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Hello October. I like you because you make me think about stuff like this.

“Mysticism” is derived from the Greek μυω, meaning “I conceal”, and its derivative μυστικός, mystikos, meaning ‘an initiate’.

For mystical London-based events in October, check out Bad Witch’s blog.

All image sources can be found here.

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Hello everyone. Hope you’ve had a good start to the week. I’m gulping down coffee, desperately trying to re-start my brain after the weekend. I spent Saturday and Sunday at Spitalfields with Gerry, selling t-shirts when he was doing the art market.

The market is fun, but exhausting. People come and go, you’re focused, you talk a lot, you look, you listen. In some ways selling is not so different from journalism. All you have to do is look people in the eyes when you talk to them. But after two days of standing up and talking I’m pretty exhausted, which is why I’m gulping down my second mug of black coffee. I’m trying to sharpen my mind enough to send off a radio story about the day’s biggest news story. I think I’m slowly winning the battle. I’m definitely caffeinated.

But I’m still a bit too woolly-brained to write a proper blog post. Which is why I will leave you with some more photos of lovely Cornwall. This is St Agnes, one of the cutest places I’ve visited in the UK.

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I spent a part of the morning taking some product shots of Gerry’s prints and snapped a couple of photos of the studio at the same time. This is the place where we work. Most days it’s this messy.

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This morning Gerry and I went for a walk around the neighbourhood. The studio cats were out chilling in their favourite car park.

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Everywhere you look around here there is street art.

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This is Arnold Circus. I love these streets. The buildings are some of the oldest council houses in the UK. A couple of years ago the first flat Gerry and I shared was just around the corner from these streets. The area has changed a lot since then. It was already on the verge of changing from trendy, but run-down, to trendy and totally done up. Now all the corner shops and old school cafes have turned into designer boutiques and expensive coffee shops.

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There seems to be a photo or film shoot in this neighbourhood almost every week. Things to look out for are lots of cables and massive trucks with lighting equipment. I once almost ran into Rachel Weisz being followed by a massive camera on a platform not far from this place.

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The famous shoe tree off Brick Lane.

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I love these old streets close to Spitalfields.

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A couple of weekends ago Anne and I took advantage of the unusually warm weather and headed out to Epping forest north-east of London to take some photos.

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Anne is a seasoned Epping forest explorer and we stopped to have lunch at one of the many lakes in the forest.

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Anne thought it was a good idea to lie down on the leaves.

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I joined her. The city feels far away in the forest. Families with excited children passed by, as did several people on horses. I spent a couple of quiet moments listening to the wind and then got up and continued exploring.

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As spring is in the air I decided it was time to give this blog a bit of a spring clean as well. Perhaps you’ve noticed a slightly different layout.

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Yesterday Gerry and I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and the fact that we’re both recovering from a stubborn cold. We left the studio in the late afternoon to go and see some art. Then we sat on a bus for an annoyingly long time, stuck in traffic between Liverpool Street and London Bridge. At least we had a good view of the Gherkin.

I’ve been a bit quiet lately. Mainly recovering from a cold and trying to wrestle with my many to-do-lists. Suddenly lots of very exciting projects have come into my life. I don’t know what they’ll all lead to yet, but I’m enjoying the work. It’s also nice to realise that sometimes good things will come into your life without you expecting it.

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We walked along the Southbank to the Purdy Hicks gallery where Finnish photographer Anni Leppälä was exhibiting her work. Along the way we found some cherry blossoms. Spring is early this year.

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Then we walked to Tate Modern, had a quick look at the Paul Klee exhibition and then sat in the member’s bar until it got dark and talked about how amazing it would be to start an electro band.

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I love the bar at Tate Modern. They have a good selection of drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and they do gluten free sandwiches. It’s a great place to hang out if you’re in the city.

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Today Gerry and I took advantage of a rare sunny spell in the early afternoon and walked down to the Hackney Empire on Mare Street where Gerry took some photos for his next print. I snapped some shots of our neighbourhood along the way.

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It’s been storming like mad during the last couple of weeks, storm front after storm front sweeping in from the Atlantic. It seems like most of southern England is covered in water. The trains aren’t running, people are being forced out of their homes and in London broken umbrellas can be found all around the city.

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Even though the weather has been horrible the daffodils are standing tall and some of the cherry blossoms are out. I think nature is a bit confused.

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Lately I’ve been playing catch up. Last week we re-organised the studio and it looks like a totally new space. It’s lovely. I’m working on a couple of stories and on Saturday I’m doing a dark-room course. I’m looking forward to getting back into some hands-on developing and printing.

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Gerry and I are back in London. I’m tired after the flight. It’s my own fault for having too much fun in a cocktail bar perched over a mall in Helsinki with my brother and Gerry the night before we had to take the super early morning flight to London. Today I’ve managed to look at my emails. Tomorrow I’ll start planning.

The best thing about a new year is all the planning you can do at the start of it. January is a month filled with possibilities. Although most of this year is already planned out. Gerry and I decided what we’re going to do all the way back in November before the Christmas madness started. Now it’s all about filling in the dates and plans into a calendar. Which is pretty fun too.

I don’t have much else to say today because really I just want to curl up on the sofa in the studio and play fruit ninja. Although I’ll add that Finland was lovely and relaxing. We spent our days eating well, going for walks and sitting in the sauna. I got addicted to Candy Crush, realised this addiction might ruin my life and started playing Fruit Ninja instead. We also watched the whole first season of Under the Dome and cursed the fact that the next one is only out in the summer.

Gerry and I also took a trip out to Fäboda outside of my hometown. We tried to take some photos of the stars, failed, and decided to lark around and do some light painting instead. It was fun, but cold.

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On Sunday Anne and I drove down to the South Downs, a national park about an hour’s drive south of London. Anne had heard about a place called Kingly Vale where some of the world’s oldest yew trees can be found. We packed some photography gear and set off early in the morning to find these ancient trees.

When we got there it was even more amazing than I could have imagined. Some of the trees are supposedly over 2000 years old. All of them seemed to have their own personality and I kept seeing faces everywhere we went.

Somewhere along the path there was a sign with a poem comparing the experience of walking underneath the yew trees to walking in a cathedral. That’s almost exactly what it felt like. Being in this place really took my breath away.

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You can find out more about Kingly Vale and how to get there on the Natural England website.

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I’m back working in the studio. Trying to figure out where to go next after all the excitement of last week. Even though it’s really nice to be back, it always takes a couple of days to readjust to reality and to slow down after a stressful period.

I’m feeling a bit sluggish today. Things are happening slowly. Maybe I need to take a little bit of time off, lay in a bathtub somewhere, eat some chocolate, stare at some clouds. I feel a bit worn down. But drinking lots of tea helps and so does taking a break and going for a walk.

This afternoon I took the camera with me a photographed some of these very familiar streets in Hackney, close to the studio.

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There is a lot of street art in this part of town. I really like these big animals by Belgian artist ROA.

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The old bingo hall. I always wonder what actually goes on in there. Is it just a lot of old people? For some reason I imagine a really glitzy stage with lots of gold christmas ornaments and blinking lights. Old ladies with purple hair, smudgy lipstick and nicotine stained fingers. A guy in a velvet suit and a hat shouting out the numbers.

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There are some amazing houses around the back of Columbia road. If it wasn’t for the cars you could pretend this area hasn’t changed since the war.

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Jesus Green. A huge branch that must have fallen down in the storm on Monday.

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Another cute street next to Columbia road. There are always film crews around this part of town, perhaps because it could easily pass for a street out of the 30s or 40s.

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Always look up.

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