On Friday my husband and I - in the tone of the Queen's speech please! - popped into London to visit the Studio of Paul Vanstone. Have you ever been into a sculpture Studio? Nah, me neither. Paul makes LARGE pieces and works with marbles and stone from all over the world. Stunning pieces millions… Continue reading ^^18/2020^^ sculpture, anyone?
Have you been watching the BBC drama 'The Trial of Christine Keeler"? What do you think of it? For me it's a little bit slow and... well, 6 episodes? mmmhhh... could have been edited to 4, me thinks. Aside from that I absolutely LOVE the setting and clothes... and the hair and make up... the… Continue reading ^^17/2020^^ poetry Monday
I was aimlessly scrolling through Instagram this morning, while waiting for a cup of tea from MR M (he's a good one), when I stumbled on Anna's account (annasfamilykitchen) and the amazing photograph of her Shakshuka... my stomach started to grumble and I KNEW that would have been our brunch... bacon schmacon... And so I… Continue reading ^^16/2020^^ Shakshuka
Frankisstein (a love story) Genius. Absolutely genial and profound. I wasn't sure what to expect because I don't really know Winterson's style (I had only read her first biography 'Oranges are not the only fruit' which I loved, but not any other of her books) AND I'd never read the original Mary Shelley's classic. I… Continue reading ^^15/2020^^ Frankisstein (Jeanette Winterson)
I realised that the first review of this book was quite flippant and superficial... I read it as part of my course in Crime Fiction and the more I delved into the subject the more I thought about it and the more I felt the need to revised what I'd written. What a surprising read… Continue reading ^^13/2020^^ The Franchise Affair (Josephine Tey)
It's foggy out there and I like it. I grew up in the middle of Italy in an area famous for fog so thick that sometimes you can only see a few metres in front your car and the gentle grey fuzziness of this morning is making me nostalgic. I bought a pair of clogs.… Continue reading ^^12/2020^^ randomly on a Wednesday
I was in New York quite a few years ago, Mr M was there for work and I played 'corporate wife'... ie went around museums and walked miles and miles and showed up for business dinners. It was fun. Anyway, I stumbled upon this lovely bookstore, wooden shelves, soft carpet, just the right amount of… Continue reading ^^11/2020^^ 'Celestial Bodies' (Jokha Alharthi)
We're home. It's been relentless since we've been back, for me anyway. The mountain of washing is almost demolished although the ironing pile has correspondingly increased in size, so really I feel like I've made no progress at all. To top it all we've had social engagements to attend, there has been a return journey… Continue reading ^^9/2020^^ postcards from Oman