For the Love of Books | Currently Reading July 2019

The Last Collection by Jeanne Mackin: Paris, 1938. Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli ('Schiap') are fighting for recognition as the most successful and influential fashion designer in France, and their rivalry is already legendary. They oppose each other at every turn, in both their politics and their designs: Chanel's are classic, elegant, and practical; Schiaparelli's … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading July 2019

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT)

We have long-wanted to take The Boy Child to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire but were deterred by the size of the crowds. This year, however, my best friend came up with a workable plan ... we rented car parking space in a farmer's field just north of the runway. … Continue reading The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT)

TGIF | With a Difference #4

The lovely Mary-Lou of Patio Postcards blog pointed me recently in the direction of Brené Brown‘s new weekly gratitude practice, TGIF. Most of us would recognise TGIF as an acronym for Thank God It’s Friday, but in Brené’s world it stands for Trusting, Grateful, Inspired and Fun. #coventgardeninbloom Trusting: that I have enough of a Summer timetable in … Continue reading TGIF | With a Difference #4