original as water, plain as air

original as water

plain as air

there is no other

in these wits as you are

sweeter than grass

holier than soil

you have an iron grace

and stiff-necked soul

and here now the daily blood

sings within the heart

whispers and smokes and bleeds

in shadow and dream and hurt

that has made me fine at last

that makes you live

all that I have that I have lost

to the ends of love

taken from the green fig tree by michael parr



we were really looking forward to this exhibition – its always a pleasure to see Picasso – and this exhibition concentrates on one year, 1932 of Picasso’s life when he really worked prolifically to produce an incredible amount of work – spurned on by the criticism that he was losing his superiority in the art world, but also by his new muse and lover.   definitely on your list – maybe go early in the morning to avoid the crowds.

visited the lovely Garden Museum, which is housed in a church over looking the river – its not very big, but has interesting little displays of landscape designers, films and photos all celebrating British gardens and gardening.  there is a lovely cafe too, open for lunch and tea.



I seem to be photographing a lot of yoga and pilates recently – its one of those things that appeals to all ages, whether you are male or female.  I felt totally inspired and reassured that age is not an issue when I photographed the amazing Bridget Kramer Woods in the streets of camden recently.  her strength and flexible body astounded me and gave  hope to my ailing body – it shows that I need to get to those classes more often or try to practise a little every day.



my favourite dress that i own is a John Rocha one – i bought this in the sale about 7 years ago, but i never tire of wearing it…..  I lament the loss of the John Rocha shop – it was always a source of inspiration.

the lace reminds me of cobwebs and snowflakes all jumbled up.

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a day for mothers

did you know that we have been celebrating mothering sunday since the 16Century?  in the UK, mothers day always falls on the 4th sunday of Lent, which is why it never falls on the same day each year.

Mothering Sunday was also known as ‘Refreshment Sunday‘, Pudding Pie Sunday  or ‘Mid-Lent Sunday‘. It was a day in Lent when the fasting rules were relaxed, in honour of the ‘Feeding of the Five Thousand’, a story in the Christian Bible.

today, it feels like another form of commercialism and something that you ought to do because everybody else does it – i think that every day we should remember how special mothers are – their job at times is a thankless task that we all take for granted.  today my husband is cooking lunch for the family – luckily he enjoys cooking, so that has become his role at home.

in chichicastanago, guatamala the flower girls strewn their flowers for sale on the famed church steps – the petals were used as part of the religious thanks ceremony.  Guatemala  was such a memorable place – its somewhere i would want to visit again.

whatever you are doing, have a lovely day!

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i still remember these lovely flowers that maude picked from our garden and sweetly put them in a egg cup – such a precious little thing and such a good idea for putting your flowers in – don’t you hate it when you buy a bunch of flowers and some of the stems are broken?

british museum

met my friend Amanda at the British museum, she is just here for a few days and wanted to see the exhibition ‘Living with gods peoples, places and world beyond.’   I have to admit, it hadn’t appealed to me, but in fact it was very interesting and the curation of objects from around the world and from many ethnicities is beautifully done.  ‘ seeing how people believe, rather than considering what they believe suggests that humans might be naturally inclined to believe in transcendent worlds and beings.  stories, objects, images, prayers, meditation and rituals can provide ways for people to cope with anxieties about the world and help from strong social bonds.  This in turn helps to make our lives well ordered and understandable.’

walking around the museum I was amazed at the wonderful collection of ceramics and artefacts all laid out in wood and glass cabinets around the museum, its a lovely inspiring space to just wander around.

these flags are light in weight and move gently in the wind, activating spirits which are carried away not the air.  anyone touched by this breeze is uplifted and happier.  the colours represent five elements:  sky-blue, wind- white, fire-red, water-green, and earth – yellow.  the balance of these elements is believed to bring health and harmony.

also did you know that there are regular free talks at Tate Britain on Monday and Wednesday at 1.15pm for half an hour about women artists and its free, how amazing  the culture on offer is in london?