kings cross

cannot believe the changes to kings cross, each month that i visit there are more and more buildings going up and events happening.  today we walked along the canal banks, watching life on the banks – fishing, sunbathing, boats cruising back and forwards, runners, cyclists – its all happening down there.  I still haven’t been to the new pond club – a temporary art installation that you can swim in!  its open in the day and i am pondering whether i am daring enough to brave the cold!  you can climb up to the nearby viewing point and take a peak!  there is also the wonderful skip garden – a portable garden that uses the available land between the building sites and cranes of kings cross -it produces fruit and vegetables that are used in the skip kitchen cafe – definitely on my list of things to do.  there are so many new restaurants around granary square,  caravan, the greek larder, the grain store, dishoom and  the newly opened Ligherman.    I love the bookshop on the boat,  word on the water with a saxophonist playing on top.

happy birthday to my brother

my super talented brother has spent most of this year helping me design my new book – which comes out 20th October 2016 . This has required not only patience but skill in juxtaposing so many varying images to work together.

Robert and I decided to collaborate on a beautiful art book to celebrate the time we have been living and travelling together. It will include more than 150 of my most striking pictures from the last decade, as well as a series of accompanying and specially written atmospheric pieces by Robert.

Stolen Glimpses has been made as a hardback edition limited to just 200 copies. Each book is numbered and signed by both Robert and myself and features a selection of images from all around the world; linked by a sense of serenity, sensitivity and place. Faithfully reproduced in full colour and printed on high quality art paper, the book is traditionally sewn in sections and is fully bound in cloth. The first 50 copies also have enclosed a special print exclusive to the book – this is an archival print signed and editioned.  The book will be available to pre order in the next couple of weeks from the society book club in soho.

So a big thank you to Paul and hope you had a lovely birthday.

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books

love that bookshops and cafes are now combined – best of them are books for cooks,   foyles on charring cross road,  the society club in soho sells beautiful art and vintage books,  stanfords sells everything about travel,  tea and tattle has a very british tea room,  and book and kitchen has cakes downstairs.

I still love to read an actual book, not for me the kindle or iPad……….

even a pile of books can look beautiful……

strange weather in tokyo

i have just finished reading this sweet little book  –‘strange weather in tokyo’ – a very gentle tale set in tokyo about a student re- meeting with a teacher in a food bar;  essentially its about 2 lonely people who find solace in each other’s company and how their affection and bond grows. it reminds me of our wonderful trip to tokyo a year ago…..

i am now reading Rosalind Powell’s retelling of how she adopted her son;  ‘how i meet my son’ – its even more close to my heart, because i remember the day when she told me that she was just about to do this and her son became part of our trips to spain, as we both happened to have homes in the same spanish town.  i have only read the first few chapters, but Ros’s writing is both heartful, honest and interesting – i look forward to finishing it.

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wild is the wind

today is our wedding anniversary – strangely a lot of my friends have got married in January – not usually a popular month for weddings.

21 years – some days it feels like more and sometimes it feels just like a year!!  i looked at the recommended list of what to buy to celebrate a number of years, and 21 is bronze! however i bought robert a collectors edition of the David Bowie book by Mick Rock!  as with everyone, I have mourned the loss of a great icon and hero – i always said if there was one person in my life i would want to meet it would have been him……  maybe in the after life……….

thank you robert for making my life so special.and fulfilling – you are my soulmate, my best friend, my everything.

i have listened to lots of bowie songs, and although he didnt write this one, i just love his version.

Love me, love me, love me, love me
Say you do
Let me fly away
With you
For my love is like
The wind
And wild is the wind
Wild is the wind

Give me more
Than one caress
Satisfy this
Hungriness
Let the wind
Blow through your heart
For wild is the wind
Wild is the wind

You
Touch me
I hear the sound
Of mandolins
You
Kiss me
With your kiss
My life begins
You’re spring to me
All things
To me

Don’t you know you’re
Life itself

Like a leaf clings
To the tree
Oh my darling,
Cling to me
For we’re like creatures
Of the wind
Wild is the wind
Wild is the wind

You
Touch me
I hear the sound
Of mandolins
You
Kiss me
With your kiss
My life begins
You’re spring to me
All things
To me

Don’t you know you’re
Life itself

Like a leaf clings
To the tree
Oh my darling,
Cling to me
For we’re like creatures
In the wind
And wild is the wind
Wild is the wind

Wild is the wind
Wild is the wind
Wild is the wind

written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington.

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wild swans

i finally finished this extremely long book after attempting to read it over many years – its a really good insight into chinese history through the story of three generations of women in the author’s own family – grandmother, mother and daughter – Jung Chang reveals the whole tragic history of China’s twentieth century. from bound feet and being offered as a concubine, through to leadership, hardship and struggle – wild swans is a historical documentation that is heartfully retold.  its a good book to take on a long haul trip, though its pretty hefty to carry around.

on the contrary, this thin little paper book which i am now reading ‘strange weather in tokyo’ – a very sweet tale set in tokyo about a student re meeting with a teacher in a bar is about 2 lonely people who find solace in each other’s company.  it reminds me of our wonderful trip to tokyo a year ago……

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here is beautiful ellis, my friend’s daughter who has modelled for ilovegorgeous for 5 years now, its lovely to watch them blossom……..