paper and tea

two of my favourite things in one shop  – paper and tea is clean and simply designed and  i wanted everything in there!  from fine teas from around the world, beautiful teapots and tea vessels and notebooks and cards.   they also do tea seminars for those enthusiasts who want to learn everything about tea making.   berlin seems to have quite a few design led shops, lots of scandinavian inspired goods – a bit like skandium. KaDeWe is berlin’s famous department store that has everything and is a good place to visit if you dont want to trawl all around the shops   bikini is a ‘shopping centre’ but full of pop up independent brands too – a bit like box park, but on a couple of levels – go to the rooftop for great views into the neighbouring zoo and watch the monkeys.   adjoining the centre is a super trendy hotel, 25 hours, but at the very top is a rooftop restaurant, which is not a bad place to stop for tea and a bite to eat – especially if the weather is warm.    another shop that we discovered is hut up,  beautifully made felt wool clothes and bags  – the technique is unique and unusual – the wedding dresses are just gorgeous and so individual.  i wouldn’t say that berlin is a destination for shopping, more for the street cafe life and bars and galleries, but the shops are definitely worth a visit.


took a late afternoon walk through regents park to admire the beautiful blossom trees everywhere – we are so lucky to have so many beautiful parks in london.   blossom time is such a joyous time – it signals the start of summer, of new life, beauty and the delicate petals blowing through the air adds a romanticism to our day.   enjoy them before they fade away….

for a tiny angel

Tiny Angels rest your wings

sit with me for awhile.

How I long to hold your hand,

And see your tender smile.

Tiny Angel, look at me,

I want this image clear….

That I will forget your precious face

Is my biggest fear.

Tiny Angel can you tell me,

Why you have gone away?

You weren’t here for very long….

Why is it, you couldn’t stay?

Tiny Angel shook his head,

“These things I do not know….

But I do know that you love me,

And that I love you so”.

Author Unknown


i have had my camellia in a pot since the 1980’s – last year the buds didn’t open, but this year they have all flourished and in fact the squirrels keep eating the flowers and buds.

the symmetrical beauty and long-lasting quality of the flower have long been appreciated by young lovers as the token for expressing devotion to each other. In the eyes of the Chinese, the petals reflect the spirit of a lady, and the holder of the petals (the calyx) represents the young man entrusted by the lady as her protector.

The calyx of the camellia falls with the petals when the flower has finished blooming. This is unlike most other flowers, where the calyx seems to hang around the tree even after the petals have dropped. This phenomena symbolizes an everlasting union between lovers. In many parts of China, the camellia is considered as the flower for young sons and daughters.  it also symbolises graciousness.

i love that flowers can say more than thank you! in victorian times sending flowers was a method of sending your feelings.