Mar 092013
 

 

Crocuses on the lawn, Kentish Town

Kentish Town

At this time every year, the lawn in front of this house erupts into a riot of yellow, purple and white crocuses. There’s always a steady stream of people taking photos of it. I think the house might belong to someone who works in the park on Parliament Hill.

I’m sure a better photographer would have got some lovely shots with a decent camera, the right lens, some forgiving light and infinitely more skill. But the pic I took on my compact made the house look horrible and didn’t capture the crocuses either. So then I took a pic on Instagram, which made everything look better.

And that’s the thing about Instagram, isn’t it? It’s life, but through rose-tinted glasses. I love it and hate it in equal measure.

One person who has no time for retro photography apps is my Dad. I sent him a picture of my nephews taken with Cross Process, and he informed me that it was overexposed. He offered to fix it for me on his computer.

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Mar 052013
 
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Kentish Town

In a month or so’s time, blossom will be everywhere. But on a brisk March Sunday, in a row of trees that were entirely bare, this really stood out. I love the shape – so airy and delicate. I’d love to know what variety it is.
STOP PRESS:
Miriam, a reader of this blog, has emailed to say: ‘I think the variety is: Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’. I have one in my front garden and it is a welcome sight at this time of year as it is the first of the cherry trees to come into bloom. Later when the blossom has gone the leaves come out.’

Thanks Miriam! It’s definitely one for my tree wishlist.

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Mar 202011
 
Kentish Town

If there’s one place I’d like to live in London, it’s Kentish Town. It’s near Hampstead Heath, is home to a healthy amount of oddballs and hasn’t entirely been taken over by the three-wheeled buggy/Farrow & Ball/cupcake brigade. Plus it has a resident who had the idea of planting up the tree pits.

His name is Sean Kanavan and he lives on Ryland Road. You can read more about him here. Every tree is underplanted – currently with irises and hollyhocks. Apparently the council obliged by lifting paving slabs to make more room for the plants. The road has won Camden in Bloom awards and in the spring sunshine it was lovely place to be.

If anyone fancies buying me a place there, do let me know.