Friday, 20 January 2012

Thursday flowers

I love getting flowers for no particular reason almost more that the bunches given for Birthdays or Valentines - someone who knows me well came home from work yesterday with "Happy Thursday!" flowers in the shape of a bunch of pink ranunculas. It doesn't get much better.
My flowers have made a home with some tulips that were floating around and are now a corner of spring on the mantlepiece.

A dear friend is visiting so my Thursday was topped of with drinks at Hawksmoor Spitalfields where we sipped on amazing cocktails. I tried the Canterbury Cooler - gin, campari, elderflower and picpoul - garnished with chunks of pink grapefruit - quite in keeping with my bouquet!

Monday, 16 January 2012


A Saturday afternoon spent wandering around the South Bank included a trip to the Tate Modern where I sat transfixed in front of Tacita Dean's turbine hall installation Film. I love the space of the turbine hall, a gallery setting where I don't feel at all inhibited, I lay on the floor and watched the piece loop round 3 times. The gang of kids rocketing around clearly weren't inhibited either!

Catch the installation before 11th March 2012

Thursday, 12 January 2012


                                            Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.

I discovered this beautiful short film today by Sophie Windsor and Liberty Smith who work together as Islands and Rivers. The experience of happening upon a flock - or murmuration - of starlings must have been truly amazing. Their website contains a portfolio of their other work, a stand out piece being the melancholic portrait of light house keepers Behind the Light.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Wild Love

One of my favourite sites for inspiration, Design*Sponge, has added a new flower column to their collection of regular features.
(Image by Julie Cope, courtesy of Design*Sponge)

With Wild Love, florist Mary Kathryn Paynter interprets great love affairs through flowers, beginning with musicians Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons.
This first arrangement embodies the romantic, vibrant and slightly ragged, rough-around-the-edges feel of the couple perfectly! Judging by the suggestions for further instalments, I think this feature is going to grow to become one of my most loved.

Monday, 9 January 2012

New Years Rulin's

The New Year Rulin' I gave myself for 2012 was to start blogging, so here I am. I thought my resolution would be a little lonely so I brought Woody Guthrie's collection from 1942 along for the ride.