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The world is a funny place.  When I took these photos, I didn’t imagine that tomatoes would be the hot news topic in Kuwait!  During our stay in London, my wife’s best friend visited us and gave us a cherry-tomato plant.  My daughter, Noor, loves cherry tomatoes… Always has done.  We placed it in a shielded bright spot and tied the long branches to secure them.

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One of the best ways to see a large city is on a bicycle.  For someone with my level of fitness, this means taking a bike onto a train then spending the day exploring, remembering of course to take regular breaks.  It was the last day before Ramadan so I had to take my chance despite the forecasted wet weather.

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It’s more flying and less visiting, at least for this week.  I’m tired of Dubai Airport. This is not in any way a criticism, far from it in fact.  I’m just bored of it.  For this trip to France, I chose my old friend British Airways so I stopped at Heathrow – a refreshing change. Our local park is visible in the above photo, the green space behind the five tall buildings.  It was funny being so close to my family and unable to meet them.  I will, God willing, see them on Friday.

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If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration for your photography, read the flickr blog. Back in June, I read a post titled Past Present(ing), and I immediately started my research.  I looked for old photographs of Ealing, where we live(d) in London, printed them in Kuwait ready for this post.  Today, I took some time alone and went on a shoot walk.

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It took longer than one day for the blakberries to ripen.  We picked them this afternoon when the weather was just perfect.  Total production was two bowls, one for us and one for next door, and we ate most of it.  To be honest they looked better than they tasted – but there were a few amazingly sweet ones in the bunch.

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It’s the small things in life that offer the greatest pleasures.  This morning, Yousef asked if I could help him rebuild the track for his train set.  I had pleasure in saying YES for a change.  He reminded me again late afternoon, when we spent the next hour or so putting every bit together.

The test run was successful and my smile was even bigger than his.

One of my first jobs on any London visit is to weed the garden and tidy it up.  There is a tiny garden here, so the job takes one afternoon at most. We visit friends, family and just-go-out-for-the-sake-of-it a lot of the time.  However whenever we do stay in, it’s nice to spend some time outside – think a cup of coffee and a good paper.

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On a frosty morning like today, one of the best feelings is to wrap up well and go for an early morning walk.  To be the first person across the crunchy frosted grass is a privilege worth waking up for – even during a holiday.

It was -5°C last night.  This was taken at our local park when there were only three other people there, all with dogs.  It was dry, crisp and there was no wind.  

Within an hour, the park was full of its usual Sunday traffic of rugby and football teams and their small crowds.

In the snoowwww…..

I think snow will always have this affect on me… I feel like a child.