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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

weekend wrapup

On Saturday after doing some window and not window shopping, Ste and I reconvened to walk to the Tate Modern.

Tate Modern

Found a cool plaque on the northbank on the way there.

The tower

The primary reason for going was not art, but to have lunch in their restaurant up on the 7th floor. Unfortunately, as it was an extremely sunny day, they had to close the blinds so I was not blinded while eating.

My crab

SJ's roasted veg

Gooseberry crumble for dessert (this was the best bit mmm mmm)

The view from the top

We passed by Monument (the monument to the great fire in London), before going to Oxford St to get a mattress pad in the sales :)

Then Saturday we went back to the bwarkers... and to watch the footie of course :)

Their hens really wanted to get indoors, so they have set up a chicken-gate to keep them and their poops out.

And of course, a play on a theme, more Liberty fabrics- this time from their SALE :) Lots of one meter lengths for 30% off makes me a very happy girl :) :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

weekend wrapup

On Saturday we decided to go on one of our long walks, the weather tried to hold up for us, but it did rain a bit.

Albert Memorial

Copper Birch?


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Water sculpture outside of the Economist offices in central London.

These artistic elephants appeared all over London a few weeks ago to bring awareness to the plight of the Asian elephant. I liked this London inspired one.

Ste analyzing the makeup of the "washer" elephant

Lots of people taking photos.

After our long Saturday walk and a movie, we decided to have a home Sunday.

Carrort Muffin debris and G&T residue

Woodworking

Zucchini pasta, mmm mmmm.

(Ste is making a trailer for his bike from found wood and my old bike parts.)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

jumping hens

I meant to post this last weekend but I forgot.
Here is the fabulous jumping hen...

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

old and new

Yesterday evening we were sitting in front of Ste's computer and his screensaver came on showing all the photos on his computer, and this little time capsule appeared...

This was taken in May 2007, when I first started at the shop, and this is our 'Quirky' room, and my oh my, how things have changed. I actually went into shock for a few minutes because I didn't remember it ever looking like this. Pre-low shelving unit, pre-tiles, pre-English, pre-almost everything.

So today we took a photo of the 'Quirkies' as they appear today. What a vast improvement in three short years. So much more inviting, and fun, and BRITISH.

Who knows what it will look like in an other 3 years...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

zucchini raisin muffin


Got into an impulsive baking mood last night. The result? Incredibly moist, delicious zucchini raisin muffins. Almost too moist actually.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

weekend wrapup

This past Saturday we went over to see Matt and Vicky and their bwakers...

the eggs, they're getting a bit bigger

the pansies are now protected from snacking, although Penny looks like she thinks she can get some

Margo standing victorious in the conquered ex-carrot patch.

Lucy perching
she got there by herself

I made blueberry muffins in the morning and took them over.
Vicky's comment "they look like proper muffins!"

They gave us the eggs to take back so we made scrambled eggs on Sunday morning. Somewhat of a fair trade since I left them with breakfast muffins.

And we made quick bake nutty yogurt bread.
Yum.

Unfortunately, Ste got himself a crick in his neck last week and was in continued pain over the weekend despite our various homemade remedies. He's going to an Osteopath today so fingers crossed they will help sort him out.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

weekend home style: rustic and cozy

I'm sure I found this home on Design Sponge, but I don't know when.

This week I am in the mood for a rustic cozy country cottage.







Have a good Saturday!
We're off this afternoon to visit with our friends and their bwaker chickens and to watch the World Cup England vs. USA game :)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Arts & Crafts

On Saturday when we went to Liberty I also stopped to take some photos of the annual Arts and Crafts (1850-1950) selling. This year they did not have it in the 4th floor rotunda, but in one of the side rooms, which I felt worked against the unique feeling of the sale.

But they did have a piece of original William Morris Strawberry Thief fabric (for a mere £2500). Mom- I think we did much better for you ;)

I like the different lines of Arts & Crafts furniture pieces. Much more interesting than a lot of furniture today.

As a fellow stained-glass person I found this very inspiring.

Talking about furniture with interest...

I really liked these inlaid wooden silhouette pieces.

very pretty.

And this year they had more of an emphasis on copper items. I do really like some of the hammered Arts & Crafts designs they use. There are some nickel plated Arts & Crafts finger plates in the shop and, sadly, no one has found them as inspiring yet.

Arts & Crafts meets chinoiserie?

And finally those typical Arts & Crafts themes.

This years show was a bit lacking for me. More of an emphasis on furniture instead of all the other nice details, and hardly any upholstered furniture, which are often the highlights for me. But I still enjoy going!

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