Friday, 4 February 2011


Yesterday I went to London with my Daughter.

Hannah studies photography and we thought it would be nice to have a day out together fully armed with our cameras.
We ended up in Highgate Cemetery, Yes it was a weird place to go, but I actually find graveyards quite interesting.
We wanted to go into the Catacombs but unfortunately they were closed.

I can't go anywhere without finding a cat.

It was very overgrown in some places.
I don't think I would like to be there in the dark.

Jeremy Beadles grave stood out, bless him.

This caught my eye.
Robert Valentine Mitchell.
Born on the 14th of Feb 1887
Died on the 13th of Feb 1947

We left the Cemetery and walked through the Park in to Highgate Village.

Where I sat down on one of these benches resting my poor feet,
While Hannah took some more photo's.
As I sat waiting I thought about how much I have in my life to be grateful for.
I thought about all the people I have around me that make me happy.
All the things that make me smile.
Gosh how deep...!
This sign made me smile.

After all that walking and thinking I needed a rest, oh ok a cuppa and a cake !
So we head off to find a teashop.
We ended up in here.

Of course we couldn't go to London without nipping in to the centre for a little shopping.
That's when I spotted this display outside Selfridges.
I loved it...!
Yes it made me smile.

If you want to join me by taking a picture and popping it on your blog.
Something or someone who has made you smile or happy, that would be fab.
I would love to see it.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Em xxx

You might be interested to know that there is a book giveaway on Madeliefs lovely blog.


  1. My great nan and grandad are buried in highgate. I went there a few years ago with my mum and her friend . The tour was actually really interesting. After we went to look for my great grandparents graves - it was really sad as they had been vandalised (They are right on the edge of the cemetery). The weird thing was that we tried to take a picture on my camera - but it wouldn't take. When i tried to take a picture of something else it was fine. So my mums friend took a pic on her camera - it took, but then the film started winding on!! When she got the pics developed, the photos of the graves didn't come out, even though everything else did!! so bizarre - from that day on i've believed in spirits!!

  2. Fantastic pictures - no wonder you are so good with such a gifted daughter!

  3. What a lovely post, I used to have to visit graveyards when I was a photography student.... I find the stories on the gravestones fascinating though!
    The Selfridges display looks adorable! I did a post on my blog of things that have been making me smile :D x

  4. Looks like you had a lovely visit. How weird of Mr. Valentine Mitchell to be born on Valentine`s Day and to pop his clogs the day before his birthday, poor sod! I love the little crocheted blankets covering Baby(?)Rabbit`s(?)feet.Nothing`s made me smile today because some bad person broke the wing mirror off my car and left the scene of the crime anonymously - the whole unit has to be replaced for a large amount of money! Have a great weekend Em. x

  5. That window display made Me smile too!
    Looks like you had a greatr day hun, nothing quite like a bit of Mummy and daughter time!

    B xxx

  6. when I was in my teens I lived in Islington and did an antique stall in Camden Passage Market.
    I was hopelessly smitten with the Pre-Raphaelites and we used to spend our weekends wandering around Highgate Cemetery looking for artist's wasn't a "managed" place then and really overgown, eerie and atmospheric!
    I must confess I never stayed there when it got dark!

    Hope Dottie and Willow are well, all love

  7. I have just read Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger which is set in and around Highgate cemetary - it made me want to visit! Great book too.

  8. These are wonderful pics - thank you!! This is one place I've never been to even after living in North London and even after my brother (who went there many times!!) used to go to school round there too!! I know it's an amazing place and hopefully one day I'll see it too!!

    The Selfridge window displays are excellent!! Awww! Lovely!! Take care

  9. Wonderful pictures and sounds like a great mother/daughter day out!

    Victoria xx

  10. You know I love a good graveyard, wish I could have gone with you, it looks like you had a fab day

  11. I love Highgate Cemetery. I grew up in Muswell Hill and all around Highgate was where I used to hang out. Back then, the old part was a wilderness and there were tales of a dracula type figure that lived in there! Well, kept us out I suppose lol.

    Shirl x

  12. Hi Emma,

    Thank you so much for mentioning my giveaway! The day out with your daughter sounds lovely. Highgate cemetery, I does ring bells with me. I believe I read a novel about it by Audrey Niffenegger. A sort of ghost story. I enjoyed seeing your daughter. She looks around the same age as one of my daughters. Ahhh to be a photography student. I wish I could go back in time and do some things over again.....

    Happy weekend!

    Lieve groet, Madelief

  13. Highgate is a cemetery I have been planning on visiting for some time now, there is so much history and so many stories around the place, there is something quite special about a cemetery. You have got some great shots, it looks as though you had a lovely day xxx

  14. Great photos, thanks for sharing your day.

  15. Fun post, Em. I like your pictures a lot.
    Have a happy start to the new week xx

  16. Your black and white photo's are very atmospheric, sounds like a lovely day out.......

  17. What a day I have to confess I find it fun to stroll through a cemetary and look at names and wonder what took some at such early ages and some live forever it seems. love the window display I wish we had them....And tea and cake what a perfect day with great company Bliss!

  18. lovely photos!

    yes, all the neighborhood cats come to me for special

  19. Love your pics + your blog. I'm a new follower, hope you're gonna follow back. All the best, talk soon

  20. Happy Valentines Day to My Lovely Bloggy Sweetheart! Love Annie ♥*:•.♥

  21. I have been a very lucky girl and had a new camera for my birthday. I've been planning to meet a friend to explore Highgate for ages !
    The photos look superb in black & white.

    Not sure if you follow or not but Postcards from the P P Blog is running a monthly scavenger hunt photo game - I'm still collecting for Feb so can try out my new camera !

  22. Lovely photographs, I love black and white photography it makes the picture more atmospheric. Sounds like you both had a wonderful day out.
    Jo xx

  23. There is an award waiting for you over on my blog : ) xxx

  24. Thank you for the comment my lovely. It is always nice to come across new blogs to read. I love walking around graveyards as they are so interesting x

  25. Hello and thank you for your lovely comment on my blog! The kitchen is still no further on, we're on go slow at the moment.

    I used to live in Highgate when I was studying in London, I love it there. I lived close to the cemetary and spent a lot of time walking in Waterlow Park just behind it. Happy days :) x

  26. Okay Em, how did I miss this gorgeous post?

    Beautiful photos...sounds like you had a perfect day! I could do with a London visit. The last time I went there just me and shops was when I was pregnant with my eldest...that is shameful.

    When we go there now it's to go to museums or meet up with family. I need another 'me and shops' day!

    Thank you for such a beautiful post!

    Much love

    Vanessa x

    p.s Hannah is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Looks like a fantastic day. Must admit I love cemeteries too. Its years since I went to the highgate one, apparently I have a relative buried there, so may be I should go soon. Great pictures.

  28. Fantastic pictures Em! Did you take them???

    Lou xxx

  29. PS. Hannah looks gorgeous! x

  30. Fantastic pictures! Thank you for such a beautiful post!

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