Monthly Archives: June 2012

A British summer


Just a few things we’ve spotted around London this week reminding us that the Olympics are on their way…

The view from Greenwich park showing the progress made on the equestrian and pentathlon arenas…

The cable car has popped up – spanning the river, going from Greenwich to Excel.

2 Big Bens!


And then of course lots and lots of flags and bunting…

I’m sure we will be seeing plenty more in the coming weeks!


Clare Beaton


The book Elsie and I are loving this week is called ‘I dreamt I was a dinosaur’ by Stella Blackstone and illustrated by Clare Beaton…

Each page is so cute!

Clare uses felt and a collection of vintage buttons, sequins and ribbons to create her lovely hand stitched designs.

Also Elsie enjoys finding the snail hidden on each page!

Gorgeous 🙂

For more info check out Clare’s website here.

Fun at the Fair


We went along to Greenwich Fair today and were thoroughly entertained by Mr Punch and his wife Judy…

It got a bit tense at times, but on the whole the kids (and adults) loved it…

Then it was off to see some less traditional attractions, such as a ‘The Pig‘ and a vegetable nursery called ‘The Allotment

A fun and fairly random day!

Borough Market


We spent this morning strolling around the best food market ever – Borough Market at London Bridge.  We are lucky enough to live very close so we often go and see how many yummy free samples we can get our hands on… and occasionally we buy something too!

Today we came home with some tasty bread and some even tastier mushroom pate 🙂

If I had had it my way we would have also have come away with one of these yummy cakes!

And Tom would definitely have had one of the melted cheese meals!

We were pleased to hear that the market will be open every day during the olympics, a very good idea as I’m sure it will be a very popular place to visit!

Yum yum yum.

‘Snazzy Dress’


The snazzy dress from creative sister No.2 has arrived!!!

(…well it actually arrived about 2 days after I mentioned Aunty Roo had started knitting it -what with her super quick speed – it’s just taken me a while to get round to photographing it!)

It’s very very gorgeous and has had lots of compliments already…

The design is from a lovely blog called ‘Little Nutmeg Productions‘ and the dress is called ‘Dalilah’, pattern available on Ravelry 🙂

Here comes Frankie!


The favourite book in our house this week is ‘Here comes Frankie!’ by Tim Hopgood

‘Frankie and his parents live a quiet life.  But when Frankie decides to learn the trumpet, EVERYTHING begins to change…’

A great read – whilst Elsie appreciates the pets, trumpet, shiny pages and any pictures of food, I appreciate the patterns, textures and beautiful detail on every page…

Frankie’s parents may be a bit dull but they certainly know how to decorate a home…

Love these cute little birds…

The book builds up page by page to a great explosion of colour and fun…

Really lovely 🙂

William Morris


As promised here are my favourite William Morris print photos taken on our recent trip to Red House…

‘Thistle’ – one of Morris’ most popular wallpapers, a single colour design.

‘Indian’ – a reproduction of a early paper from 1868- 1870


 ‘Red House’ – inspired by one of the painted ceilings at Morris’ house (unfortunately didn’t see the ceiling…)

Here is a block print used to create the designs…

Sunflower – the wallpaper in Red House’s dining room…

Marigold – wallpaper on display in one of the upstairs rooms…

And I’m pretty sure this rug is not William Morris but i liked it anyway!