Sunday, 31 January 2010

Weekend Snapshots ~ 3: Dartford

Dartford Library

I went to the Dartford Library yesterday morning to attend the monthly meeting of the West Kent Book Club.  It was so nice to sit down and chat with a group of likeminded book lovers and I will certainly be a regular at the meetings.  This month’s book is Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro which I’m quite excited about as I recently read his excellent book When We Were Orphans and I really enjoyed it.

Dartford War Memorial

Like many towns in England, Dartford’s high street area has seen better days and there is a lot of degradation in the area.  Despite that, Dartford has some really beautiful and historic areas too and naturally, I choose to photograph and focus on those.

Dartford Central Park

Dartford has a huge park called “Central Park” which appeals to the New York-obsessed Emm and I cannot wait to explore here in the summer.  The gardens are really well kept and I appreciate the effort taken by Dartford Council.

You may have noticed the slightly less frequent posts on Emm in London.  There are a couple of very good reasons for this which I thought I’d share:

  • Friends: we were very happy to discover that our sister-in-law’s cousin is also staying in Dartford and we saw them last weekend.  This weekend, we visited my friends Gyda and Kenneth whose wedding we attended in South Africa last year.  Now that we live in Dartford, they are just up the M25 in Harpenden and it is much easier to pop over to see them.
  • Outings: I’ve made a promise to stop being such a recluse and to start going out to see actual real live human beings.  So last week it was the photography course and this week it was the book club.
  • Family: I’m going up to see my dad and step-mum in Liverpool this weekend and of course, I see a lot of my brother and mum now that they no longer live with us.  The trip to Liverpool is unfortunately not going to be an occasion for the Eternal Tourist as my aunty is very sick and we’re going to spend time with her.
  • Work:  year end was crazy this year but it did work out easier than the previous two year ends and thankfully, it is all over.
  • Health: I got the weirdest flu last week!  I didn’t have a head cold but I had an incredible fever and was hot and cold for two days.  Luckily I got over it but this weekend I had a sore throat and I slept most of today.  This year is a million times better than last year as I am far more healthy and I don’t have winter blues.  Nevertheless, I have learned to listen to my body and I have heeded the signs to rest and not blog this weekend!
  • BlogCritics: having said that, I was accepted as a contributor on the BlogCritics team and so I have been whipping up some articles to earn my place there! 

All of these factors have resulted in slightly less time for Emm in London but I do hope to get back up to three posts a week soon.  Have a good week everyone!



  1. Another great post Emm, but even if you're not going to be blogging that often, shouldn't mean you'll be taking any less photographs I believe.

    The only advice I want to give you and I'm pretty sure others will agree: You are doing yourself a grave injustice on not photographing the areas of any city that are in degradation. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and things that are run down and in decay are some of the best shots you might actually take on one of your trips out.

    As for being more social, I hear you. I'm trying to step out of that box as well. Glad to see things are going well for you!

  2. Emm nice post, I wondered what you were up too. Must admit I haven't been as active lately but its more a case of finding the right subject than engaging in other activities.

    That said I reckon I just had my busiest social month since I have lived here.

  3. more busy with life in general than just sitting in front of a pc, clicking away :) i dont see whats wrong here! enjoy! :)

  4. Hope you are on the road to recovery! Congrats for being part of BlogCritics team. You're sure keeping yourself busy.

  5. Emm, I am super busy these few days so that I will not viewing the link often! Next Saturday (Feb.13) will be the Chinese New Year's Eve, and I sweaped last weekend..Wow! I was aching all over with fatigue till now! Do not put too much stress on you. Just taking a completely relaxing trip with family or just taking rest at home! I remembered you just recovered from a bad cold last December, right? Take good care yourself and everything will go smoothly!

  6. Emm,CONGRATS!! I'm so glad for you; for being a member of Blog Critics team.
    I love your photos and your blog.
    Have a great time, Emm.
    Betty xx

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  8. Congrats on your honor Emm. I'm sure you'll be a great hit there. As for having the time to blog, I feel your pain

  9. What do you think is the oldest building you have seen in London? Here in Ontario nothing is older than the 1700's I think. If I ever get to Europe I would love to see the old buildings, the architecture. I enjoy seeing your photos of places you have been.

  10. A social life? Who needs one of those? ;) Love the photos!

  11. Interesting tidbits to Dartford for certain, especially about their own, must be smaller, Central Park.

    Yes, getting out if a grand idea-when there is sooo much to see adn do there.

  12. Hi Emm! Love those blue skies... Quite impressive for the British winter... ;)
    Great that your flu is gone...

    Blogtrotter 2 is cruising with the Liberty of the Seas. Hope to read you there. Enjoy and have a great weekend!!

  13. A lot of my dad's family lives around Dartford. :)

    You are busy, busy, busy! x

  14. Sorry to hear you aren't feeling too good, but delighted to hear about the book club. I must look out for one closer to me - a little too far at the moment. :)

    I look forward to hearing how you get on with "Never Let Me Go". I thought it fantastic and it still gives me shivers. I nearly added something there that would be a bit of a spoiler, though you've probably worked it out by now.

  15. I loved your war memorial photo.

    After 1919, war memorials tended to be more abstract and less devastatingly emotional. So I am very pleased to have found your excellent photo and will use it, if I may, for a course on WW1 paintings, sculpture and architecture next semester. For a 1922 memorial, it wasn't remotely abstract.

    As ever, I thank you for your post.

  16. @ Phoenix: Thank you! I do tend to appreciate crumbling and drgrading buildings but often find declined shopping centres and empty shops to be really horrible. I haven't been out taking photos lately, must get back int he groove.

    @ Mike: Oh, I always have a hundred ideas running about in my head! It is just procrastination, business and the need for sleep that get in the way.

    @ Ash: I have to agree!

    @ Ellen: I hope your new year was fun! I do seem to get three or four colds or flu a season. I think it is being in a foreign country and not being used to the germs.

    @ Betty: Thank you! It is a lot of fun and I just posted my tenth article!

    @ Hels: Thanks again and please fell free to use my photo!

    @ jam: Yes, it is quite pretty!

    @ Lauren: Certainly, there aren't enough hours in a day!

    @ Laura: Ooooh, I think it would have to be the White Tower at the Tower of London which dates back to 1078.

    @ Brooke: Ha ha! I used to have such a varied life in South Africa, I guess I miss it a teeny weeny bit sometimes.

    @ Mmm: I can't wait to see it in the summertime!

    @ Trotter: There are more blue skies here than you think!!

    @ Little London: Oh really!? I did not realise you had family here.

    @ Sheila: Strangely enough, "Never Let Me Go" is slow going. I am sure I will enjoy it in the end though.

  17. Hi Emm - two things to share with you about the war memorial....

    When I was little I used to think it was a postman!

    One of the people on the war memorial has exactly the same initial and surname as me....

    All the best.


  18. @ Glen: That is so funny! He does rather look like a postman!


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