Thursday, 19 November 2009

Roll Of The Dice Snake

I've just been watching an amazing program on BBC2 about black mamba snakes in Swaziland - one of Africa's most dangerous snakes. It reminded me of this photo that my brother found in the family archives. It's a dice snake that we had as a pet when we were little, and I just think the photo is ace. Anyway, I just wanted share my snakey past...

Thursday, 12 November 2009


We had the most amazing day yesterday! We went to the VIP opening of the Rob Ryan exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and it was incredible! If you get chance to visit before it finishes you really should - and I'm not just saying that because they are selling one of the best tea towels on the market! We got to meet Sir Paul Smith who is officially the nicest man in the world (he opened the event). We also got to eat the most amazing canap├ęs, meet all the people we have been talking to for the last 6 months and lastly (and most importantly) see some of the amazing work Rob has done during his time as an artist. The Rob Ryan exhibition is on until the 21st February 2010, so you have still got quite a bit of time to visit. Make it a date!

Pictures: Part of the exhibition (top), Paul Smith during his speech (below), Sally in front of some of the artwork (middle bottom) and a one of Rob's trademark birds standing on a hand rail (bottom).

Monday, 2 November 2009

Going Dutch

We have just spent an amazing long weekend in Holland - The Hague to be precise. It's such a lovely city - not just criminal courts! I don't normally do high street shops as every high street in the UK pretty much looks the same. It's not until you venture somewhere special that you find interesting quirky shops (like Columbia Rd in London, for example). The nice thing about being in foreign climes is that even the high street shops are new and exciting! My favourites this time were Dille and Kamille and V&D. Dille and Kamille (the last two pictures) is a gorgeous shop that sells all the basics that you could possibly need for the home. It's a treasure trove of everything from gorgeous natural bent-wood chairs to kitchen utensils I didn't even know I needed! V&D is a department store, but the food counters had me drooling. The marzipan fruits (above) and the bizarre hog roast styled pigs (below) really did taste as good as they looked!