Love is…

3 July, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Chair @22North_Street

25 June, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Quaint little local restaurant in Clapham.

Don’t eat me, have the cereal instead!

22 June, 2012 § Leave a comment

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A June evening in London

21 June, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Learning to see the world in new light, one photo at a time.

Have a look on the rest of my Instragram photos here: http://web.stagram.com/n/charmaine_cw/

 

Merry Christmas!

25 December, 2011 § Leave a comment

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

And as tradition goes in our family, the ‘official’ Christmas photo is of our little pooch, Jessie, sitting in front of the tree, even if it takes over half a day and two dozens of shots to get it right. So here it is, with a few behind the scene shots too.

What are you looking at? I'm getting my hair done.

Are we done yet?

 

Inspired by… Advent calendar

1 December, 2011 § Leave a comment

Christmas in our household ‘officially’ begins when the clocks change in October. We start baking Christmas cakes, mince pies and sipping mulled wine. But advent calendar still has to wait until December 1st.

Ever since I found a navity theme advent calendar from M&S for hubby Nick, which opens up in a 3D stable with chocolates hidden away on the rooftop, the challenge has been on each year to keep up with expectations.

This year, I’ve hunted high and low for inspirations but nothing seems to match up. Eventually I came across a few DIY suggestions on Pinterest and decided to make my own instead.

My DIY advent calendar filled with plenty of surprises!

To make your own, simply buy 25 little presents or individually wrapped chocolates, wrap them up in gift wrapping paper (or in my case, newspaper) and then number them 1 to 25.

And if you are looking for ideas, here are some really nice ones that I found on the high street.

M&S 24 Mini Advent Christmas Crackers with 3D Nativity Set (£20)

Hotel Chocolat Luxury Truffles to Share Christmas Advent Calendar (£25)

John Lewis Buttonbag Make Your Own Advent Calendar (£12.99)

Debenhams Advent Stocking Garland (£12.50)

Porto, the (half) forgotten city

18 July, 2011 § Leave a comment

Portugal for me means good food, custard tarts and port wine.

But as we descended into Porto airport, we discovered the country had a very different image. Soon enough we were immersed in the two contrasting personas of this unique city.

The riverside was beautiful and full of life. This was where you would find a fairground with a carousel, market stalls and several port wine cellars that offered tours and wine tasting. We tried the white port for the first time at the Calem cellars and couldn’t resist picking up a bottle (I considered two) to take home to enjoy some more!

Travelling around the city on a tour bus, we journeyed through cathedrals and churches, beautiful beach side resorts, and other tourist hotspots. There is even a giant toy spade sculpture at the entrance of a park!

The city was full of creativity wherever we went. Paintings and decorations were all over the mosaic walls at churches, houses and even at the train station.

Then the moment we walked down a side street, a forgotten city appeared in front of our eyes – poverty and abandoned buildings everywhere. No one seemed bothered about. In fact, it had become such a common feature that it had morphed into the architectural fabrics of the city.

The forgotten city had become a characteristic of Porto.

Standing in the middle of it all, you’d feel a sense of melancholy and helplessness. But there were also glimpses of love from the forgotten city dwellers – children playing on the streets; retired residents talking to each other and going about their daily lives; there was even an older woman feeding abandoned cats, slipping trays of cat food through the wall gaps of a run-down building.

It’s little gestures like these that make a city comes alive.

For the full collection, have a look at my pinterest board here.

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