past three months aka Spring 2014

I was so sure I’d showed you something from this spring already and that I only had couple months to sum up, but hey – quarter of the year passed and here I am.

Here’s the best of the past three months for you.

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

In the past three months I’ve been to London – Stockholm – Helsinki & Dublin and I started in university to do a 12 month degree alongside my full time work.

It’s been busy, otherwise I wouldn’t have neglected you for this long. :( I still keep snapping, and you can keep up on the almost daily observations on instagram (@pebaline) if you need a more frequent fix.

And hey! All of a sudden it’s summer! <3

 

 

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April showers 2013

Things started looking up in April. There were more sunny days, longer light and even the funny April showers didn’t really dampen this month full of activity.

The 101- things to see and do- project saw two new ticks on the list as I visited the charming Leighton House Museum and the Grant Museum of Zoology (above). Both are well quirky and unusual places to see in London if you want to experience something new!

The Grant Museum is free, but the opening times are finicky (check website for full details) – it’s best to marry the visit here with with British Museum as they are a short walking distance from each other.

The Leighton House is just by the lovely Holland Park (below) and such a beautiful place to visit – well worth the £5 entrance fee if you ask me.

Otherwise the usual stalking on the tube continued. How can I resist when things like these happen right in front of my eyes? :)

My new obsession is matching double colour on the streets of London. This took a while to capture, so I’m extra pleased with it.

I also stalked people in cafes, restaurants, on the streets and in the parks. Nothing new there then…

London has started to show it’s beautiful side this past month, too and it’s been a pleasure to remember why I love this city so much.

Oh yes, and then there was that thing that now already seems like yesterday’s news:

As we move to May every day seems like a sunnier warmer embrace.

And to put a red maraschino cherry on top of my happiness sundae, tomorrow morning I am off to my beloved Cornwall for a week.

Life is good from where I am standing at the moment. :)

Au revoir!


march on 2013

2013 has certainly felt like a balancing act and the month of March was no exception.

Here are some of my favourite photographs I’ve caught during what seemed like endless weeks of snow, rain, hail and sleet with not much sunshine or promise of spring:

This is probably one of the reasons last year’s photo a day project wasn’t that much of a push for me: I tend to take photos every day, when I see something interesting, funny or just beautiful. In March there were total of 7 days I took no pictures.

I’ve also reignited my 101-things to see and do in London- project from last year, I still have about 35 things to tick off my list. V&A wasn’t one of them, my goodness, but it was a good photo day for me (see above).

And it wouldn’t be a proper monthly recap without some photos from the Tube as well, eh? ;)

But as usual time in the end seems to flash by: all of a sudden it is April already, the trees push light green, the sun blinds you well into the early evening from the horizon and everything in London just seems somehow better and beautiful.

Saying bye bye to March was a huge relief, and being able to say bye to my winter wardrobe (soon I hope) will be another day of celebration. The spring and its blossoms seem very late this year, but I remain hopeful and will  continue documenting the world around me as I see it. :)


May 2012

Apologies for a slight delay in getting this update together for you! I’ve had a little detour from Cornwall to Florence, Italy via Scotland in the past few weeks and it’s felt like my life has been on a bit of a fast forward these past few weeks. :)

All and all May was a lovely month though and here are my highlights:

It finally started to feel like summer was just around the corner. As we know now it’s not much of a summer (the rain fall in UK has been phenomenal in the past 6 weeks), but the sweet promise of sunshine, leafy parks filled with the scent of cut grass and ice cream, everything felt possible in the beginning of May.

I also got a new job (I start there on Monday!). The beginnings and possibilities certainly were visceral last month. Now it’s more a feeling of a panic, mixed with excitement starting something new just next week!

Internet is a wonderful place at the best of times and last month I had the pleasure to meet in person someone I’ve only spoken to and got to know online over quite a few years now via photography. Bill travelled to Scotland and London with his awesome wife Jen and I got to hang out with them both one lovely Monday evening. I was trying to show them at least a little bit of my favourite corners of London and they introduced me to a pretty amazing wine. It was a great night!

What I could’ve never planned was stumbling across somewhere totally new to me where this skyline opens up across St Paul’s Cathedral. The photo doesn’t even begin to capture the moment when all the pigeons rose to fly from the dome in its lights for us. It was pretty magical, even for good old London that moment. :)

Speaking of London magic, I think the best part of it is in its sense of humour. This… bush… graffiti amused me no end near my soon-to-be-old office for a few weeks. It’s unfortunately now been painted over, but until Islington decided it had no sense of humour this view put a smile on my face every time I saw it. :)

Then it was time to pack my bags and off we were to celebrate my birthday in Cornwall! It’s been two long years since my last visit, and I was so looking forward to be waking up by the sea again. Cornwall was the last corner of UK I hadn’t visited couple years ago, and it certainly felt like I’d saved the best for last. We had a chance to visit some old and new places during our stay.

The weather was pretty good throughout the week, although on the last night we drove to a pub by the beach in Perranporth and were surrounded by this pretty cool sea mist. It was a slightly surreal ending to our holiday, but something I will never forget that’s for sure!

It was also a pretty lovely way to end the month of May and return back to London for a little while before my travels in the beginning of June.I can’t wait to show you my June actually! It’s only half way done and I’ve seen some pretty amazing places and met some really great people already! If you want a little preview pop over to my Flickr feed to have a look. :)


April 2012

Wow, and there goes April! The months seem to be flying by this year! :D

The past 30 days have been quite hectic. Work-wise I got back into shooting weddings AND applied for a new day job (still waiting to hear if I got it or not, so fingers crossed).

It’s been raining – a lot! Like way over the clichés of it “always raining in London” and April showers. But all and all it’s been a nice enough month. This was probably helped by the fact that there was a lot of days off sprinkled in it for me. :)

First  break I had since Christmas was Easter and it was quite chocolate-filled. It’s the best part about Easter, right? :)

I also spent a week back home in Finland and we went over for a lovely spa break in Tallinn, Estonia to celebrate my dad’s birthday. It was all about family this month as my sister popped over from Paris for a long weekend to see me, too.

Despite the rubbish weather, we have had some awesome days, too. And London has been bathed in not only lovely warm sunshine, but all kinds of gorgeous spring blossoms. I bought a bunch of lilacs just this afternoon to celebrate May arriving tomorrow.

Spring can only mean one other thing and that’s cycling! I opened the Boris bike season this month, too and have to say I had forgotten how much fun it is to whiz around central London on these beasts. If only we could get them to work with the Oyster cards life would be perfect.

My London 101-project has ground to a bit of a halt this month, but I did see the David Shrigley exhibition at the Hayward Gallery with my sister. We both loved it, it was hilarious and I can wholeheartedly recommend it.

This month I’ve had a quite good work/life balance, and hope that continues to the next month. May actually looks quite exciting month ahead. What I’m looking forward to the most is the fact that I get to travel to Cornwall again. It’s been almost two years since I’ve last been and at the same time it feels like forever. I can’t wait! :)


March 2012

Wow, time is flying by! I’ve had a quite a busy month stifled with a seasonal cold and work stuff and then all of a sudden it is April and Easter break. Apologies for getting a little bit behind posting photos here. You’d be happy to know the picture-a-day project is still going strong though even though I haven’t been sharing any photos. :)

Let’s see what March looked like:

The spring has well and truly sprung and it has been so lovely to see London transform from a very cold and grey city into a pretty warm island of new green and pink petals. My favourite visit in March was to the Somerset House where these gorgeous ceramic flowers dabble the central courtyard until the end of April. It’s a stunning view, so pop over to see it yourself if you are around!

I’ve spent a LOT of time on the underground and if I’ve had a busy day I notice taking my daily picture on my commute home. Hence there are quite a few photos already in my collection from the past three months. I hope I can push myself a bit more to be creative on days like these, but then again there are so many subjects just sitting there waiting to be captured it feels like an easy go-to backup… :)

Speaking of commuting, I thought I’d never say these words, but King’s Cross is such a pleasure to commute through since the new extension opened there in the middle of March. The new foyer and its architecture are super, wouldn’t you agree? Who’d thought! I now can’t wait for them to remove that ugly green front from the 70’s to make this probably one of the most stunning stations in London combining the old and new perfectly.

Other things that made me happy in March included:

Discovering Paddington Basin! I never knew the canal went right past Paddington Station! What a great find, with a little farmer’s market, cafe’s, shops and direct route to either Edgware Road or all the way to Little Venice in Maida Vale.

Meeting Pimms! Isn’t she gorgeous? I was out and about in Vauxhall and whenever I’m in the area I go by the Vauxhall City Farm. I was planning to pop over to see the spring lambs, but got distracted by such a warm hello by Pimms. (Isn’t that a lovely pose as well?) :)

The lighter (warmer) evenings! Changing the clock to summer time is never easy and I hate losing the hour’s sleep initially, but the fact that it’s still light when I leave the office at the end of the day soon makes up for it. I feel like I’ve not wasted a day when I can still get on with things in the evening and the weather in March was also phenomenally warm, which made it all the better, too.

Spring and light evenings have also meant that I’ve hopped on the bike for the first time this year, too. The one good thing Boris has ever given us Londoners as far as I’m concerned (although it’s still a shame we can’t use our Oyster cards to use them!). :) A quick dash from Drury Lane to Waterloo was a nice way to open the bike season. :)

And even though I cannot shake my Instagram obsession I haven’t done too badly pushing myself to the world of street photography with it recently. The whole project has keep my visually alert and glad to be documenting my life on daily basis. I still don’t feel fatigued by it at all, which I am quite surprised and very pleased about.

How is your spring looking like? ;)


test roll

Monday was a good day, the exhibition was great, sun was out and my new camera in hand I traipsed around the City to see what comes out in the developing process. I’ve saved some cheap colour film given free to me ages ago when local shops and chemists still did photo printing (remember those times?). Those old expired rolls are great for test runs for my eBay finds. :) Yes, the tint is a bit magenta, but it kind of adds to the old analogue camera charm for me, especially when I get to see the first prints.

The Canon Demi came up trumps and even the lab complimented on the photos I took that afternoon. I’m so happy with the results myself, too! I think I put a scratch through the neg winding the roll back a bit abruptly, and I will need to keep an eye on that next time around. Otherwise, above is one of my favourite photos from Monday afternoon at Fleet Street. I’m so glad to be back in half frame action, more of this goodness to follow!