choosing a zip.

Posted: March 29th, 2011 | Author: Kathryn | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Look what I got in the post. Six full pages of beautifully clean and straight placed woven nylon zipper ends. Now to choose ….

a map.

Posted: March 26th, 2011 | Author: Kathryn | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

This map is printed on fabric. It lives in the museum at La Coupole, the unfinished German installation that was designed and built to launch V2 rockets at London during World War Two. It is a unique facility having been designed to withstand heavy fire from the air and so was built as a dome, its walls 5 metres thick and positively threatening when viewed from below.

As I understand it, British pilots were given this finely woven and printed cloth to aid them in the event that they were shot down or crashed in the troubled zone. The map, being that it was made from cloth was easily concealed in the foot of a boot or any such other place of hiding without being damaged or made unreadable. It doesn’t crease or break upon the fold and you certainly don’t loose the print over the bend. Unfortunately you can see only what is visible in the photographs but I suspect there is a closer view on the reverse side of the cloth. It has not been hemmed but has raw edges that have been treated I suppose in an effort to prevent fraying. I have not been able to find a great deal of information about them but there must be many in circulation. The most striking quality is the detail of print, exceptionally fine and beautifully printed. The red and orange still vibrant. I was so pleased to see it on display!

and all the horses and their riders came together….

Posted: March 23rd, 2011 | Author: Kathryn | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Two summers ago there were a series of horse races in our family village in Greece. It was a marvelous day of heat, sweat and noise. From early the horses were chomping on their bits to run. The racing was spectacular, the horses were energetic and virile, ravaging the opportunity to unleash their spirit. There was head throwing, grunting and horse spit. It was fantastic.

Photos by Aristeidis Skarpetis © 2009

’tis the season.

Posted: March 19th, 2011 | Author: Kathryn | Filed under: garden | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

It has arrived … seeding season! First stage seeding and germination is well under way here. I have planted the vegetables that require a longer season than others and need to be started off indoors. There are four varieties of tomato, three cucumbers, three varieties of aubergine, 5 varieties of sweet pepper, alpine strawberries and some specially cultivated dwarf sunflowers that only grow to a short height but have a normal sized bloom. All up, there are 50 seedlings baring their first true leaves.

I am a complete ‘sucker’ for edible plants and am forever in awe of that little seed and how quickly it turns into a fruit baring plant. Every time I get up from my desk I loom over them and ‘tickle’ the tomatoes to strengthen their stems. I cart them here and their making sure that everyday they get the required amount of light and warmth. If all goes to plan it will take only 60 days for the Spacemaster cucumber below to have ready to pick fruit. Just brilliant! I’m looking forward to Summer.

An heirloom ‘Purple Ukraine’ pole tomato.

Cucumber ‘Spacemaster’ has just dropped its seed shell.

Heirloom miniature white cucumber with its first true poking through

My 30 something succulents that adorn our bedhead are very happy with the change of season.