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Seventies childhood

16 Jul

20130716-131654.jpgThanks to my mum, who saved seemingly everything, my kids are having a very seventies childhood. They know who the Flumps and Bagpuss are, and can sing the ‘Two little girls’ and ‘Three of these things belong together’ songs from early Sesame Street … Not only that… they wear all the clothes we did as kids (tartan skirts, Brierleys of Blackburn dresses, French jersey pedal pushers) and those that I have made are quite often upcycled from vintage pillowcases etc. Of course they have all the toys and books too. Tidying up just now we fell in love all over again with this illustrated fairy story book by Hutchings Studio (Gordon Hutchings?) for St Michael (as all M&S goods were then labelled). I love David Weidman and Hanna Barbera too and these are in the same general drift don’t you think?






Lost in books

7 Aug


Bookish week. I saw the artist group aMAZEme constructing this maze of books in the back of the Royal Festival Hall two weekends ago. When you pop in to see it make sure you also check out the Poetry Library on the 5th floor. It is free, has every British poetry book from the last hundred years and more and you can borrow. If you live a way off you can post the books back to return them. It is the perfect risk free way to discover new poets. Then there is Foyles in the basement of the RFH and the main shop across the river on Charing Cross Rd and the Tate bookshop for art books and the second hand stalls under the bridge in front of the NFT. Lots happening on the South Bank these Olympic weeks. The food markets are also on every day.
Grain Edit for the photos of the finished work:

I would like to live in… Much Ado Books

6 Aug


I have been to City Lights in San Francisco, Shakespeare & Co in Paris, Daunts and Foyles in London, but up there among the best bookshops in the world, and the one I look forward to visiting most, is Much Ado books in Alfriston, in the sublime South Downs. It demonstrates what a bookshop is for in this era of ipad downloads, kindles & the alleged death of print… Discovery. The selection is just perfect. And to top the carefully edited choice of fiction, cookery, philosophy… comes a truly inspiring bohemian environment. This is as your house would be if the books took over, someone took the kids out for the day, all your long planned ambitions to create the perfect mis en scene magically came to fruition, the coffee began to whoosh on the stove, and you had nothing to do all day but muck about and read books. Yes, it is Heaven.

Fig leaves at Glyndebourne

6 Aug

Smashing Fairy Queen at Glyndebourne. Like a 17th century sketch show. Basically a much more watchable version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Very rude in those woods, pretty coarse at times. It must be the mood of the times… Benny Hill in the time outs at the beach volley ball and 7ft bunnies frolicking every which way to the strains of Purcell at Glyndebourne. Jonathan Kent’s staging was a feast. A near naked Adam and Eve vignette something of a highlight. I plucked a fig leaf from the gardens afterwards as a memento.
Love the Glyndebourne wind turbine but had to turn around to eat my picnic… It made me feel I was on the clock rather than entirely at my leisure in a rural idyll.


Garden filled with sculpture. I loved this Diana:


Nearly cocktail hour

15 Jul


Nearly cocktail hour chez Pink. Lately been serving ours in dinky vintage coffee cups. Has the added benefit of keeping measures modest! Look out for Bottoms Up, a 1950s American cocktail book by Ted Saucier. Let’s just say the accompanying illustrations are cheerful! See above, ‘Bachelor Girl’ involving ‘jiggers’ of Grand Marnier, Brandy, lemon juice, grenadine… & (optional) nude abandon.