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The fact is, my darling readers, that my life has become busier recently than it possibly ever has before! Getting Natural History up and running has been, as you might imagine, terribly time-consuming, then there's Beatrice of course (and how... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2010 at Passementerie
Well, mostly I have been sitting here in Oxford, wondering about errant builders (they came back today after an absence of TEN WHOLE DAYS) and trying to unteach my baby to swear. Note: don't place too much faith in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2010 at Passementerie
So the builders came and went and DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN but my garden is a mess. The work isn't finished yet - they're coming back tomorrow to carry on, although the building itself is actually there and looks fantastic... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2010 at Passementerie
The last two weeks have been my busiest in a *very* long time, but also probably the most productive. Among many other projects, we are having a garden room installed this week. At the time, I negotiated like mad with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2010 at Passementerie
...Chincoteague again! For the last couple of weeks we have been visiting my husband's family in the US and joining them on their trip to Chincoteague in Virginia for a couple of sweltering weeks at the beach. We had a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2010 at Passementerie
Last week I stumbled across this wonderful collaboration between Di Overton (of Ghost Furniture and Designer's Block) and the sculptor Kathy Dalwood - and evidently what a perfect pairing, because they came up with these stunning concrete tassels - utterly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2010 at Passementerie
The weather here has been heavenly lately and I've been basking in the sunshine nearly every day - I have even bought not one, but TWO pairs of shorts, a garment that I have shunned since the age of about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2010 at Passementerie
In all the excitement of Natural History opening for business last week, I somehow completely forgot to tell *you*, the most important people of all, who have patiently been reading about all the changes in my life over the last... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2010 at Passementerie
As I'm going to the beach in Virginia for a couple of weeks in late July, I have been planning my wardrobe. Sadly, Chincoteague being a very low-key place, I cannot justify assembling a particularly glamorous selection of beachwear, but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2010 at Passementerie
On Friday, we had been asked out for cocktails and tapas with friends to celebrate more end of exams. I assumed that as we had had our fun for the day, we would decline, but John felt that as he... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2010 at Passementerie
Yesterday, in order to treat my husband after finishing his course, we went to Bath. It was the first time we had ever both left Beatrice for a full day and we felt very wild and slightly guilty... We took... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2010 at Passementerie
As my husband has finally finished his course, he is suddenly free as a bird and we have been taking long, much-missed walks together and going on various excursions (tomorrow being Bath). Today being just as warm as, but somewhat... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2010 at Passementerie
Yesterday my husband finished the course he came here to do and while he will probably stay on for a doctorate, at the moment he is free as a bird, so to celebrate finishing up, we went out for the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2010 at Passementerie
My hands have been a little tied for the last couple of days because everything is pretty much ready to go, except for the checkout on the website, so I have nothing to do. Well, that's not entirely true -... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2010 at Passementerie
So the last few days have been busy (as always!) between having my kitchen redone and trying to get the Natural History site up and running. The site is soooo close to being functional, but the checkout isn't quite there... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2010 at Passementerie
Oh my patient, patient readers, if any of you are left! I have been working terribly hard on the opening of Natural History and have not had a moment to think about anything else and as a result, Passementerie has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2010 at Passementerie
In a flurry of business-related enthusiasm, I bought a new computer for my office. Although I am a Mac girl through and through, my limited budget did not allow for what I would have REALLY liked, so I got a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at Passementerie
On Friday night I abandoned husband and infant and took myself off to London on the train with a number of friends to celebrate a birthday. Our plan was to see a musical and go for dinner, so the birthday... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2010 at Passementerie
To celebrate the opening of Natural History on Monday the 7th of June, we're giving away one of our beautiful leather-bound Entomology notebooks. The winner can choose between Ateuchus, Stellognathe, Pyrophorus and Cercope (don't worry - I'll tell you which... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2010 at Passementerie
I'm doing up a house here in Oxford and one thing that is very, very important is that both showers should be fabulous. Sadly, I don't think there is space for anything quite so stunning as that!
Toggle Commented May 25, 2010 on The Shower at Natural History's blog
The weather has turned completely gorgeous here and I have been busy out in the garden whenever I have not been working on trying to get Natural History open for the 9th of June (the current launch date!). We have... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2010 at Passementerie
Yesterday was a reasonably nice day - perhaps not by any standards other than British, but when you are as accustomed to cold and wet as we are living here in Oxford, you take what you can get! Rather than... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2010 at Passementerie
That's it. I'm coming to visit you...
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Yesterday I went to Bicester Village with my husband and the baby - we hadn't been out there in ages and had a present to buy as well as a vague desire to have a poke around in Jack Wills... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2010 at Passementerie
Feeling a little bit delicate yesterday, I decided that we needed a robust lunch that didn't require too much thought. Looking around the kitchen, I noticed a superabundance of red onions. So, with the addition of some olive oil and... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2010 at Passementerie