Sunday, 31 August 2014

Visit to The Cornershop


I'm back from an amazing day out in London today with my girl Marie, and what a fantastic day out we have had, full of exciting adventures.  I'm going to split our day out into a few posts so as not to bombard you with too much in one go.  Considering we didn't leave Chelmsford until 11:30 it feels as though we managed to get loads done, we crammed a lot into one afternoon.

The day began with a hot chocolate at the station cafe whilst we waited for our train to arrive.  It was so good being able to catch up properly, work has been really busy for us both recently and the wedding has been taking up a lot of time, so it made a change to get away from all things work and wedding related.  We were going for a more craft related day.

First stop once arriving in London was a trip to Bethnal Green to visit Lucy Sparrow's felt exhibition 'The Cornershop'.  It has been running throughout the whole of August and today was it's last day open in London.  I'd seen a lot about it on Instagram and was keen to see it for myself and I'm so glad I did.

I really can't put into words what it was like.  I can tell you, that it was like nothing I had ever seen before, it was rather quite surreal.

Lucy had done her research.  It really was just like stepping into a corner shop, except for the fact that absolutely every single product was made from felt.  She had thought of everything, even down to a charity collection tin.

I felt like a kid in a candy store, I really didn't now where to look next and can say I probably still missed things.

I kind of wish I had of been earlier in the month so I could have told you all about it and given you a chance to check it out for yourselves.  It really is one of those things that you have to see to believe and to be able to appreciate the extent of it's brilliance.

I can't begin to imagine how many hours Lucy has spent on this project.  How rewarding to see it all come together to this though, such a brilliant achievement.  I asked Lucy what made her think of something like this, her answer was that she wanted to create an exhibition that would be like Pow, well I think she has definitely done that.

All in all a great start to our day out and a great exhibition.  Hat's off to you Lucy, it really was incredible.

~ Gem x

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

A few weeks ago me and James decided to head out to the seaside.

In the 8 years we have been together I don't think we have ever done this before, well not in this country anyway.  It made a really nice change.

It was so lovely just strolling along the beach, listening to the waves crashing against the shore.

Considering the weather was pretty good, the beach was empty, not that I'm complaining about that.

It certainly helped to blow some cobwebs away and helped me to clear my head a bit.

Definitely something I want to make more time for in my life.

Quality time together.  Making the most of life.

~ Gem x

Friday, 15 August 2014

An Update On Hensington Palace

I've not blogged about Hensington Palace for some time now.  Thimgs have changed quite a bit since the last time I spoke to you all about it.

There have been 2 new additions to the family.

I'd like to introduce you all to Annie & Clarabel.

They are light Sussex chickens and a very welcomed addition to the family, although at the moment I'm not sure the other girls quite agree with me.

They are getting used to having each other around but from time to time there are still squabbles but I'm pleased to say they are becoming few and far between.

They have grown so much already since we picked them up.  They are already the same size as the other girls and are still growing.

We are getting the occasional cluck from them but the rest of the time they just cheep away to each other.  They are still not laying but we don't think it will be much longer till we get our first eggs from them.

So for now we are just enjoying watching them grow from little chicks in to beautiful fully grown chickens.

~ Gem x