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…

Blowing away the cobwebs

Last weekend flew by, time does that when you’re having fun. Blink and you’ll miss it. On Saturday we spent the day in Brixton The weather was great, blue skies and after a wander we stopped for lunch at Brixton Village. Saw the Electric Avenue Strip, lit up by Eddy Grant in October: Stopped off at the…

Dreaming in colour

I  came across a book the other day when I was browsing, which had the title; Monochrome Home: Elegant Interiors in Black and White. Hmm, it had very good reviews and just the thought of it fills me with horror! Each to his own, everyone’s taste is different but when I then saw another called Bohemian…

Friday I’m in love

Last week was stressful and by Friday I had a bad back and had developed a rash round my eyes (horror, no make up!) so I was feeling a bit down to be honest. This wasn’t a good state of affairs because I love Fridays. The weekend starts here, is my attitude. So, by late afternoon I had…

A change is as good as a rest

I’ve been away since the middle of last week. I was born and grew up in the in the North East, then I moved away 30 years ago but still love to go back. It’s where my family live and one friend in particular (Rapper’s delight, see last post) I still see regularly. So it was good to have…