The Old Oak Tree

The Old Oak Tree

We are surrounded by oaks, on the slopes of the Sydenham ridge, remnants of the Great North Wood which once spread over much of Southeast London. A couple of years ago they felled one of the two which stood in our communal garden. This week they came for the other...

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Sofa Surfing

Sofa Surfing

How much time are you currently spending on your sofa? Under the corona confinement, I guess most of us are devoting more time than usual binge watching Netflix offerings. My recent favourite is Ozark, how about you? Anyway, I trust you are sitting comfortably, I...

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Nadine Bell, ceramicist

Nadine Bell, ceramicist

At first glance you might be looking at scrunched up pieces of paper, pieces of a coral reef, alien life forms, eggshell, or pebbles from a beach. But on closer inspection, these are all exquisite ceramic pieces made by Nadine Bell in her studio just down the road...

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The Excessories

The Excessories

If you go down to Bristol city centre this (black) Friday, you're likely to bump into 5 very refined ladies, who may not be all they seem. At approximately 12pm, they will process down Park Street to College Green, where they will join the planned Earth Strike, which...

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Cushion Theory

Cushion Theory

Apparently in the world of finance, there is a theory about 'cushions'. it's all about how stock prices bounce back after a fall. You'll be relieved to hear that the only cushions I deal with are the soft squidgy variety in linen and velvet. Essentially my cushions...

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And, Action!

And, Action!

Social Media is full of shots of the back of my head with my trusted tripod and camera. As it's my birthday, I thought I'd share a few of them! And one or two of the front!

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A view to a mill

A view to a mill

The last thing you'd expect to find in a 17th century mill on a Hampshire chalk stream, is a Japanese interior. Isn't it? As you approach the little brick building through a gate beside an ancient bridge, all is as you'd expect. But open the door of this bijou...

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Pitshanger Manor

Pitshanger Manor

I've always been a big fan of the architect, Sir John Soane. His former home in Lincoln's Inn, is undoubtedly my favourite museum in London. Soane also had a 'country' home, in the now decidedly 'un-country' location of Ealing. Both houses served as design...

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