Friday, 30 May 2014
Hopefully we will be moving on soon and getting on with life - having said this, of course, I am still sewing, the hand sewn hexies are coming on a treat, and I've completed another quilt top in a variation on Chanteille. However, both are going to be pressies so I can't share just yet.
To try and find my mojo, (and visit my mum) we took a surprisingly relaxing train journey down to London. It's so good to be back - we had both had enough of the big city a few years back, and sold up, and while I'm sure I would still be sick of the commute into work etc, it's so nice to visit and be a tourist.
We started with a wander down Walthamstow Market, we used to proudly claim it was the longest market in Europe, though I don't know if that's still true. The Stow is undergoing to hell of a makeover at the moment, with new flats going up on every corner, as well as a new leisure/cinema complex - it does promise to look amazing once it's finished.
Liberty's. I love this building so much, given the chance I could spend hours just wandering from department to department looking at all the beautiful items for sale, desperately trying to commit them to memory to inspire future projects. The haberdashery department is so sweet, I love stroking all the lush Tana Lawns.
The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead.
Friday, 2 May 2014
It's been a long wait, but I've finally had a proper Thai massage, and although it hurt like hell at the time, I do feel incredibly relaxed, how these petite ladies put so much strength into their thumbs is beyond me! A whole hour of being bent in the 'wrong' directions, cost me all of £5.00! Absolute bargain, I wonder where I can get similar at home...
Other than that, we haven't really been up to much, other than trying to get a bit of a tan without burning, not easy... Drinking the local beer, and eating, and eating, and eating! Here are some more picks to get the tastbuds tingling...
We think this tilapia, grilled on an open fire at one of the night markets, it was stunning.
And this is the night market round the corner from our hotel, it's so lovely to see people with their families come out, pick what they want from the numerous stalls, grab a Leo and sit and watch the evening go by. Obviously the warm temperature adds to the joy.
This was another market, where we had grilled pork, ribs and sticky rice...
The stallholders pack them in these sweet little bags, together with a bag of sauce, and you can just nibble away, such an easy way to eat!
When we do go to a restaurant, you have to get used to your dishes just coming out when they're ready, some small places only have the one wok I think, so they serve them when they're done, which does make it difficult when you want to take a photo of your meal!
Here we have Thai noodles, minced duck with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, garlic and chilli, chicken fried rice, grilled pork and sea bass with celery.
I've also been playing with my new app Quiltography, and now Doughty's have put some new linen look cottons from John Louden online, this is what I've come up with so far, a bit minimalist, with maybe a japanese look?
There are also some gorgeous elephant designs, aren't these sweet!