Hello! As you know, I’ve been on holiday in Cyprus for the last week. Springtime in Cyprus is pretty beaut, with a variety of trees in bloom (or loaded with slowly ripening fruit). I took lots of pictures, and these are my 5 favourites.
1. A giant, sticky pomelo blossom.
2. This is a prickly pear cactus. Have you ever eaten a prickly pear? The fruit inside is a vivid orange or pink, and is juicy, seed-studded and mildly sweet. They taste so good straight out of the fridge.
3. My grandparents were fruit farmers, and my parents are very good at identifying fruit trees. Having said that, my dad wasn’t sure if this was a peach or an apple blossom. Any ideas?
4. These furry green beasts house fresh little almonds. Yes. Almonds.
5. Perfect purple lemon blossoms. This is my favourite smell in the world.
Posted by thefty on 23/04/2012
This weekend, I visited the seaside town of Walton-on-the-Naze. The sky was blue, the sea was sparkling, the chips were salty, and the pier was as retro-kitsch as one could hope for.
1. Bright toy windmills reflecting the sunlight.
2. Piles and piles of seashells on the shore.
3. Maniacal seagulls.
4. Fragrant gorse bushes lining the seaside paths.
5. Rows upon rows of colourful beach huts.
All of these photos were taken by me (my Flickr is over here).
Posted by thefty on 26/03/2012
The weather is fine in Londontown! Listen to this song by Wilco and enjoy these brilliant blues!
1. Quite possibly my favourite book cover, ever.
2. Piles of sky blue pencils (From here.)
3. A portrait of my toilet. Beauty in small things, and all that.
4. A double blue sky, taken by me, near Tower Bridge.
5. Sky blue boogie time.
Right! I’m going for a walk! Enjoy your day, Londoners (and everyone else too, for that matter.)
Posted by thefty on 19/03/2012
The roses on my street are blooming, so I’ve got flowers on the brain.
1. Felt flowers for your lapel (or your hair).
2. Pastel petals (for the bees, mainly).
3. Painted petals (I wish this was my window).
4. A skirtful of petals + a fistful of petals
5. These are my lips seen through a teleidoscope.
Posted by thefty on 11/05/2011
The weather in London is getting better and better, and I’ve been dreaming of picnics.
1. A rainbow of tasty treats.
2. A tiny teddy bear’s picnic.
3. A long afternoon in St. James’ park.
4. Improvisational picnicking in the field.
5. Improvisational picnicking in the living room.
Posted by thefty on 21/04/2011
Spring flowers drenched in sunshine:
1. Rippled frills on daffodils.
2. Horrockses vintage frocks.
3. Narcissus flowers with their downturned heads.
4. Golden roses.
5. Spring blooms and a butter-yellow jumper.
(The weather in London has taken a turn for the worse, and I’m using these photos as my lifeline.)
Posted by thefty on 15/04/2011
This is the season when delicate colours poke their heads out from the winter grey.
1. Candy coloured petals.
2. Morning dew.
3. Buttery daffodils.
4. Feathery pastel petals.
5. Delicate blossoms.
Posted by thefty on 22/03/2011
April in London has been incredible this year. The month ends today, and the forecast for this weekend is rain, rain, rain. I can’t bear it. I’m going to bury my head in these photos, instead.
1. Low afternoon sun.
2. Densely planted tulips + strong sun = stained glass window effect.
3. Lawn loungers.
4. I’m a lawn-lounger, too.
5. Shorn willows and happy geese.
p.s. Do you take photos? Would you like to see them on this blog? If so, then click here to read about COLLECTIVE 5.
Posted by thefty on 30/04/2010
I like to dress in vivid technicolour, with stripes and spots fighting for attention. Admittedly, this is more easily achieved in the summer, when I’m not wrapped in a black shroud of a coat, and bangles don’t get in the way of long sleeves. Maybe that’s what I mean by spring colour.
1. My friend Harriet always gets it right. (Even the seat fabric works for her.)
2. I dress like a strange elf when I’m at home. I’m sure it amuses the postman.
3. Colour blind tourist mode, turned up to the max. (Note heat-stricken face.)
4. I wore this to an ’80s party. (And that leopard print thing? It’s a bodysuit.)
5. A loud pile of legging laundry.
p.s. Today’s the last day to submit a photo this week! Check the details over here.
Posted by thefty on 25/03/2010
Hello! COLLECTIVE 5 is a weekly feature involving photos submitted by readers. Anyone can contribute! The rules, as well as next week’s COLLECTIVE 5 theme, can be found over here.
This week’s photos (in no particular order):
1. Spring Dais(y), by Gayle Lazda.
2. A gopher in Spring. By Constance Watkins.
3. A snowy spring in Dorset, by Gareth Dickson.
4. A splash of spring colour, by Hannah Asprey.
4. A spring, by Phil West. (Ha! I was really hoping to get a photo like this!)
I received so many stunning photos of flowers this week that I’m tempted to make an impromptu ‘COLLECTIVE 5: Flowers’ album right here and now. I can’t wait for the trees to blossom here in London. When it happens, it transforms the city.
Anyway, Click here to see all details for next week’s COLLECTIVE 5. Oh, and don’t forget to enter the prizedraw!
Posted by thefty on 12/03/2010
London is absolutely freezing and white, and I need to be reminded of springtime.
1. A favourite pairing of clashing florals.
2.Flowers at Spitalfields market.
3. The backstreets of Athens are in bloom.
4. An extra splash of colour for my bedroom.
5. Kitschy-cool. (Or just plain kitsch.)
Posted by thefty on 09/01/2010
In no particular order:
1. Fat little goslings in the sunshine.
2. Snow in the springtime. Poor daffodils.
3. What a poser.
4. These guys were fighting over bread.
5. This is Oxford’s Christchurch meadow.
Posted by thefty on 16/10/2009
In no particular order:
1. Cherry blossoms in Cyprus. The valley here is full of them.
2. The last bunches of spring.
3. My dad spotted this tree and pulled over so I could take this photo.
4. There’s something funny about a grand magnolia hiding behind a building.
5. The first sign of spring.
Posted by thefty on 05/08/2009