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My boss Sam got married at the weekend. Congratulations to the beautiful bride!
It was a huge dinner with a lot of important people from Vogue, the music business and the London oh so high society. Her new husband Jan is half Polish and therefore the Polish inspired dinner was held at one of his restaurants called Baltic. It was a beautiful feast with vodka, crab and beetroot.
As it was such a huge party with 170 people i wanted to leave Sam a little something on her plate, to remind her that all her girls were there too to celebrate this big day with her. So i investigated into some Polish wedding traditons and discovered the CROWN OF ROSEMARY. I love this traditon, and Sam wore the crown all evening until it was lost in some wild dancing.
That’s how it should be at the perfect wedding!
Oh how much i wished i could play the piano (still struggling with picking up my accordion on a monthly basis) when i discovered this beautiful stranger in Bunhill fields. This piano is part of 21 street pianos which have been placed throughout London’s center from 22 June - 10 July to celebrate the City of London Festival.
So, come by Bunhill fields, near Old street tube station, its a lovely idylic place, graveyard and park where William Blake and Daniel Defoe are burried or find your own piano in another little park in London.
Somehow the best ideas always come into my head when i am lying in bed…and of course, no pen and paper is to hand. So when i found this beautiful leatherbound book from the 1930ies on Sunday upmarket on Bricklane, i knew exactly what i would use it for. Now i write my good-night-thoughts into this little gem to make sure i will still remember them the next day.
And some of it’s aged, stained pages have even some ancient handwritten poems on them too, perfect to send you into some romantic dreams.
Find old note books and photo books at www.sundayupmarket.co.uk and www.visitspitalfields.com.
On Sunday we felt like escaping the BIG SMOKE with a nice picknick in Victoria park. On the eastern side of Globe Road the park had grown a new attraction- a beautiful, oldfashioned circus tent. I always had a weak side for the melancholie and free spirit of anything gypsie and circusy and so i knew already what that magical tent was all about.
After the picknick i surprised my boy with two tickets to a colourful and surreal explosion at this gypsy horse circus called Footsbarn. The play ‘SORRY’ is a mix of crazy clowns, great costumes and dark humour with charming french accents. Eventhough this afternoon performance was full with kids who loved it, it definately caters for adults too, spiked with poetry, literary quotations and great horse acrobacy. Magique!
Its on from 19 June untill 4th July with 4 shows a day before it starts touring the country…. a part of the BARBICAN BLAZE FESTIVAL (http://www.barbican.org.uk/blaze)
My new neighbourhood is full of lovely little cafés and sunny places to enjoy your good-morning-coffee at. But typically, my favourite flat white is from Rough trade recordshop just off Bricklane, which is a great place for free music gigs and a nice hangout in the hunt for new bands, but not for your idylic Monday-morning coffee.
Thank god you now can buy their caramely Monmouth coffee to brew it in your own happy kitchen!
Still a little bit more rock ‘n roll , and a little bit less boring Monday morning.
(www.roughtraderecords.com, www.monmouthcoffee.co.uk )
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After spending 3 adventurous weeks in May travelling China, Laos and Thailand i was convinced to keep some of this holiday healthyness with me. As i have been on strong anti-malaria antibiotics for a whole months and was partying hard, i decided to treat my body to something completely new…i would grow my own food.
Starting with the easiest excercise: sprouting seeds. All you need is a large marmalade glass, some seeds (i took alfalfa), a rubberband and some cloth or paper towel to cover.
1) rinse your seeds well, put them in your marmalade glass and leave them over night to soak in some cold boiled water
2) The next morning, rinse and drain them well, so they won’t rot. Cover your marmalde glass with a cloth and store it in your cupboard in a 45° angle.
3) Check them every morning, just because its so exciting to see them come alive!
4) On day 3 put them on your window sill to soak up some sun and give them a healthy energy kick.
5) Now eat your homegrown sprouts or keep them in the fridge for 4-5 days.
I LOVE IT!
This small place has changed my life….finally i have moved to East London and like everyone who lives here, i wonder why i didn’t do this much earlier. My boyfriend and me are renting a beautiful flat from the early 1900’s from a performance artist at the top of Bricklane. We had to audition against a buddhist monk and made it into our landlords heart and into this much loved place with painted floors, blue and green washed walls and big sash windows. Just as if we moved into our own little dream holiday home right in the the heart of this big place called LONDON.