Sunday, July 31, 2011


Sure enough the discombobulation passed, and we have settled into Amsterdam - thank you for your sweet comments. Our days have been filled with shopping, museums, visiting R's relations, touring the countryside, wandering the tiny streets and devouring copious amounts hung yoghurt with honey for breakfast every morning - yum! I hope all is well in your neck of the woods - here's a few things that have caught my eye in the past week.
Joot Books - a wonderful second-hand store stocking all kinds of art books and artworks.

Marc Mulders' oil paintings of flowers.

Soiree sandals in deep night by Flip*Flop.

Friday Next - a stylish mix of furniture, fashion and food.

Beautiful hand-made soaps and bath products from Rain.

Cole & Son's Hummingbird wallpaper - super pretty in real life.

The cafe at Felix Meritis all towering ceilings, exposed wooden features + really good coffee.

Annliz an elegant little shop located in the Jordaan district, which stocks ethical fashion and homeware, including this rather fetching Michelle Jefferson clutch.

And Property Of... has a great range men's bags, stationery and design publications.

We're off to catch a teeny tiny boat and tour the canals, then tomorrow morning we leave bright and early for Copenhagen. See you soon!

Images from Marc MuldersFlip*FlopRainCole & SonAnnlizProperty Of..., and me.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Having arrived this morning in Amsterdam, I confess I am feeling somewhat befuddled by the stark contrast in my surroundings. Less than 24 hours ago I was surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the sounds of crickets, frogs, and chanting from the temple at the end of the road. The air was thick and heavy with humidity, and the sound and smell of the sea drifted into our room. We took our meals on the small verandah outside our room, and spent the evenings reading by candlelight. Our days were luxuriously slow. And now I find myself in a quirky 1920s Dutch hotel, it's cold and grey outside, and everything seems so....ordered. And so different.
Image - detail of wall painting from our verandah at Villa Jacaranda.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Goodness what a whirlwind two weeks we've had! India has been incredible - if you're interested I've started a flickr album of some of my shots, plus we have a wee travel blog going here. The past three days we've been chilling in Jodhpur, with a few forays to the markets, but mostly have just been poolside at our over-the-top hotel. And now it's time to pack our bags once again and head south to Varkala.  Thanks for stopping in - I hope to get a chance to catch up on your blogs in the next wee while.

Monday, July 4, 2011

A few things...

I hope your weekend is going well and that for those of you in the States you're having a fab 4th of July. Our time in New Zealand is pretty much over - we leave early tomorrow for India! So before we head off here's a little collection of things that have caught my eye recently.
Love the light in this image - beautiful.

This sparkling riesling is described as bottled happiness - what could be better. Not to mention the packaging is utterly beautiful.

Brown Graham's simple, utilitarian bags.

A wonderful new series of paintings by Lisa Golightly.

Tiny Ruins new album Some Were Meant For Sea.

A wonderful french comedy-drama.

Laurence Fearnley's The Hut Builder - I shall be adding this to my reading list.

And The Row's clothing - simple, versatile pieces.

Have a wonderful week!

Friday, July 1, 2011


There's many great things about this little city. Too many to mention. Among some favourites are Unity Books "an antidote to the ordinary" where one can while away many hours. Another must to visit is Maranui Cafe on the south coast - great food, coffee and views.
I hope the past week has been a good one for you and that the sun has shone. I have a little collection of things I hope to post in the coming days, but in the meantime am off to make the most of the winter sun.
Images by me.
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