I’ve become addicted to Instagram.  I’m not sure there’s much of a point to it, it’s just a visual collection of random moments. I’m following several hundred people who I’ve never met or spoken to before, but who curate or photograph beautiful images. And scrolling through strangers’ pictures and descriptions is mesmerising.

I seem to have found my tribe there: post-40-somethings who encourage each other with emoji kisses and kind words.

I recently dug out my favourite photograph from the garage, where it’s been languishing on a shelf amongst broken garden toys and unused lightbulbs. I took it during the summer of 2000, when 35mm film was still a thing. There were no second chances to take this one if it didn’t work out, it was a once in a lifetime shot.

We were in a small town in Cuba called Trinidad. After a morning of sightseeing, we stopped for a quick Mojito as you do, and met the man on the cover of our guidebook. He was as surprised as we were, having never actually seen the cover photo before. I love his straight face and the fact that he’s wearing the same hat as the original shot – plus that iconic cigar.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This one is priceless to me.

Being on Instagram has also made me more mindful of my environment. I’m always on the look out for the next great photo opportunity. It also allows me to document some of my obsessions, not all of which are obvious from my blog posts. Here is a selection:

London and the London Underground:

London, you looked stunning today. #southbank #london #londonlife #londonrocks #lblogger #lbloggers #travel #tbloggers #travelblogger #travelbloggers

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Hope, our ancient cat:

Hope smells fish #cat #cats #catlover #catwoman #catoftheday #instacats

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Handbags:

 

The sky:

Beautiful sunrise over Muswell Hill this morning. #skyporn #sunrise #photography #nature #nofilter

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I had no idea my camera was this good! #bluemoon #photography #nofilter #nature #lblogger #lbloggers #London

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And food:

Please join in the Instagram fun and tag me with your favourite photograph. Vx

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A picture is worth a thousand words
A picture is worth a thousand words
A picture is worth a thousand words