Monday, 26 March 2012

Happy Easter

wishing you some nice and relaxing Easter holidays! See you soon X

Michael Graydon 
found here

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Cross Country

The delights of London. Have a cross country race just 30 min. from the city (without the traffic jam). Makes me smile!

Richmond Park

Friday, 23 March 2012

Things to do at Easter

The Easter Holidays will start for a few schools today already!! And whilst some are slightly worried that they will have to hunt for snow on the continent during their skiing vacation, others are hoping for a warm and sunny Easter here in London.

Spring definitely has arrived for my husband with the annual boat race between Oxford and Cambridge, this year on the 7th April 2012. Blink and you miss them, but the atmosphere along the Thames is cheerful and you can check out this page for good viewing points and pubs, of course.

For a nice egg hunt try Kew Garden and their Mayan Adventure  or our favourite haunt for a hunt, Ham House.

But I take cookie dough, ready and handy from the freezer over a chocolate egg any day, I'm afraid. Be inspired by this recipe with a twist from Canelle and Vanille (it's a gluten free recipe).

And if you insist that not everybody can live on chocolate alone, try out Nigel Slater's Easter recipes (he is our favourite chef!) for your Easter lunch (+ pudding).

And make your own Easter Eggs, like these maybe

found here

Have a lovely weekend! 

Thursday, 22 March 2012

London Street Art

I keep discovering some really interesting London Apps recently. After Dickens and Hackney I came across this new Street Art App which helps you find some amazing art out there and gives you an insight about the people behind it all.

I am very impressed by ROA

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or Swoon

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and there is so much more ...

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Something for the kids

draw a stickman
check it out here
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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Easter Ideas

Check out Sweet Paul's very inciting looking Spring recipes (love the styling, too) in his new Spring Magazine.

Put a few of those on the wall

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Go Egg Hunting in London: 209 eggs are hidden across London 

found here

Monday, 19 March 2012


Sanctuary - this book, as the title suggests, is about places, most of us won't be able to visit - the studios of 120 British Artists.
Looking at the photos of the different studios is a bit like watching a conductor rehears with his orchestra: approach and technique of an artist in his surroundings might just give you a rare glimpse into their artistic process. Inspiring!

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Friday, 16 March 2012

Hackney Hear

Hackney Hear is an i phone App which - through GPS -  plays location specific stories, music and poetry. So, you still have to get out there and explore, but whilst you potter around East London's Hackney, the app will help you to uncover and discover. Nice idea!
Check it out here and here


Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Healthy Spring

Nice idea for improving on your spring salad and a bland window sill

found here

Couldn't resist

found here

It's a date

Last week I was raving (in a very reserved, German kind of way) about the Soprano Anna Prohaska. If you like a chance to see and hear her soon, she will be performing again at the Wigmore Hall with the Academy of Ancient Music on the 26. April 2012

Portrait of  C.F. Abel, posing with his Viola da Gamba, 
by T. Gainsborough
found here

Monday, 12 March 2012

The Lost Lectures

The Lost Lectures Logo
found here

After secret supper clubs and secret cinemas I recently stumbled across the Lost Lectures "Enchanting Talks from Secret Locations". The idea is to get the lecture out of stuffy establishments and onto new sites in front of new audiences. 6 speakers per evening, from the world of science, art, music, design, business etc have 12 minutes to present an idea, a story, experiment or experience - for those who can find them!

The next lecture will be on Wedneday 21st March 2012. Check it out here.

Kyoto Garden - Holland Park


Thursday, 8 March 2012

Recently, at the Wigmore Hall

Des Fischer's Liebesglueck
Franz Schubert

Heard Soprano Anna Prohaska at the Wigmore Hall recently. Although indisposed, she gave a beautiful debut recital with a very ambitious and superbly devised programme called 'Sirenes', songs of fairy tales and seduction, by Debussy, Faure, Schumann, Schubert, Dowland and others.
Listen to the music (but do ignore the video)

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Visual Note - Modern Still Life

by Michael Graydon
found here

Makes me want to pick up a brush

by Michael Graydon
found here

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Link with Love

Recently, the discussion about copyright on the web has intensified dramatically. Sites like Pinterest have divided the community. I myself have tried very hard to link properly, find the original source or get permission from the author or artist. Since starting this blog I have learned more and more how to do it and got better at it.
I do feel however, that stopping 'linking' altogether will seriously diminish the very creative and hospitable world of blogging in particular. I am very much in awe and love the generous spirit of the creative blogging world where I do spend some time. We share, contribute and recognise each others talent very much - and I hope that this will continue!

Link with Love puts it as follows:


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The Good Gym

Just came across a very nice idea via the Guardian website. The Good Gym, an initiative from East London, enables people to combine exercises with community work.

The idea of the Good Gym is to use the energy people spend in a Gym or jogging and channel it towards helping their communities, contributing to improve quality of life for older and lonely people.

found here

The Good Gym pairs runners with isolated older people nearby. You will jog to their home, deliver a paper,  something nice like a fruit and a chat and run back. You will have a very good reason apart from wanting to get or stay fit to leave the house and your 'partner' will look forward to some friendly human contact. 

A great idea and something the organisers hope to introduce to other parts of London, the country (and the world).

Friday, 2 March 2012

A spot of gardening

If you could see our back garden you would not believe that I am even considering this title for a post. However, although we have covered all our space with an enormous trampoline, living in England you cannot really avoid catching the gardening bug on some level.

found here 

Apart from all the fantastic London Parks you can get inspiration at the Chelsea Physics Garden. They are at the moment creating a new part, the Garden of Edible and Useful Plants, which will open on 23 May 2012.

And since this is a big jungle of a city, you could even join the garden guerrillas at night, or - and this is something for the coming weekend - go all tropical at Kew Garden (till 4.3.12)

But if you want to take it one step further, check out the Garden Museum on the South Bank. I recently stumbled across it and need to check it out as soon as it gets a bit warmer. In the meantime I will stick to the warm Green House at Kew.

Have a lovely Weekend!

Thursday, 1 March 2012

A different kind of Bookshop

Here is a different kind of independent bookshop - housed in a glasshouse, the Wapping Project Bookshop specialises in art, photography and new fiction. On Thursday evenings the tiny place hosts poetry readings, book presentations etc. It is part of the Wapping Project (check it out here), which apart from art exhibitions etc also has a nice restaurant, so you can make it a real outing should you live quite far away.

found here

If Wapping is too far out of your way however they have relocated from today to fashion shop COS on Regent Street for 2 weeks. Less charming, though, but probably warmer to take your time and browse a bit.