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tulips at Wisley, would make good wallpaper I'm so pleased TypePad have sorted out the problems that were the result of an attack. So pleased that I'm posting quickly just because I can. And to say hello and thank you... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at jane brocket
very hot and very sticky This is our once a year day. One of the favourite films in this house is The Pajama Game (we are going to see it at the theatre in June to celebrate end of A... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at jane brocket
forget-me-nots and me, in the garden* One of the greatest pleasures in the world for me is to not have to wear socks. I don't care about make-up, hair colour, manicures, facials, spas, perfume or anything like that - being... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at jane brocket
After dismissing the 'anything as long as it's red and yellow' style of tulip planting on Facebook, I looked at today's bunch and saw that, yes, many of them are red and yellow. Speaking too soon and all that, maybe.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at jane brocket
The sock's colours are developing very slowly. I almost wish they'd stayed in the watermelon range and had little black dots as well which would make them nicely fruity. I'm not so keen on the new sulphur-yellow shade that's appearing.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at jane brocket
This not your average eBay toast rack listing, though. This is the famous Manchester Toast Rack which has recently been put up for sale. It was opened in 1960 and Pevsner called it 'a perfect piece of pop architecture' (surely... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at jane brocket
The pointy and lily-flowered tulips make this bunch look like a starburst. The orange, lemon, strawberry, lime colours are very Starburst, too. The bulb/tulip season is still discombobulated and I've come to conclusion that this year is simply going to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at jane brocket
The skies may be grey, the mornings may be cold, the rain may be coming down, the phone company may be driving us mad, the daffodils may be past their best, the tragedy of Jude the Obscure may be preventing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at jane brocket
Spring in St John's Wood (1933) Laura Knight, in the the Walker Gallery Spring in Eskdale (1935) James McIntosh Patrick, in the Walker Gallery I start to rebel when I hear or read a curator saying that works of art... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at jane brocket
This splash of colour made me think of Urban Splash, the company that has done so much to bring energy and colour into cities. A mix of tulips and daffodils with a few stems of self-seeded cerinthe, all picked in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at jane brocket
Nice photo of magnolia to go with a couple of bits of housekeeping, as they say at the beginning of conferences. We've just added another quilting workshop date at Ray-Stitch: 22nd June Quilt Me! is now available as an ebook.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at jane brocket
[A Grenadier Guardsman (1917) Sir William Orpen (1878-1931) in the Imperial War Museum] If ever an image is needed convince the viewer that war is good for absolutely nothing, this could be it. It's all in the glassy, weary, unbelieving... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at jane brocket
My study badly needed repainting but I put it off for ages because the idea of dismantling the room I'd been working in for sixteen years was just too much. Finally, however, it had to be done. I knew everything... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at jane brocket
Alice had a very miserable time when she first went to university. It turned out to be all wrong and when I discovered that no-one had noticed her absence after two weeks of non-attendance (we'd brought her home), I knew... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at jane brocket
The hyacinths I've grown in the garden are way ahead of the tulips. Last year I could make mixed bunches of daffodils, hyacinths and tulips, but that won't be happening this year. Many of the daffodils are peaking now and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at jane brocket
It's quite a while now since I wrote the post about cutting up old, hand-embroidered tablecloths, the one that caused a certain amount of adverse comment. I looked for the post but couldn't find it which make me think I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at jane brocket
Although I do main dishes of domesticity and colour and family and culture and craft here, I also like quite a few side orders which I rarely touch on in writing. There have been lots of side orders of politics... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at jane brocket
Big cherry lollipop magnolia blooms. It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-the-magnolias spring, so I'm very glad I didn't blink. [theme tune for this post] Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at jane brocket
I went to Manchester. So much going on. Orlando at the still-wonderful theatre inside the enormous former exchange (with the prices of cotton etc still on the board and as they were when trading ceased). A beautiful and clever piece... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at jane brocket
Daffodils (c1935) William Logsdail (1859-1944) in The Collection, Lincoln Suddenly there are daffodils popping up and opening up everywhere. On roundabouts, by rivers, on verges, in gardens, by bus stops, outside schools, in window boxes and in overlooked patches of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at jane brocket
[still quilting after all these years*] Sometime in February this blog hit the nine year mark. I couldn't think of anything that happens in nines apart from human pregnancies so I had a quick google and it seems nine years... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at jane brocket
[the start of a quilt] I've moved into a new office. It's a temporary arrangement while we get my normal office sorted, painted, recarpeted (I must have done a lot of rolling around on my chair for it to be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at jane brocket
It can't be a coincidence that I like haberdasheries and I like sweet shops. There's a lot of overlap: tempting displays, lovely colours, little bags full of small treats and treasures, a feeling of stepping into another world. One of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at jane brocket
Now that we are clear on the meaning of haberdashery in the yarnstorm context, I'm happy to confirm that thriving haberdasheries do indeed exist in many places in this country. This is a beautiful display of bias binding, a very... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at jane brocket