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New Red Kitchen

About one year ago, we moved into a lovely new house and one of its many delightful features is the new red kitchen. Actually, only the kitchen cabinets are red, but such is their glossy lustre that the entire room … Continue reading

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In the dog days of summer, a nice gardener came round and sprayed the weeds in our “garden”. For a few weeks, our front yard looked like this: The above was a vast improvement on the jungle of weeds that … Continue reading

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Pork, Chalk and the Virgin Mary

The 15th of August is the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. It’s commonly called ferragosto in Italy and it’s a national holiday during which the weather can be relied upon to be hot. Seriously … Continue reading

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Deco Japan

As a bit of light relief from the earthquakes and aftershocks we’ve been having in this part of the world, I’ve been admiring the items in the Deco Japan exhibition at the Japan Society in New York City. Looking at … Continue reading

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The New House

The builders tell us that the new house will be finished by the end of the month! By finished, I think they mean that they will have met their contractual obligations as far as they’re concerned. And we’ll have to … Continue reading

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Constructing a Kitchen


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New Red Kitchen

Last week the tiles were laid in our new house, deep in the heart of provincial Northern Italy. We’ve already visited a furniture place and have picked out our new L-shaped kitchen. Red is our colour theme: modern, glossy red. … Continue reading

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One City Five Hours (well four cities actually…)

I’m loving these illustrations by Oliver Jeffers.

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Lisbon Paves the Way

Lisbon has undeniably pretty pavements. The cobblestones have been arranged into visually interesting shapes and patterns. In Praca Dom Pedro IV,  a public square, there are stony waves which invite you to move with them.  While near the Baixa-Chiado metro station, … Continue reading

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Motifs and Monsters in Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s buildings are grey and splattered in sooty black. The other dominant colour is mossy green from the surrounding hills and parklands. The greys and greens are punctuated by bright bursts of colour from shop fronts, posters and people. If … Continue reading

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