Photography Excursion – Lourdes

Last week I travelled to Lourdes in France with a band of local pilgrims.  I went along as a) it was the sort of thing I would never do and I want to push my boundaries, and b) I was generally just curious to see it. A bit about Lourdes... Lourdes is a small market … Continue reading Photography Excursion – Lourdes

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The Influence of the Bright Young Things

I have a huge obsession with early 20th century literature, especially authors like Evelyn Waugh, Somerset Maugham and Nancy Mitford.  They describe an age of elegance, beautiful houses, artistic endeavours, privilege but also the advancement of social mobility and change.  The books are bitter, funny and sharp. In real life, a group of people emerged … Continue reading The Influence of the Bright Young Things

Music to work to: BBC Radio 6 Music ❤️

Diverse, eclectic and always inspirational... BBC Radio 6 has become my constant companion when I am either working or mooching about at home.  The breadth of music is really diverse, there are no repetitive playlists, and I learn about new artists all of the time and from all over the world... no hierarchy, snobbery or … Continue reading Music to work to: BBC Radio 6 Music ❤️

Organizing For Your Lifestyle

ORGANIZATION Being a pretty obsessive OCD organizer, (mainly due to a lot of 'stuff' in my home which if I don't control results in chaos within hours), I can happily spend hours sorting, catagorizing and decluttering areas. I find this a really calming thing to do, whereas to others it might seem like hell. I … Continue reading Organizing For Your Lifestyle

Hatfield House – the best ceilings in the world ever…

This week I was near London with the eldest child whilst she was performing as part of the Hatfield Chamber Music Festival.  We had an hour free afterwards, and although this was not much time at all, it seemed madness not to go into the house and have a peep. Hatfield House is the home … Continue reading Hatfield House – the best ceilings in the world ever…

English Antique hunting mission

I am sitting in a very cool cafe in Tetbury, Gloucestershire today and about to start on a mission finding interesting antiques.  It is pouring with rain, so I think there will be less tourists about giving me excellent shopping space! Tetbury is a beautiful town in the Cotswolds, famous for a myriad of Antique … Continue reading English Antique hunting mission

Marrakesh Moments 3 -Jardin Majorelle

No trip to Marrakesh is complete without a visit to these famed gardens, initially created by the French artist Jacques Majorelle, and then later purchased by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980 to save the gardens from redevelopment.  After Yves Saint Laurent's death in 2008, the gardens were donated by Pierre Bergé to … Continue reading Marrakesh Moments 3 -Jardin Majorelle