It was such an amazing parade, two and half hours long, so happy to see this in such technicolour, in my lifetime. Just a few pics.
I look forward to the Summer Exhibition at the RA, but to be honest the last two years just haven’t been as exciting. But this years is wonderful. I don’t think they have rammed as much in, which makes it less is definitely more and the artwork itself seems much more intense or/and finished. I really have enjoyed my first visit, its been an absolute pleasure and I’m looking forward to tripping around again with hubby. Here are just a few photo’s to wet your appetite.
Having seen this advertised on the Londonist, I just knew we had to go, we caught the Victoria line and stayed onto Brixton deep in the south of London and then caught the bus to Streatham Common, we knew when we were getting near as kites lit up the sky line. My excitement was such that I was willing the bus to stop so that I could jump off and get a proper look.
Batman patrolling the London skies looking for crime.
Parrots squawking supportive squawks.
And a rather cute frog.
And then we had a rather death defying feat, I’m not sure if he was meant to go this high… I’ll let you be the judge, I think he was a bit concerned and when the commentator asked if he was going to repeat the performance he replied with a definite No.
Including brightly coloured spinning kites.
And there was wonderful food, Jerk chicken and goat curry .
and have it cooked for you,
Liberty, how we love thee. It had been ages since I’d made the turn left and left again detour from Oxford Circus, I probably could use the exit named Argyll Street, but I still love the buzz of walking slap bang into the middle of Oxford Street and being nearly overwhelmed (in a good way) with whats going on. And I needed to go, because I needed to spend my ten pounds voucher that had come months ago before it went out of date or I stuffed it in a draw and forgot about it.
I really love the way they use their ships mast, which if you enter the store from Great Marlborough Street lets you see right up to the 4th floor. It is always wonderfully decorated and today we were met with lengths of Liberty fabric festooned around it.
and it was indeed a thing of beauty, and you all know how I like a hat. It was considerably more than my ten pounds voucher, but hubby looked very keen and I tried it on and unusually for me what with my large head for a lady, it fitted a treat. The rest, they say, is history… something to look forward to for the autumn. (although it has been to knitting and everybody love it!)
and ask the price. I can’t remember whether the chap said twelve or fourteen thousand… It’s made of silk, isn’t it gorgeous. If anyone wants to become a benefactor to the ‘wouldn’t Mandy love this rug’ cause, I wouldn’t say no. And my ‘of course I knew that’ walk as I glide away trying to hide sheer embarrassment is getting better.
And Look, its our lurcher PiP !!!! How did he get there? Paisley really suits him.
Having been tied up with this and that I’ve hardly been out of the house of late, apart from a meal out for my birthday and a quick trip out last Sunday, so feeling like I was suffering from cabin fever I set forth to discover what Portobello Road Market was like on a Wednesday.
There are many lovely shops to discover, even though I spent a solid five hours exploring I’ve only scratched the surface. This shop was cute, Biscuiteers iced biscuits from Beatrix Potter’s childhood characters.
Down a side street I discovered Books for Cooks,
A treasure trove of just cookery books, absolutely incredible. And, they test recipes from the cookery books in their little cafe at the back and three courses is £7.00, I didn’t try but it all looked and smelt lovely.
La Cava a Fromage this cheese shop was simply mind bogglingly excellent, absolutely extraordinary.
And if I’d thought I could have got this extremely ripe Gorgonzola home without it completely dissolving in the heat, I would have bought it, either that or asked for a spoon and some good bread, it would have made the most perfect of impromptu picnics.
And then I found Hummingbird Bakery, and this time I managed to get into the shop, last time the queue was a mile long.
And now to stretch out with a new cookery book and a new to me food magazine. Such a lovely, lovely, blissful day.
This really was the best loaf I’ve baked to date, it was the first cold oven sourdough bake and has been patiently waiting in my freezer for this very weekend, the flavour was just wonderful. I’m loving the structure of the loaf, you can really see the wild yeasts at work.
Hubby and I decided it might be quite nice to trot around Marylebone for my birthday treat and it was wonderful. I hardly took any photographs and hubby has wandered off with his, so I’ll have to see what he has later in the week.
Is this not the most beautiful book shop you have ever seen? It was at the end of the day when we found it, we were tired, we are so going back to spend a couple of hours just browsing. Its called Daunts Bookshop and if you are passing whilst in Marylebone, you must pop in, you really must.
So for my birthday presents it will come as no great surprise to find some lovely cups from Anthropologie, they just make me want to drink good coffee and fine tea all day, and a spanking brand new reading book from Daunts. So happy.
And my lovely hubby, who knows I am bonkers anyway.
It was a great birthday, I feel very blessed.