There is a definite change in the air and people coming out of hibernation.
The Queen's various departments use the park for training and I did wonder what this royal horse carriage is in aid of.
My friend and I had our first coffee morning outside in the balmy 13 degree weather.
Even the doggy was happy.
But yes I know they are the marmite of canines.
You love them or hate them.
Curious to see what one of the rooms designed by the late Alberto Pinto at the refurbished Lanesborough Hotel looks like after it shut down for two years?
It was funny because the friend who isn't into decor was saying how there were Chinese people looking at him on the walls and
it was all Asian.
I had a good laugh over that.
I like the chair but am not partial to public space industrial carpets even though I know they are a necessity.
It's nice enough and this was one of their suites but truth be told I wasn't bowled over.
The public spaces also were a bit erratic with traditional English club design
This is their breakfast room which has spruced up all its Regency detail.
I like leopard but don't know if this works but it was parked on Brick Lane.
But I do love Shoreditch more and more and if it wasn't for the fact it doesn't have proper green spaces I think I would move there.
The nearest park near my brother's flat is this one that has the vestiges of gang warfare with shoes hanging up a tree.
My brother was talking to the guy who does this as he doesn't like the gentrification of the area and wanted this as a reminder of the "good old days" apparently.
Back in west London, there was a great buzz in Sotheby's with all the auctions it held.
There was a lot of bouffant hair which I always appreciate.
But it is equally sweet and sad to see a certain generation attend these events and overhear their conversation of reminiscing.
Downstairs there was another design auction at the same time as the Duchess of Devonshire one.
It had ball gowns and draft drawings of jewellery of all the important design houses.
Meanwhile, just after all this they had another fantastic array of objects from the Pelham galleries.
The items ranged from dresses to gates to mirrors.
It even included one of the most beautiful sewing box kits I have seen.
Martha would have approved.
I have no need for this but I have a black and gold chinoiserie cabinet like the one below on my wishlist. In fact, I wish I could have just bought the whole vignette outright.
Corners are tricky unless you have objects like this.
If you are into chairs and Marie Antoinette, then this is for you.
It's at the new European rooms at the V&A.
This chair belonged to and was made specifically for the milk maid Queen.
Do you see her initials on the top?
Another reason to go to the V&A| is...
There were two rooms and the first section was modern interpretations and art based on the artificial muse that was Botticelli.
That is - until I went to the next section with all the original Renaissance versions.
The curation and selection was exquisite and I am going to go again.
This is a far picture of the lady but I though it was so apt that a auburn haired lady was sitting alone in the center of all the Botticelli's as she was the modern version.
These are the descendants of the London parakeets that escaped the zoo in the 1960's.
Yes I am dog mad if you haven't noticed.
Crazy I don't have one myself.
This dog was a rejected army dog that didn't pass training so now hangs out in the pubs.
Funny how not getting through was actually a blessing in disguise!
Went to a dinner party and I love this ice cream with sugared sunflower seeds and sunflower oil.
You should try it and if you want the kids to eat it just tell them the oil is syrup!
Hope you are all having a good week x