments book coversand am totally hooked, it’s a really intriguing look into a world of Shadowhunters (Nephilim), Downworlders and Mundanes. Totally immersive and a wonderful way to explore London on foot! That’s it for now, will be posting some new art soon though!! xx

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Trip to Arundel in West Sussex, UK

A few weeks ago I took a lovely train trip to Arundel in West Sussex.

On arrival I was greeted by the sight of this amazing Norman castle

Arundel Castle

I then had a wander down some of the very pretty and historic streets which seemed to be full of art galleries and antiques shops. I found some lovely vintage suitcases there

Vintage suite case Arundel Vintage suite case Arundel

I explored a few galleries and found some amazing art by Emma Franks

Emma Franks painting

I bought a couple of art cards with her work printed on them.

I then wandered the mile or so down a gorgeous tree-lined lane to the Arundel Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre, and looked at lots of ducks! :)

arundel wildfowl and wetlands centre

arundel wildfowl and wetlands centre

There was an artist open day happening at the visitor centre and I talked to the Roy Kelf, the maker of these exquisite masking tape bird sculptures

roy kelf bird sculpture

All in all it was a super fantastic day out, I think I am in love with Sussex now, it’s so arty, natural and historic, all the things I love in an area :) I cant wait to explore more of this amazing county. :)

On the way home I had the pleasure of waiting for my train in the most comfortable waiting room I’ve ever seen, it had leather sofas, book shelves full of novels and a box full of DVDs!!!

Arundel Train Station waiting room

Thank you Arundel :)

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Bore Place weekend away

I had a weekend away at the delightful Bore Place in Kent with Cha-guy.
Bore place is a working organic farm and sustainable living centre near Sevenoaks in Kent. There are also a number of buildings that are rented out for private retreats and group events etc.

It was my birthday this week so we decided to spend some time in the converted barn making art, dancing, singing, cooking good food and generally chilling and having a good time.
We tried to go on the 3 mile field trail but it was a bit muddy and my shoes ‘drowned’.
There was only a slow internet connection and no TV so we spent the evenings snuggled on the sofa listening to audiobooks with the wood burner keeping us cosy and warm.

We had fun walking around the dairy farm, investigating the kitchen garden, chickens, and the amazing walled garden with formal pond.

I hope you enjoy the short video and photos below

Here are some pictures

This is the main house
bore place kent 2014

The small converted barn that we stayed in
bore place kent 2014

The gardens in front of the barn
bore place kent 2014

Cha-guy walking across a field
bore place kent 2014

A rainbow appeared after a spell of rain
bore place kent 2014

The kitchen gardens
bore place kent 2014

Wood crafting area
bore place kent 2014

The formal gardens and pond
bore place kent 2014
bore place kent 2014

Seedings in the kitchen garden
bore place kent 2014

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RSPB Rainham May 2014

I went on the Sunday Stroll at RSPB Rainham yesterday. I last went in the winter of 2012 so was very excited to see what was there during springtime :)
It was a fantastic day, the sun shone, the birds sang and our guides were very good, we learnt lots about the folklore surrounding plants and birds as well as medicinal uses. We saw Marsh Harriers, Bearded Tits, Willow Warblers, Swallows etc etc, heard a Cuckoo and loads of Marsh frogs.

rspb rainham

There were however loads of flies around! I thought I’d end up looking like my painting of this lady with butterflies in her hair but with fly’s wings instead!
Look!!
flies at rspb rainham

I made a short video about the trip here.

And here are more photos

A very thorny wild rose
thorny

Bird tracks in the mud
bird tracks

Some reeds and rocks
reeds2

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Crystal Palace Park

Hi all, today Cha-guy and I went for a long walk around Crystal Palace Park in South East London.
We passed some ruins of the old Crystal Palace erected on the site in 1854

ruis crystal palace park

This magnificent building was designed by Joseph Paxton and hosted the Great Exhibition of industry and technology. It was burnt to the ground in 1936, here is some archive footage of the incident http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzCPrtJvEOs

We discovered that the farm which had previously been shut for rebuilding was now opened to the public. Inside we found a hen chicken standing motionless and staring into the eyes of a group of miniature cockerels…
chicken love crystal palace park

Some Axolotls,
axolotl crystal palace park
I recently bought the Book of Barely Imagined Beings after seeing a talk by the author Caspar Henderson at the Horniman Museum,
book of barely imagined beings caspar henderson
it features a huge section on Axolotls as well as a passaged from the book of ‘Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge
‘…it is written that the animals are divided into: (a) belonging to the emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) suckling pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) trembling like crazy, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with a very fine camelhair brush, (l) et cetera, (m) having just broken the water pitcher, (n) that from a long way off look like flies.”

:D

We also discovered some Giant Mallard ducks which had been bred in Germany
giant mallard ducks crystal palace park

Hope you all had great weekends too..

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Brick Lane and the Museum of Childhood

Hello all, Cha-guy and I spent most of Sunday wandering around Brick lane Market in London’s East End before heading off to the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green where we reminisced about space invaders games, stickle bricks, baby alive dolls – they ate and poo’ed! old advert here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HA8RsYEr_J8, plus a whole variety of other toys and activities from our childhood.
You really should pay the museum a visit, it’s open every day and entry is free. http://www.museumofchildhood.org.uk/

Here are a few photos from Brick Lane.
The Eli-Octopus street art.. it’s kinda cute..
elioctopus large

elioctopus brick lane street art

We spotted a man selling coffee sacks..

Man selling coffee sacks Brick Lane Market

Some not so smiley London street art..
smiley london brick lane market street art
And some interesting things at a junk shop..
glucose dfield dressing

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..destitute of geometry…

destitute of geometry, oxford math institute
We had a fantastic time in Oxford last week visiting the new maths institute for a garden party and talk by Marcus du Sautoy.
I’ve only been to Oxford once, many years ago so it was a real treat to be shown around by Cha-guy who studied maths there.
Our first night was spent at the delightful riverside pub the Trout Inn, a beautiful venue with peacocks roaming around the gardens, a fine restaurant and tranquil waterside location.
the trout, oxford

The following day we visited the Bodleian Library to see the ‘Magical Books’ exhibition.. a wonderful compendium of ancient and recent books which are all inspired by the notion of magic.

We then made our way over to the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter and the newly built maths institute.
The building was amazing with very clever geometric twists in its structure, the main entrance has a series of Penrose tiles and a sign saying ‘Let no one destitute of geometry enter this building’
I had visions of maths professors having to ‘throw shapes’ like a form of geometric break-dancing in order to gain entry to the lecture theatres.. :P

penrose tiles, oxford maths institute

Penrose tiled floor, Oxford maths institute


Yes those are my feet, do you like my red shoes? :)

The talk by Marcus du Sautoy was focused on the ‘Secret mathematicians’ artists such as Le Corbusier, Salvidor Dali and Olivier Messiaen who integrated maths into their creative works.
Here is an extract

It was followed by a ‘Garden Party’ in the common room (I think the garden was still being built) and tour of the building which had some clever maths integrated into the architecture including a glass crystal structure which mapped the sound of a drum,
oxford maths institute
south crystal sign oxford maths institute
as well as a roof which mimicked baroque perspectives.
oxford maths institute roof
Afterwards we had al fresco drinks in a pub near Christchurch college. I recognised the area immediately as I had discovered a rare clip of J.R.R Tolkien walking out of the college, the camera then pans to the Blackwells bookshop which was just in front of the pub where we were, here is a link to the clip http://www.itnsource.com/compilation/S13070901/#57
(sorry for the nerdy archive footage diversion there, but I just had to get that out of my system..)

On our last day we decided to walk from Oxford to Abingdon along the River Thames, it was lovely, peaceful and quite wild in places.
At one point we thought we could hear an ice-cream van but it turned out to be a Jamaican steel band floating down the river..

I totally fell in love with Oxford and can’t wait to go back!

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