Saturday, 27 March 2010

flowers everywhere

Everyone around is making really jealous talking about their gardens, their plants and flowers, pruning techniques and so on and so forth...pffff! It's not easy not having your own piece of land.
So, OK, I said to myself, but you still have one of the best parks just around the corner, not to metion loads of lovely flowers all around. That's the good thing about London, I guess. Despite being a very big town, there are plenty of green places dotted all around. So as I went shopping this afternoon I took along my camera and see if I could capture a bit of the old London spring. And this is what I came across...
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did earlier today. Have a good weekend everyone!

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

work in progress

This weekend I  started cutting some bits of fabric to make an assorted pocket purse to match my curvy clutch from a few days ago, but the lights went dim all of a sudden, and then the phone rang, etc etc. In the end I didn't go any further than this...

I can't wait to finish it, I love coordinating accesories. And as I am really into my flowery fabrics at the moment, the more the merrier, right?

Monday, 22 March 2010

always, sometimes, never...

I always...
* eat the skin around my nail (i know, gross!)
* wish I was completely polyglot
* try and cook from scratch (but a take-away is nice on a rainy Friday night)
* want more time to sew

I sometimes...
* forget my shopping list
* wonder how some people have hundreds of followers (is there a magic recipe??) 
* have a white coffee
* manage to think of the wittiest comment at the right time

I never...
* really liked spring, I find it depressing somehow
* get bored with my man
* eat offall - and never will!

Thursday, 18 March 2010

 Isn't he the sweetest guy?

Monday, 15 March 2010

* - nine years - *

(Photo from Guille, for info, contact Atina Alga)

And what better way to celebrate than a magic trip on the other side of the world? If you have any special good adresses for Japan, any cool places to see / not miss, I'd love to hear from you!

Sunday, 14 March 2010

It's back on!!

Oh yes, for the first time in a loooonnnnnng time, I have finally gotten round to doing a bit of sewing. I made this curvy clutch with the patterns I purchased last autumn.

I have added some ribbon on the side, I think it makes it nicer, and you can slip your finger through it.

I am not so happy with the pocket though, it's looking a bit flappy. Any ideas how to improve on that for next time?

Saturday, 13 March 2010


This afternoon I spotted one of our local foxes again. I watched him play with a ball, and was amazed to see how much he beahaved like a cat!
When I finally reached for my camera, he spotted me and looked right into my eyes...

Tuesday, 9 March 2010


Yesterday Atina Alga posted a song dedicated to all women. I feel it's my turn now, but I have chosen a tongue-in-cheek one from one of my favourite French movie of the last few years:
**Les chansons d'amour**
In it, the divine Louis Garrel cannot help himself and is part of a cheeky menage-a-trois.
I really recommend this (very musical) movie to any French cinema lover. I have become obsessed with all its songs. Here's one of my favourites. Enjoy it!

Monday, 8 March 2010

le pont Mirabeau

My late grandmother had this poem framed in her house, just above the armchair and next to the window. I remember reading it over and over in my childhood, then as time went on I sort of forgot about it. Driving home just now, one of its line sprung back to memory,
"La joie venait toujours apres la peine"
(Joy always came after sorrow)

I guess it just sums up how I'm feeling right now. It has been a tough few weeks, and I am finally feeling happier with myself, with work, and life in general.
I was lucky enough to spend the week-end in Lille (well, I did have to look after 70 odd kiddos, but still!) and have brought back a few pics to share with you.

*The most dream-like of all sculptures - hanging floating nymphs at the Beaux-Arts metro station*

- The office tourism building -

- A humback cat in the "rue des chats bossus" -

**My perfect vision - a window full of lovely cakes!**

Hope you've enjoyed those. Lille is a beautiful town with plenty to see...and it's only a couple of hours away by Eurostar, so it's an ideal place to visit for a week-end. Now that I'm feeling miles better, I'm sure you'll excuse me as I have about a tonne of French food to go prepare/cook/relish/devour!!

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