For the Love of Books | 4 Books Read in School That Are Worth Re-Reading

I can't be the only one who recalls novels read in school English Literature classes with a slight shudder. As evidence of said slight shudder, I give you The Trumpet Major by Thomas Hardy ('O' Level set book, JMB examination board, 1984). And incidentally, my sister-in-law chose 'Thomas Hardy and the Gothic' for her Masters … Continue reading For the Love of Books | 4 Books Read in School That Are Worth Re-Reading

Road Trip to Normandy | The 6×8 Travel Journal

As with the two other 6x8 travel journals from our travels this year, I created all the foundation pages before we went to Normandy. And just like with those other journals, I used Project Life style cards from In a Creative Bubble. Album spine damaged either at the wholesaler or en route to the stockist. … Continue reading Road Trip to Normandy | The 6×8 Travel Journal

Road Trip to Normandy | The American Military Cemetery at Omaha Beach

High up on the bluffs above Omaha Beach lies the American Military Cemetery. The 9,386 marble crosses and Stars of David constitute the most striking American presence in Normandy today. The 30,000-square-foot visitors' centre provides displays and films which help to provide a visual connection to the D-Day events on Omaha Beach. Numerous photographs and … Continue reading Road Trip to Normandy | The American Military Cemetery at Omaha Beach

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