An elephant in Coventry

If you walk around Coventry you may notice there are lots of elephants in various forms – the BBC explained why here.

A symbol for the city. This one was spotted in Fargo Village.

Elephant Fargo Village Coventry Street Art

View of Spring

With the sun making a more frequent appearance, the flowers our now beginning to shine.

Daffodils Coventry

Daffodils Coventry

Views from Coventry city centre.

Looking for details in the city

Sometimes it’s good to slow down when walking around a city, to really see what’s there – you might even notice some of the details.

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Spotted in Birmingham city centre.

Feeling sheepish?

Spotted at a cake shop in the covered market in Oxford.Sheep Cakes Easter Oxford

Looking up

Looking up in a city often gives a different perspective.

Looking up London

The view here is from the base of tower building by Euston station in London.

Sunshine in Coventry

Taken while walking into town. Every city looks better in the spring sunshine.

Coventry sunshine spring

A flying visit: London Coffee Festival

It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted on Oblique Exposure. It’s been busy here – we now have a third member of the family to deal with, who naturally takes up most of our time. Most of my photography these days is via my phone, but today on a brief trip to London I remembered to take the little Sony camera with me too. I love wandering around London, and usually whenever I have the time I always prefer to walk than take the tube (often it’s not much longer – and sometimes even quicker). Today I wandered over to Shoreditch and the Old Truman Brewery for the London Coffee Festival.

I started off with by walking to Prufrock where I completed a barista training course some time ago. I never got to try a flat white when I was there before and they are supposedly legendary. So here we are. Given I was going to a coffee festival I probably should have had a non-caffeinated drink before I got there!

Prufrock Flat White

And walking over to Shoreditch from Leather Lane took me through the square mile.

London Dragon

Having learnt my lesson about queues and the London Coffee Festival a few years ago I made sure I was there early this time. A beautiful sunny day in London. London Coffee Festival 2017Since I was quite early I had a wander around Shoreditch as there’s always a lot of street art to explore.

Shoreditch Street Art London

Shoreditch Street Art

Shoreditch Street Art

Shoreditch Street Art London

Shoreditch Street Art

Shoreditch Street Art

Shoreditch Street Art

Shoreditch Street Art

And then I made another mistake, I stopped by the Nude Espresso Roastery to sample their batch brew.

Nude Coffee Roasters LondonSo now I was already sufficiently caffeinated I headed into the festival which considering it was ‘trade professionals’ only today became extremely busy very quickly. I have drank a lot of vanilla lattes in my life nd that’s mainly due to these syrups – for some reason I only like the monin one.

London Coffee Festival 2017

London Coffee Festival 2017

Interesting to see the various Lavazza beans on offer.

London Coffee Festival 2017

London Coffee Festival 2017

And good to see plenty of reusable coffee cups on offer. I may have acquired another one…

London Coffee Festival 2017

London Coffee Festival 2017

I was technically at the Festival for work purposes as ‘research’. If you’re interested this is the flyers I had made for my research blog.

London Coffee Festival 2017There are lots of competitions taking place at the Festival. They’re fun to watch even if they do seem to be quite chaotic in the midst of the festival.

London Coffee Festival 2017

As well as lots of independent coffee companies, some of the big names were there too. They had a selection of cold coffees on offer. London Coffee Festival 2017

Good to see that the festival was taking part in the #SquareMileChallenge to increase the amount of coffee cups that are recycled. London Coffee Festival 2017

I even found time to play around with some of the camera settings and try out some black and white photos for this latte art creation. London Coffee Festival 2017

I’ve been tempted for a while to get one of these, but I really don’t need any more coffee equipment!London Coffee Festival 2017

I’m not a particular fan of cold brew coffee, but it always looks interested when being made. London Coffee Festival 2017And after a rather large amount of coffee sampling (including a rather strange tumeric latte which I’m still not sure if I liked or not), I headed back out to make the journey home.

London Coffee Festival 2017

London Coffee Festival 2017

London Coffee Festival 2017

London Coffee Festival 2017

A rather long post, but a signal hopefully that I will find time for photography again – I now just have a little side-kick to bring with me.

Urban Scenes: Birmingham Library

One of my favourite buildings in Birmingham city centre: the Library of Birmingham.

Birmingham library

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

While I now feel I’m getting to know Birmingham pretty well, there are still a lot of unexplored places to visit. Somewhere that I’ve been wanting to visit for a while is the botanical gardens. Ideally I would have gone with camera in hand in a couple of weeks time when all the autmnal colours have come out, but life is likely to be a little too busy then – or at least I’m not going to have hands spare for the camera. Birmingham Botanical gardens isn’t too far from the city centre, and is a nice break from the urban scenes in the city.

Birmingham Botanical Garden

Birmingham Botanical Garden

As we’re now turning to the autmn a lot of the roses were beyond their prime, but plenty still flowering. Birmingham Botanical Garden

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Birmingham Botanical Garden

There’s even a small butterfly house to explore. Birmingham Botanical Garden

Birmingham Botanical Garden

Birmingham Botanical GardenMy favourite shot of the day, the light shining through the trees.

Birmingham Botanical Garden

If you’re in Birmingham and looking for something to do for a few hours, it’s well worth a visit. The place itself is quite big withe plenty of paths to walk, and activities for children should you need them…

London

Back in the Winter, during a tour of the sites of old coffee houses.

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You might think it was sunset, but it was actually lunch time. It was around -2C – or, to put it in more expressive terms, ‘bloody freezing!’.