Typically, I have lost all the details of this painting. I love her expression though.
Dave has been a huge fan of The Bill for a really long time so it was a bit of a surprise when he announced a couple of weeks ago that he would no longer be watching it any more as because of his night shifts he always felt like he was investing valuable time and effort in keeping up […]
I just came across some photographs of a trip that I took to Paris in Autumn, 2003. I looked very different back then! I love the way that this picture makes it look as though Versailles is surrounded by swathes of heavy fog, just like in the film The Others. The Louvre. The Queen’s bedroom in Versailles. I wish that […]
The second part of Desperate Romantics was every bit as preposterous and mawkish as the first and just as entertaining. It’s like processed cheese slices: I know it’s bad, I know it’s shameful but I still can’t stop myself opening the fridge and then eating it straight from the packet while standing up against the kitchen counter. Not that there […]
What would the aristocratic eighteenth century lady have had on her dressing table? A beautiful clock, to ensure that you weren’t late to meet your lover. A pair of beautiful candelabras, as every lady knows that candlelight is exceptionally flattering to the complexion. Perhaps an exquisite porcelain sculpture based on a work by Boucher. Madame de Pompadour adored porcelain flowers […]
Femme à sa Toilette by Guillame Voiriot, 1760. I came across this painting in my favourite museum, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and fell totally in love with it. Everything about it is perfection, from her bold gaze to the beautiful ribbons on her dress to the lace cloth on the dressing table to the very feminine clutter […]
The characters in my book surround themselves with flowers. Lilacs. Violets. Lilies. My favourites, Peonies. Rhodedendron. Roses. Carnations. Cornflowers. Hyacinths. Honeysuckle.
I have totally failed to do any writing this week. Which is understandable, I suppose, considering all the stuff that is going on in my life. I’m currently wrestling with chapter three, which is set in July 1789 and I keep having mental visions of my characters standing in the yellow salon of the Hôtel de Saint-Valèry on the Rue […]
After forcing my husband to watch Bride Wars I decided to be nice and watch Spiderman 3 as it is more his sort of thing. Oh dear, what a mistake. I will come clean at this point and admit that I actually quite liked the first two Spiderman films and was rather looking forward to seeing the third installment. I’m […]
Tonight’s trashy girl film was Bride Wars starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway. I was fully expecting to really enjoy it as I just can’t resist films and books about weddings (my own wedding was pretty untraditional and I am prone to vicarious over compensation while plotting to renew my vows one day), however, it wasn’t actually that good. I’m […]
I am not a huge fan of Philippa Gregory, as I find her work a bit patchy (some awful books, some mediocre ones, some good ones and a couple of brilliant ones) but I must admit that I am looking forward to the upcoming release of The White Queen, a novel about Elizabeth Woodville (or however you want to spell […]
This may or may not be a surprise but I am a massive fan of Sex and the City. I have watched the television series several times over (enabled in part by my husband very sweetly buying me the boxed set) and I don’t even want to talk about how often I have seen the film! I think that my […]
Like a lot of people, when times are grim I turn to rom-coms to make me feel less gloomy and for a bit of light hearted escapism. This week has been particularly bad but luckily we had just received copies of He’s Just Not That Into You and Confessions of a Shopaholic, which was timely. I rather liked He’s Just […]
It is hard to talk about the details as they are so horrific but this is my mother in law. We believe that she jumped sometime in the early hours of last Thursday and it is by sheer chance that she wasn’t discovered sooner. We don’t really comprehend why she chose to take her life in such a grotesque way […]