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Minimalism Vs. Maximalism

Minimalism Vs. Maximalism

We are (hopefully) moving house and I am in the midst of the mother of all clear outs: endless sorting, chucking, donating, selling, giving away and recycling in an attempt to reduce our belongings by 40%. It is what keeps me awake at night and […]

Alma

Alma

Seven months ago we ended our unborn daughters life. She was a day shy of six months in the womb when I gave birth to her at one minute to midnight on the 1st of December 2014. I miss her every single day.   Three […]

‘I like to read my diary occasionally to remind myself what a miserable, alienated old sod I used to be.’ Jo Brand

‘I like to read my diary occasionally to remind myself what a miserable, alienated old sod I used to be.’ Jo Brand

This is the diary I made when I was 17 in the year 2000. From this diary I deduce that I was:

1) Wearing bindis.

2) Watching a lot of Spanish independent cinema when I should have been at school.

3) Buying over priced copies of The Face from international book shops.

4) Experimenting with ink.

5) Obsessed with my inadequate body.

6) Painfully identifying with Enid in ‘Ghost World’.

7) Very worried about everything.

8) Embarrassed/envious of my mother’s effortless ability to wear hot pants and cork platforms at 40.

9) In love with a beautiful boy.

10) Heartbroken.

Java

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Home Sweetest Home

Home Sweetest Home

Home. I talk about home a lot. I am endlessly trying to understand what home is. Is it a place? Is it where your bed is? Is it a person? Right now it is a rented house that I am madly, truly, deeply in love […]

Hold Up! (I’ll be back soon)

Hold Up! (I’ll be back soon)

  Hello. It’s been a while, but I haven’t forgotten. The love is not lost. See you in a bit. Plenty to tell. Java x

House Sale Snaps

House Sale Snaps

 

A few snaps from the house sale, as we were setting up. It was a blisteringly hot day, so we made double sure we had enough orange squash and chilled white wine to keep us going! And just in case our energies were running low, we had home baked shortbread, treacle cake and chocolate brownies by the lovely Toni.

Bliss!

Java x

Sunny Tennis Sunday

Sunny Tennis Sunday

It’s sunny in July! In the North West of England, this usually makes headlines… In honour of the sun we hung up Toni’s bunting, popped open the fizz and darted in and out of the house to keep an eye on whether Andy Murray was […]

Pulling a lens on Sully Beach…

Pulling a lens on Sully Beach…

It’s taken me a while to come out of my shell, having been rumbled for coordinating my outfits with all the exciting locations of Glamorganshire in Fossil Hunting in Wales. Well, here are some snaps from my point of view, including one of Java and her […]

The Queen in the Kitchen

The Queen in the Kitchen

Yesterday I received an email from a lovely lady called Cat Sampson in Los Angeles who had purchased a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee biscuit tin from the shop. I love knowing where all these wonderful pieces end up and the destiny of this regal object was particularly wonderful!

Cat has attached a selection of vintage tins to her kitchen wall for storing spices in. I love this idea, because as a collector of tins it can become increasingly frustrating to have so many glorious tins stacked up on a shelf, out of view. By doing this, she has created a practical space that doubles up as a selection of pictures hanging on her kitchen wall!

Such a fantastic idea Cat, and thank you so much for sharing!

Java x

Fossil Hunting in Wales

Fossil Hunting in Wales

On a blustery day recently, Jon, my dad and I went fossil hunting at Sully beach. Jon discovered (what looked like) a dinosaur’s claw, my dad found a fossil shell and I went and found a cliff with some daffodils to look out over. Jon […]


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On a blustery day recently, Jon, my dad and I went fossil hunting at Sully beach. Jon discovered (what looked like) a dinosaur’s claw, my dad found a fossil shell and I went and found a cliff with some daffodils to look out over.

Jon took far better photos with his far superior camera, but I captured the daffodil-jumper coordination. Jon pretends he doesn’t care, but I secretly know he always matches his jumpers to his surroundings.

Java x