Archive for March, 2012

UPPERCASE magazine

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

I’m so excited it’s insane.

I understand my love for travel. I understand my love for food. I understand my love for my closests and dearests.

But my love for UPPERCASE magazine?

I’ve never read the magazine. I’ve never even seen the magazine.

On Tuesday, my friend is landing at Heathrow at 11:30 and by 13:30, I’ll be the ecstatic owner of nine issues.

I’m giddy just at the thought of it. I have had to wait soooooo long for that moment.

My friend lives in Toronto and I sent her on a mission across town to purchase back issues for me. That was my last hope. By then, I had been to or contacted the majority of London’s listed retailers, without any luck.

I particularly can’t wait for issue 11. I love that cover.

At the moment, I get my daily fix from the UPPERCASE blog.

Not long now.

That’s my Easter break sorted. Homemade cakes, pots of tea, the sofa and UPPERCASE.

The world’s favourite museums

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

 The world’s favourite museums

The world’s top ten museums.

I have been to six of them. Not bad.

I can’t believe, however, that I’ve never been to the Louvre! I’ve walked around the Pyramid and the underground lobby where I grabbed a sandwich in the cafe. But I’ve never seen any art in the Louvre. As I type this, I realise that this will have to be put right.

But I did make it to the Claude Monet exhibition at the Grand Palais, which took the fifth spot in last year’s best exhibitions!

These facts and figures, from an article on the BBC website, came with another interesting tidbit. The economic crisis is ‘forcing’ museums to re-assess their collections and be creative with their displays. Not a bad thing. In fact, if I remember correctly, the Photography: New Documentary Forms exhibition at Tate Modern recently was one of those.

Aren’t we lucky to have six of these museums so close-by!

Greenland – a year ago already

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

I can’t believe this.

We were in Greenland a year ago.

That trip is still so fresh in our minds.

We had such a great time. The scenery. The solitude.  The snow. The icebergs.

We talk about that trip all the time.

We’re addicted to a local webcam.

We check the weather forecast most days.

We either need to let go or we need to go back there.

I know which I’d prefer.

Venus and Jupiter – 14 March 2012

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Venus and Jupiter (14 March 2012)

Now… if you look at my photo really carefully… you can see two dots.

Venus and  Jupiter.

And apparently, seeing them together like that is quite a rare event.

Atmospheric London

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

The Shard (15 March)

The Shard, London Bridge.

This morning’s commute was out of this world…

Pineapple muffins

Monday, March 12th, 2012

I made pineapple muffins yesterday afternoon.

It didn’t go well.

It didn’t start well, to be fair. I was going to make carrot cake muffins but I forgot to check whether we had raisins. We did not. So I settled on pineapple muffins.

They never had a chance.

As I put them in the over, I realised that I’d forgotten an ingredient. So I got them out of the oven, after about two minutes, in order to add the missing ingredients to the mix.

Then I realised (too late) that I’d set the over on ‘cook from the top’, instead of ‘cook from the bottom’.

And when I got them out of the tray, each of them broke in two.

They are still nice.

But I’m gonna have to make them again.

30 stranded dolphins rescued in Arraial do Cabo (Brazil)

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Have a great weekend!

Sprinkles Cupcake ATM

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

A cupcake dispensing ATM.

I have checked the date. Today is not 1 April.

This could be true.

OMG.

I wanna try it!

Baobab smoothie

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

So. I’m spending a lot of time looking at my baobab these days. Just checking it’s okay.

And every time I see it, I think of that yummy baobab smoothie I had at the Eden project last year. It was absolutely delicious. Like nothing I had tasted before.

There’s some blurb about it on the website and they’ve even posted the recipe.

Well… I got myself some baobab powder.

I’ll keep you posted.

Elephant – Boris Mikhailov

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Eleph2ant (Boris Mikhailov)
(Picture: detail from Red series (1968-75), Boris Mikhailov)

Elephants are everywhere…