Well, it had to be a rainy weekend such as this one to lure me back to my laptop. Lately I have been much better at spending time outdoors and not just on weekends. I’ve caught up with friends and made plans with Rob on weekday evenings too – Monday dates: it’s a thing, and I love them! This is a good sign that things are getting back to normal of course and if you’ve been reading my Diary updates, you’ll know that I’m settling into the pace of my new role at the design studio little by little. I can’t believe I have been there two months already, how quickly does time fly.
So, what’s been happening behind the scenes? Let’s rewind.
Much improvement on this front I’m happy to report. Over the last few weeks I have stopped by the White Cube gallery to see the Georg Baselitz exhibition, caught the Blue/Orange play at the Young Vic, and visited Central Saint Martins to see the Fine Arts Degree Show, which was fantastic. For me the strongest work came from the MA Art & Science and in particular Julius Colwyn (In the most of things), Keun Wook Ji (Actual Dynamics), Marta Pinilla (Felicidad and the theory of everything) and Jenny Walsh (Action Potential). Some really striking pieces there and such interesting thought-process and technique behind the realisation of the works.
I had mentioned I was getting a little frustrated with our living room and I haven’t really grown out of that. That said we have now actually moved around our wares, and it is a breath of fresh air. I’m still thinking of replacing our comfy sofa-bed with a better-looking Scandinavian two-seater and looking into a proper dining table, but it will have to wait a little. I did set a couple alerts for 2-bedroom flats in the Brixton/Herne Hill/Dulwich area but so far a lot of what I’m seeing is not as nice or affordable as our current digs, which is okay – we are in no rush and we do like our current place. To be continued.
The holiday I was pining for is happening and I couldn’t be more excited. Rob and I had a look at affordable flights to sunny destinations with a definite bias towards Italy, where we have both never been and rolled the dice. We grabbed tickets for Sicily this late June and early July, with 3 days in Palermo and 4 days in Cefalù. I’m very, very, very looking forward to this: the sun (it’s going to be 30 degrees), the sea (their beaches look like heaven and shouldn’t be too crowded yet), and of course, the food. It’s going to be grand.
Sort of shopping for holiday pieces at the moment but with the sale it’s so much to skim through and I don’t have the stamina. If I find any good pieces, I’ll share another Suitcase Express edition from Asos. If not, this is what’s on my list: light fabrics, leather sandals, a one-piece swimsuit, some colourful dresses and a straw trilby hat. Do you have the holiday fever yet? Are you going anywhere?
There’s been a lot of ‘al fresco’ dining: I can’t deny my Mediterranean origins, as soon as there is clemency in the English weather, I have to go on the hunt for any outdoor terrace, sidewalk or garden where I can have drinks or dinner with friends in the sun. If you’re on the same boat you could let yourself be tempted by one of the following places I went to recently: Necco in Exmouth Market, The Florence in Herne Hill, B Stree Deli in Bermondsey, The Duke of Edinburgh in Brixton, The Old Red Lion in Kennington, and last but not least: the sun-soaked terrace of Frank’s, the Peckham multi-storey carpark turned into a rooftop bar and restaurant.
You get the picture, when the weather is playing ball, we are very much enjoying the onset of British Summer Time!