'I'm just a silhouette...'

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Another smattering of photographs from this past week (taken through instagram*).
 
 
The week started off sunny, and then descended into days and days of heavy rain (resulting in damp feet and a chill that only a long soak in the bath could purge). 
 
 
I'm trying to spot moments of beauty, though, even in the rainy weather. We have such buckets of it in this country and moaning about it probably doesn't help things (...I say this to myself, being up there with the best of the rain-ranters).
 
 
(Rainy shadows in George Square on my walk to class)
 
 
(A puddle of orange leaves on my walk home.)
 
 
Rainy days and dark nights make twinkle lights and tea all the more necessary (which can only be a good thing).
 
 
And... I suppose the rain makes the sun more noticeable (when it chooses to show up).
 
 
(Long shadows while waiting on the morning train. I was juggling my bag, my phone, and a cup of Earl Grey tea while taking this picture.)
 
 
Today, it's been lovely. My favourite part of autumn, every year, is the golden hour.
 
 
(A serendipitous picture of my mum walking into the golden light. I love the movement in this.) 
 

*(my user name is teaandascone, if you wanted to find me.)

noticings through instagram.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

In the midst of all the busyness, I've been trying to capture life through snapshots. I'm saving up for a DSLR camera at the moment (they are bloomin' expensive), but there's really something to be said for a good camera on your phone. So much easier to carry about, and much more subtle. Here are few things I've been noticing recently:
 

[one.] autumn is here.


[two.] sunlight and sea through my train window. I do like to live beside the seaside.

 
 
[three.] the first train ticket of the semester (this is my last year as an undergraduate ...which is kind of terrifying. Fourth year, so far, has been a return to form though. Looking forward to the rest of the year!)

 
[four.] editing the Strathclyde Telegraph is well under way. The Fresher's edition has already been published, Issue One is out this week, and I'm writing, gathering and editing Issue Two at the moment!

 
[five.] After about six years in one of the smallest rooms in the house, I've moved (into my sister's old room). Much warmer, brighter, and bigger.
 
 
[six.] me at the Theatre Royal reviewing a Scottish Ballet performance for the paper.

 
[seven, eight, and nine.] Trying to notice beauty in the autumn weather. A rainbow at the station...

 
...blue sky in a puddle...

 
...mist on my train journey.
 
 
(Also... I realised that I forgot to mention earlier on here that the literary magazine, Octavius, that included my short story has now been published. It has been since August, in fact!

 
Quite exciting to see my own words in print!)
 
 

Dear Tidy-Up Lady

Sunday, 7 October 2012

My mum found these letters a few weeks ago when she was tidying up our ‘school room’.
 
 
I wrote them to the tidy-up ladies (i.e. chamber maids) when we were staying in a hotel in Leeds.
 
 
I must have been about nine or ten, because I thought 'text language' was cool, and I still brought millions of soft animals with me everywhere (teddies, cats, dogs, squirrels, fluffy dogs. I wrote down all their names before I left the hotel room each day - an inventory of sorts - so I’d know if anyone decided to nick any of them).
 
 
I liked the idea of the tidy-up lady unlocking the door to our room, dragging the hoover in behind her, sighing a little, suppressing a yawn as she started to fold up sheets ...and then spotting the letter on the bed. I liked to think of her smiling when she saw it, and hoped the memory of it would stay with her the rest of the day.


(I also liked getting extra biscuits. And the most exciting thing was when one of the ladies actually wrote back...)

 
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