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Monday, January 23, 2012

274 " A Melange "of the past week

 It seems to have been all feathers and wings ,one way and another.

It started with a beautiful gift of
Alexander McQueen's book " Savage Beauty "  which seems to sum up the week  very well .

There is always the other side  to something beautiful is there not ! 
but its important to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative in every situation -NOT always an easy task !
Exquisite  antique feathers of every hue....

I have an addition to black coats and jackets


 and this is a photograph of my 18th century silk, temple dancers skirt ,
which Alexander McQueen bought  !
the embroidery is unbelievable.
 and quick on the heels of that,
I received the work of an English artist -
  Paul Hodges who I know you will be intrigued to discover ,that he was Artist in Residence at Highclere castle (Downton Abbey ).







Artist in Residence, Harewood House, Leeds

Artist in Residence, Raleigh International Expedition, Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia

Artist in Residence, Simon Langton School, Canterbury

Artist in Residence, Highclere Castle, Newbury

Artist in Residence, Centro di Ecologia Alpina, Trento, Italy





Being very fond of feathers myself and also of wings .....
  Ive had a family of Bumble bees visiting me all week to chat with the Cyclamen,amazing that its only January !
and yesterday I was taking a walk around the gardens of the Four Seasons Hotel in Florence its was almost La Primavera !

At last Ive found a large piece of sculpture for a chum  !





OK ,not for a few weeks yet .

Brunch was a feast  but I wasn't in a hurry so lots of SMALL  courses .... ( PS this was Christmas gift )

my usual table ....

just looking




a touch of Risotto and a mini Lasagna.....



WHO could resist a spot of Maple Syrup !


my first strudel in years



it was all SO light



and I didnt eat another thing all day !
and then a brisk walk home for a cup of white tea.

This started my mind wandering again - do you remember this quintessentially English contraption?    THE TEAS MADE !
Ive never used one  but Ive been tempted to put  "George  "next to my bed !Nespresso i.e.   just in case you were wondering.
1902



1936

1930s

1950s
1970s

1980s

21st century

 In the 1950s and 1960s in England, tea was very much the drink of choice -the" Expresso "bars were just appearing as I was in my teenage years !  and fashions were changing DRAMATICALLY too.

1954



1963
and OF course The Shrimp in 1963 and still looking great....

LONDON                Jean Shrimpton


 and then this arrived from a friend in London this week  - this lady is the wife of Christopher Lee

( DRACULA ) and was my neighbour in Chelsea. She always looked fabulous morning noon and night !
Its enough to make one leap on the table and celebrate the week !!


  enjoy yours too

 Thank you sweet Merlin xxx