Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween!

Woooh! Have fun bobbing for apples, trick-or-treating and eating pumpkin pie, watching out for ghouls, ghosts, witches and sorcerers!

 I love pumpkins; their shape, colour and taste.

 I snapped these marvellous examples in Lille yesterday; more about that later.

  How sweet are these little tiny ones!
Made of marzipan! How delicious!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Happy Second Birthday, Blog!

sky-blu-pink is two years old tomorrow!

Thankyou for visiting, and for all your sweet comments, dear readers!

Monday, 22 October 2012


Autumn is well and truly here, but a bit damp for my liking. I love cold crisp days with bright sunshine and blue skies, but there is too much precipitation in the air at the moment! These wonderful pumpkins and squashes were on display in the organic Whole Foods shop in Camden.

I was inspired to make  roasted butternut squash, carrot and parsnip soup, with warm spices, and very nice it was too!

Monday, 15 October 2012

Nice Green Cafe

I went to the Vintage Fashion Fair in Primrose Hill yesterday. Cecil Sharp House on Regents Park Road is worth visiting for the building alone, a classic Art Deco red brick with a fab Bloomsbury-esque mural in the main hall. I found some very nice vintage buttons which I shall show when they adorn the cardigan and jacket I had in mind, but the real star is the Nice Green Cafe in the basement. So pretty and shabby-chic, rather like the Neighbourhood cafe in Liverpool.
Just how I'd like my kitchen to look!


Worth the walk from Camden Market if you want to avoid the crowds for a tea / coffee break with delicious homemade cakes, it's always quiet and peaceful, Today I was treated to a glimpse of some Morris Dancers (fit young men with big sticks who looked more like Rugby players!) and some graceful Regency dancers floating round in circles, like a rehearsal for a Jane Austen adaptation-for-televsion!

Still a few blooms clinging to life!

I wish they still sold monkeys and talking parrots here! Instead, it's a Tea Shop!

A couple of interesting things decorating buildings near Mornington Crescent

Monday, 8 October 2012

Pretty Finds

I had a good haul at the charity shop this weekend. I can justify taking home with me little things that don't take up too much room, if they whisper my name!

A little French Arcopal ramekin, and a polka-dot ceramic cupcake case, which will become a candle for a Christmas gift.

 This lovely Coalport teaplate, circa 1910. in beautiful condition for being more than 100 years old.
And pretty fabric, which will become a couple of bags.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Basket No. 2

Another basket, this time for Shani for her birthday. A lavender theme, her favourite smell. There is a purple bracelet I found in Hythe when we went for our planning weekend, a lavender soap and a jar of the plum and lavender jam I made, and a little daisy shaped tea light holder. She was really pleased with it.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Samaritan's Purse boxes

I always have great fun finding things to go in the children's boxes for the Samaritan's Purse Appeal. I went down to see Mummie this weekend; she will kindly deliver the boxes to the Depot for me.

One for a little girl
One for a little boy
They both have the same amount of items; it just looks more when it's spread out. These boxes go out to orphanages in Albania, Mummie's friend Sylvia's church organises the transport.