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10 august

August 10, 2010

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my friends maria, christopher and ryan were in town this past week and we had loads of fun — including another classic night at st. john, and some wandering around london. guys, come back soon.

i find that august always compels me to make a list of “must-do” items before the summer is over. also, i’m preparing for a trip to the states soon, and making a mental list of things that i am looking forward to there. in no particular order:

– heat and humidity
– a swim in the ocean
– american microbrews
– pretzels
– dinner at marlow
– some QT with family and friends
– lake michigan
– american style BBQ
– local peaches and blueberries
– pie-making with those peaches and blueberries
– lots and lots of iced coffee
– porch sitting
– mexican food and margaritas
– cicadas at night (there are none in london)
– hitting up j.crew, steven alan, and a few other american shops to stock up on favorite clothes (i’m bringing an extra suitcase…)

i’m damn excited.

have a great day.

  1. Nancy permalink
    August 10, 2010 8:25 am

    I love the idea of cicadas at night!

    Thank you for continuing to post your lovely photographs, I frequently share them on RSS because they so perfectly capture the way I feel about London, I think.

  2. August 10, 2010 8:27 am

    classic indeed. hi you lot up there!

    also: nice lamp reflections, ferry.

  3. August 10, 2010 8:29 am

    I wanna go to London!

  4. August 10, 2010 8:44 am

    looks like a nice picknick – i love her dress very much :)

  5. August 10, 2010 8:54 am

    Have a great time there Brian!

  6. karin permalink
    August 10, 2010 9:32 am

    we are excited for your visit too and helping you check some of those things off the list! the weather has been great and the lake has been perfect for swimming this summer, so hopefully it will hold up a little bit longer…cannot wait to see you!

  7. August 10, 2010 9:50 am

    I miss cicadas too, here in Germany you can’t find it, but I tought that cicadas are active just during the day… anyway!

    Enjoy your trip!

  8. August 10, 2010 10:27 am

    the states are missing you for sure. make sure you check off EVERYTHING on that list

  9. August 10, 2010 10:32 am

    what a wonderful set of photographs! i am all smiles. x

  10. August 10, 2010 10:57 am

    the cicadas are in full volume right now. seems like you’ll have tons to do here.

  11. August 10, 2010 11:03 am

    love all the blues in this set of photos.
    i wish the heat would return to london x.

  12. August 10, 2010 11:56 am

    such a neat gang.

  13. August 10, 2010 12:24 pm

    love all the blues. love that list too. except no. 1. i’ve had enough humidity lately.

  14. August 10, 2010 12:57 pm

    Such a great list and the photos are absolutely wonderful.

  15. August 10, 2010 2:05 pm

    Just stumbled upon your blog, and just had to say how much I enjoy the colour scheme of your images. Truly wonderful! Thanks!

  16. Sam permalink
    August 10, 2010 3:57 pm


  17. August 10, 2010 7:22 pm

    that second photo is great – really like it

  18. August 10, 2010 7:27 pm

    – and hope you are doing well, brian!

  19. August 10, 2010 8:50 pm

    Howdy from Atlanta, Brian. Cicadas! We got ’em. Lots. Whole orchestras full. A little night music?

  20. August 10, 2010 9:18 pm

    those blues, oh those blues in your photos! love. i can’t imagine summer nights without cicadas!

  21. August 10, 2010 9:37 pm

    i am hoping to move to the uk in the spring. however your list is making me realize everything that i’ll be missing once i live there. note to self: pay better attention to the cicadas this summer and eat plenty of peach pie. oh and lake michigan… how i miss it. i used to comb its beaches in search of petoskey stones every summer, when i visited my grandparents as a kid. sigh.

  22. August 10, 2010 10:01 pm

    listening to those cicadas as i type.
    safe travels! have a wonderful trip.

  23. August 10, 2010 10:22 pm

    your list makes me happy. especially the cicadas, iced coffee, and margs/mexican food. well, really all of it. except the head and humidity. things are getting a wee bit out of control in dc.

  24. August 10, 2010 11:44 pm

    I felt like this post could have been called The Blue Hour—lovely tones.

    There are no cicadas on the west coast (of the US), but when I lived in Japan they were the soundtrack to summer, with a healthy dose of humidity as well.

    I don’t miss the humidity, but I do miss the cicadas. Fireflies too.

    My summer list: cold watermelon, a swim first thing in the morning, kayaking at sunset, margaritas, cold barley tea, tomato salads, hammocks, walking down at night to get ice cream.

  25. August 11, 2010 8:00 am

    Seoul has cicadas galore here and thank you for reminding me to appreciate them. It’s a lovely part of summer and makes me eager to spend next summer in the States in my native Virginia. No need for an alarm in Virginia, we have the sweetest little birds that wake us up!
    I now live in Seoul and believe me, the States has nothing on the heat and humidity.
    JCrew? I’ll stock up before I move back to Europe. Have a great time in the States and I glad that I’ve found your blog again.

  26. Suzy permalink
    August 11, 2010 11:33 am

    Looking forward to seeing what you take pictures of in the States.

  27. August 12, 2010 9:48 am

    A few peaches for you:

    the midwest is shimmering in the heat – i came in dripping from doing the morning milking. corn is high, cicadas are screaming, grass needs to be mowed, again. huge storms last couple of days… come on in and sit a spell. and dont forget to go on down to the mom and pop owned ice cream place or a shake… hot fudge is my fav.

  28. margaret permalink
    August 16, 2010 8:28 pm

    can’t waiiiiiiittttt!!!!!

  29. August 20, 2010 3:18 am

    I love your photos! Nice Compositions… :)

  30. lorna permalink
    September 15, 2010 6:28 am

    oh i wish i’d known! would’ve loved to meet you all.

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