Liberty London & A Window Shopping Christmas List

Last week I make a quick trip to London for the Shutter Hub ‘Meet Up’ at the National Portrait Gallery.

The train was hot. Sleepy hot. A small child exclaimed loudly, ‘There are no hairdressers on the train!’ A swell of relief washed over me.

No sooner had I arrived at Oxford Circus I was accosted by a monk who wanted to enlighten me. It was all very interesting and everything, but there was no magic, no golden auras and no imminent danger.

I was far too intrigued by the small boy who’d picked up the silver metal hook of a coat hanger and was holding it aloft. It glinted in the sun, as his mother said, ‘Put it down! It’s dirty!’ and he repeated ‘But what is it?’ with the kind of awe and uncertainty that made me think he thought this was something much more magical that a part of a coat hanger.

I had made sure I got in early, before the ‘Meet Up’, so that Rocky and I would have time to trawl round Liberty’s and ogle all the lovely things. Here are many of the lovely things that I didn’t buy, a kind of window-shopping Christmas list, I suppose!

As soon as I can afford to, I am going to buy all my friends a pair of these pink glitter boots. I mean, how could I not?

I don’t think I could bring myself to use this beautiful spun brass set by Tom Dixon, but I would just like to sit and look at it anyway. How magnificent is that milk jug?

There were many special-looking cat baubles to be had…

… and tasty looking things in tins. Really I’m only after the tin. I like tins.

Oh and the Rory Dobner goodies. I don’t know how anyone could resist a cat with a monocle.

If I got a ceramic piece of meat for Christmas I would be more than chuffed! Look it!

The ‘Meet Up’ at the National Portrait Gallery was great fun. Shutter Hub photographers came from as far afield as Crewe, Burton-on-Trent and Winchester. We were there to see the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, which included an image from another Shutter Hub member, and sparked lots of marvellous discussion. After enjoying the exhibition we headed off to The Crypt at St Martins in the Field for an array of cakes and beverages and lots more varied chatter!

It was a superb day, and if you have an interest in photography I strongly recommend coming along to a ‘Meet Up’, making new friends and getting inspired – it really works!