kettles yard

my favourite all time gallery is now Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge. friends have told me over the years to go, but for a long time it was being renovated, but we managed to visit on Sunday,  typically a rainy cold day, but that made it very quiet and we felt that we had the whole house to ourselves.  its free entry, which was the desire and request of Jim Ede , who initiated this amazing and wonderful idea of art within a living space for all to view and share.    you book a ticket online in advance for timed entry and I urge you all to visit, its such a beautiful experience and very inspiring – I could have photographed all day, but I only had my iPhone on me and to be honest, you really don’t take it all in through a lens – its a space for being in.

 

sardinia

I love my job, it takes you places, you meet lovely people and every job is a new experience;  though now photography is at the touch of every one’s fingers, there is a click for every moment and I can see that soon the art of photography is going to be very difficult as it can be done by anyone on even a phone.  my friend Jac asked myself and Pip to photograph her beautiful house for her website – she intends to rent it;  its nestled on the gentle slopes of a mountain with the most incredible view and comes with housekeeper and boat.  website is to follow very soon.  Pip and I work as a team, styling and photographing to create inspirational spaces and then together with my brother, Paul, we create an individual website that not only looks beautiful, but one that you can easily add and change.

a woman under the influence

I don’t know how I missed watching this film first time round, but just recently watched it – it was both amazing and terrible – definitely disturbing, but also you feel akin to Mable and her fragility and not only identify yourself, but realise that have some of her feelings, emotions and worries are just like yours at some time of your life.  remember that this film was made in 1974, which was a very different world – womens’ role in society was deemed very different and what we accepted then is fortunately not what we see as right now.   I won’t say much more, except it is a very interesting, debatable film to watch, especially with your girlfriends – we haven’t stopped thinking and discussing it for days.  both Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk are absolutely brilliant and the cinematography and direction makes it a film that will always stand out – be warned it is quite disturbing at times – emotionally.   A woman under the influence by John Cassavetes.

 

miss chatelaine

one of my  all-time favourite songs….

Just a kiss, just a kiss
I have lived just for this
I can’t explain why I’ve become
Miss Chatelaine

Just a smile, just a smile
Hold me captive just a while
I can’t explain why I’ve become
Miss Chatelaine

Every time your eyes meet mine
Clouds of qualm burst into sunshine

I’m just a sigh, I’m just a sigh
Words my love just reply
I can’t explain why I’ve become
Miss Chatelaine
Miss Chatelaine

Just a smile, just a smile
Hold me captive just a while
I can’t explain why I’ve become
Miss Chatelaine

Every time your eyes meet mine
Clouds of qualm burst into sunshine

Just a kiss, just a kiss
I have lived just for this
I can’t explain why I’ve become
Miss Chatelaine
Miss Chatelaine

Miss Chatelaine
Miss Chatelaine
Miss Chatelaine

lyrics  K. D. Lang

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Madrid

we were less than 24 hours in Madrid to see our son who is working  there at the moment, but it reminded me of what a great city Madrid is.  we arrived just in time for dinner at a traditional restaurant Bar Castela, on Calle doctor Castelo,  with friends and alfie.  so many restaurants have gone modern and swish, so its nice to see that Madrid still has retained some of its old style.  we stayed in hotel Emperorador which was very central, a bit like staying on Oxford street, but it was close to alfie, so convenient.  For one night, practical is what is important.  There was also a swimming pool on the roof, very useful considering Madrid’s heat.  even for the end of September it was well over 33 C.  in the morning we did a bit of shoe shopping – espadrilles at cash hernanz – amazing selection of traditional espadrilles – all colours and styles and very affordable, and next door Robert bought a pair of sandals similar to the ones you would have worn at school as a toddler.  we strolled down to Santa Ana which has lovely independent shops and some vintage and bric and brac. on  the first Saturday of each month there  is a street market there. .  we passed by the mercado San Miguel – a revamped market similar to borough market with lots of appetising Spanish food.  I love that street markets are now the hub of modern life, rather that they become fashionable than they be closed and turned into apartments.  we lunched at the famous Casa Salvador, a lovely restaurant with gingham tablecloths, bullfight pictures on the wall, and movie stars who over the year have frequented the place.  famously Ava gardener, sat hiding from Frank Sinatra with her matador lover.  the food was both simple and delicious.  we then headed towards the train station Atocha, with its stunning botanical garden, caught the Ave fast train to seville to visit our house in vejer for a few days – its that time of year after the long summer months to tidy, clean and repair.  its a busy weekend, but one thats interesting combining the city life with the sea side.

 

a poem of thoughts

Mind is the master power that molds and makes,
And we are Mind, and evermore we take
The tool of thought, and shaping what we will,
Bring forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills,
We think in secret, and it comes to pass –
Our world is but our looking glass.
— James Allen

This short and inspiring poem contains a world of wisdom within its few short sentences. It serves as a powerful reminder or idea that we are what our thoughts made of.

What we consistently and persist in thinking, be it good or bad, sooner or later our thoughts will manifest into reality.

I hope that this poem would encourage you in cultivating courageous, good and beautiful thoughts.

churches in Suffolk

i dont know the history of suffolk and why there are so many, but there are plentiful churches in the area, the most notable architecturally are  in blythburgh, leiston abbey, covehithe, framlingham, lavenham and southwold.   i also love the ruins running alongside the working churches.  you can usually find somewhere pleasant to have a drink and a bite to eat nearby, so catch up with the legends and history of the churches then stop for a refreshment.     blythburgh ticks that box, with an interesting roof decorated with angels and opposite, the white hart pub overlooks the estuary with its hundreds of birds perching on the waters surface.  something so peaceful watching birds in flocks soaring and floating on the water’s surface.

the cottage has been very busy in the summer and I havent been able to get there, but I hope to get there this weekend;  I love the English countryside in September and October, beautifully calm with less holiday folk and hopefully mild weather.   limeblossomcottage.com