Sunday, 23 August 2015

A Fine Specimen of a Location

This weekend I felt honoured to be selling at Bart's Bazaar in Grade II listed Bart's Pathology Museum. The museum is only open during events and I'd never been before. You can't take photos of the specimens as they are from humans and let's face it we need to have some respect - so can't show you what you missed but on every level it was just brain badgering. You'd be hard pushed to find someone that would have to suffer with some of the aliments because of medical science and just what can be done - so the museum really does feel like another world.

The niechness of the market meant that for some sellers it was their first time - this was one heck of a way of loosing your flogging virginity I can tell you.

Ok first things first - CHOCOLATE, seriously!! this is chocolate!!!!!

not chocolate - but this bat cushion I made is (wait for it) glow in the dark! (yes I know, its not amazingly sculpt chocolate but...)

There be me table



My neighbour Emily Manning - Terminator Bambi! He'll be back (I hope)

Toby showing even his book choice was in keeping (he's Skullduggery mad)

This is another Tina who I plucked to pose with Lydia - both tattooed ladies! (thank you Tina)

Well done to Carla and all those that organised this event, markets are a pain at the best of times but one in this setting ... I can't bear thinking! Big well done to those that came and queued, some up to 2 hours because only a certain number could be allowed in it was a case of 2 out 2 in but to all those that waited in that heat... yes well done ... again - that chocolate in the heat!!?  I shall shut up.

I know some of you wanted to buy breakables from me and were off out in the evening and so couldn't - or to those that couldn't make it feel free to get in touch for mail order

Friday, 21 August 2015

This week I have mostly been.....

A few weeks into the summer holiday, a very rainy day - what do you do? yes take the child to the pub over the road and stay there all day.... 
Last Thursday we went to the Oval Tavern, it was pouring and we had no food in so had lunch there. We played Kerplunk, Scrabble... and then I decided to bring some pieces over do do a quick photo shoot. 
As you can see I did have my stylist on board and my did he work for me...

Big thanks to the Oval Tavern and their box of Halloween tricks!

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Paris? Oui!

Ah yes, it's that time of the year when surely Disneyland Paris needed a visit - again? say it say it, yes again! This time Toby was in for a double treat - Frozen bonkers summer plus Jedi Training Academy was on so long as we could make both queues in time. Could we? Hell yes we could.
Frozen Summer Fever and Jedi Training are both on through the summer. Sing A Long Frozen is on about 5 times a day as is Jedi Training but you need to get a place for it first which means queue at around 10am at Videopolis in Tomorrowland. Worth it to see your young Padawan fight the dark side.

We stayed in a Disney partner hotel for this trip - the Dream Castle, yes it was good and so much better than the Disneyland Hotel if you really hate the bus trips to the park a cab is about 7 euros. Toby's first choice hotel is the Sequoia Lodge. Once full Frozen Jedi state was reached (after 2 days) time to move on to Paris itself....

If going with kids maybe don't stay in a 'hotel' (I use that term loosely) that's above and on a street of bars that are open till 6am. We should have stayed nearer to the Eiffel Tower it would have saved on taxi fares and money spent in cafes while avoiding going back to the room we were trying to sleep in. 

Yep, it was all about the tower.

For me, the top Paris visit was the Natural History Museums, on the way if you walk you might pass Claude Nature (above), a fantastic gem with such a character and wind up merchant! Loved it.

Oh my word... as for the museums.... yes more than one all housed in a stunning park with zoo... breathtaking. More like theatre these are cathedrals of life not a mausoleum, so so cleverly staged. We only did two of the museums but crikey what a pair! I could quite happily go back to Paris and if I didn't get further from the Jardin des Plantes I'd be a happy girl. 

Not a full week there but time enough that's for sure. The city isn't exactly child friendly Toby was walking from 11am till 12pm with not that many stops but not sure how you'd cope with more than one or with one that couldn't. 
He was happy with the Eiffel Tower but would have rather had another day with the souris rather than Ratatouille in the walls of the Paris hotel!