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Mittwoch, 29. Oktober 2014

My top 10 UK trip pictures

Number 1 arty-farty shot for Instagram: Waiting for the opening of the National Portrait Gallery in the morning.




A wet and windy visit to the seaside.



Blink and you'll miss it, catching a rare ray of autumnly sunshine!




Tower Bridge reflected in Boris Johnsons City Hall.





Most atmospheric, goosebump-giving shot: The installation "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" by artist Paul Cummins. Red ceramic poppies marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.





Number 2 arty-farty, I'll try everything to get an unusual piccie-shot of the wrought-iron fence of the Houses of Parliament.




You can never take too many pictures of the Tower Bridge!




The Royal Pavilion Brighton, amazingly silly and extravagant.



The double Shard shot! I was too stingy to pay 25 Pounds for the viewing platform. Somebody invite me for dinner at the Shard restaurant please!



The old versus new architecture shot. I got the Shard from every possible angle!


Montag, 27. Oktober 2014

Sew special - handmade gifts!

At last I managed to hand-over the latest batch of gifts so that I can proudly show them to you:

1. Apron with a very fitting detail, the cookery pocket:


2. The wedding gift, personalized sequinned pillow cases (made from scratch). Ideal for lovely friends with short names or whose names you can shorten.



 3. The  gift for the expecting mother, who can't have too many thingies to wipe off any kind of spill.






4. Handy make-up zipper bags for the already mentioned lover of toadstools and UK fan.



5. Very versatile, personalized bags to carry everything from knickers to toys.






Dienstag, 21. Oktober 2014

Viennese Waltzes in Covent Garden

Despite the horribly wet and windy weather I had a lovely morning when I came across some jaunty tunes  at St. Paul's Church in Covent Garden during my trip to the UK. The little garden of the church is an old favourite of mine where I've been before to sit down and admire the roses. 


This time sitting down was out of the question but when I went inside to have a look at the charity christmas card sale I discovered the London Firebird Orchestra rehearsing for their concert "A Viennese Whirl - A magnificent selection of Viennese favourites by Johann Strauss II, reminiscent of the famous  Vienna new years day concerts, performed alongside other Austrian classics by Haydn and Mozart." 


I just couldn't resist sitting down on the church benches and listening for a good thirty minutes, my feet bobbing in tact to these amazing waltzes. How uplifting and inspiring! I instantly felt myself being transported back to the middle of the 19th century when the waltz was still considered "risque" by the London Society, because couples actually touched while dancing.  

"The waltz arrived in England in 1815, after the Napoleonic Wars when Wellington's officers brought it back from Continental Europe.  Influential dance master and author of instruction manuals, Thomas Wilson published A Description of the Correct Method of Waltzing in 1816. Almack's, the most exclusive club in London, permitted the waltz though the entry in the Oxford English Dictionary shows that it was considered "riotous and indecent" as late as 1825. The waltz, and especially its closed position, became the example for the creation of many other ballroom dances. Subsequently, new types of waltz have developed, including many folk and several ballroom dances." (Wikipedia).

The Waltz has always been one of my favourite dances and I'm now longing to get whirled around the ballroom by a handsome beau to some Strauss Waltzes....


Donnerstag, 9. Oktober 2014

Packing

Only two more sleeps until I leave for the UK! Tonight I started packing as I'll spent the night before the flight with my aunt and uncle who live closer to the airport. 
It turns out all the presents won't fit into my suitcase. Unfortunately it's too late to borrow a bigger one so I'll have to make-do with an old fake-leather bag I found in the basement. Or should I leave the gifts behind?! :-)



I won't be able to post from the trip as I don't use the Blogger App but watch out for my Instagram posts. I'll be able to upload impressions on the go.

As you know, I love Instagram, which is where I discovered the Australian "Hundred & Thousands Magazine. A handmade magazine, celebrating handmade" - just my cuppa tea! 

http://hundredsandthousands.storenvy.com/


Samstag, 4. Oktober 2014

Preparing for the big trip!

I'm getting very excited about my forthcoming trip to the UK. Only seven more sleeps until I board the flight.

And because anticipation is half the fun I prepare my trips like a strategic battle plan.
I bought new Nikes and muslibars for hours of sightseeing, a travel plug, a complete wedding outfit, travel-sized cosmetics ...






After spending the morning in the city centre getting stuff I'm now glued to the sewing machine rattling off countless gifts for my lucky friends. 

What's it gonna be?


Mittwoch, 24. September 2014

Guess who's going to England?!

National Gallery  



 In less then three weeks I'll be packing my bags for a long overdue visit to England. I can't wait to attend the wedding of the lovely Lady M and Mr A and to visit some old friends. I'm looking forward to experience the delights of Stevenage, Basingstoke, Croydon and of course LONDON!

I'm hoping to take lot's of awesome pictures for Instagram, get inspired creatively and maybe buy some bits and bobs for my craft cupboard. On top of that I'll have countless cups of tea and coffee and lovely chats. I have heard that Dame Judi Dench's portrait is finally out of storage and back on the walls of the National Portrait Gallery!

Any tips for sightseeing and must-do's, craft shops and cafès? Please let me know!


Trafalgar Square

Mittwoch, 17. September 2014

Chick-lit by Lucy Diamond

I have been reading my way through Lucy Diamond's books recently and I've got to tell you how much I love them!
My first one was "The Beach Café" about Evie, the youngest of three sisters who inherits her dear aunties beloved café in Cornwall. 
Now, I have loved Cornwall ever since I read my first Rosamunde Pilcher book and enjoyed this book very much! In fact, I have read it several times since then and allowed myself to dream about running my very own café in Cornwall. If it weren't for the customers that is.
Luckily Lucy Diamond  returned to Evie in a short story called "Christmas at the Beach Café", which I will reread just before christmas to get me into the mood!

This summer I bought "Summer with my sister" without noticing it was by the same author only realising it when the writing sounded rather familiar.
Now I'm in the middle of "One night in Italy" and can't wait to finish it to get the next one.
Unfortunately the Kindle doesn't make nice cover pictures, so here's a rather grainy one of my laptop screen:

Go out and buy Lucy Diamond's fab books!

http://www.lucydiamond.co.uk/index.htm