1. The Fine Colour of Rust
This is a novel full of pleasing things. The story of Loretta, a hard up single mum living in a small Australian town, is a wonderful story of friendship with many laugh out loud moments. There is a lovely moment when Loretta has to read out her list of pleasing things in a creative writing class and as an avid writer of lists this really appealed to me. Nancy (another list writer) passed this on to me before my holiday and I would like to do the same. So if you fancy reading A Fine Colour of Rust leave me a comment telling me you'd like to read this and I'll pick out a name at random.... couple of conditions... you have to post your own list of pleasing things and pass the book on to someone else when you've finished.
2. Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall
Okay.. not actually the man himself, although I don't doubt that he is probably very pleasing (especially if he asked you round for dinner!)... but his wonderful book Veg Everyday
Absolutely everything I make from this book is a winner. They seem such unlikely combinations... such as beetroot pizza... but every single thing so far has been delicious
Other favourites are the courgette filo pie and red peppers stuffed with new potatoes and feta. And the spiced spinach and potatoes (wolfed down before the camera could come out) served with a poached egg was truely inspired!
3. A New Blog
My friend Marian has just started a lovely new blog called Textile Snippets. Do go and visit and say hello... because it can feel very lonely in blogland if you think there is no-one reading (of course that is assuming there is anyone reading this!)
4. Hidden Places - Hidden Spaces
An exhibition of textile inspired art by PRISM at the Mall Galleries, London from 29th May to 2nd June. My telephone box is ordered and the work is ready to hang which feels very exciting. A pleasing thing indeed!
5. Jubilee Matchbox Books
I'm making some special limited edition Jubilee matchbox books to go on sale at the above exhibition. Each one will be slightly different and each one will help fund the telephone box hire. There will also be some in the etsy shop by the end of the month... if you're interested?
6. Hand knitted socks
A trip in the car all the way to Dundee and back over the weekend has meant I have finished a pair of socks in less than a week (I should add that I wasn't driving!). Perhaps not so pleasing is a photo of my feet...
7. A blog award
Several weeks ago I was passed a blog award for being a "versatile blogger" by Miaou. I'm very flattered and thank you very much. Rules say pass it on and write seven things about myself but I've never been a rule follower. So instead I have written seven pleasing things... and if you want to read seven things about me you can always check back here