Sunday, 11 December 2011

Starry nights in festive London.

I've fallen in love with London again recently. It changes so much in the dark and all the grubbiness is rubbed away and suddenly all the shapes of the buildings become 2D and suddenly all the streets are empty and I feel like I'm walking along in a film when I have my headphones on. So I decided to channel the festiveness that is popping up all over Bloomsbury at the moment and have a go at some of the shapes that I posted about early. But with STARS!!

And from there it just spread to cover everything in reach. Hence the presents. Although I think they look pretty christmasy and cute, though I say so myself.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Handmade Christmas decorations.

Christmas has been on my mind recently. I'm so looking forward to heading to the country where I get to the see the frost (I seem to miss it in London), my family, and go back to the strange routine that Alun and I fell into, pre university, of living in each other's beds. However, for now I content myself with lusting after Christmas decorations. For a few weeks now I've had my origami love tokens from Alun and my Brittany scallop shell hanging on my curtain rail, catching the light.

It makes me think that the simple, handmade things are the best and I love the idea of the simple cardboard shapes that Emma Fexeus' design blog mentions.

Find the instructions for these here.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Mayor's Festival and Japanese food.

Saturday the 12th was the Mayor's Festival and we all went down to the Thames to watch the fireworks. The crowds were huge and we ended up stood on the edge of the bridge looking at all the people milling around beneath us trying to find their own little space to lose themselves in the pretty lights, big bangs and the smell of gunpowder.
Afterwards we went to a tiny Japanese restaurant in Piccadilly and ended up sat at the bar watching all the food being made and wanting everything. It was quite a new experience for me but what struck me the most were the fantastic coats they all wore in the kitchen! Got home and madly trawled the internet but to no avail, sadly.

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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Halloween at Flat E3A

We had a car crash victim, a devil, a mechanic, a devil, two dead people, Salad Queen, a Mexican skull, Autumn and a severely hungover Irish man. Oh and lots of food. Alun and I made a bakewell tart! Yummy.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Bloomsbury Festival and the family in London

This weekend, Mum and my sister Alice came to visit me in London. We stayed at a friend's house and I rediscovered all the luxuries denied me by student accommodation, namely a bathtub and a sofa - bliss! I was treated to curry and breakfast in a little café in East Dulwich where I had the best baguette I've ever had outside of France. Yum yum! Then we spent the day lusting over the three floors of stationary in Tottenham Court Road's Paperchase. We finally ended up in Russel Square where the Bloomsbury Festival was in full swing, the late afternoon sunshine giving everything a hazy autumnal feel, sometimes even momentarily fooling me into thinking there may be a bit of summer left in London yet. Streamers constructed of obscure words and gaudy handprints hanging from trees, the smell of sizzling meat and joyful jazz music organised by SOAS. What a shame that Mum and Alice still had to go home. On the one hand it made me so proud and in love with London but it also reminded me of how loose the friendships I have formed still are, by myself amongst the happy people of Bloomsbury.

On a different note, Nonie is in Rome this week so love to her and hopefully she will come back with some pretty pictures, tasty food and tales of romance in Rome.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Banoffee Pie and Alun for the weekend.

This weekend Alun came to see me in London for the first time and made carbonara for the flat. There was lovely salad and focaccia bread with rosemary, salt and oil but the banoffee pie stole the show, both slightly squidgy and under-set last night when impatience got the better of us and this morning for breakfast when it was crumbly and firm after a night in the fridge.

End of Summer

The last of the soft light of summer.

Friday, 30 September 2011

London skyline.

Still can't quite get used to watching the sun go down behind St Pancras in the evenings. Makes me glad to be in my little room, sweltering away.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Birthday Cheesecake

My nana's birthday and her fantastic cheesecake on one of the last proper days of summer. Grandpa's raspberries from the allotment and Spode plates and varied mugs in tasty shades of blue.