Tour of Turner

Yesterday we went to see the Turner Collection at Tate Britain. This was my first visit and it is certainly impressive. I came away with lots of new ‘favourite paintings’. One of the friends we went with, Themis, is a London Blue Badge Guide and she was practicing her “Turner Tour” which she has been… Continue reading Tour of Turner

The Knitting & Stitching Show

Today, I spent the day at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia. Magical! As well as all the stands selling everything from sewing machines and material, to yarns and accessories, I always love the exhibitions. A favorite this year was Material World, an exhibition of yarn art by Jessica Dance. Not just perfectly executed… Continue reading The Knitting & Stitching Show

Ecobuild 2013

I spent an enjoyable day at Ecobuild today. It is always interesting and I go every year. Every year is slightly different. Impressions are that green infrastructure is growing! The number of stands selling and informing about greenroofs and green walls has grown from last year. This also seems to be reflected in the seminars… Continue reading Ecobuild 2013

The World Eco Fibre & Textile (WEFT) Art Exhibition

I visited the Brunei Gallery attached to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) which is part of the University of London recently. They are right next to the Senate House Library where I am often found reading and wandering the halls admiring the architecture. But, shame on me, this was my first visit… Continue reading The World Eco Fibre & Textile (WEFT) Art Exhibition

Open House Weekend Day 2

Day two dawned too early. I was up and out, present and correct at 9am on a Sunday morning after an hour’s journey at the Babylon Gardens in Kensington. Those who know me well will need to be revived at this point. The experience was well worth getting up for. The gardens are fabulous. They… Continue reading Open House Weekend Day 2

Green Roofs at the Open House Weekend

Better late than never. I have just been so busy, I haven’t had time to report on the Open House Weekend, until now. One of the great events in London, especially for the eternally nosy, is the Open House weekend held every year in September. Houses, libraries, churches, architectural wonders and curiosities throw their doors… Continue reading Green Roofs at the Open House Weekend

Ideal Home Exhibition

The main message from the Ideal Home Exhibition this year, as with other years, is that the ideal home is still not a green home. There seemed to be less excess than last year. Fewer yachts. Fewer big baths. More solar PV. More DIY.  The hotel style is out and in is the eclectic mix… Continue reading Ideal Home Exhibition