so the suffolk cottage is finally ready to rent; situated in Wrentham just 5 mins drive from the beautiful covehithe beach and 10 mins drive from popular town of southwold. It is a pair of listed Georgian Cottages knocked together, sleeping up to 6 people in 2 doubles, and a twin bedroom, a shower room, a bathroom, downstairs cloakroom, kitchen, dining room, living room through to a library room, plus a light airy garden room – designated for relaxing! the whole design and furnishing is by myself. there is also a roomy shed and a summer house and beautifully landscaped garden, designed by Laura Arison, gold award winning designer at last year’s Hampton Court flower show. The website is in the process of being made, but in the meantime you can reserve with myself and see the photos on this website.
plums are in season at the moment and are a good source of vitamin C and although they taste sweet, apparently dont spike your sugar levels; if you are lucky enough to have a plum tree, then this is the time to make plum jam, i just discovered that there is a plum tree at the end of my suffolk garden….. these were shot in my new shed!
1.5 kilos plums
500 g 3:1 jam sugar (for 3 parts fruit to 1 part jam sugar)
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
1 vanilla bean
1 glug lemon juice. (ie 2 tablespoons)
Wash the plums. Take stones out and cut. (I cut every half in 2-3 pieces)
Mix fruit, juice, sugar and spices (vanilla bean scratched out but adding the outside too).
Slowly bring to a boil. Boil heavily for 3 minutes (according to sugar package).
Fill into sterilized jars – discarding vanilla bean and other spices. (an easy way is to wrap in muslin so making it easy to remove)
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.
You will never find time for anything. If you want the time, you must make it.
If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.
It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
Ursula Le Guin
i have definitely got the holiday blues – missing that blue sky and warm sea.
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.
so 2 weeks in vejer just flew by – it was unusually windy, not a cold breeze, but a hot gust – levante – coming from the sahara; fortunately its this wind that keeps the town bearable from the heat and if you sit in front of one of the many chiringuitos on the beach, you will barely feel the whip of sand. the sea is always refreshing at this time of year. what you must not do is sit on the beach during 12 – 5pm – the art is arriving at a nearby restaurant, taking a leisurely lunch, then moving to the beach. we have several favourites – conil and la fontanilla, el palmar and nacarum (formally la chanca), but my favourite is la taberna de el campero in zahara, followed by a dip in the sea on the lovely beach, which is surrounded by dunes and desert plants.
i cant seem to keep my tea towels clean, even with bleaching – so i have decided that its easier to buy cheaper tea towels and then throw them away when they look so stained and terrible; which means all my lovely vintage linen goes into a box and replaced with the functional, simple cotton with blue/red stripe teatowels from dennys . if you go into the shop you can buy them singularly, but these are so affordable and look great in any kitchen.
other great choices are of course ikea and kempton market where clever stall holders take the time to make them out of old rolls of linen; the market is on the 2nd and last tuesday of every month, the next one is 13th September 2016.
spain is renowned for its ham, olive oil, sherry and shoes……. i love the multicoloured espadrilles, though its getting harder and harder to find the ones without heels. cadiz seems to have a bigger choice of espadrilles and flamenco shoes. i love the cobbled entrance of our hallway, its dating from the 12C .