A bloomin’ lovely day in the garden

The weather’s been so good today that we’ve spent much of it in the garden;  after food shopping, followed by coffee and lying about with the Guardian, then lunch that is, so, on reflection, the afternoon has been spent outside. Everything was looking out of shape and overgrown and needed pruning. Suddenly lots of blossom…

Ignoring 9 to 5 and enjoying the rest

I’ve been working for most of the week, the less said about that the better, but that’s not to say there haven’t been a few high spots. I managed a trip to the cinema to see Elle yesterday evening. Isabelle Huppert is amazing and at 64 she looks stunning, wow. Not that age matters but it’s…

Blog Anniversary, what now?

  I started writing a blog a year ago this month, not knowing anything about how to do it but wanting the challenge of setting it up and committing to writing each month. As the year has progressed I’ve mostly written weekly and now a year has passed I have been thinking about what I’ve got from it….

Bunny and the beast!

Last night I visited the Soho theatre to see Lady Bunny perform, she has been a drag artist since the 1980’s where she began her career alongside RuPaul.  It was original and fun, and for a drag queen in her 50’s (as she kept reminding everyone), she had an audience of mostly young people (alongside…

Avocado Month (February)

Last week a friend texted to ask how Avocado month was going, my name for February describes how it looks to me at this time of year. A colour that was represented in 1970’s bathroom suites and is now seldom seen but looks a sort of muddy green colour, much like the month in fact. My…

Small things that cheered up January

The dark winter days at the start of the year get me down. This week it hasn’t even looked properly light some days, grim! Anyway I’ve kept busy with small things that cheer me up. Nothing grand or especially interesting but it cheers me up no end to just keep doing different things and even something…

Getting creative to liven up the walls

I wrote about my upstairs landing the other week, I want to brighten it up. The material for the windows hasn’t yet arrived so I decided to start on the walls. I’m not painting them yet so they needed some new artwork and I needed to do it on a very small budget. I spent…

Django revisited

I really started to like the gypsy swing jazz of Django Reinhardt after the film Chocolat. I had always liked it but seeing it played in that lazy summer gypsy setting was perfect. I haven’t listened to it for a while, so when I saw that Django’s Tiger was playing at a café in town…

Planning a revamp for a monochrome upstairs landing

If you’ve ever heard the song ‘Walk out to winter’ by Aztec camera you’ll have some idea of what greets me when I open my bedroom door each morning. Okay this is a black and white photograph but the colour version looks virtually the same! As a lover of colour, with a house that has…

Another year over…Happy new year

Well, happy new year! It’s that time when one year turns into another and we start to reminisce and look forward simultaneously. Strange that we think that as new year’s eve turns into new year’s day something new starts, it’s absurd and yet it also makes a kind of sense. If, for example, everyone decided that…

An inspirational evening of baroque

What better than a feast of baroque music to celebrate the magic of the  season? so says the brochure for Red Priest’s Winter Baroque Carnival. They have been compared to the Rolling Stones and the Cirque du Soleil amongst others and have been described in the press as; visionary, outrageous, heretical, outrageous and more. I had to…

A stitch in time

It may well save nine but has also saved my sanity this week. I’ve kept my head down and sewed and crocheted my way through the pre Christmas madness, until today that is. Today I went in to town, finally to face the hordes spending money like water. In some places it was a case of forming…