Christmas List 2016

Is it really Christmas ? What 2016. I have just emerged from the 18th century… Yes really, countless house visits and lectures later, essay in, exams finished . But oh have I feasted… visually replete and synapses still fizzing. Time to … Continue reading

The Way Home

It’s a great title and it’s Jeffrey Bilhuber’s, the subtitle reads ‘Reflections on American beauty’. This side of the Atlantic Ben Pentreath’s offers up ‘English Decoration’, subtitle ‘Timeless Inspiration for the Contemporary Home’, which rather belies the personal tone of … Continue reading

Tis Done

I am having a morning tea, with Mungo looking on  and it really is all done.

wedgewood mug

The final tree gave a message loud and clear, that Father Christmas is coming here.


Better get those stockings hung


So dreams can come true  (aren’t they lucky) It’s fun to do and I am quite relieved we are through


So till next year,  and in the meanwhile charge your glass,  New Year’s nearly here.


Happy Christmas

Deck the Halls…

How do you decorate for Christmas? I have decided it’s a version of: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.  yes – the wedding custom. Well Christmas is all about making your own customs and wrapped up in the … Continue reading

A Christmas Rush

So I went to London last week and it was hotly anticipated, only by me you understand, but still – got a total ‘rush’ – and of course it was MOST rushed…First stop Luke Irwin sample sale, these are beautiful … Continue reading

Children’s Christmas Scene

I had a 70’s childhood, you know the one where ‘prawn snacks’ fizzing on heinz tomato soup was A-OK.   The cultural highlight of this was my American neighbours where everything seemed ‘Kodak Super 8’: the American fridge freezer, enormous … Continue reading

Christmas List

Christmas is gliding into view, yeah! I’ve got a lot of lists on the go, but the one I enjoy most is a sideline self indulgence, the ME list. My mother memorably made a ‘Present List’ every year, armed with … Continue reading