On a hill outside the old town of Ingrandes, stands a charming chateau called St Victor la Grand’ Maison. I fell in love with this place a couple of years ago, when we spent a blissful week exploring the region of Berry. Less well known than the Loire Valley and so much nicer, with rivers, forests […]
Had a wonderful week in Amsterdam last year, staying on a super cool houseboat in the Jordaan. One of our favourite museums was the Jewish Historical Museum, arranged over four synagogues near the old Jewish quarter. In the first section, the various Jewish festivals are described. One of these is Purim, which celebrates the story of Esther, […]
Embroiderer and homeware designer Caroline Zoob had some inspiring ideas for her students on using old maps, musical manuscripts and handwritten letters on cardboard templates of Christmas trees, reindeers, stars and birds to create charming sepia-tinged tree decorations and cards See full article on Homes and Antiques
Bleached wood, worn stone, pebbles polished by the changing tides, feathers, shells, pine cones and even lichen covered twigs can all be displayed to great effect, particularly on the broken surfaces of marble and original paint.
I have been working at home this week and feeling keenly the lack of light, the days getting shorter and darker. Having unpacked and sorted out my unit after the Midwinter Fair last week I decided to take a couple of my large glass lanterns home. I put two of the white pillar candles I […]
My car is filled to the roof with over 200 glorious hydrangea heads, their stems stripped of leaves, ready to take to the Country Living Fair this week. This afternoon my husband pruned the Virginia creeper so that I can take the stems to the fair and twist them into a wreath base for my […]