– 2018/10 – a trip to IKEA

Last week I popped into IKEA with my parents; they were looking for a bookshelf and a guest bed, and I was under instructions from No 2 to purchase a new desk. We were very successful in our endeavour although the desk wasn’t ‘like the picture’ (eye roll) and somehow that is my fault (double…

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– 2018/6 – a treat

I have a love hate relationship with the sheer amount of ‘sales’ happening this time of the year. ‘Love’ because let’s face it… who doesn’t enjoy saving a few pennies, but also ‘hate’ – actually ‘resentment’ would be a more accurate description – because there’s a sort of subliminal pressure in having to buy ‘in…

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– 185 –

The first thing I did when I got up this morning was painting my toe nails.  Coral Pink.  And I put on a layer of clear ‘gel’ to make it last longer too. Why am I telling you this?  I have no idea.  Another early morning, another quiet morning if you don’t count the dog…

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– 183 – must read

The coldest morning of the year so far. Hand knitted socks, Lotta tunic in Nani Iro and big cardigan.  Scarf. Before I get started with today’s list I must tell you about the latest book I read:  ‘The Essex Serpent”. My sister in law passed it to me because she didn’t get on with it…

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– 166 – Louise Bourgeois

… One more post about my trip and then I’ll stop, I promise! I didn’t know much about the sculptor Louise Bourgeois aside from her giant spider sculptures and her later life visceral prints… as a matter of fact one of her spiders was on show at the MoMA and boy, that thing was HUGE.…

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– 165 – postcards from New York

Last day.Horrid weather.  Drenching.  Grey.  Dark. (New York has always got a certain charm but I didn’t have the right shoes that’s for sure…) So after packing up our suitcases we decided to go to a museum;  and what a remarkably unoriginal idea it turned out to be. The Moma was the closest so armed…

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– 150 – making stuff…

So this week I had all good intentions of talking to you guys loads… and then I lost two whole days with the mother of all headaches.   One of those headaches when you feel your brain is too physically too big for your head and therefore your head feels like it’s going to explode……

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– 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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