Category: year in pictures

2016 in pictures

Cute cat, just because

I missed doing my normal year in pictures review last year because it was generally a pretty terrible year for me personally and I didn’t have much to reflect on positively. I regret not doing it now though, because it’s a nice chance to look back both on the year that’s just happened and find the good even in a bad year, and over every year of my life. I’ve been doing it for seven years now, amazingly.

It’s fair to say that 2016 wasn’t a great year for the world generally (though many good things did happen amongst the horror headlines) but on a selfish note it was much better for me. I managed to do plenty of travelling and fun London things around holding down a full-time job for most of the year, my first after being freelance for the preceding three years. While I didn’t do that much blogging or photography with my real camera, I did manage to dig out a little highlight snap from each month. So here’s a slice of what my year looked like.

January: In what might become a new tradition, I took myself to Brighton for my birthday.

Feburary: A foodie weekend in Paris

March: Ran the Crystal Maze!

April: Got friendly with barn owls at Wildlife Drawing

May: Top eats in London – Padella and Clove Club

June: a jaunt to Sicily

July: A pretty crazy work trip to beautiful Iceland

August: We got a new sofa, which is the love of my life (and animal-approved)

September: We went back to NYC, and upstate to Hudson

October: Saw the Harry Potter play!

November: Silly Hallowe’en costumes

December: Back to Mexico! Which I’m just about to blog about…

2014 in pictures

Ibarra Salinas train

Time for my yearly wrap-up of photos, as I do every year (previous years here). This year has basically been brilliant for one main reason: TRAVEL. I’ve been extremely fortunate to visit Israel, Panama, Ecuador, Mexico and Paris – four new countries and four continents in a year is not bad going at all. Otherwise, 2014 has been an improvement on 2013 generally. Yoni has had the all-clear from the vet, there have been far fewer family/life dramas and work has been steady and fulfilling for the most part. 2015 is promising to kick off well too, with some fun work lined up, trips to Berlin and Barbados in the calendar, and my 30th birthday – and that’s just in January! Anyway, here’s the year that was…

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2013 in pictures

I almost didn’t do my usual photo round-up this year (hence the last-minuteness!) because in a lot of ways this has been a very hard, unhappy year. We’ve had all sorts of upheaval from Yoni getting sick to family illness, relationship breakdowns and deaths. But looking back through my year of photos was actually a positive experience. Despite some really crappy low points, I did manage to fit in four holidays, a lot of crafting and sewing, gigs, more work on the house and plenty of other fun things. Still, I can’t say I am sad to see the back of it and hope that 2014 is altogether calmer. Anyway, here are my favourite photos from each month.

January: a chilly but lovely weekend in Brighton for my birthday. (For my birthday this year we’ve just booked to go to the slightly warmer Tel Aviv, so excited!)

February: A dressmaking class at Ray Stitch which kickstarted an absolute passion for sewing that’s lasted all year.

March: BARBADOS. Without a doubt the highlight of the year, a simply amazing holiday with my lovely family.

April: Efterklang gig

May: Fun/weird trip to Dungeness and Rye for ATP

June: we pimped up the garden in the sunshine

July: A bittersweet (in retrospect) trip to Devon

August: Yoni back outside again after his accident. He’s just got the all-clear on his heart from the vet which was great news to end the year on.

September: Enjoying the yums at Street Feast

October: a much-needed superb holiday to New York

November: we visited the TFL Acton Depot

December: V&A Friday Lates

You can see all my years of photo roundups since 2009 here. I’m glad I kept up my little tradition after all.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year.

2012 in pictures

It’s time for my now-traditional monthly photo roundup of the year! 2012 has been a funny one – lots of hard work as I continued to settled into freelancing, a new part-time job which solved a lot of that, a bit – but not enough – travel, a new cat-baby and all the associated joys and stresses that brought..! Happily most of the madness has died down now and I am genuinely looking forward to a more serene, grown-up 2013. I already have travel plans (Brighton and Barbados, and that’s just before April), some great work projects lined up, and goals in my head for personal projects. I’m turning 28 in two weeks and that feels much better than weird old odd 27.

Anyway, this was my 2012…

Letterpress class

January: Took a letterpress class received for my birthday.

Snow cat

February: It was cold and snowy! (and Yoni enjoyed his last month as a single cat, unbeknownst to us.)

Lila cat

March: We went to Amsterdam, and said hello to Lila

Harry Potter studio tour

April: Trips to Bath and Harry Potter world.

Corner Room, E2
The Gilbert Scott

May: Dinner treats at the Gilbert Scott and Corner Room.


June: A long weekend in Copenhagen

Laura & Tiago's wedding

July: A wet wedding in Dorset.


August: A sunny wedding and family holiday in Chamonix (and a new camera).

Olympic Park

Semptember: A trip to the sports.

Autumn garden
About the house

October: Gardening and nesting.

Lee, Devon

November: Trip to Devon.

Sidekick Christmas party

December: Sidekick Christmas party in the Cotswolds.

See roundups from: 2009 | 2010 | 2011

2011 in pictures


Happy Christmas! Hope you had a good one. Mine was fuelled with rum & coke, contained endless Wii sessions and spiked with some awesome pressies (about which more later).

I just had fun looking back through my 2009 and 2010 ‘review’ posts so I thought I’d carry on the tradition this year. They’re under the cut…

Lisbon 35mm

January: We went to Lisbon for my birthday

New kitchen

February: Our new kitchen was installed

cat has snuggle-den
March: brrrrr, is summer here yet?

Chatsworth Road market

April: a trip to Chatsworth market

Primavera 2011

May: Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona

Carter's steam fair

June: The steam fair hit town

Valley of the rocks

July: an idyllic family holiday to Devon

Field day 2011

August: Field Day festival

Sourdough toastie

September: I’m freelance! More time to make sandwiches :)

Lomo Sardina

October: A trip to Tatton with La Sardina

Golden Gate Bridge

November: San Francisco!

Protein Alcohol Alchemy

December: lots of Christmas parties

Happy new year all!

2010 in pictures

I apologise for a rather lazy and self-indulgent post to end the year, but it seemed fitting to do a photo wrap-up as I’ve really enjoyed taking loads of photos this year. It was nice to trawl through my Flickr and pick these favourites from each month – looking back, it’s been a pretty busy and fun year. I hope yours was good too – I’ll take this time to say thank you for reading my little blog; you’ve made it a joy and all worthwhile and I hope you all have a lovely holiday! See you next year x

Japanese cooking class
January: Japanese cooking class

Kinetica art fair
February: Kinetica Art Fair

Bristol station
March: a daytrip to Bristol

Taste of Bitter Love
April: coffee in Hackney

Pavement @ Brixton, 13 May
May: Pavement gig

Berlin - Michelberger hotel
June: a weekend in Berlin

Summer tacos
July: summery Mexican food

August: the Lassco salvage yard

Hoxton Hotel
September: London staycation

October: Barbican tour

First night
November: hello new house!

Yoni's new fave nap spot
December: getting settled in (and I couldn’t not include a cat photo!)

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Favourite photos of the year

I guess this time of year is always ripe for remembrance of the year just gone, so I thought I’d do it visually with one favourite photo from every month, plucked from my Flickr archives..

columbia road flowers
Flowers on Columbia Road market. It was also my birthday, and we moved into our new flat.

snowy bench
Snow on a bench – London’s had the snow again this week, though it didn’t look as crisp and white as this photo.

spitalfields at night
I started my new job at Poke, in Shoreditch. This is a pic of nearby Spitalfields Market deserted at night.

Poke weekend away: pony trekking
April – I had to pick two for this month. Went to Cornwall on the Poke weekend away

Yoni in the morning
..and we got our little Yoni kitten, who we can’t imagine life without any more.

golden half: holland park
May – Enjoyed the early summer sun in Holland Park

Shiny new camera!
June – Got my new camera, the Olympus E-P1!

Poke Quick Draw at V&A fete
July – fun times at the V&A Village Fete

Field day 2009
August – a rather soggy Field Day festival..

Amsterdam: canal bridge
..and a sunnier long weekend in Amsterdam

Greenwich market: chillies
September – a trip to Greenwich Market

October – A visit home with a new-old camera before heading to Japan..

November – back from an amazing holiday to Japan, with hundreds of photos and memories.

Hoxton knitters xmas dinner
December – Christmas dinner with my lovely knitting group, which I’ve been going to every Tuesday since the summer.

I might not post again until the New Year now as we’re off on a jaunt to family all over the country, so I’d just like to say a big thanks for my small but loyal readership, which has grown a little this year. I write this blog because I love it and it’s so nice that it has a following, and I love the feedback and comments I get – so thank you! Happy Christmas and New Year to you all xx