Saturday, 23 February 2013

Life in and out of the suitcase

We travel. A lot.
When we are not travelling you will always find suitcases in our house, ready to be unpacked and packed again. Always trying to plan ahead.

Soon we'll hopefully be off again and I have already bought my "luxury items" to take with me to the tropics. The foodhall in Selfridges sells the most incredible tea and well worth the space it will take up in my suitcase. 
 Outside our windows here in London it is snowing today and I must say I am craving the sun and heat now.
 However it is a true pleasure to finally see one of our orchids flowering. It has taken us a year, they always seem to die on us, so this is a treat :-)

There is something about books....

 Ever since and even  before I learnt how to read I've had my nose stuck in a book.
I can sit for hours just disappearing into the pages of the magical world of the books.
Being a lover of books I never thought I would like the kindle, but I do and it has made me read even more books. Being back in "civilisation" I tend to read less and less as the busy schedule of work and life and technology takes over.
However, sometimes it is great to disappear into the old paper backs again, to feel and smell the book.
I have a few that I have read and re-read over the years.
My two absolute favourites are Rosamunde Pilcher's "the Shellseekers" and Isabelle Allende's "Kingdom of the golden Dragon". Better than any movie. 

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Gail's Bakery

I have discovered the most wonderful Bakery just a few minutes walk from our flat here in London.
The wonderful Gail's Bakery, where I swear to you everything tastes too good.

Freshly baked breads from sourdough to brioche's, awesome cakes, great coffee's and cookies, so bad for the waistline I am too scared to go there too often. But as a treat it is fantastic and we went there for an early Sunday breakfast which was just as good as I expected it to be. I had the biggest mushrooms I've seen on top of spinach and sourdough bread, while my company went for the old English fry up with bacon/eggs and muffin.....and off course the carrot cake and choc brownie as a starter.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Afternoon tea at the Bluebird cafe in Chelsea

 Living in London we are pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to afternoon tea.
Unfortunately I hardly ever go.
This weekend however I got visitors and we ended up in the upstairs bar at the Bluebird in Chelsea for a rather swanky champagne afternoon tea.
 After hours spent in the shopping haven of London it was actually really nice to put our feet up, sit down and enjoy the atmosphere of this bar.

We ended up with chamomile tea

and a mysterious flowering tea which tasted delish.

 The Bluebird is a pretty popular spot so if you are going it is worth booking a table beforehand.
The afternoon tea consisted of some rather sad looking finger sandwiches, but as we worked our way up the tiered plates it got better and better. The scones were scrumptious with clotted cream and jam, and the macaroons were the icing on the cake for me.
Go in hungry. 
Bon Apetit!

Shop ceiling infatuation

Just went inside the Nike shop at Oxford Circus this weekend, (which is a great shop by the way) and their window merchandisers has done an absolutely bang on job with the shop.
Have a look at this artful display of running shoes/ tennis balls and jump-roaps high above our heads.

 Not normally where you'd look when your in a shop.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Mum I Love You!

It is Mother's Day in Norway today.
As you all know I love my mum.

So this one Mum is for you.
You always inspire me to be a better person.
When I grow up I want to be just like you!

Sunday, 3 February 2013

This was the view from our bedroom window in Japan:

Curiously I wondered how this looked like in the summertime, convinced it must be quite hilly outside the bedroom window. The answer was that in fact it was flat, who'd believe it looking at that mound?

 We had an awesome trip with plenty of snow and at the airport I came across these wonderful, handmade, Otaru glasses.