It’s 1833 and Lake Como has never looked more beautiful. The mountains perfectly set off the deep turquoise of the lake. The green trees at the edge of the water make the scene even more lush and striking. One problem though, William Henry Fox Talbot from picturesque English village Lacock, cannot sketch it well enough to do the scene justice. He needs a photo – so he went on to invent the calotype photographic process. Channel your inner William Henry Fox Talbot and be amazed by all things photography with this truly fascinating collection.
I need cups of tea. Every moment. Every second. I think about a brew. They have to come steadily and consistently throughout the day. The moment I open my eyes, I want a sweet hot cup. Could you imagine making one without the speed and efficiency of an automatic kettle? Mine’s a Russell Hobbs – I fill it up to the top with water. Set it down. Flick the switch. Hear the bubbles steadily boil up. A few minutes pass. The switch flicks off. It’s teatime again.
Diane Smith from next door has one. I saw her using it when vacuuming the inside of her nifty little Mini Cooper. They are the absolute best though, those Dysons. No bag. No fuss. James Dyson is an absolute a genius. Some of them look like they belong in 3014! The ones with the cylinder ball makes it easier to get into corners apparently - that would mean I could chuck out that ancient dustpan and brush. I might invest in one yet.
It’s 2024 you are young, active and good-looking. You hop on your racer bike - sunglasses on. Riding through the flashing lights of a busy urban landscape. Going so fast that even those in flying vehicles are envious of you. Flashes of green neon on your designer trainers make you stand out to every pedestrian, even against the dark grey city sky. Effortlessly transport yourself in to the future with this ultra-modern collection.
Fine, you’ll admit it. You’re a perfectionist. There has never been a time that your curtains didn’t hang impeccably or when your cushions weren’t sufficiently plumped. You’re never too trendy. Michelle Obama and Pippa Middleton are your fashion icons. Colours must be coordinated and complemented. Fresh, bright and outrageously well turned out is your style mantra.
Fried, stewed, baked or poached - chicken is the meat of the people. Unlike pork and lamb, it isn’t an acquired taste. Chicken is simple, easily transformed with a handful of fresh thyme, a bulb of garlic and lashings of rich butter. Bring a roast chicken to the Sunday dinner table and the family will simply follow the aroma. No call to dinner required. Juicy. Tasty. Democratic. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
Ask someone under the age of ten what their favourite food is and they’ll say: chocolate. Kids love the sweet stuff – the smooth cocoa deliciousness cannot be competed with. Bake with children and chocolate cake mix will be mysteriously halved; sugar-laden toppings will suddenly disappear. Make their springtime even sweeter and dress them up in the cutest Easter themed clothing – chocolate and bunnies galore!
Let the ever popular lemon pancake topping inspire your interior choices. Bright yellows look exceptionally good in the living spaces of your home, pick out some key kitchen equipment in the sunny hue for a modern and unexpected pop of colour. Don’t forget, too much lemon can be sour, so keep your rooms balanced with crisp white ceramics and neutral contemporary furniture.
A bleary eyed Saturday morning greets you. Friday after work drinks turned into a bit of an all-nighter. You want breakfast - in fact you need breakfast. Smoked salty bacon, smooth rich mushrooms fried in butter, a hot piece of toasted sourdough and the crowning glory: an egg. You’ll take your egg any which way. Scrambled, sunny side down, boiled, poached. Today is fried egg day with a tempting runny yolk. Nothing tops off breakfast better.
Welcome to the kitchen you’ll want to cook in. Forget cold granite and steel; this is the Parisian patisserie reimagined in your home. Kitchen combinations don’t get cuter than this: cake tins that look good enough to eat, glassware that glints and glimmers with colour, mixers and appliances that speak of a love of cooking, eating and entertaining. After all, we eat with our eyes so add another layer of flavour with this collection. Is it time for tea and cake yet?
With Easter right around the corner, I decided to channel my excitement for Easter eggs & festivities into an eBay Collection with the colours of Easter. To me, Easter is all about soft shades of pastel, so here's a selection of the prettiest fashion & beauty items that fit into that category. Happy Easter! :)
Top down. Chrome spinning. The open road belongs to you and your cherry red Renault. It’s Easter Sunday - the roads are practically dead. Everyone is huddled up with family enjoying the archetypal lamb roast dinner, but you’ve opted for an afternoon road trip. Wind rushes through your hair whilst you delight in the surprising brightness of the blue sky. Take in the beautiful springtime scenery. Happy Easter.