Too Much & Not Enough

2014 02 14 vintage recipe valentines 01I don’t do Valentine’s Day, salve but I do do vintage recipe books! So, here is a lovely spread from the Nice’N’Easy Cookbook. Things were different in 1982. Very different.

2014 02 14 vintage recipe valentines 02‘Valentine’s day is traditionally a day for romance, so this year why not whet the appetite with a delicious dinner just for two. The dishes chosen – avocados, stuffed trout and a creamy heart-shaped dessert – have a seductive delicacy about then that sets the tone for a romantic and very intimate evening.’

I certainly will not have my appetite whet by a seductive trout on an intimate evening.

2014 02 14 vintage recipe valentines 06

Of course I’m put off by the peas, but its the scabby trouts that offend me more, them and the fact that they are to be followed by a ‘creamy’ dessert made of curd cheese. It’s not right!

2014 02 14 vintage recipe valentines 05Happy Valentine’s Day, lovers!
2014 02 12 RCA secrets collage beech cottage bits 03

Last week I managed to fit too much in, for sale and in return I weakened myself, allowing a nasty cold to take over. At first I thought it was the new carpet, when I woke up on Saturday morning with a sore throat, but as the day went on it got worse, and I spent Sunday and Monday sitting on the sofa, shaking and aching, with my mouth open, staring at the tele. Thank goodness for the Winter Olympics. All that sport made more exciting by snow.

I know I was ill because not only did I spend twenty minutes waiting for the kettle to boil (when the stove wasn’t even on) but I also tried to put the dirty laundry down the toilet!

2014 02 08 fake flowers windmill somersham

So, for the past few days I’ve not been able to do much. Last week though, last week we crammed loads in! Apart from a couple of lunch’s out, and a mega burger to celebrate Matt’s birthday, we also went to Birmingham to see Killswitch Engage. Cor blimey, they were absolutely awesome!

2014 02 06 photorealism exhibition birmingham 04

In contrast to enjoying a good bit of Metalcore, I was invited to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to visit their exhibition, Photorealism: 50 Years of Hyperealism, and I wrote about it here. The museum is beautiful, and vast, with wonderful mosaic tiled floors. I am sure I will go back.

2014 02 06 mosaic floor birmingham museum

I’ve  been working on a few small collages for the Royal College of Art’s Secret exhibition, (top picture, just a snippet!) Sometimes collage seems too simple to feel like ‘art’, if you know what I mean? (without sounding pompous!)  But I just like pulling together random things to tell a story, so, it works for me!

2014 02 11 charity shop cat painting

Yesterday Susie saved me from myself and took me for lunch and a brief charity shop rummage. It was good to get out and get some fresh air. It was also good to spot this funny cat picture. Adam and I have a passion for paintings of deformed looking animals. I didn’t buy this because it’s just the human hand that looks like rolled-out sausage meat, the kitty is at least recognisable!

Recipe: Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Milk

2014 01 27 cinnamon brown sugar warm milk bedtime drink

The Guardian runs a ‘readers recipes’ page in their weekend Cook section, dosage and sometimes I am inspired to have a go at creating a recipe that fits their theme.  The recent theme was Bedtime Drinks, malady  and immediately two favourites came to mind (I will share the other one soon!)

When I was a child my mum used to make me cinnamon toast as a treat. Hot buttery toast sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, drug and then grilled. This bedtime drink is inspired by that delicious and homely treat. It’s simple to make, and really enjoyable. You don’t just have to have it at bedtime, it would also go down well on a cold Sunday afternoon in front of the fire.

To 250ml of milk add 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of brown sugar. Heat, stir, and sleep well!

2014 01 27 brown sugar spoon

Many Treasures & Full Days

2014 02 01 beech cottage broken pottery finds

I am pretty much always busy, erectile doing something, erectile but this past week seems to have been super filled to the gunnels. It has also, as my photos have shown me, been full of treasure!

I rediscovered this broken crockery in an old chocolate box whilst wishing for banana caramel truffles. Imagine my confusion – disappointment and delight, all in one go! These lovely bits were found around the garden when we lived at Beech Cottage. I’m going to keep the photo, and pass the china on to my friend Louise to incorporate into one of her amazing mosaics.

For the third year in a row, I was one of three judges to select the art for the South Holland Open Arts Exhibition. There were 226 entries to choose from this year. Amongst the broad and eclectic submissions there were some very, VERY unusual pieces, including two Jack Russell’s playing chess, a mermaid rabbit, a painting that I’m sure was made from smeared cat food, and of course, the obligatory wonky tiger. Say no to wonky tigers! We selected some really beautiful pieces though, and I can’t wait to see the exhibition hung.

2014 02 01 mum bought me a book on minerals

My mum found this awesome book, An Introduction to Minerals, for me. It’s a beaut. I love the photography. It seems that rocks and crystals were much more exciting in 1968!

I like collecting old books full of vivid pictures, I also collect photographs of combs, and was really happy to find this cute little cracker comb as my first addition of 2014.

This week I’ve been doing a LOT of drawing (by hand and by computer), and a little bit of writing. What do you do when a good friend turns bad? You write a poem about it and stick it on an oversized fake sushi. Curator Alban Low called it ‘Deliciously dark’, that’s because he is clever and witty!

2014 02 02 pirate sam birthday treasure 03

Do you know Pirate Sam? He wrestles crocodiles and is mightily strong. He’s an excellent cake eater and has the best smile.  He will also be three years old next week. I’m sending him some treasure. I made it. Don’t tell him. I also decorated a treasure chest and made the oldest treasure map in the world. The map has numbers on it, and on the back of the stones are numbers too – you place the stones on the corresponding numbers, flip them all over, and ‘Hey Presto!’ you
discover the name of the treasure-owning pirate. I hope he likes it.

2014 02 01 louise gave me a tin for pinhole camera

Louise gave me this fantastic tin. My friend Neil and I have been collecting tins to turn into pinhole cameras for a little project we are planning… it’s going to turn into a big project, of course!

2014 02 02 winnie hands and tin 01

Winnie likes the tin. Both Winnie and MoJo have been to the vets this week. Winnie has been being sick quite a lot, but fingers crossed we think we’re onto it now, no sicking last night! MoJo had cystitis, caused by stress… awwwwww! He is such a soft thing. The upheaval of decorating the whole upstairs of the house, and moving furniture about, was too much for him. On top of that, Adam was away for three nights in a row, and because of the decorating I slept in the little spare room. I heard the cats go into our bedroom and walk around in the night, but they never came in to see me. One morning I came downstairs and they both had a look of total shock on their faces – I don’t think they even knew I was in the house! Next week things will be back to ‘normal’.

2014 02 02 winnie hands

Nice toes Winnie!

There’s Cress on My Pudding!

edgeware road station londonOn Saturday I went in to London for a couple of work related things and a bit of fun. I boarded the train at 8.52am and made my way to what appeared to be the only empty seat. Apparently it’s train-travel etiquette to drink lager on your travels, no rx (not sure about Jaegermeister). I felt like the odd-one-out with my chai latte. Still, at least that explained why the seat was empty! The disabled passenger alarm went off, and for some unknown reason I forgot to exercise self-control and exclaimed to my closest (in proximity) drinking buddy, “They’re coming for you!” I then delayed the whole carriage from disembarking whilst I snapped a picture of this tiny whimpering thing! I think I may have been the only troublemaker on the train!

 lighting hilton metropole First stop was  the Hilton Metropole, there was a photography trade show on and I had a package to collect from the concierge (want to save yourself having to lug massive packages around with you? This is the cunning answer!) My favourite thing at the hotel was these beautiful lights. The big balloony ones look like fancy bridesmaids skirts to me. The others are definitely decanters.

decanter lights hilton metropole londonI’ve been thinking about making a light for our stairs out of odd vases, so seeing these really inspired me. I might not be able to create something so elegant though.

 subway gallery My chum Rocky took me to the Subway Gallery which was almost directly underneath the Hilton Metropole! There’s a display of work by the MFPA (mouth and foot painting artists). My favourite was the painting by Kun-Shan Hsieh of beautifully coloured water lilies. A few people walked through whilst we were there, some looking, some not. One little boy asked his mum, “Is this a Zoo?” We don’t know why he thought it was a zoo! It makes me think of all those parents who tell their children that when the ice-cream man plays his music he has run out of ice-cream.

horse power darkness and ignorance I needed to pop in to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Taylor Wessing Exhibition for a write-up. There are some really beautiful and unusual photographic portraits on show, (including an image by my old college lecturer Paul Wenham-Clarke!) The exhibition runs until 9th February 2014, if you are about, pop in. It’s £3, an absolute bargain for such visual loveliness!

Rocky really loves a bit of street art, so we wandered the streets, rather than taking the tube, and found some really beauties.

 miss van graffiti I was more than made-up when we came across a real, legitimate, pukka, genuine, and all other words meaning authentic, MISS VAN! Yes, really!

well hung open We headed up to Well Hung, Hoxton’s newest gallery to check out the WH Photography Open. I have a piece from my Reading Rooms Series in there (check out the little dangley dolls feet, top middle. Mine).  It was good to see the space, find out more, and make plans for working together in the future – I will hopefully be curating a photography show here in 2014.

rockys bagRocky needed to take some photos of her bag, so we hung it on a wall and I loitered nearby incase of bag grabbers. I just looked menacing. There wasn’t much chance of me running a distance to perform a citizens arrest.

the diner islington

Our final stop for the day was The Diner, Islington. We ate burgers and drank black cherry soda. It was nice. A lady accidentally hit me with a piece of blue cheese. She apologised. I assumed it was food missile karma as a few years ago I accidentally fired an undercooked carrot at one of Adam’s colleagues.

 
edgeware road station londonOn Saturday I went in to London for a couple of work related things and a bit of fun. I boarded the train at 8.52am and made my way to what appeared to be the only empty seat. Apparently it’s train-travel etiquette to drink lager on your travels, cialis 40mg (not sure about Jaegermeister). I felt like the odd-one-out with my chai latte. Still, medical at least that explained why the seat was empty! The disabled passenger alarm went off, and for some unknown reason I forgot to exercise self-control and exclaimed to my closest (in proximity) drinking buddy, “They’re coming for you!” I then delayed the whole carriage from disembarking whilst I snapped a picture of this tiny whimpering thing! I think I may have been the only troublemaker on the train!

 lighting hilton metropole First stop was  the Hilton Metropole, there was a photography trade show on and I had a package to collect from the concierge (want to save yourself having to lug massive packages around with you? This is the cunning answer!) My favourite thing at the hotel was these beautiful lights. The big balloony ones look like fancy bridesmaids skirts to me. The others are definitely decanters.

decanter lights hilton metropole londonI’ve been thinking about making a light for our stairs out of odd vases, so seeing these really inspired me. I might not be able to create something so elegant though.

 subway gallery My chum Rocky took me to the Subway Gallery which was almost directly underneath the Hilton Metropole! There’s a display of work by the MFPA (mouth and foot painting artists). My favourite was the painting by Kun-Shan Hsieh of beautifully coloured water lilies. A few people walked through whilst we were there, some looking, some not. One little boy asked his mum, “Is this a Zoo?” We don’t know why he thought it was a zoo! It makes me think of all those parents who tell their children that when the ice-cream man plays his music he has run out of ice-cream.

horse power darkness and ignorance I needed to pop in to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Taylor Wessing Exhibition for a write-up. There are some really beautiful and unusual photographic portraits on show, (including an image by my old college lecturer Paul Wenham-Clarke!) The exhibition runs until 9th February 2014, if you are about, pop in. It’s £3, an absolute bargain for such visual loveliness!

Rocky really loves a bit of street art, so we wandered the streets, rather than taking the tube, and found some really beauties.

 miss van graffiti I was more than made-up when we came across a real, legitimate, pukka, genuine, and all other words meaning authentic, MISS VAN! Yes, really!

well hung open We headed up to Well Hung, Hoxton’s newest gallery to check out the WH Photography Open. I have a piece from my Reading Rooms Series in there (check out the little dangley dolls feet, top middle. Mine).  It was good to see the space, find out more, and make plans for working together in the future – I will hopefully be curating a photography show here in 2014.

rockys bagRocky needed to take some photos of her bag, so we hung it on a wall and I loitered nearby incase of bag grabbers. I just looked menacing. There wasn’t much chance of me running a distance to perform a citizens arrest.

the diner islington

Our final stop for the day was The Diner, Islington. We ate burgers and drank black cherry soda. It was nice. A lady accidentally hit me with a piece of blue cheese. She apologised. I assumed it was food missile karma as a few years ago I accidentally fired an undercooked carrot at one of Adam’s colleagues.

 
edgeware road station londonOn Saturday I went in to London for a couple of work related things and a bit of fun. I boarded the train at 8.52am and made my way to what appeared to be the only empty seat. Apparently it’s train-travel etiquette to drink lager on your travels, side effects (not sure about Jaegermeister). I felt like the odd-one-out with my chai latte. Still, cheap at least that explained why the seat was empty! The disabled passenger alarm went off, order and for some unknown reason I forgot to exercise self-control and exclaimed to my closest (in proximity) drinking buddy, “They’re coming for you!” I then delayed the whole carriage from disembarking whilst I snapped a picture of this tiny whimpering thing! I think I may have been the only troublemaker on the train!

 lighting hilton metropole First stop was  the Hilton Metropole, there was a photography trade show on and I had a package to collect from the concierge (want to save yourself having to lug massive packages around with you? This is the cunning answer!) My favourite thing at the hotel was these beautiful lights. The big balloony ones look like fancy bridesmaids skirts to me. The others are definitely decanters.

decanter lights hilton metropole londonI’ve been thinking about making a light for our stairs out of odd vases, so seeing these really inspired me. I might not be able to create something so elegant though.

 subway gallery My chum Rocky took me to the Subway Gallery which was almost directly underneath the Hilton Metropole! There’s a display of work by the MFPA (mouth and foot painting artists). My favourite was the painting by Kun-Shan Hsieh of beautifully coloured water lilies. A few people walked through whilst we were there, some looking, some not. One little boy asked his mum, “Is this a Zoo?” We don’t know why he thought it was a zoo! It makes me think of all those parents who tell their children that when the ice-cream man plays his music he has run out of ice-cream.

I needed to pop in to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Taylor Wessing Exhibition for a write-up. There are some really beautiful and unusual photographic portraits on show, (including an image by my old college lecturer Paul Wenham-Clarke!) The exhibition runs until 9th February 2014, if you are about, pop in. It’s £3, an absolute bargain for such visual loveliness!

horse power

darkness and ignorance

Rocky really loves a bit of street art, so we wandered the streets, rather than taking the tube, and found some really beauties.

 miss van graffiti I was more than made-up when we came across a real, legitimate, pukka, genuine, and all other words meaning authentic, MISS VAN! Yes, really!

well hung open We headed up to Well Hung, Hoxton’s newest gallery to check out the WH Photography Open. I have a piece from my Reading Rooms Series in there (check out the little dangley dolls feet, top middle. Mine).  It was good to see the space, find out more, and make plans for working together in the future – I will hopefully be curating a photography show here in 2014.

rockys bagRocky needed to take some photos of her bag, so we hung it on a wall and I loitered nearby incase of bag grabbers. I just looked menacing. There wasn’t much chance of me running a distance to perform a citizens arrest.

the diner islington

Our final stop for the day was The Diner, Islington. We ate burgers and drank black cherry soda. It was nice. A lady accidentally hit me with a piece of blue cheese. She apologised. I assumed it was food missile karma as a few years ago I accidentally fired an undercooked carrot at one of Adam’s colleagues.

 
edgeware road station londonOn Saturday I went in to London for a couple of work related things and a bit of fun. I boarded the train at 8.52am and made my way to what appeared to be the only empty seat. Apparently it’s train-travel etiquette to drink lager on your travels, this site (not sure about Jaegermeister). I felt like the odd-one-out with my chai latte. Still, side effects at least that explained why the seat was empty! The disabled passenger alarm went off, ampoule and for some unknown reason I forgot to exercise self-control and exclaimed to my closest (in proximity) drinking buddy, “They’re coming for you!” I then delayed the whole carriage from disembarking whilst I snapped a picture of this tiny whimpering thing! I think I may have been the only troublemaker on the train!

 lighting hilton metropole First stop was  the Hilton Metropole, there was a photography trade show on and I had a package to collect from the concierge (want to save yourself having to lug massive packages around with you? This is the cunning answer!) My favourite thing at the hotel was these beautiful lights. The big balloony ones look like fancy bridesmaids skirts to me. The others are definitely decanters.

decanter lights hilton metropole londonI’ve been thinking about making a light for our stairs out of odd vases, so seeing these really inspired me. I might not be able to create something so elegant though.

 subway gallery My chum Rocky took me to the Subway Gallery which was almost directly underneath the Hilton Metropole! There’s a display of work by the MFPA (mouth and foot painting artists). My favourite was the painting by Kun-Shan Hsieh of beautifully coloured water lilies. A few people walked through whilst we were there, some looking, some not. One little boy asked his mum, “Is this a Zoo?” We don’t know why he thought it was a zoo! It makes me think of all those parents who tell their children that when the ice-cream man plays his music he has run out of ice-cream.

I needed to pop in to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Taylor Wessing Exhibition for a write-up. There are some really beautiful and unusual photographic portraits on show, (including an image by my old college lecturer Paul Wenham-Clarke!) The exhibition runs until 9th February 2014, if you are about, pop in. It’s £3, an absolute bargain for such visual loveliness!

horse power

darkness and ignorance

Rocky really loves a bit of street art, so we wandered the streets, rather than taking the tube, and found some really beauties.

 miss van graffiti I was more than made-up when we came across a real, legitimate, pukka, genuine, and all other words meaning authentic, MISS VAN! Yes, really!

well hung open We headed up to Well Hung, Hoxton’s newest gallery to check out the WH Photography Open. I have a piece from my Reading Rooms Series in there (check out the little dangley dolls feet, top middle. Mine).  It was good to see the space, find out more, and make plans for working together in the future – I will hopefully be curating a photography show here in 2014.

rockys bagRocky needed to take some photos of her bag, so we hung it on a wall and I loitered nearby incase of bag grabbers. I just looked menacing. There wasn’t much chance of me running a distance to perform a citizens arrest.

the diner islington

Our final stop for the day was The Diner, Islington. We ate burgers and drank black cherry soda. It was nice. A lady accidentally hit me with a piece of blue cheese. She apologised. I assumed it was food missile karma as a few years ago I accidentally fired an undercooked carrot at one of Adam’s colleagues.

 
edgeware road station londonOn Saturday I went in to London for a couple of work related things and a bit of fun. I boarded the train at 8.52am and made my way to what appeared to be the only empty seat. Apparently it’s train-travel etiquette to drink lager on your travels, sales (not sure about Jaegermeister). I felt like the odd-one-out with my chai latte. Still, information pills at least that explained why the seat was empty! The disabled passenger alarm went off, link and for some unknown reason I forgot to exercise self-control and exclaimed to my closest (in proximity) drinking buddy, “They’re coming for you!” I then delayed the whole carriage from disembarking whilst I snapped a picture of this tiny whimpering thing! I think I may have been the only troublemaker on the train!

 lighting hilton metropole First stop was  the Hilton Metropole, there was a photography trade show on and I had a package to collect from the concierge (want to save yourself having to lug massive packages around with you? This is the cunning answer!) My favourite thing at the hotel was these beautiful lights. The big balloony ones look like fancy bridesmaids skirts to me. The others are definitely decanters.

decanter lights hilton metropole londonI’ve been thinking about making a light for our stairs out of odd vases, so seeing these really inspired me. I might not be able to create something so elegant though.

 subway gallery My chum Rocky took me to the Subway Gallery which was almost directly underneath the Hilton Metropole! There’s a display of work by the MFPA (mouth and foot painting artists). My favourite was the painting by Kun-Shan Hsieh of beautifully coloured water lilies. A few people walked through whilst we were there, some looking, some not. One little boy asked his mum, “Is this a Zoo?” We don’t know why he thought it was a zoo! It makes me think of all those parents who tell their children that when the ice-cream man plays his music he has run out of ice-cream.

I needed to pop in to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Taylor Wessing Exhibition for a write-up. There are some really beautiful and unusual photographic portraits on show, (including an image by my old college lecturer Paul Wenham-Clarke!) The exhibition runs until 9th February 2014, if you are about, pop in. It’s £3, an absolute bargain for such visual loveliness!

horse power

darkness and ignorance

Rocky really loves a bit of street art, so we wandered the streets, rather than taking the tube, and found some really beauties.

 miss van graffiti I was more than made-up when we came across a real, legitimate, pukka, genuine, and all other words meaning authentic, MISS VAN! Yes, really!

well hung open We headed up to Well Hung, Hoxton’s newest gallery to check out the WH Photography Open. I have a piece from my Reading Rooms Series in there (check out the little dangley dolls feet, top middle. Mine).  It was good to see the space, find out more, and make plans for working together in the future – I will hopefully be curating a photography show here in 2014.

rockys bagRocky needed to take some photos of her bag, so we hung it on a wall and I loitered nearby incase of bag grabbers. I just looked menacing. There wasn’t much chance of me running a distance to perform a citizens arrest.

the diner islington

Our final stop for the day was The Diner, Islington. We ate burgers and drank black cherry soda. It was nice. A lady accidentally hit me with a piece of blue cheese. She apologised. I assumed it was food missile karma as a few years ago I accidentally fired an undercooked carrot at one of Adam’s colleagues.
edgeware road station londonOn Saturday I went in to London for a couple of work related things and a bit of fun. I boarded the train at 8.52am and made my way to what appeared to be the only empty seat. Apparently it’s train-travel etiquette to drink lager on your travels, tadalafil (not sure about Jaegermeister). I felt like the odd-one-out with my chai latte. Still, at least that explained why the seat was empty! The disabled passenger alarm went off, and for some unknown reason I forgot to exercise self-control and exclaimed to my closest (in proximity) drinking buddy, “They’re coming for you!” I then delayed the whole carriage from disembarking whilst I snapped a picture of this tiny whimpering thing! I think I may have been the only troublemaker on the train!

 lighting hilton metropole First stop was  the Hilton Metropole, there was a photography trade show on and I had a package to collect from the concierge (want to save yourself having to lug massive packages around with you? This is the cunning answer!) My favourite thing at the hotel was these beautiful lights. The big balloony ones look like fancy bridesmaids skirts to me. The others are definitely decanters.

decanter lights hilton metropole londonI’ve been thinking about making a light for our stairs out of odd vases, so seeing these really inspired me. I might not be able to create something so elegant though.

 subway gallery My chum Rocky took me to the Subway Gallery which was almost directly underneath the Hilton Metropole! There’s a display of work by the MFPA (mouth and foot painting artists). My favourite was the painting by Kun-Shan Hsieh of beautifully coloured water lilies. A few people walked through whilst we were there, some looking, some not. One little boy asked his mum, “Is this a Zoo?” We don’t know why he thought it was a zoo! It makes me think of all those parents who tell their children that when the ice-cream man plays his music he has run out of ice-cream.

I needed to pop in to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Taylor Wessing Exhibition for a write-up. There are some really beautiful and unusual photographic portraits on show, (including an image by my old college lecturer Paul Wenham-Clarke!) The exhibition runs until 9th February 2014, if you are about, pop in. It’s £3, an absolute bargain for such visual loveliness!

horse power

darkness and ignorance

Rocky really loves a bit of street art, so we wandered the streets, rather than taking the tube, and found some real beauties.

 miss van graffiti I was more than made-up when we came across a real, legitimate, pukka, genuine, and all other words meaning authentic, MISS VAN! Yes, really!

well hung open We headed up to Well Hung, Hoxton’s newest gallery to check out the WH Photography Open. I have a piece from my Reading Rooms Series in there (check out the little dangley dolls feet, top middle. Mine).  It was good to see the space, find out more, and make plans for working together in the future – I will hopefully be curating a photography show here in 2014.

rockys bagRocky needed to take some photos of her bag, so we hung it on a wall and I loitered nearby incase of bag grabbers. I just looked menacing. There wasn’t much chance of me running a distance to perform a citizens arrest.

the diner islington

Our final stop for the day was The Diner, Islington. We ate burgers and drank black cherry soda. It was nice. A lady accidentally hit me with a piece of blue cheese. She apologised. I assumed it was food missile karma as a few years ago I accidentally fired an undercooked carrot at one of Adam’s colleagues.
passionfruit white chocolate pudding

Louise and I went for lunch, website and look what happened – they put cress on my pudding! I’m not complaining, price it was a beautiful contrast for the passionfruit creme and white chocolate. Oh yum!

IMG_6432

It feels like we are nearing completion on the house renovations. MoJo isn’t very good at choosing colours, he’d rather be looking at meaty biscuits. Winnie would also prefer to look at meaty biscuits!

winnie doesn't like the butternut squash

In a couple of weeks we’ll be getting carpets fitted, and I can’t wait! We pulled up the ancient Axminster not long after we moved here, so we’ve been trundling around on bare boards for years. Bring the carpet, bring the plush, soft carpet! The only thing that I will miss is this bit of old newspaper that’s stuck to the bottom stair – it says something about a Roller Derby!

roller derby newspaper

I’ve been busy working on projects and writing  articles for Shutter Hub, if you want to read my thoughts on the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery, and the Well Hung Photography OPEN, click here and here.

 winnie and mojo sofa

The weather has gone cold. Winnie has decided MoJo has his uses!

 sofa cuddle

Lights, Art & Food Missile Karma

edgeware road station london

On Saturday I went in to London for a couple of work related things and a bit of fun. I boarded the train at 8.52am and made my way to what appeared to be the only empty seat. Apparently it’s train-travel etiquette to drink lager on your travels, tadalafil (not sure about Jaegermeister). I felt like the odd-one-out with my chai latte. Still, at least that explained why the seat was empty! The disabled passenger alarm went off, and for some unknown reason I forgot to exercise self-control and exclaimed to my closest (in proximity) drinking buddy, “They’re coming for you!” I then delayed the whole carriage from disembarking whilst I snapped a picture of this tiny whimpering thing! I think I may have been the only troublemaker on the train!

 lighting hilton metropole

First stop was  the Hilton Metropole, there was a photography trade show on and I had a package to collect from the concierge (want to save yourself having to lug massive packages around with you? This is the cunning answer!) My favourite thing at the hotel was these beautiful lights. The big balloony ones look like fancy bridesmaids skirts to me. The others are definitely decanters.

decanter lights hilton metropole london

I’ve been thinking about making a light for our stairs out of odd vases, so seeing these really inspired me. I might not be able to create something so elegant though.

 subway gallery

My chum Rocky took me to the Subway Gallery which was almost directly underneath the Hilton Metropole! There’s a display of work by the MFPA (mouth and foot painting artists). My favourite was the painting by Kun-Shan Hsieh of beautifully coloured water lilies. A few people walked through whilst we were there, some looking, some not. One little boy asked his mum, “Is this a Zoo?” We don’t know why he thought it was a zoo! It makes me think of all those parents who tell their children that when the ice-cream man plays his music he has run out of ice-cream.

I needed to pop in to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Taylor Wessing Exhibition for a write-up. There are some really beautiful and unusual photographic portraits on show, (including an image by my old college lecturer Paul Wenham-Clarke!) The exhibition runs until 9th February 2014, if you are about, pop in. It’s £3, an absolute bargain for such visual loveliness!

horse power

darkness and ignorance

Rocky really loves a bit of street art, so we wandered the streets, rather than taking the tube, and found some real beauties.

 miss van graffiti I was more than made-up when we came across a real, legitimate, pukka, genuine, and all other words meaning authentic, MISS VAN! Yes, really!

well hung open

We headed up to Well Hung, Hoxton’s newest gallery to check out the WH Photography Open. I have a piece from my Reading Rooms Series in there (check out the little dangley dolls feet, top middle. Mine).  It was good to see the space, find out more, and make plans for working together in the future – I will hopefully be curating a photography show here in 2014.

rockys bag

Rocky needed to take some photos of her bag, so we hung it on a wall and I loitered nearby incase of bag grabbers. I just looked menacing. There wasn’t much chance of me running a distance to perform a citizens arrest.

the diner islington

Our final stop for the day was The Diner, Islington. We ate burgers and drank black cherry soda. It was nice. A lady accidentally hit me with a piece of blue cheese. She apologised. I assumed it was food missile karma as a few years ago I accidentally fired an undercooked carrot at one of Adam’s colleagues.

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