I don’t know how it happened, but yesterday afternoon I ended up in an Indian slum, with a two-month old baby in my arms (I’ve never held a baby before, I was a bit scared I was going to break it), being shown around by a group of excitable kids.

Today so far has been spent in the company of my digital camera for once. (Then it ran out of battery and I remembered why I love the 35mm one instead.) Anyway, I’ve got a new thing for totally out of focus photographs, so I switched it to manual focus and went crazy. Probably going to regret this when I actually see the photographs on my iPad. Oh well.

If I wasn’t actually here, and someone described Kathmandu to me, it would probably sound like my idea of a nightmare, to be honest. Having space is such a luxury.

Today is a sad day, because my Moleskine finally ran out of pages. I’ve moved onto to defacing a battered old notebook I picked up in Pokhara for 50Rs… Not quite the same as a super expensive (but totally worth it) Moleskine.

*mint tea love. Plant a new mint plant when I’m home.



[lunch time doodling]



Friday 24 August

We spent yesterday searching Mahendrapul for a camera for Jos, since I seem to have inspired her to enter the realm of 35mm photography. We finally bought her a rather dashing Vivitar with a 50mm lens, after a very keen shopkeeper ended up riding his bike round most of Pokhara trying to find one for us…

[Nikon FM2, being expertly used by Srishti, aged 5.]

A prized possession, this is. Well, it’s actually on ‘long loan’ from my Dad, who bought it when he lived in Saudi Arabia, I think.

I’m lucky to still have it, to be honest, since a few years ago we were burgled and everything got stolen, including the rest of my dad’s camera stuff, but luckily I kept this guy safe in a woolly hat, so he was unintentionally camouflaged from Mr Burglar.

Anyway, this camera is doing me proud, and I’ll soon be posting some photos from it… Once I have a job and can afford the cost of processing.

We visited the orphan home today. It was wonderful to see the kids and the house mothers again. It is such a positive and inspiring place, and going back there put a big smile on my face.