Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background

Woman in the background, National Museum, London

Woman in the background, National Museum, London

I liked the mystery of the woman in the background

We were both attracted the grand sketch of a wild beast

I wondered if the picture was the same if I went around

Out of over 300 shots, friends didn’t deem this one of the best

But who knew what the daily post would suggest?

And that seemingly idle captions

Might end up being featured in my weekly post

From all my photo library of options?


Words & Photo credit: Yekemi Otaru

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

Taken at Haughton Park, Alford

Taken at Haughton Park, Alford

To escape,

I often take a walk

without my cape

My Nikon camera round my neck

Relaxed and waiting for that unique shot

All worries

for those moments

are cut short

Escaping from the league of super mummies

I don’t need to be a hero to get the shot

Now that I’m on my way to Haughton Park.

Words & Photo Credit: Yekemi Otaru

Easter Egg Hunt – Not the Weekly Photo Challenge!

So I was in London earlier in the week. Faberge is doing an Easter egg hunt with 209 giant eggs placed all over London. You can check it out on the big egg hunt website. The eggs are on auction here.

I roamed around and took some photos in Covent Gardens. I have to say: the eggs are cool.


And a close up.

This dinosaur one was a hit with my son! And this one was a hit with my daughter:


I took them with my iPad and a shaky hand. I had been up since 4am (to catch a red-eye flight). Needless to say, I had no strength to go looking for ALL 209 eggs. It would have been fun though. Maybe next Easter.

Happy Easter in advance everyone! I’ve got studying to do in the meantime… See ya!

Inspiration: Home office decor

I’ve been browsing for decor ideas for my new home office. Kay’s blog has been an inspiration in art and design so I thought I’d share some of the decor ideas I found on DigsDigs. My study is medium-sized, not as big as these 2 below – but I’ll see what I can get away with. Enjoy!

I like this one below because it maximises a small space. What do you think?

Now this is lovely …but ambitious. It’ll be impossible to keep it this shiny and white!

Miss Tuck Shop- Strange dreams and the art in my living room

I had a strange dream the other day. I was walking past my old flat at University. Actually, I was skipping past, singing a song I can no more remember. I was very happy and excited about something- maybe a new boyfriend or perhaps the red sandals that were helping me skip along so swiftly. I say it was a strange dream for two reasons:

  1. I was hardly ever excited at Uni. Books were hard, life was complicated and anytime I spent being excited was time that I could use for studying.
  2. I was the girl in the dream but another me was watching.

It turned out that I was not skipping past my old flat. I didn’t live in that flat. It was a different me. This me was none-the-wiser to the pressures of being the best and leaving good impressions. In fact, the me that skipped past my old flat was the daughter of the woman who ran the tuck shop at the end of the road. Yes, I remember her.  She had no academic qualifications but she was always happy whenever I stopped by the shop.

Art in my living room (painted by D Agboola, 2007)

A painting in my living room remains me of her. Everyone who visits thinks it’s a painting of me. I take it as a compliment and then I smile and say, ‘No, it isn’t me.’ There’s something about her, isn’t there? She lures you in and keeps you there. I admire her stance. I love her trinkets and the confidence she exudes in her eyes. I often stare at the painting, trying to see me in her.  But like I said- she isn’t me. And pictures are static. It’s alright for her to always look confident. In the movement of life, confidence may fail. I aspire to confidence that is core who I am, what I represent and what I’m on earth for. I have a couple of ideas about what the grand plan might be and I’ve been thinking about these lately. Maybe that’s why I dreamt about Miss Tuck Shop. Perhaps any day now I’ll be skipping past my old failures, enthused about something new and exciting. There may even be a pair of lovely red sandals to look forward to!

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