Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Taking a walk every morning is bliss. Here's how I am currently starting my day.

From the beach ...

Up a few steps ...


Note in pic below: man using leaf blower on the paths "to keep them tidy" !! I'm expecting a red carpet next.

To get to the top of the hill and ...

Ah Wellington, only 4,000km away!

And back for coffee with the best coffee, best tables, and a special award for coordinating crockery.


Monday, 4 June 2018

Chilling out

Since Wellington recently had its first days with temperatures that stayed in single figures all day it was obviously time to skip across the Tasman to somewhere warm. And then to chill out and think about next summer's clothing. 

So Step 1 Chilling Out looks like this:

Find a coffee shop that makes great Long Blacks and sets the scene ... getting onto Tropical Time.

You can go to the park and gaze across the ocean but there's a full on white wedding - chandeliers in the trees, classical music, pony and buggy - going on behind this tranquillity. Luckily the sea provides the noise and you can't hear a thing - so peaceful and warm and lovely!

And back at the apartment there was a wee party going on in a nearby balcony. And the newest toy - bluetooth speaker and white noise machine - came to the rescue. Shrieking female voices blocked out by the sea noise. Bliss!

So at this rate the sketch pad will be out very soon.


Saturday, 16 September 2017

Liberty and Liberty

Trying something new this year in Paris and looking for trims and embellishments as well as fabrics. Here I am being overwhelmed by the huge choice in a display of Liberty bindings... we don't have this at home!

This is just a fraction of the display.

And this is me saying "damn you Mr Taxman, I had to pay 20% extra to get a receipt"!

We went to Saint-Ouen to go to Les Puces which is the famous flea market there, and they had a special invite-only night event. So we spent a couple of hours wandering around there. 

And it was great to see one of my favourite embroiderers, wearing this amazing creation!

Back on the fabric trail the next day and we went to the fabric area which is literally on the doorstep of the Sacré-Cœur. I am still not getting too inspired by what I see. I think the shops may have already moved into their (duller) winter fabrics and that's just not me! 

The Liberty fabric is pretty expensive, but I did find a great wax fabric and some nice viscose ...

I also got some more embellishments but they haven't been photographed yet.

But you know everything is going to be fine when there are red sequins, and texting policemen on bicycles ...

À bientôt!


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Back to Paris again

Back in Paris and catching up with Wellington friends who are here for a few days. Did a cycle tour around Paris with Bike About tours. Yes, there is a kiwi connection to that tour company. And there is also a connection to Le Peloton cafe which was a huge favourite of mine last year, and where we ended up at the end of our rather wet ride. 

Yes it is raining here as well now. My snazzy new Rains raincoat is getting a lot of use!

Tomorrow it is back to fabric hunting.

À bientôt!


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Copenhagen 4 ...

Continuing on with my 'Amazing Copenhagen' theme ... have you seen their Botanical Garden? What can I say? Amazing! Here is a pic of the Palm House which dates back to 1874.

Inside is a series of interconnecting rooms with a huge variety of plants and (warm) temperatures.

If you are feeling adventurous and can ignore any niggling fear of heights, you can climb the circular stairs to the roof. It's very warm up there, and a Health & Safety official's nightmare, but so good! Amazing even.

We also went to visit this beautiful church...

And we caught up with Underground Market ex-stallholder Shalini who moved to Copenhagen a year ago. Like me she sews with colourful print fabric and was able to confirm that there was very little fabric of that type available in Copenhagen. Still, it was fun looking for it!

And here we are in my favourite Copenhagen cafe ...

And another bikes picture because, you know, Copenhagen ...

So, it was all amazing. And now it's back to Paris.
Hej hej

Monday, 11 September 2017

Copenhagen 3

The sun is shining in Copenhagen so we got out and about nice and early. First stop Grød for breakfast. The yummiest glutenfri porridge, but a huge serving and way too much for me. Please someone, open one of these in Wellington!!!

Our next stop was the Rundetaarn which is a round tower in the centre of the city that has a wide circular pathway up to the top. Amazing views when we got there!

At the top you can see all around Copenhagen and across to Sweden.

Did the Famous Model thing here, and then spent a bit of time looking at all the displays on the way down. This was a really cool place.

You can look in the core of the tower which is hollow and lets you see all the way down. The floor is glass and you can stand on it and take photos. Does this pic look like I stood on the glass? Hell no! I could hardly look.
Then we walked on down to the canal and eventually took one of the tour boats. We'd been told that the canal tours were a great way to get an overview of the city and it certainly was. We had a fantastic time out on the water and saw so many things that warrant closer inspection! This city is amazing. Uh Oh, I keep saying that don't I?

The modern architecture here is also amazing but I didn't get good photos. But here is my absolute favourite that sums it all up. This is the rubbish burning plant that has just opened and gets rid of all the city's rubbish, and puts power back in the grid. But best of all, the roof has been designed to be a ski slope in the winter! And that absolutely delights me! AMAZING I shall say again.

Hej hej

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Copenhagen 2

We are still in Copenhagen. It is a beautiful city - very walkable. It's been raining a lot but we've just done what the locals do, put on a raincoat and got on with it. I'm not doing too well in my fabric search but there's still a couple of days to go!

Yesterday we took a 'busman's holiday' and went to the Finders Keepers Market. 

Luckily the signage was good and we found it easily enough.

There were lots of people there but not as many stalls as we were expecting.

It had a very distinctive Danish style. 

And lots of black clothes ... so not many photos of the stalls cos you know how I feel about black clothes!

The market was held in a new area and in new buildings so there was a definite concrete and unfinished look going on. 

This corner reminds me of my stall in Underground Market!!

 All brand new!

This is in contrast to what we saw on our way there. This is where we are staying.

The bikes line the streets and are parked everywhere.

And yes, I've had a wee haircut. I'm leaving a lot of hair as well as my heart in this city!

Hej hej