Madrid, Spain

This Here Be Picnic Weather

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I don’t know about you guys, but my first instinct when nice weather shows up is to be outside as much as humanely possible. Which means I’ve gotten pretty good at grabbing food from the fridge, throwing something together and heading to the park for a picnic at the last minute. That’s my favourite thing about picnics, really: how uncomplicated they are. Seriously, this is not a thing you can mess up. Is it food? Is it still edible? Can you eat it with your hands and/or very few utensils? Is it shareable? If it falls into any/all of these categories, guess what? You can take it on a picnic!

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Introducing: Sailor

Sailor_finalThis has been sitting on my desktop for months. Just this. That’s as far as I’ve gotten. A name, a tagline, a somewhat edited cover that I’m actually quite fond of and that went through more revisions that you would probably believe.  A million mistakes went into this (the biggest one being: I didn’t save various edits as separate .psd docs and had to completely redo it. More than once. I feel there’s a lesson to be learned about the fact that I have a hard time learning the first time, but I digress.) and I am ridiculously proud of it, but also: I haven’t continued.  Partly because I don’t know exactly what I want from/for it and that stresses me out a little bit, but also because I don’t know if I can do this (whatever this turns out to be).

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Madrid, Spain

Of Picnics, Parks & Second Hand Shops

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Most of my favourite days, ever, have been a result of half baked plans. Of knowing where we’re starting but not quite sure where we’re going and how we’re going to get there, but just being ready to go. Saturday was like that. Claudia and I took an early afternoon bus into Madrid, with the beginning plan of having a picnic in El Retiro park (where I promised myself, again, that one of these days, I’ll venture into the library there, because: library in a park. Can you think of anything more perfect?) So we stopped by a Rodilla’s for our picnic before hopping on the metro to start our day.  Continue reading

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Favourite Photogs: Larry Towell

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My friend Sarah is the one who introduced me to Larry Towell.  I say ‘introduced’ but what I mean is ‘consistently referred to and I really had no choice but to pay attention’.  Which is how favourite photographers should be talked about, in my opinion and part of the reason I started this weekly bit. But, she talked about him and I looked him up and I’m glad that she/I/we did.  Continue reading

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My Christmas Wish List

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1. The Hobbit Limited Edition Notebook/Day Planner – 2. Hex Stacking Ring – 3. Burt’s Bees Lipbalm – 4. Chai Tea
5. 20 visit swimming pool pass – 6. Toronto Blue Jays Cap – 7. iPad Mini – 8. Michael Kors Slim Double Wrap Watch
9. iPod Touch – 10. A visit home – 11. Real Madrid tickets

Over the last few weeks, I’ve posted several links to gift guides and bits and bobs for the holidays. However, I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to throw together a bit of a wish list, just for fun. It’s a bit all over the place, going from ‘actually realistic’ to ‘lolz nice try’. Continue reading

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