Friday, May 30, 2008

Monday, 26th May 2008

In fact, it rained so much, a lake formed in the meadow.
(The seagulls had swum off by the time I got down to the bottom of the garden to take the pic!)

Sunday, 25th May 2008

And then it rained...all flipping day. :(

Saturday, 24th May 2008

The sun came out - lovely!
Incidentally, this photo was taken on my new flashy camera.
Down by the River Deben, Ufford.

Friday, 23rd May 2008

Waiting at Leicester Station for my train to Ely, and then home.

Thursday, 22nd May 2008

Two cups of instant tea - Anna and I were desperate - patiently waiting on the wall outside the Social Work building.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Wednesday, 21st May 2008

A brief interlude in the hectic Research Week schedule.
Lunch in the Library Cafe, University of Leicester

Tuesday, 20th May 2008

MY BIRTHDAY!!! Proof that the sun was shining this morning (it usually rains on my birthday you see).

- and here's me blowing out the candles on my cakes (courtesy of Anna).

Monday, 19th May 2008

What an enormous plate of food (and this was only one course)!
PhD Research Week outing
Halli, Granby Street

Sunday, 18th May 2008

The Leicester Seamstress, outside The City Rooms, Leicester.

Saturday, 17th May 2008

In the tunnel between South Kensington tube station and the V&A.

Sunday, May 18, 2008


I've recently become obsessed with vintage steel signs. View more here.
I went out scouting ghost signs and vintage steel signs yesterday in North Center. I think this is the oldest ghost sign I've found in Chicago. (Irving Park and Wolcott).

My internet research found this info on the company: Fairbank's Gold Dust Washing Powder - The Many Purpose Cleaner. The N. K. Fairbanks Soap Company produced numerous types of soap and cleaning products. The business started in 1897 and eventually folded in the 1930's. The Gold Dust products were represented by the Gold Dust Twins, two African-American children surrounded by gold coins. In fact the twins were one of the best known trademarks of the 19th century. Let the Twins Do Your Work was the tag line.

more pics from this on my flickr page.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Friday, 16th May 2008

Here's a selection of vintage knitting patterns I've recently bought off eBay. They stimulate my creative and kitsch-loving synapses (does that even make sense?!).

Thursday, 15th May 2008

I find trying out new recipes fairly stimulating. This is Massaman Curry from the cookbook Ceri has lent me. Yummy. :)

Wednesday, 14th May 2008

For this month's theme, Christa suggests 'stimulated'. Hmmm - well, I can't say I find my stairs particularly 'stimulating' (apart from falling down them twice - on both occasions I was carrying a full laundry basket), but perhaps this particular angle is...from an aesthetic point of view, that is.

Tuesday, 13th May 2008

Okay, I admit I didn't take this pic - Ceri did - but it featured quite significantly in my day; her text (which featured this ghost sign 'by night') woke me up this morning, which was a good thing, because I had already slept through *both* my alarms. If she hadn't have sent it, I would have ended up even later for my morning's work at RCMG. Oops!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

the beginning of a long affair....

This is my new favorite photo from my recent jaunts.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Monday, 12th May 2008

Front - done
Back - to do

Sunday, 11th May 2008

Ghost street furniture (is that a real category?!) on Knighton Grange Road.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Saturday, 10th May 2008

Reading a book while relaxing in the Library - how things have changed!
Postgraduate Reading Room, Charles Wilson Library, University of Leicester

Friday, 9th May 2008

Private View
City Gallery, Leicester

Thursday, 8th May 2008

Without this building, the way we holiday might be very different. And the City Council are happy to for it to be torn down - crazy!
The Old Temperance Hotel, Granby Street, Leicester

Wednesday, 7th May 2008

Qualitative Research Support Group - I was refereeing. ;)
The Good Ship College Avenue, Leicester

Friday, May 9, 2008

Manual genius

I can't really believe I took this photo. I love my new camera!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Tuesday, 6th May 2008

Maple on Clarendon Park Road. Isn't the contrast between the terracotta leaves and the flawless blue sky glorious?

Monday, 5th May 2008

Picnic in Victoria Park on an (unusually) sunny and warm Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.

Sunday, 4th May 2008

As Spring progresses, the view outside my window changes every day.

Saturday, 3rd May 2008

A day spent in Nottingham with Ceri and Katy, searching high and low for vintage clothes and wedding dresses.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Apparently unrelated

I'm changing this format. I'm now just going to straight out blog about crap and possibly attach a photo if you are lucky. I've obviously lost all of my marbles...and it happened right here at a hardcore high school on Chicago's near west side. That's right...I'm working night school tonight. It's highly 'Welcome Back Kotter" except for Vinnie Barbarino and Horshack were quite innocent comparatively. What I can't understand about CPS schools is why they don't provide the necessities, as it handsoap, no paper towels, you have to get an allotment of toilet paper before entering the stall (what if things don't go as planned?! what if you drop it on the filthy floor whilst hovering?). If we cannot provide for such basic needs, how can we provide an effective education that might 'stick'. I'm a huge proponent of the idea that our environments greatly influence our moods, achievement levels and productivity. If I'm constantly on the look out for the classroom mouse or worrying about what to do if I don't bring just the 'right' amount of toilet paper into the bathroom, then how can I focus on learning the uses of the pythagorean theorem or complete a character analysis of Hamlet? (let alone learn how to function as a productive member of society, but then that's not really the point of education in the U.S. is it?)The inequalities among the neighbourhood schools here are drastic. Some schools provide laptops for each student in a certain grade while others don't provide paper for making photocopies. I wonder if this could possibly be indicative of or a manifestation of our increasing fragmentation in society or the claims that the mediocrity of our education system is directly effecting the mediocrity of our economy. For example.

Well, I got sidetracked by helping students complete complex algebraic equations...and much to my amazement, it really is like riding a bike...

Friday, May 2, 2008

Friday, 2nd May 2008

It's growing!

Thursday, 1st May 2008

May Day, and there are new leaves on the trees.

Wednesday, 30th April 2008

Lightspeed Champion at The Charlotte.

Tuesday, 29th April 2008

Fantastic haul from Oxfam. The vintage egg cup set in the top left hand corner may make an appearance on eBay pretty soon!

Monday, 28th April 2008

Amazing bank of cloud, as seen from London Road.

Sunday, 27th April 2008

Hmmmm, have lost the photo. It was of the aftermath of my dinner party. But it's gone. Perhaps I can recreate the scene? Fish pie with steamed broccoli and braised leeks, followed by lemon curd pudding. It was yum - but there's no longer any documentary evidence to prove it. :(