Grey Beach

I went on a beach clean in the rain as part of a school trip with Tabitha's school. Beforehand I went for a wander among the rockpools. I really like anemones.

There was a nice dog at the clean. He would have been fluffy, were it not for the rain.


Saturday

I'm not usually into fêtes and things like that but, for whatever reason, I was in the mood for it today. We walked over the hill to go and have a look at this one in Saltdean and it was all very nice. Lots for the kid to do.


She made a biscuit. Please note the mushrooms, which were made using icing as an adhesive to keep the chocolate button caps on. The ladies running the operation were most impressed at this creativity. Being honest, I was impressed too.

Some good-looking cakes on display, and they've somehow managed to get one of them new Mac Pros already

Who loves fêtes?

They also had sunflower seed planting. Tabitha loves planting stuff. 20p. Bargain.

And she's got a crocheted hamster called Hampy


After how hectic this week has been, I think I really needed this. Artisan craft fayre this afternoon, which might be pushing it.


ГЭС-2, June 2019

Whilst I was in Moscow, I was super fortunate to visit the building site of ГЭС-2, which is going to be an amazing arts and culture hub, gallery, museum and venue for anything creative in the centre of Moscow. It's on the site of an old power station and storage vault (hit that link to read a better explanation of it all), but it's going to stretch right down to the river and also drastically improve the surrounding road infrastructure. I'm incredibly excited and proud to be involved in it, even in such a small capacity!

The scale of it all is mind-blowing. The main building is 38,000m2, and the vaults are 2,000m2, and there's between 600 and 1,500 people on site 24 hours a day.

The vaults

It's outside the site but I just like this picture. Lots of circles.

It was lunchtime when I visited so there were quite a few people chilling out on their own. Is street photography on a building site a thing?

These ceilings are amazing. They're concrete, but they're made by pressing wood into it as it dries, leaving an imprint. I love the effect.

Inside in the vaults

Yeah, street photography at building sites is a thing.


If I didn't have any other reason to go back to Moscow, I would go back just for this when it's open. I've seen the architect's renders and it's going to be amazing. I really believe it's going to be super important for art and culture in Moscow.


Moscow, June 2019

I had the chance to visit Moscow for a few days. I've never been to Russia and my utter lack of knowledge of the language scared me a bit but it worked out pretty well. The people I was visiting were super helpful and friendly.

It also gave me a chance to try out a Ricoh GR II before buying the III. I'm not sure if I'm going to go for it now.


Nice touristy photos make better front covers than photos from the aeroplane, but don't worry I have those for you:


I was a little scared to photograph people in the street since I'm used to a zoom and only had 28mm. Plus I didn't want to get yelled at in Russian. Much scarier than English.

No drones in Red Square.

Seems starlings are the pest bird here. No terrifying seagulls.

We saw Tim Hecker which was amazing. This music is so good live.

And we had Russian APA.


I will be back. This place is huge and super interesting.


Rewards

Tabitha did some super good cycling today. She's had a bit of a psychological block on hills lately. We live on a bit of a hill and she hasn't been able to crack it, so we went smashing hills today.

I'm borrowing a camera to take to Moscow and I needed to go and collect it, so we rode into town to get it, which involved a hill. My least favourite type of hill. A long hill. Not very steep; just long. She crushed it. Good.

We came back a different route that has my second least favourite (and also the only other) type of hill: a short, steep hill. She crushed that, too. Actually, she extra crushed this one because she lost her balance a bit and had to start on the hill, which sucks to do, but she made it the whole way.

We stopped and she had an ice cream before walking home She's too young to ride on the road and I hate cycling on pavements. When we got to our road, she was ready. It's significantly easier than the two hills she already did, but she'd built it up in her head so it meant more to her to beat this one than either of the others. A really good day for cycling.

Next weekend I'm taking her to the marina because there's a really unpleasant hill there I want her to try.