Category Chez moi

Light and dark

Two good things from today: Daffodils on my dresser, an exuberant reminder that spring is finally here . . . . . . and the Royal Opera’s production of Coraline, a new opera based on Neil Gaiman’s creepy novella about a little girl who learns to appreciate her boring, annoying parents after she’s nearly snatched […]

I may have a thing for dishes

The other day I mentioned in passing that I had purchased some plates that had been calling to me.  Lady expressed interest in seeing the plates, so in response here you go! It all started when I went exploring in Shoreditch a few weeks ago.  I was technically supposed to be looking for places to […]

Bun cha, kingfishers, and puppets who become real

Today I decided to explore the East London neighborhoods of Hackney and Shoreditch.  I work in Shoreditch, so I’m there every day, but I’ve never really taken the time to take a closer look outside of work.  The exterior is gritty, not pretty, but it’s arguably the hippest part of town and, on closer look, […]

A pottery Saturday

I didn’t make it to a museum or to any sight-seeing today (and I’m not sure I’m going to this weekend).  Instead I had fun with pottery. You see, I’ve been making bircher muesli lately, and I have tiny cupboards, and . . . well, long story short, I needed a small dish with a […]

Christmas Day

Oh, Christmas!  Always a lovely, low-key day, and even more so in London where the city really shuts down and I don’t have relatives or friends to visit outside my own home.  We let ourselves sleep in until we woke up naturally, and then began opening presents after a quick first-breakfast of English muffins (or, […]

Holidaying

One thing I’m loving about December in London is how I can sleep in until 8am and still have that slightly-type-A satisfaction of having gotten up before dawn to “get stuff done”.  Today specifically, the cozy grey pre-dawn hours were devoted to wrapping all the presents while Justin slept (thank heavens for jet lag!). He […]

Christmas flowers

At Thanksgiving I told Lady I wasn’t getting a Christmas tree.  [gasp; maternal gears start churning]  Then I told her my plan to get Christmasy flowers instead.  [whew] So that’s what I did today.  Got up before dawn (which, let’s be honest, means about 8:00am in London in December), caught the bus to the Columbia […]