| Photo Diary | Lake Life

A little while ago, we escaped to live deep in a forest of Finland for a little while. My aunt and uncle have a wonderful home beside a crystal clear lake, and there, we filled ourselves with happy days and sparkling air, amid a soothing stillness that felt almost dreamlike.

We experienced the ritual of Finnish sauna and can confirm that plunging our heated bodies into fridge-like waters is exhilaration personified.

Our lake like moments felt good.

Good for our bodies. Good for our minds. Good for our soul. Finnish people really enjoy the abundance of nature they have on their doorsteps. We have a lot of respect for that.

Autumn was inching in as we left Finland and though the days were getting cooler, we left refreshed and with the warm glow of time well spent, in good company and in the midst of beautiful nature.

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| Life | DSCO Moments

DSCO (made by the awesome VSCO people) is my newest fixation. It's a bit magic. It turns every moments into smile inducing GIFS. Simple to use and the results are so satisfying. 

I have an instant like for things that encourage us to slow down and appreciate the quiet moments in life (like when we made the sun dance through a jug of water). These are more precious than we know.

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| Explore | Hidden Haven

I forgot that I was in London for a few moments. 

Eyes squinting from the blinding sun, birdsong cascading through the air and the sight of the most charming and unexpectedly cute café that I've come across in (just about) Zone 2. The heat was rising in waves from the walkway, distorting the imposing tower blocks in the distance, and the toddler and I were glad for the balmy respite we found in the Woodberry Wetlands.

Woodberry Wetlands opened to the public for the first time in 200 years in May this year. Its history is one that reflects the social evolution of London and if you are interested, you can read about it HERE.

Any extra bit of green space that is accessible to the public gets my thumbs up and as much as I enjoyed our day out here and am looking forward to returning with Hiro (and a better camera. Using an iPhone while pushing a buggy is never as great as I wish it to be), something in the back of my mind distracts me from the placid beauty of the wetlands.

Woodberry Down....Woodberry Down......

Yeah. I remember. I remember THIS story. 

That once notorious and run-down estate (so much so, that it was used as a stand-in location for Warsaw's wartime ghettos in Schindler's List) comes to mind and with it a rush of mixed emotions.

The Guardian reported that by 2031, around 2,000 council/former council homes will have been demolished and replaced with more than 5,500 units on the estate.  Good, perhaps for London's housing crisis yet I cannot help my inner voice screaming 'SOCIAL CLEANSING!!' We all know that London has gone beyond gentrifying traditionally low-income areas. Affordable homes developers promise are actually speculative investments for the wealthy and so not really homes at all. We need homes.  The sad thing is that Woodberry Down’s residents were initially told that this regeneration was for them. 

Like I said, I am looking forward to returning to the wetlands. This time, I will try to focus more on the achievements for nature.....I will try!

| Links For The Curious |

Woodberry Wetlands Website

Municipal Dreams' writes about the Woodberry Down Estate.

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