Thursday, 26 July 2012

In the pink

I've only just realised that PINK is my favourite colour.With the terriable weather we've had recently,pink had the power to bring a smile to my face.

Everyone was fed up of the rain so I went all out on the window with every pink item I could find.

At first I thought it might be a bit too sugary but I think it looks fine and everybody approves.
Norman particularly likes the vintage eiderdown.
As you may know, roses are irresistible to me so I treated myself to this beauty at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.
Gorgeous Bunny sisters made by Choe using antique and vintage fabrics.Her work detail is phenominal.

I wish you could smell the strawberry scent of this floating candle.Its almost too good to light.

This year the sweetpeas are simply showing off.
These lovely French Rose soaps were a great hit with the teachers at the end of term.
My Filofax has a new purrrpose...

This is where,I'm convinced,us girls start our love affair with shoes.
Booties with a Shearling lining hand made by Erika
With all the roaming around he does, Norman's paws are amazingly pure and pink.

And who could resist gazing at this beautiful sunset.
Well, I hope you've enjoyed my pink post.
Have a lovely evening and see you soon.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012


At last 'they' managed to retrieve our broadband connection and after a week of internet silence I can finally post some of those Florentine photos I mentioned. There are hundreds but,in a very considerate approach, I'm limiting myself to only a handful. 

A fragment of ancient inscription on a town house wall.

I did feel sorry for the horses as that day was the hottest so far,44 Celsius.

Some of the amazing  detail on the exterior of the Duomo

Intricate use of three different colour marble.

A view from the Ponte Vecchio

We didn't get to see the real David, we'll leave that for a weekend in Autumn, but the copy seemed to live up to it's reputation of being a masterpiece in it's own right.

Even the polizi look stylish.

The other side of Ponte Vecchio

The painted ceiling of the Duomo

I love this photo.It is so crisp with the contrast of the man-made beauty against that gloriously celestial sky.
The  Gate of Paradise by Lorenzo Ghiberti 1425-52c
It was Michelangelo who first described this door as The Gate of Paradise because of the symbolic importance of its position on the east side of the Baptistry.

Each panel beautifully depicts scenes from the Old Testament. 

Self portrait of Lorenzo Ghiberti

We popped into the town museum which houses a fabulous collection of marble sculptures including some early and unfinished works form the master himself, Michelangelo.
Bacchus by Michelangelo

Brutus by Michelangelo,unfinished but still beautiful.

FONTANA DEL BIANCONE ( The Neptune Fountain) 16th century.

After a quick stop for a double espresso we deposited a few customary Euros at the LUCKY BOAR wishing well,rubbed his snout and headed for the train station to make our way home.

Almost missed our train due to a fantastic street parade. All participants were dressed in period costumes inspite of the unbearable heat.

It went on...

and on...

and on.

Not everyone was happy about taking part.

I'm sure it did eventually end but our train was waiting to take us back to this.

AAAaaahhh :)
Wishing you all a lovely week.
See you soon