Thursday, 30 July 2009

Salads - Not Just Lettuce and Cucumber!

I love salads, but I'm rubbish at experimenting with salad ingredients! I came across this inspirational collection of 101 salads published by the New York Times recently - it makes my mouth water just reading the ingredient list. We just need some sunshine now!
Picture from the New York Times website

Sunday, 19 July 2009


We spent last weekend in Rome for a friend's wedding - the first time I have ever been to Italy (which I almost can't believe). Anyway, I really recommend it - so beautiful, steeped in history, something to see around every corner and just generally awesome. I can't wait to go back again - although I might take things a little easier next time (we walked so far!!!) One tip for you if you do go... you don't need to bother with the fancy schmancy ice cream parlours - head straight to a Blue Ice gelateria. Amazing... Anyway, rather than give you the usual holiday snaps, here's some random Rome graffiti...

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Rooftop Treats

I love this photo! We were on one of our London trips a while ago and I randomly helped a stranger lift a massive picture off his car roof rack - just off Brick Lane. He then very kindly offered to show us the view from the roof top of his apartment block, which was incredible. It looked out over the old chimney pots and The Gherkin and it was spectacular. Definitely worth sharing, so here's another one...

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Hello There!

This is one of our most recent purchases - a 'Hello There' chair designed by Jeremy Harvey in 1978. It's a metal chair that says 'Hello' in the back, and 'There' in the seat and I've wanted one for such a long time! We thought about importing one from Europe, but that seemed a bit silly (not to mention expensive). Sally finally found one for sale in the UK from a great company that sells mid-century furniture. The chair was originally produced in lots of wonderful colours but I'm glad we got the yellow one - it makes me happy every time I see it!

Balmy Summer's Eve

I had the loveliest day yesterday! We went into London at lunch time to meet lovely Davina who is in a whirlwind of baking at the moment. She even baked the most delicious scones for us to have cream tea! Then we went to Hyde Park armed with a picnic, and listened to Vampire Weekend, which was ace. All that, then back on the train to lie on the floor of the kitchen looking out and enjoying the gorgeous summer evening. I took the photo at about 10.30pm, and it was still gloriously light. I'm not great with high temperatures, but these evenings are worth every moment of discomfort...