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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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

Crumpet Breakfast

Crumpet Breakfast

One of the best things about the UK is the prominent availability of the common or garden crumpet. Crumpets are one of the finest carbohydrate packages to grace this earth. They are the wondrous cloud of wheat and water that will float your poached egg […]

Procrastination with Biscuits

Procrastination with Biscuits

Am I taking photos of food, eating food, thinking about food, admiring Jon’s wrapping skills and checking my twitter/facebook feed instead of updating postage prices in the Tin Cup Vintage shop? Yes, yes I am. Back to work… Sigh. Java x

Spring Forward

Spring Forward

It’s been nearly a month since I last wrote… apologies. March was a month of many unexpected changes, resulting in Jon and I packing up our pieces and spending some time in and around Barcelona with friends before heading to the UK to spend some […]

Yellow Wine and Torn Wallpaper

Yellow Wine and Torn Wallpaper

On the first weekend of February we drove to Jura, a department on the border just before Switzerland. We stayed in an old house owned by Vincent’s family during  ‘La Percee du Vin Jaune’ (Opening of the Yellow Wine; a festival celebrating the famous yellow […]

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know” Diane Arbus

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know” Diane Arbus

My favourite way of spending a Sunday afternoon, and avoiding homework, used to be to unzip my mum’s tartan suitcase filled with photos collected since her childhood. On the hallway shelves sat large, beautifully presented photo albums, containing what were to be considered the ‘good’ […]

“Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.” Ernest Hemingway

“Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.” Ernest Hemingway

Friday is cocktail and pizza night chez Domaine Carret! Whitney Marie and I started early with some mulled wine in the snow. It may not be Christmas any more, but since the snow has fallen, warm cocktails are the most tempting option. Mulled wine is […]

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” Goethe

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” Goethe

Cheers! Lyon, France Everyone starts a fresh on January 1st, or early September at the start of the school calendar, or simply every Monday after a debauched or slothful weekend. Recently Jon and I started a new beginning on December the 18th, 2012. We moved […]