Sunday, December 19, 2010

Snowy Saturday in London

Yesterday was a great day in London. It snowed. Proper big snowflakes that are a couple of inches thick on the ground outside, hours after they fell. It is a winter wonderland. And it has been so so so long since I've walked through a magical white world that today felt beautiful and special. We went all about the city. First to Bermondsey to St John's new bakery under a railway arch on Druid Street for vanilla custard donuts. We got there quite a bit later than I wanted to (bed was cosy and it was cold out there!) and if it hadn't been for the snow the donuts would have been sold out before we arrived.
This monkey might look grumpy and you might think he doesn't like the snow
but he's just grumpy because I'm taking a photo and keeping him from his donut.

We wandered back to London Bridge with the snow freezing into our faces but utterly delighted because it was snowing so hard that it was almost a white out - you couldn't see Tower Bridge to the East. Snow! So much snow!

Then off to Trafalgar Square and a coffee (and mini rhubarb danish) at Notes, which is new and bright and lovely and one of my favorite spots in the centre. We sat at the benches at the back and C explained the Pink Panther movie that was on but silenced and we laughed and waited out the snow, which temporarily turned to rain.

I like the lights at Notes. Also I have discovered Hipstamatic.
Now my photos have vintage flair!
Back out into the world to Covent Garden to go see the Christmas Tree that lights up when you kiss beneath the mistletoe. It wasn't working. Which was sad. But we kissed in front of it anyways and the kiss seemed to work and it made me feel lit up, so at least we had that going for us.

We stood in the cold, trying to decide which way to go, together or apart. I asked if C was hungry. He was. So we went to Dishoom for chai and lovely bits of comforting Indian food. 

Chris went his way to buy me Christmas presents.

I went my way to buy me Christmas presents.

Present I wanted to buy for me
I don't know where C went.

I wandered through Long Acre and heard a magnificient gospel choir in front of the Covent Garden Floral Academy. I shopped and then got on a bus heading home. I got off the bus and went to Redchurch Street because I had read on Twitter about a little pannettone pop up shop and that seemed like an excellent plan. I went in, tasted, bought, went back to buy a small slice so C and I could have a snack when we got home.

Then home and a quiet evening in  with salmon, salsa verde and sweet potato wedges. Oh and we've some left over ice wine so we'll be eating that over ice cream while we watch a movie tonight.

Thursday, December 9, 2010


I went to Bournemouth to go shopping. Yup, four hour round trip train ride for three hours of shopping. It was totally worth it. After shopping I went for a walk and it was pretty. But the coffee was terrible.

Potential home by the sea



Russell - Coates Museum

Monday, November 8, 2010

Tami Comes to Visit!

And we did all sorts of stuff and went all sorts of places and I took tons of pictures but for some reason they are all gone and the only one I have left is this one.

Saturday, July 31, 2010


Chris grew carrots! They were delicious!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Back in March, L and I visited Amsterdam for a weekend. What followed was a lovely time of bikes, coffee, delicious food (Indonesian!) and relaxation.

Droog Design

The most awesome bookcase ever

Bridge Signage

Power boxes have cool typography

The Public Library

Gorgeous lights at the Library

Clean lines, good books

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sausages for everybody!

What C did not specify in the post below is how many sausages. There were six of us who did the class together. We made two types - traditional and Italian. This is half of what the six of us made. It equals EIGHT kilos. Eight kilos of sausage in the fridge... is .... half... of the total we all brought home.

Luckily Mike had his party last night and we forced everyone to eat sausages. That did about four kilos in. Sausage dinner party anyone?

Saturday, July 24, 2010


A selection of photos from a fantastic weekend. Click through for larger, uncropped versions.

Friday, July 23, 2010


L and I attended one of the Ginger Pig's sausage-making classes on Thursday night. She proved to be particularly good at linking up the sausages as you'll see below.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Art Wall

In every city and apartment that I've lived, I've always had a vision of one wall dedicated entirely to art, picture upon picture hung much like the Paris Salon.

Here in London, L and I are still working on that goal but we're pretty close. Photos were snapped on my phone, so there are some odd angles and exposure. Sorry about that.

Our main wall as it stands right now

On the far left hand side is this print by the awesomely talented Brian Taylor. It lives on clips inside of a frame I found by the garbage cans.

A limited edition print by Sanjay Patel, who is all kinds of awesome. You may have seen his "Little Book of Hindu Deities".

Heh. A Wodehousian take on a very, very popular (really, it's everywhere and I'm tired of it) British print.

A detail of a print we picked up from the Lyrics and Type show. See the full print.

More once it's all done! I'm expecting another couple of prints soon…

Saturday, July 3, 2010

New Stamps

There are some new passport stamps over there on the left. That means L and I have been travelling and instead of blogging. More soon!

Monday, March 8, 2010

In this photo: Statler and Waldorf

Whenever L and I visit a beautiful theatre, in this case the Royal Opera House, I expect all kinds of heckling to break out from those two old curmudgeons in the balcony.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Leah and I visited Bonhams auction house today in Knightsbridge today. They have an amazing lot of costumes and props from Doctor Who under the gavel. So it's no surprise that more London Nerdness ensued.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Bits of Home

It's funny because just the other day, Leah was feeling homesick.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The New York Public Library

Going through my archives, I found this from a couple of years ago.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Not the Rice You're Looking For…

You might think this well polished, aromatic basmati rice is a good deal, but it's not. The price is just there to lure you in. In short? It's a trap.

Sorry. I couldn't resist.