Monthly Archives: July 2009


The eighteenth century dressing table

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 […]


Inspiration is lacking

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 […]


Spiderman 3

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 […]


Bride Wars

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 […]


Ridiculous films

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. […]


Awful news

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 […]