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 .|
|my usual table ....|
|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.
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.
|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