I love Kentish Town

I've lived and worked in NW5 for almost 3 years now and I love it.  Right on the doorstep of my beloved Hampstead Heath, it's definitely become my home.  I always seem to be drawn to and inspired by my surroundings ; I enjoy the 'feeling' of different locations and love exploring.

Last Sunday I went on a photography course in Oxford, and I finally understand in a clear way how my camera works- now for lots and lots and lots of practise.  I've got a Nikon D40 which is the perfect small DSLR for me to start with.  I've been using it for over 2 years with some success and lots of enjoyment.  I am thinking of upgrading but I want to get to know it really really well first.  Today I had some spare time while I was out and about so I decided to play with shutter speed, aperture and ISO.  Lots of fun!

Playing with my camera today - a grey and cloudy Wednesday afternoon!

My windowsill is almost a mini London.  I painted this teacup in Hampstead and gave it to the boy on the morning of our wedding.

Where would I be without regular trips to Muji?

A snowy walk on Hampstead Heath:

There's often AMAZING light at the crossroads at the top of Kentish Town High Street.  Waiting for the bus, look how distorted those chimneys are!

Kentish Town = an abundance of fruit and vegetable stalls.  I am especially fond of the Fruit Bowl outside the station and the lady with the mad hats!

My flat is nestled above the hustle and bustle of Tufnell Park Station.  Affectionately termed by us a 'the treehouse', we don't see much of the world outside.

Not officially NW5, but did I also mention my love for abandoned buildings.  Could almost become one of those crazy people that break into old asylums and take photos. But I'm too scared, so I'll just admire from the outside.  My obsession started as a teenager, arriving into Kings Cross on the train and admiring lots of derelict factories around the back of Finsbury Park; then spilling out of the train and seeing the Lighthouse on the junction of Gray's Inn Road. I love letting my imagination run wild. There was meant to be an art installation of lights inside it, but I never saw it - anyone know if it happened or not?