Where Do You Look For Inspiration?

I used to have walls of inspiration; these days, I have the side of a filing cabinet. On it you'll find photos, postcards, four years of One Little Word and quotations from fictional characters. The filing cabinet sits to the right of my desk, which means the montage is only visible if you are actually … Continue reading Where Do You Look For Inspiration?

Mary Quant at the Victoria & Albert Museum

"The whole point of fashion is to make fashionable clothes available to everyone." Mary Quant If you read Friday's post, you'll know that Sian and I saw the Mary Quant exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum recently. Mary Quant was a trendsetter in more ways than I'd realised. As we moved from display case … Continue reading Mary Quant at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Great Coxwell Barn

We met up with friends recently in the glorious Oxfordshire countryside. The meeting point was the Great Barn in the village of Great Coxwell. The barn is the sole surviving part of a thriving 13th-century grange that once provided vital income to Beaulieu Abbey. Built from Cotswold rubble-stone walling, the barn is an impressive reminder … Continue reading Great Coxwell Barn

Dior at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Thanks to the generosity of a friend, I was able to catch the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert museum. It was everything I hoped it would be and I am someone who is usually ambivalent about fashion. I prefer the earlier designs, dating from 1947 and Dior's New Look, … Continue reading Dior at the Victoria & Albert Museum

The Original Happy Mail | Those Letters

What am I going to do with all the letters? Paired I'm going to read them. Of course I am. Safe in the knowledge that Mum knew that I would, at some point, and that I have the blessing of our Australian friends-like-family. Over his morning coffee, The Brainy One casually enquired recently, "What will … Continue reading The Original Happy Mail | Those Letters

Tour of the Palace of Westminster

The Palace of Westminster is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world (even when parts of it are hidden under seems like acres of scaffolding). With Big Ben's Elizabeth Tower at one end and the Victoria Tower at the other, its striking façade stretches for 287 metres alongside the River Thames. The palace … Continue reading Tour of the Palace of Westminster