shell grotto, Margates number one visitor attraction, soon to be eclipsed by the spectacular Turner Contemporary arts center due to open in 2011. The privately owned grotto was discovered under a field in 1835 and it's origin is still a mystery today. Over four and a half million shells encrust the walls of the curving tunnels, said to depict life's path from birth to death in slightly creepy symbols. They mostly looked like flowers to us although we looked hard for the owl, tortoise and squid!
Happy halloween everyone!
I couldn't decide between these two lovely vintage Olivetti typewriters when I saw them in the charity shop so I bought them both. I love their morris minor colours and the red button and the ding! Anyone here under the age of twenty is fascinated by them. I think they are just amazed by letters coming out of a such a primitive mechanical object.
I couldn't find an exclaimation mark key which shows that the overuse of this particular bit of punctuation must be a very modern thing!!
As it says on the last image, I am going to do my first roddy&ginger giveaway next week so please come back and take part!!! details soon.
online and etsy shops, a light teal and chocolate with a chocolate linen reverse. It goes rather nicely with City Windows cushion for the urban owl and Pomegranate Tree cushion for his country cousin.
Scandinavian Needlecraft by Clare Youngs published by Cico Books. All 35 beautiful, original projects are perfect to be stitched in front of a cosy log fire on a gloomy wet day like today. However, I remember Clare making the thick felted wool slippers and mittens under the fig tree in 40º heat of a Spanish summer.
Clare and her family are leaving London today and moving to the Kent coast - so I want to wish them all lots of luck and I am looking forward to some seaside inspired books!