Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tutti fruiti

Dear PS3 - please play my DVD. I came back to work to find that the entire Deanna Durbin DVD collection had arrived. Hurrah! Except that I can't seem to watch anything. Sigh. First day at work wasn't so bad. I was a bit scared to go at first (I dreamt that I got in trouble for parking the library horse in the wrong spot and having it towed...) It turns out that I work with some real nice people and got lots of support. I even got to leave work early to come home and watch a DVD. And you know how that turned out. On the way home I saw a bunch of mini bananas that just screamed Carmen Miranda. I'm sure I can do something with them. It just might not be something I can leave the house in! - Toodle Pip!

Sunday, September 23, 2012


Home from holidays! And still struggling with jet lag... It's so good to be back with the kitty cats and in our little apartment. Though it would be good to get a bit of sunshine! I'm so happy to be home I'm feeling very nesty. We got new bed linen. It has palm trees and hula girls on it and I love it. Though it's almost impossible to find colored sheets - everything is taupe, cream, stone, ivory, white or parchment. So if anyone sees some yellow queen sized cotton sheets please let me know! I'm very keen on yellow at the moment. My mum knitted me this: Here's some more yellow inspiration... - Toodle Pip!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Jane Austen in the tattoo parlour

Back in London! And I discover the British Film Institute. Oh my! What an absolute treasure this cinema is. A shop just bursting with 1940s films and documentaries! An Alfred Hitchcock festival with lots of his early silent British films! I absolutely loved the place - except they don't serve choc tops - essential to visiting the picture palace in my opinion. They also have booths where you can watch, for free, movies, tv shows and documentaries from their collection.

On my birthday, after a long and lazy brunch, I went to South Kensington to the V&A Museum. They had a beautiful fashion collection that I absolutely loved. We then went to visit the medieval section - lots of tapestries and armour for knights and horses, as well as beautiful carved wooden church ornamentation. Rose and I finished up having home made lemonade, scones and raspberry jam and clotted cream in the garden courtyard. I then headed off to the BFI and watched a 1936 George Formby film - I like him so much! When I got home Rose had made us a roast chicken dinner for my birthday, with home grown potatoes and corn. Yum yum!

One of the big events for our holiday - Kim was finally getting his Bomber Command tattoo - in honour of his dad, who flew Lancasters with the RAF during the war. It's absolutely magnificent but was a bit nervous making. I sat in the palour and read Jane Austen while he had it done. Here's a sneak peek of three hours' worth of tattooing!

A picnic in the Parc du Champ-de-Mars

Soooo much to do in Paris! We've Louvred and Musee d'Orsayed, sat around drinking lots of coffee at little bistros, stuffed ourselves senseless with little dainty cakes, rested in a medieval garden and had a picnic at the base of the Eiffel Tower. Everyone has been super friendly, we've done ok with our highschool French and walked miles and miles. Our apartments have been super sweet and up flights of worn wooden stairs from marble foyers. I am in love...

A bike ride to a palace

One of the big events for our Paris trip was a bike ride through Versailles. Oh my, the splendour! We went with Fat Tyre Tours and it was such a lovely day. The sun shone, we caught a train to Versailles and shopped at the markets there. Oh my! We had crepes with ham and cheese to keep us going - picked up some gooey camembert and a soft cheese with walnut paste that was in season, a loaf of olive bread and the biggest slice of quiche I've ever seen. Food in France is everything that you imagine - amazing! We then road through the fields of Versailles, past Marie Antoinette's peasant village and through the forests. We picnicked at the end of the grand canal, looking up towards the palace. The food was good, the grass was long and the sun was shiney - so we had a little snooze. On towards the palace which defies description! We took a turn through the formal gardens which were magnificent before heading off for a cup of tea at a local bistro. Tired and happy making.