I was lucky enough to be invited down to Puglia, Italy last weekend for a design conference held by the Italian Trade Commission. No need to ask me twice! I packed a carry-on and headed off to Stansted Airport to catch the Ryanair flight to Bari.
After a day meeting Italian suppliers, I got up early on the Sunday morning to catch the beautiful early morning light. I had a walk around the grounds of the lovely hotel Masseria San Domencio in Fasano, and managed to capture some images as the sun was rising.
It’s nice to remember there are places with blue sky in December.
It poured today. You could say is rained cats and dogs, which would be appropriate since I spent the morning making photos at the London Zoo with four other intrepid photographers on a photography workshop run by Nigel Wilson (www,photographycourses.org.uk). I must admit I had limited success, spending most of the time faffing with rainsleeves and foggy lenses, but the morning was redeemed by the tigers….and the elves.
I am just back from a long weekend in Sarlat, a beautiful Medieval town in the centre of the Dordogne region in central France. My Italian friends, Winehippie and Drumguy, have bought a guest house there which they’re fixing up for the 2015 season. We’re got a great deal — I give them some advice on design and decoration, and they feed me delicious meals and wine and put me up in one of their guest rooms. A great barter!
There is an overgrown Victorian cemetery in Stoke Newington, North London. In the centre of it, boarded up and decaying, is a Victorian church, its Gothic spires piercing the sky like spokes on a broken wheel. Ivy has taken hold, climbing over the old angels and urns, and moss softens the footsteps. It’s quiet here. But the squirrels are busy gathering nuts for winter, and the silence is lightened by birdsong. I love to walk here and read about the people who’ve gone before.
The colours weren’t quite the vibrant mix of Canadian reds, yellows and oranges, but it was a beautiful day with a clear blue sky and a touch of chill in the air. On days like this, autumn is my favourite season.