Monday, 30 August 2010


Am on holiday at the moment. Hoping to post some photos soon but wi-fi not so great.
I also seem unable to string together a sentence. Will try again tomorrow.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Snacks On Sticks

I picked up this from-another-era leaflet which was on a stall in the flea market in Ludlow last week end.  

I feel that my life could benefit from some of the regimentation of the neat little cheese-based cocktail snack arrangement. And I love that shade of blue - so cheery.

Not so sure about the glace cherries and cheese combo though.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

I'm Very Sorry But I Can't Help Myself

The Ernest Race Antelope chair designed for the Festival of Britain in 1951 is one of my top, top favourites. 

Is it not a beauty?

Images from here and here.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Mind Travels

Go here.

Read the rich, painterly words of Jan Morris (pg 49).

And dream.

Via here

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Blue Sky Thinking

I probably should have saved this for November or February but why wait? I love Magnolia and it pays us such a brief visit each year - it can always be Spring if you have this up at your window.

So if it is dull outside, pull down this blind (above) and dream away.

Photo from Ella Doran.

Monday, 9 August 2010

You, I Like

Coming across these chairs pleased me no end.

The 'Tio' collection is designed by Swedish company Mass Productions. Read more about them here and take a look at the rest of this elegant collection.

These chairs seem to me as if they could be distantly related to the Bertoia side chair.

Photo from twentytwentyone

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Sensible Just Got Serious

These'll do. 

Or if not those, these.

Top Ones: Pricey
Bottom Ones: Less So

Workshop In Walworth

I love workshops.

A visit to this one (stay with me) turned around a not-so-interesting day that had - before going there - been dominated by a necessary administrative task that involved lots of waiting.

Benbow Metalwork is tucked away on a side street in Walworth, very close to East Street Market. The pathway from the street is strewn with broken wooden fencing, lengths of steel and general junk. The workshop itself contains current jobs, bits and pieces of metal, old machinery and relics of the former forge which stood on this site - including the furnace, two anvils and a circular, buried-in-the-ground 'cooling' pool.

There's no flooring as such, just a ruddy coloured mud dust which has coated every surface and every thing. (Much more intense in hue than the flash photographs show.)

These tools on the back wall fascinated me. They are redundant now but some of them would have been used in the making and repairing of 'barrow' wheels for the stalls at the nearby market. The circular instruments on the left are called 'travellers' and were used for measuring the circumference of the barrow wheels.

I think it would be great to be in possession of some practical skills of the kind to justify one's own workshop and furnish it with a solid, high work bench with a vice attached and a chest of tools. For now though I will satisfy my interest by nosing around the workshops of others. 

Wednesday, 4 August 2010


Here are some clouds.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Garden Partners

"If you look at these chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes right through them."

These Bertoia Side Chairs - lots of them by the way - 

now inhabit the garden at the V&A
They've been paired up with these 
equally lovely Eero Saarinen Tulip 
dining and side tables. 
Grand they look.

Monday, 2 August 2010

A Shed Of One's Own

I know people who would very much like a shed of their own: a place to work, think, write or sit. One lucky fellow in our home who was given this summer house for his birthday has set it up as a science lab/chocolate pantry/hideout/office.

There's a bit of finishing off to do - a coat of paint and a few bits and bobs inside to make it feel homely -but I must say that I really, really like it and indeed may have to borrow it for myself. For work related things of course.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Birthday Cakes

Almost feeling sick and in need of some fruit, water or at least a plate of steamed vegetables. All on account of the quantities of cake batter that have been mixed here recently.

Y'see there's been a birthday in this house and - as is the norm in our family - there's never just one birthday related event to be catered for. This particular celebration required three: the family do, the other one and then the extra birthday treat type outing. So three cakes. And then of course there was the experimental cooking happening with left-over biscuit mix/brownie batter. I don't know how to spell how I feel after visualising that one.

So am I over compensating for something? Probably. Showing my love through baked goods? It appears that way. Whatever - all ended well, the day was enjoyed and without too many tears, but I now have tummy ache and am looking for a good home for the last of the brownies.

This photograph below shows eight candles on a very tiny cake. By this stage we all - birthday boy included - couldn't really look at anything sweet or baked and this suggestion of birthday-ness was divided into three little morsels for those who decided to go for it.