Monday, 19 August 2013


I'm escaping for a couple of weeks to recharge and enjoy these final days of August.
Regular posting service will resume on my return!


“There was no one at Antibes this summer, except me, Zelda, the Valentinos, the Murphys, Mistinguet, Rex Ingram, Dos Passos, Alice Terry, the MacLeishes, Charlie Brackett, Mause Kahn, Lester Murphy, Marguerite Namara, E. Oppenheimer, Mannes the violinist, Floyd Dell, Max and Crystal Eastman … Just the right place to rough it, an escape from the world.”

On the Occasion of Zelda Fitzgerald’s Birthday

I'm of to 'rough it and escape the world' too. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Regular posting will resume in September.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Jordan Sullivan

Collages by Jordan Sullivan


Catflexing: The Catlover’s Guide to Weight Training Aerobics and Stretching.
From AbeBooks’ Weird Book Room via The Paris Review


From Yumi Sakugawa

Odette New York

rings and things from OdetteNY.
these beautiful pieces always remind me of bones...spines and ribs.... 

How to make homemade yoghurt.

I really love yoghurt. It is my breakfast of choice most mornings and I was really happy to find out how to make it, it's so easy! I hope you find this recipe from Kinfolk as useful as i did...

Words by Kinfolk Team Photographs by Ali Harper Prop Styling by Ginny Branch Food Styling by Katelyn Hardwick

Follow these instructions to make your own creamy yogurt at home. 
There is plenty of discussion about dairy products these days and whether they are good or bad for you, your bones, your belly and the environment. But when it comes to yogurt, the news is generally more positive. Like many fermented foods, yogurt offers great health benefits. It sounds a bit off-putting to eat foods with live cultures, bacteria or microbial strains, but scientists seem to keep discovering that eating this fermented milk product is good for us. Of course, making your own yogurt and home takes a bit of time, but it’s so easy and cheap—plus, you will know that it isn’t loaded with processed sugar and food colorings. Use fresh fruit, nuts, granola, honey or other fun stuff to make it feel like a dessert, pour it on top of a fruit crumble for breakfast or use in place of sour cream on taco salads and other savory dishes. You may find that you only want to eat yogurt you’ve made yourself.
1 quart milk (full fat milk makes thicker yogurt)
1 tablespoon existing plain yogurt or powdered yogurt starter

Glass jars and lids
Large pot
Kitchen towels
Smaller pot (or double boiler) for heating milk
Large bowl filled with ice water for ice bath
Heat up the milk until it just begins to simmer (185°F). The mixture should start to froth but not boil. If you aren’t using a double boiler, be sure to stir it to prevent scalding.
Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with ice and cold water.
Once the milk has reached 110–120°F, remove it from heat and place pot in the ice bath, but keep stirring to help cool. Milk needs to be slightly warm but not too hot.
Now, whisk in one tablespoon of store-bought yogurt for each quart of milk used. You can also add a teaspoon of white sugar to help the bacteria grow.
Pour the milk into the jars and screw on the lids.
To incubate, put the jars inside a large pot of warm tap water. Keep the temperature to as close to 100-110°F as possible.
Cover pot with lid and keep away from light. Let sit for about seven to nine hours.
Refrigerate for several hours before serving.
Note: If you like your yogurt to be thicker, dispose of the whey (the liquid on top).
Makes 1 quart

Thursday, 15 August 2013

images found here


‘Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me... Fear begets power. I willed myself to beget power. And it wasn’t long before I actually wasn’t afraid.’

--Cheryl Strayed, Wild

Limber Notes

Limber Notes on
by Linda Brownlee and Olivier Chapusette

“Sometimes, I don’t control my body––so I don’t know what to expect. This isn’t just dance, it’s everything.”


Genealogy: Anna de Rijk & Pieke Stuvel on

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Pretty things from Studio Toogood

Legs up the wall and a kitten. Whats not to love!?!? If you don't have a kitten to hand you could use a bolster or sandbag instead...

(image found here)
Libra: This week, all your vision and all your energy are going to become sharp and intense and they’re going to focus—like a laser, like a sunbeam—on the strangest places inside you, the places that get darkest, the places that you need to look towards. It’s important to pay attention. Watch for details. This is a good week to work on yourself and to work on your home. Mow the lawn or plant some seeds or paint the walls or hang up pictures of your friends, your heroes, your mom. Open all the windows. 

Enjoy your body.
Use it every way you can.
Don't be afraid of it, or what others think of it.
It is the greatest instrument you will ever own. 

Monday, 12 August 2013

I can get my head turned by a good-looking guy as much as the next girl. But sexy doesn’t impress me. Smart impresses me, strength of character impresses me. But most of all, I am impressed by kindness. Kindness, I think, comes from learning hard lessons well, from falling and picking yourself up. It comes from surviving failure and loss. It implies an understanding of the human condition, forgives its many flaws and quirks. When I see that in someone, it fills me with admiration.
--Lisa Unger, Beautiful Lies (Source: simply-quotes)

image by Jonathan Creedon.

Quote from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. by E. L. Konigsburg

(image by Masaki Nakayama)

My Nose

The air retreats each moment.
I feel it laugh
and march away from
the space around my nose.
All I am stops here.
My nose is my farthest outpost.
Here wilderness space begins.

I surround the only heart
I will ever encompass.
Heart of the table
Heart of the air
Heart of my wife
elude me.

In my mind
a disorderly army
finds it hard to breathe.
So I have raised
a white flag.
Naturally, it is fluttering
from my nose.
Stephen Frank, “My Nose.”
Photography Credit (me!) by Mari Valen 

David Shrigley

Friday, 9 August 2013

Lynette Yiadom Boakye

Portraits by Lynette Yiadom Boakye.
I went to see Cinematic Visions: Painting at the Edge of Reality at Victoria Miro last week (the show explores the relationship between painting and cinema and has a huge breadth of differing work).
My favorite piece by far was   Lynette Yiadom Boakye's Alive To Be Glad (The woman in the red dress).
I couldn't take my eyes of it. 
Her frozen pose is both joyous and serene in an otherwise eerily dark space,it really got under my skin.
I recommend seeing her work for real if you get the chance...

It's FRIDAY...

...and I am THIS excited about it!