Friday, 19 April 2013

London

We visited London for the second ever time at Easter. I love the energy of the city and how the sense of history is combined with showcasing new and changing things to see. It feels to me the way the internet can feel - endless, everchanging and rushing on with more and more to see, never still. But it is a wonderful place for discoveries and experiences. We had a fantastic view from our hotel room:
 


Almost every day started here:


We walked and explored lots of fascinating places - Covent Garden, Camden Passage and St James (Piccadilly) markets, Fortnum and Mason's and the Burlington Arcade. And then we went from the subline to ...M&M World!

 


Seeing Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap made for a wonderful evening - and no, I can't tell you whodunnit!


We visited St Paul's Cathedral for the first time having visited Westminter Abbey last year. It is a very different place altogether. The mosaic ceilings are beautiful - a real sight to see. It is hard to imagine how much time and creativity went into the creation of such art. We climbed up to the very top of the dome of the cathedral for the most amazing bird's eye views of the city around us.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So for all the business and the hurry and bustle and the lovely out of the way corners that are to be found, all the contrasts that seem to make London what it is, we really love it and are looking forward to being able to visit again sometime...
 


I hope you've enjoyed a little look at London - what do you think of our capital city? Maybe you live there and know it too well, or maybe you would rather avoid it altogether? What is it that makes it what it is, in your eyes?

Sunday, 7 April 2013

What I learned about blogging in March


Now that the Blogging Your Way course has come to an end, I have been thinking about all I have learned, everything that has inspired me and what I would like to achieve through my blog. The course is excellent – not just in the standard of teaching provided by a range of inspiring and experienced role models and the variety of learning resources that are provided to challenge and motivate students, but in the way we were encouraged to think more deeply about ourselves and how we value creativity as part of our everyday life.
All images from the Blog Boss e-course content

I can honestly say it has changed the way I think about what I do and how I occupy my time and has encouraged me to focus on the things in life that have value and that will have a positive impact on my ability to be creative. I have also learned about tools that can be used to share that creativity here on my blog.
If you have a blog that you would like to re-ignite with a passion for your skill or talents, or would like to start one, I can so highly recommend the e-courses run by Holly Becker at Decor8!
It has changed the way I see my creativity as a gift of value that needs to be nurtured and developed. So I am hoping to move from saying ‘I wish’ and ‘I will’ to being able to say ‘I am’ and ‘I have’.
I’ll miss the on-going support and inspiration, but it is now down to us, as students, to get on with supporting and inspiring each other as we develop our blogs. I hope you will call back here often to see if I am following through on my new commitment and feel free to call me to account if I am not!