– 139 – apple cake

Not an apple pie, not an apple tart… just a simple, old fashioned apple cake. Delicious. In my old and tattered cookery book there’s the copy of an email that my mother sent me on Nov 18, 2000.  Seeing the delivery address makes me feel funny… a month later I would say goodbye to my…

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– 138 – giant knitting

I’m probably the last person to jump on the giant knitting bandwagon… but better late than never, right?  I’ve always admired the oversized wool from afar but it was only when I saw one first hand at The Village Haberdashery than I really understood.  I literally saw the light in between the giant stitches. Giant…

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– 137 – hydrangea wreath

I love wreaths on doors.  I love how they make doors more friendly, how they mark the change of the seasons or express the personality of the owners or simply make things prettier. Yesterday, because it’s September and September is the month of new beginnings (January, schmanuary) and because we’ve been away so much this…

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– 134 – postcards from Tuscany

I’m writing this wearing a huge wool cardigan and looking at the grey sky through the kitchen window.  We arrived back home yesterday afternoon… under the rain… and whilst for a split second the fresh air was welcome after the torrid heat of Italy, the novelty factor soon wore off. We were all kind of…

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– 122 – a trip to the reclamation yard

Who doesn’t love a good reclamation yard? When Mr M dragged my out of bed this morning to keep him company I might have winged a little (in my excuse I was hungry… I’m never good before breakfast). We visited Ronson Reclamation in Gloucester. We had a little mission but mostly we just looked around…

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– 78 – summer snood

… I realise it sounds a little bit “oxymoronish”… but if you do live in England you understand… right? “Summer” is often an “idea” more than reality… which is ok, there are other benefits… like you never wear out your sandals for example (they last for years….), and sometimes you do need a light snood…

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– 48 – Pop Art in Print, The Wilson Museum

Last night Mr M and I had a mini date before going off to separate engagements.  Me to the theatre with a friends, him to dinner with an old mate. The newly renovated Wilson Museum here in Cheltenham was having a private viewing/opening night of their fantastic new exhibition in collaboration with the Victoria and…

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– 36 – … thank me later…

So, let’s talk wrapping paper… I like the stuff and I tend to have a few rolls stuffed in an Ikea metal bin in a corner of my studio.  Paper for boys or for girls… fun paper or ‘serious’ paper… but rolls tend to last for too long… there’s too much paper in a roll, don’t you…

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