Thursday, 31 December 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from me and P...

Here's to a great 2010.

Wednesday, 30 December 2009


London is rainy and cold again today and I really don't want to leave the house but yesterday, P and I ventured out and took a short walk down to Harper Road SE1 to see Seizure. I was amazed.

Friday, 25 December 2009

Happy Christmas

From our home to yours.

Santa made a generous stop here last night. Hope he made it to you too... x

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Not long now

But the tree has been trimmed and the turkey ordered. I still have presents to buy let alone wrap, so it's just as well I'm now on holiday from work.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Wild Rumpus

It feels like I've waited a long time for Spike Jonze's Where The Wild Things Are to be released. We took Friday off work so we could be at the first showing of the film at The Electric... a special film needs a special cinema.

We had a really lovely day together, which started with breakfast and a perfect coffee at Ginger and White and on our way from Hampstead to Portobello we made a quick stop off at Marylebone where I picked up a pair of grey and black Veja volley trainers from the recently opened Ascension store in St Christopher's Place, which I have been after for ages.

I loved the film and it was a great day!

Toadstools & Pine Cones

I spent two days in cold and snowy Davos this week, where I found some Swiss chocolate toadstool and pine cone decorations for our tree.

Pure luxury as they're filled and not hollow... didn't you always wish for filled chocolate Christmas tree decorations when you were a kid? I know did...

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Happy Anniversary Boy

Today P and I have been married for two years... and it is also our nine year anniversary as a couple!

I was very pleasantly surprised this morning when P gave me a set of beautiful Tord Boontje charms.

Happy, Happy Anniversary Boy xx

Saturday, 5 December 2009

From the market

Among other fine produce, we picked up some delicious fresh vegetables at the market on Saturday.

Monday, 30 November 2009


I've been tagged by The Sneaky Magpie to list 7 things I love... much harder to select just 7 things than I imagined, but here are the 7 things which came to mind first.

1. My husband, for so many reasons, including the fact that he reads me to sleep at night, Pete has to take the number one spot in a list of things I love.

2. Pete's paintings are incredible, it really isn't enough to see them reproduced in photographs. To be captivated you need to spend time viewing them at various distances and from all sorts of angles. There is so much to see.

3. Japan has a very special place in my heart. We've visited twice and I spend a lot of time longing to go back.

4. Coffee any time day or night, I alway fancy a nice cup of coffee, whether it's a fresh brew on Saturday morning in our Chemex coffee pot or a flat white from number of fine, specialist establishments.

5. Black cashmere crew neck sweaters are always what I want to wear.

6. My camera recently had to be repaired and I was lost without it.

7. Murder, She Wrote... I have no explanation as to why I love this show, I just do and can watch it any time, episodes back to back over and over again. Can't wait for series 10, which will arrive on 26 December.

Sunday, 22 November 2009


Time is flying by and I'm not really sure where it's going... among other things, I've had no time to post nor to catch up on all my usual blog reading. On the plus side, I'm sure there are lots of wonderful posts for me to catch up on.

This weekend started with my first Christmas get together, a very pleasant evening with friends for drinks and supper at Crazy Bear. The food was great, as always, so I was far too full to indulge in their (and my very favourite) salted caramel dessert.

We had a day of household repairs planned for yesterday, but instead decided to take ourselves off to the Norwegian and Finnish Church Christmas fairs. We stopped for a delicious coffee at Monmouth on Maltby Street, which is where they roast their beans. It is only open for a short time on Saturday morning and they are joined by Neal's Yard Dairy and Fern Varrow. The fairs were both fruitful, I came away with a variety of toadstool decorations from the Norwegian fair and a Finnish Moomintroll baking pan and Moomin some cookies.

Today I had the second of four Sewing Clinic classes at City Lit. I'm finally learning how to use a sewing machine and hopefully is my first step towards this little dream.


For the past 18 month or more, I've been using my own cup for my morning (and lunch time, and afternoon) coffee, driven mostly by the desire to cut down on unnecessary waste but made a little sweeter as there is also a small discount on the price of my brew.

I finally retired my effective but rather cumbersome thermal Planetary Design mug last week, when I popped in to Dose for a lunchtime flat white, in favour of a new smaller, slimmer and lighter 12oz KeepCup.

I'm really very pleased with it... Dose didn't have many to choose from, but I've been having fun mixing all the various colour combinations which are available, take a look at the last tab.

The cup isn't thermal, it mentions on the website that it is, but I contacted KeepCup to ask how long it would keep a drink hot and they explained that it's not thermal in that sense but rather it's insulated so as not to be too hot to the touch.

Friday, 13 November 2009


Everything is beautiful and unbelievably desirable at plainMADE.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Festive Decorations

November brings with it planning for Christmas, arguably my favourite time of year... and probably my favourite part of preparing for the holiday is decorating our tree, which we always get at Columbia Road.

These stainless steele ornaments from Prismera would be a lovely addition to this years decorations!