Monday, May 30, 2011

The annual hair cut

It's strange this hair cutting business.  I get mine pruned once a year - usually about 15cm drops to the floor. I'm left still with plenty of hair but it's gut-wrenching every time.  Why? It's only hair and it will grow again!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Tidbits - small and particularly interesting items of gossip or information

Step by step explanation of how to grow pears in a bottle! http://www.prieuredorsan.com/journal/jardinier/2011/05/01/journee-a-orsan-et-poires-en-bouteilles/

Tutorial on photographing insects http://myrmecos.net/2011/05/19/photographing-insects-with-a-point-shoot-digicam/#more-7648

Just about anything/everything that's interesting can be found on The Conversation. One topic that caught my eye was "People pics stick but scenic shots forgettable". Neuroscientists from MIT in the US have shown that photographs that feature humans are more memorable, followed by indoors scenes.  What do you think?

Flower Tower in Paris - amazing 10 storey building surrounded on three sides by 380 pots of bamboo.

This beautiful great grey owl

TEDx Tokyo speaker Garr Reynolds talking about the lessons Japanese people have taught him using bamboo as a metaphor.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Tidbits - small and particularly interesting items of gossip or information

Growing bulbs in a cool climate

Rooting roses - great how-to and a reminder not to yank those cuttings out for a look at the roots (thanks to Kerry  ) http://www.hartwoodroses.com/Articles/rootingroses.php

There goes the diet - don't these cinnamon rolls look delicious?

David Perry photographing tiny wildflowers

Many years ago I made a special trip to visit the Prieure Notre-Dame D'Orsan - looks like they've found time to update their website and make contact with those who've shown interest over time.  It's the most gorgeous place to visit - staying would be heaven.

This is on the to-do list - rhubarb and ginger cake

Baking baguettes: the movie

The amazing and eclectic presentations of La Boite Verte  - subtitled (a blog of photography, technology, geeks, design, art, science, videos ....)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

More beautiful goodies have arrived

Paula from http://stilllifestyle.blogspot.com/ has a wonderful blog sharing her styling knowledge, and an etsy shop of lovely props.  I succumbed and bought some gorgeous vintage zinc edge wood berry baskets.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Tidbits - small and particularly interesting items of gossip or information

Harold McGee on salt

I'll be substituting blueberries for the mulberries - Cannelle and Vanille's mulberry and rhubarb crumb cake

This has just arrived in the mail from Book Depository - Helene Dujardin's Plate to Pixel - Digital Food Photography & Styling (don't be misled by BD's uninspiring catalogue title of Foodography!)

The most wonderful use of eggshells

I'm off to raid the maple tree next door - if I can eco-dye half as well I'll be very happy

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Les petits robots de Brian Marshall

Still wondering what to do with all those kitchen utensils lying idle in drawers and cupboards? This site is a must view!

http://www.laboiteverte.fr/les-petits-robots-de-brian-marshall/
and Brian Marshall's blog http://adopt-a-bot.blogspot.com/

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Lovely things

A couple of weeks ago I found Japanese ceramacist Makiko Hastings blogspot http://makikohastings.blogspot.com/  Makiko is one of many many artists who are providing wonderful ways to support people in need after the terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  I am now the owner of four cute little chopstick rests.



Makiko made 1000 numbered birds - and according to her latest blog entry has sold them all.