Saturday, 29 December 2012

Mist & Silhouette Landscapes

While winter in the UK can be a bit gruelling sometimes it also gives you beautiful moments like these fleeting moments of sunshine through pastel clouds & bare silhouetted trees, even lampposts & electricity wires become an interesting forefront focus.

Horniman Museum & Gardens

While I was in London a few weeks ago I visited the Horniman Museum & Gardens on a crisp, sunny, wintery morning.
Here's a few photos....

Beautiful small conservatory which can be hired out for weddings

Grass roof on the library/research centre

Bandstand, with an amazing view over London

Bright neon donation box in the gardens

Dye garden featuring plants which can be processed into colours & plants that make materials such as paper.

Before I even visited the museum I saw their new branding & identity by Hat-trick featured over on the Creative Review blog and loved it. Really clever, simple and effective, it just needs to be rolled out all across the museum to make it a consistent brand and information identifier.

Old cases & high curved ceilings

The famous Walrus (one of the first pieces in their collection)

Exotic Birds


These looked so beautiful and yet so sad at the same time, colourful birds caged and stuffed forever when they once could soar the skies to their hearts delights.

Close-up Parrots

Curved roof & arched doorways from the balcony

Tribal Masks

Dark cases featuring exotic masks & objects

It's a beautiful little natural history & anthropology museum with some great objects, but it was a bit like a mother & toddler morning when we went and great yum yums in the cafe!

Saturday, 8 December 2012

London in December

Went to London the other weekend saw the Thames all lit up from Royal Festival Hall,

A stripy rudolph in Covent Garden,

Pretty lights on the Southbank,

A power-it-yourself (by bike or hand pedals) Xmas tree,

Big Ben all lit up, 

Huge paper chains in Liberty

Thousands of M&M's & related paraphernalia in Leicester Square (& a glimpse of the 'Life of Pi' film premiere)

Abbey road M&M's,

Japanese Netsuke at the V&A...

including ones of bean pods, 

Amazing ramen at Shoryu Ramen on Regent Street,

Green tea from a lil teapot at Shoryu Ramen

and a beautiful conservatory at the Horniman Museum.