I was talking to a friend about tea this morning - how to make the best cuppa!! It made me think of my parents neighbour who made the best cup of tea. And then I remembered I had a photo of her that I had taken while at university - i think you can tell so much about her from this picture...I have mentioned before about my love for photography and while at university I also developed my own photos. Many happy days were spent in the darkroom (escaping lectures!) with my very good friend S with Jazz fm playing in the background...
Here are a couple of favourites - Canary Wharf while it was still being built and some beautiful buildings in Bath - both very British!

I have to find some time to return to photography...

19 Comments:

  1. maditi said...
    charming portrait of your neighbour!!
    I love your photos - beautiful b&w´s!!
    you have to find some time to return to photography ... please :)
    mangetsu said...
    So much warmth in that portrait!
    Hope you manage to keep up with photography soon.
    gracia said...
    Hooray for tea! Though really, I must confess, I am a coffee girl through and through. However, I do love the whole process behind tea... and its history.
    Hope you get to return to the darkroom one day soon.
    cheers, gracia
    Wendy said...
    What a lovely post and she looks like a wonderful woman of great character. I wish you were here, my mum has been trying to get rid of some old dark room equipment for years. I love the photos.
    Jo said...
    The three photos all have such depth and character and texture. They are wonderful.
    stephanie s said...
    what a fantastic photo of your neighbor, she looks exactly what i would expect a proper british lady to look like... and yes, you do need to find time for more photography, these are all so wonderful.
    Shari said...
    hi julie,
    i love your photos and am so happy that you are participating in the compound word project! xo s
    capello said...
    I love working in the darkroom (not to mention getting a stop bath high). I lvoe the feeling of the paper, of dialing the machine to add light, of slipping the paper into the developer, the whirl of the flowing water to clean it off... ah...
    simple me said...
    You brought back old memories of dark rooms and the smell of film developer solutions. Of observing images coming through in a bath of red light. Of time spent with my old camera in Camden Town, surrounded by many, and in the city of London at weekends, when nobody was around.
    Very British indeed... :)
    Veronica TM said...
    That is a great portrait and the rest of the photographs are also beautiful. I hope you find the time so we can see more.
    bugheart said...
    i am very much
    a tea girl-
    and i make
    a mean cup
    of tea...
    love the photographs...
    i too miss
    my time
    in the darkroom...
    but the days
    of developing
    photographs
    are dying quickly...
    *sigh*
    i especially
    love that last
    photo!
    risa said...
    i love that photo! she looks like a very special lady. there is nothing like a good cup of tea. i have my special method and don't like to drink it when people don't make it the same as me.
    AnastasiaC said...
    Beautiful photos Julie. Did you study in England?
    your friend looks like she enjoys a good cup of tea - I love tea too! for me it has to have honey and milk but if im making for guests in a large pot I always throw in some cinnamon bark....makes it smell divine!!
    Green Kitchen said...
    That photo of the buildings is amazing.
    thebutterflycollector said...
    Afternoon Tea Anyone? I enjoy this ritual everyday and on weekends we make proper teapots full! Your photos of Bath are beautiful, it is a gorgeous town, I hope I can go back and visit one day!I must tell you about this wondeful book I read not long ago...the tea rose by jennifer donnelly, it was a thrilling romantic action adventure all about tea! Could not put it down! and thanks for your lovely comments on my blog too!
    kristin said...
    such lovely, peaceful photographs
    cruststation said...
    Fantastic photographs, I do love the british terrace houses in the countryside, they have so much character. Hooray for British tea!
    tiel S-K said...
    tea..isn't there such a lovely ceremonial aspect about having tea. People are far more fussy about tea than coffee. I crave tea when I am home sick, or have a cold. To come home to a nice cup of tea (in that special cup) and your own shower! Agghhh, bliss! Coffee is great because it lifts you up, but tea is something that you can enjoy with really good friends to makea you feel happy. Honey and lemon on a sore throat is good too.
    marianne said...
    I did a fair bit of work in the darkroom as well, at uni. I really miss having access to those facilities - I just loved working away in the dark!
    I want to sit ,have a cup of tea and a chat with your parents' neighbour, after seeing this amazing photo!

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