Butterflies, Easter Eggs and Tea Sets

 

A butterfly where you put your thumb on a Villari teacup

A butterfly where you put your thumb on a Villari teacup

Gold Painted Yellow Tea Set

Gold Painted Yellow Tea Set

Giant Easter Egg in London store

Giant Easter Egg in London store

Instead of catching butterflies I stumbled across some tea sets while shopping for Easter eggs!

Easter eggs

Easter eggs

Easter displays at Fortnum and Mason

Easter displays at Fortnum and Mason

Douglas Rickard Easter egg shopping in Harrods

Douglas Rickard Easter egg shopping in Harrods

So, take a tour of Villari’s very own blooming butterflies in this video, where the teapots look as mouth-watering at the Easter eggs!

Villari

Villari

Villari Butterfly Tea Set

Villari Butterfly Tea Set

Blue Tea Set by Villari

Blue Tea Set by Villari

 

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Of all the Jewels in Mayfair The Largest Diamond In The World

Graff Diamonds New Bond Street

Graff Diamonds New Bond Street

Spring 2018 at Ralph Lauren

Spring 2018 at Ralph Lauren

Spring 2018 Burberry windows

Spring 2018 Burberry windows

Spring colors appear in high-end boutique windows and also on fashion adorning the denizens of New Bond Street.

A denizen of New Bond Street admires spring flower bulbs

A denizen of New Bond Street admires spring flower bulbs

Spring flower bulbs on New Bond Street

Spring flower bulbs on New Bond Street

Chanel on New Bond Street

Chanel on New Bond Street

And in this video, you’ll get a further burst of everything on the color spectrum yourself when I take you inside Sotheby’s Diamonds salon on the same street to see a 192.34-carat white diamond described as “blazing with brilliant firework-like display” as it turns in the light.

Sothebys Diamonds New Bond Street

Sothebys Diamonds New Bond Street

Douglas Rickard at Sothebys Diamonds

Douglas Rickard at Sothebys Diamonds

The largest diamond in the world

The largest diamond in the world

16 strange sights of London

Earlier this month I went on a walking tour of London like you never have or will experience again with a bunch of YouTubers!
I recorded 16 weird, sometimes creepy but mostly beautiful of the unusual sight and sound experiences along the way during “Lumiere London”. And I added my own tongue in cheek take on each of them.
So, starting with number one, let’s go!

1. Leicester Square, Lantern Company with Jo Pocock: “Nightlife,”

1 Leicester Square Lantern Company with Jo Pocock Nightlife

1. Leicester Square, Lantern Company with Jo Pocock: “Nightlife”

2. Chinatown, Lantern Company with Jo Pocock: “Flamingo Flyway,”

2 Chinatown Lantern Company with Jo Pocock Flamingo Flyway

2. Chinatown, Lantern Company with Jo Pocock: “Flamingo Flyway,”

3. Trafalgar Square, Collectif Coin: “Child Hood,”

3 Trafalgar Square Collectif Coin Child Hood

3. Trafalgar Square, Collectif Coin: “Child Hood”

Don’t forget to take in all the sounds too in this full ten minute video above.

4. St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Ron Haselden: Echelle,”

4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Church Ron Haselden Echelle

4. St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Ron Haselden: Echelle”

5. Hotel Cafe Royal, Camille Gross and Leslie Epsztein: “Voyage,”

5 Hotel Cafe Royal Camille Gross and Leslie Epsztein Voyage

5. Hotel Cafe Royal, Camille Gross and Leslie Epsztein: “Voyage”

6. St. James’s Market, Studio Roso: “Reflektor,”

6 St Jamess Market Studio Roso Reflektor

6. St. James’s Market, Studio Roso: “Reflektor”

7. Grosvenor Square, Michael Davis: “Illumaphonium,”

7 Grosvenor Square Michael Davis Illumaphonium

7. Grosvenor Square, Michael Davis: “Illumaphonium”

8. Seven Dials, Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille: “Aquarium,”

8 Seven Dials Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille Aquarium

8. Seven Dials, Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille: “Aquarium”

9. South Crescent, Imagination: “A-BIT IMMERSIVE,”

9 South Crescent Imagination A-BIT IMMERSIVE

9. South Crescent, Imagination: “A-BIT IMMERSIVE”

10. South Crescent, Simeon Nelson, Nick Rothwell and Rob Godman: “Cosmoscope,”

10 South Crescent Simeon Nelson Nick Rothwell and Rob Godman Cosmoscope

10. South Crescent, Simeon Nelson, Nick Rothwell and Rob Godman: “Cosmoscope”

11. Tottenham Court Road, Cirque Bijou: “The Umbrella Project,”

11 Tottenham Court Road Cirque Bijou The Umbrella Project

11. Tottenham Court Road, Cirque Bijou: “The Umbrella Project”

12. Pearson Square, Ulf Pedersen: “Droplets,”

12 Pearson Square Ulf Pedersen Droplets

12. Pearson Square, Ulf Pedersen: “Droplets”

13. South Audley Street, Simon Corder: “Bough 3,”

13 South Audley Street Simon Corder Bough 3

13. South Audley Street, Simon Corder: “Bough 3”

14. Mount Street Gardens, Atsara: “[M]ondes,”

14 Mount Street Gardens Atsara Mondes

14. Mount Street Gardens, Atsara: “[M]ondes”

15. Berkeley Square, Cédric Le Borgne: “Was That a Dream?”

15 Berkeley Square Cedric Le Borgne Was That a Dream

15. Berkeley Square, Cédric Le Borgne: “Was That a Dream?”

16. South Molton Street, Lateral Office and CS Design (Produced by L4 Studio and Wireframe Studio): “Impulse”.

16 South Molton Street Lateral Office and CS Design Impulse

16. South Molton Street, Lateral Office and CS Design (Produced by L4 Studio and Wireframe Studio): “Impulse”

 

London 2017 Christmas Lights and Store Windows

It’s my annual review of the London Christmas store windows and Christmas lights in a double length, double decker filled vlog! I choose my three favorite store windows and wind up in front of a brass band at Piccadilly Circus, having covered Harrods, Selfridges, John Lewis and more.

Just as iconic as travelling down the River Nile by boat, being on a red London double-decker bus going down Oxford Street.

2017 Christmas lights from a London double decker bus

2017 Christmas lights from a London double decker bus

Fortnum & Mason has luxurious side windows full of their wares. Hear their clock and watch the William Fortnum and Hugh Mason figures in motion in my YouTube video.

Fortnum & Mason London at Christmas

Fortnum & Mason London at Christmas

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana communicate family, tradition and celebration in their very own Harrods Christmas store windows.

Dolce & Gabbana Christmas windows at Harrods

Dolce & Gabbana Christmas windows at Harrods

Watch them turn on the Harrods Christmas tree lights in this extra video of the occasion.

Douglas Rickard reviews Selfridges 2017 Christmas store windows

Douglas Rickard reviews Selfridges 2017 Christmas store windows

These 2017 Selfridges Christmas windows remind me of an old film set in wartime Britain like “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”. Walking past these windows is like watching a really British Christmas parade march past.

Ralph Lauren London Christmas Teddy Bears

Ralph Lauren London Christmas Teddy Bears

So I hope you enjoy my take on this year’s Christmas store windows all around London in my annual vlog (below)!

Starbucks break recording my London Christmas lights vlog

Starbucks break recording my London Christmas lights vlog

And (name misspelled of course!) at my fave Starbucks on Vigo Street with a Toffee Nut Latte, taking a break from recording!

London 2016 Christmas Lights and Store Windows

Douglas Rickard recording 2016 Christmas Vlog in Regent Street London

Douglas Rickard recording 2016 Christmas Vlog in Regent Street London

I hope you’ll enjoy pressing your nose against the glass of my choice of best three store windows.

Anthropologie Christmas windows Regent Street London 2016

Anthropologie Christmas windows Regent Street London 2016

Libertys of London Christmas windows 2016

Libertys of London Christmas windows 2016

Fortnum and Mason Christmas windows 2016

Fortnum and Mason Christmas windows 2016

Do you agree with my picks?

And if you’re truly done with shopping, how about putting your feet up on a London bus seat with me, and take a virtual tour of the Christmas lights down Oxford Street and beyond in the video above!

Selfridges London Christmas windows 2016 with Douglas Rickard

Selfridges London Christmas windows 2016 with Douglas Rickard

Riding London buses and the Christmas lights

Riding London buses and the Christmas lights

Pink Oxford Street London at Christmas 2016

Pink Oxford Street London at Christmas 2016

Light art exhibits another world at Lumiere London 2016

It was cold. New Year sales finished. Christmas over. A weekend for hibernating. And yet, out we came after dark, following guide map apps down alleys and up streets, around our London. Cars and buses had been told to stay away. We were going after the next color burst in the sky (a jellyfish over Oxford Circus); the next hidden surprise in a phone box (there were fishes swimming in one) or up in a Regent Street arch (yes, the elephant appearing on one side also had a… back side).

binaryWaves by LABau at Lumiere London

binaryWaves by LABau at Lumiere London

Lumineoles by Porte par le vent at Lumiere London 2016

Lumineoles by Porte par le vent at Lumiere London 2016

Take a walk below these flying fish on Piccadilly with me in this video and then through a dazzling flower garden in Leicester Square:

This Lumiere light festival was resonating with me from when the sun began to set that winter’s Saturday in Parliament Square. I’m all about seeing more than there is, in the everyday around us. For me, this was like a glimpse of Heaven moving to earth, the routine beginning to quiver as something more is revealed.

IFO Identified Flying Object at Lumiere London 2016

IFO Identified Flying Object at Lumiere London 2016

Leicester Square Garden of Light at Lumiere London

Leicester Square Garden of Light at Lumiere London

In the video below watch myself and a vlogger friend discuss these ten statues at Westminster Abbey: a Polish Franciscan who volunteered to be executed in place of a stranger in Auschwitz; a woman beaten to death through an indigenous ritual because of her faith; a Ugandan Archbishop assassinated in 1977; St. Elizabeth of Russia killed by the Bolsheviks in 1918; Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated in 1968 and the Archbishop of San Salvador in 1980; a pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer executed by the Nazis in 1945; a female evangelist from Pakistan called Esther John murdered in 1960; a Papuan man called Lucian Tapiedi killed during the Japanese invasion in 1942 and a Chinese pastor and evangelist killed in the 1972 cultural revolution.

The New Living Translation of Colossians 3:1 does say “…set your sights on the realities of heaven…”. I have been moved recently, listening to someone who had been taken on a visit to Heaven (2 Corinthians 12:1-2), called Kat Kerr. The atmosphere of wonder as people moved through the streets of London during the Lumiere weekend, kept reminding me of her recollections. With one accord we went to discover the next art installation experience, created through light. Earth is a shadow of Heaven and she says how there, the creativity is beyond our imagination (1 Corinthians 2:9).

What began with the martyred saints ended with a glowing garment. A gown in pink or gold, or was it green… This struck a chord with my reflections throughout this whole weekend. Kat Kerr said how she had even seen people chase others down the streets of gold (Revelation 21:21), to ask what they did with their life on earth because they’d spotted the gemstones on their robes of righteousness (Revelation 7:9). These sometimes create images; patterns of gems, that the Father has taken from Himself and placed there as a reward.

It may sound like these martyrs are remembered in stone on this planet, for what sounds like simply a tragic end. However, my own pastor, Ramson Mumba shared how “…the purpose of life is not to live long, even though longevity has its place, but rather that the purpose is to finish your course…” (Acts 20:24; 2 Timothy 4:7-8); and that death (for them) would not be defeat, but instead their greatest promotion (Romans 8:35-39; Hebrews 12:1-2).

Westminster Abbey The Light of the Spirit at Lumiere London 2016

Westminster Abbey The Light of the Spirit at Lumiere London 2016

Finally, why not take a look at this video, in which the dress actually looks like the silver liquid life which Kat Kerr describes as the construction of people’s gowns of salvation, (Isaiah 61:10), in Heaven. This festival really did feel like somewhere else moving into, above, onto and out of the streets of London.