lindy in the sky favourites

Last weekend, Mersey Swing organised its first ever weekend workshop, Lindy in the Sky! (Yes, the event was full of Beatles references, because Liverpool ...). I photographed the Saturday social for the event, which was a lovely social with brilliant music and pretty much all the loveliest people in the North. Here are some favourites:

Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers who made this such a fabulous event! I know how much hard work goes into it. <3

P.S.! My autumn schedule is filling up, so if anyone wants to book me, do it now, please! :) I still have a few available weekends for weddings or dance events.

the Bryan Ferry Orchestra | Slave to Love

a wednesday in london

My second day of solo touristing in London wasn't so much solo touristing, because I started the day with breakfast with this smiley face!

Katie is such a gem, inspiring, kind, fabulous and a delight to hang out with. <3

Also, the café we went to made latte art for my hot chocolate. I've never had that before!

After saying goodbye to Katie I went across the street to the Museum of Childhood and had a wander. Free museums are the best.

The monument for the Bethnal Green Tube Disaster of 1943 is beautiful, and it was a horrible disaster, but I'm so confused by the last phrase of the text. How could this have been the worst civilian disaster of the Second World War? How is the Holocaust not the worst civilian disaster? Or if it needs to be limited to a single event, how are the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki not that? Someone please explain!

After lunch I decided to find a park to stroll in, because parks are my favourite. I found Battersea Park, which was certainly big enough to spend an afternoon in.

Later, I went back to Anna's and spent the evening playing Codenames with her, a great ending to my last day in London!

Irma Thomas | Don't Mess With My Man

solo touristing in london

After Lindy Tech, I decided to stay a few days extra in London since I had troupe practise later that week (which I then had to miss anyway, since I had to buy new flights to gothenburg a day earlier than planned due to the SAS strike ... sigh). At first I felt confused and a bit lost. I've travelled so much with people, and I love travelling with company, but now I was all alone in London. How do I even fill my time? But I soon realised that this is my chance to just do what I want and nothing else. So what is it that I like?

I like walking, art museums, and musicals. Boom, done. Here's a day of solo travelling in London:

It was quite exhilarating to just start walking along the river, knowing that I had only my own needs to attend to. And knowing that no one in the party was going to get bored with all the walking until the exact second that I got bored with it. :)

I've never been to Tate Britain before, but I absolutely loved it. I loved walking through the rooms, which were arranged chronologically - an unusual take on art history, but I'm a fan - and seeing themes in the artwork emerge and disappear again.

I love this kind of thing!

Also interesting to see which rooms I responded to, I certainly have my favourites in modern art. 1910s and 1920s - yes. 1930s and 1940s - absolutely not. And then my audible breathing out and the noticing my shoulders relax as I walked into the art of the 1950s. So familiar, so friendly to me. Funny, isn't it?

When Tate Britain closed I did some more walking.

And ended up at the Adelphi theatre to see Waitress. I'm a longtime fan of Sara Bareilles, so I assumed that a musical with music written by her would be good, but I wasn't expecting this joyous explosion of colours and feelings. I laughed so much, and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Waitress Original Broadway Cast | the Negative