Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Trip to Marseille

I'm well aware that I'm overdue with my update on Marseille.

The place really blew our minds. It provided just what we wanted and expected and much, much more.

The colours, the people, the food, the sunshine, the music.

Each time we ventured to a new part of town we couldn't imagine it might get any better, then were repeatedly surprised as we continued to discover fabulous new quarters of the city.

Like most people, we found that we went on holiday to do the things that we do at home. In Marseille this mainly consisted of strolling along the beach, rummaging through second hand shops, watching live music and gazing at flowers. And in my case, drinking too much.

We took so many photos so I'm going to spread them out over the next few days, highlighting some of the parts of the trip that made the biggest impression on me. I hope you enjoy them and get something of a feel for the vibrant place we found ourselves in.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

The Lent Lily.

I'm everyone's darling: the blackbird and starling
Are shouting about me from blossoming boughs;
For I, the Lent Lily, the Daffy-down-dilly,
Have heard through the country the call to arouse.
The orchards are ringing with voices a-singing
The praise of my petticoat, praise of my gown;
The children are playing, and hark! they are saying
That Daffy-down-dilly is come up to town!
Cicely Mary Barker

Monday, 28 March 2011

It's nearly time...

I've spent a while planning the layout of my allotment this year, buying seeds, chitting the potatoes and finally this weekend I've planted some seeds.
Here is my detailed plan of what the allotment will look like, making sure I rotate the crops from last year and putting manic things like mint into pots this time.
I know, I know, there are a lot of flowers. But they're for the bees, honest.

Will it ever actually look anything like this? Hmm.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Underneath the concrete

Walking through town today on a beautiful spring afternoon's stroll, Jonathan and I were lucky enough to pass by the community garden in the North Laine on their open day. We ventured inside for a peek.

After an initial wander round, it struck me that this was the type of garden you create for yourself when you're a kid. That corner of the garden or a spot behind some trees in the park that no one else knows of and which you fill with things to make it homely. You don't have a great deal of possessions so you get creative with sticks and rocks and leaves or found objects from around the house. You make the garden into your own magical hideaway.

This is just what the folk of the Brighton Mound have done. Taking over a plot of land that's been idle for 14 years, they've collected and scavenged items to create an environment welcoming to all. It's highly illegal of course, and court action is underway, but it's difficult to see what harm they are doing by planting flowers and crops, composting kitchen waste and reclaiming rubbish from around the city.

The people of Brighton have seen this happen before; last year the occupants of the Lewes Road Community Garden were asked to leave, putting an end to a popular haven for local people on a busy road. The group at Brighton Mound have tried to open a dialogue with the company managing the site to ask for their support but so far to no avail.

There are many ways to support the garden: visit them and help with some gardening on a Sunday, write to the site managers, donate materials, bring along some water to help nourish their plants if you're passing that way.

To keep up to date with what they're up to, you can also follow them on twitter here.

Here are a few pictures of the good work they're doing.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Angry Birds

The addiction to Angry birds has waned somewhat. But this picture made me smile:

found here.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011


If a horrible seagull wore a hat, this is exactly the horrible hat it would wear.

Spotted on the birds in hats blog.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Vallon des Auffes

Just returned from a weekend in Marseilles, more info to follow later, but here's a taster of the beautiful pics that Jonathan took.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Recipe for a good time

3 measures tequila
+ 1 measure triple sec
+ 2 measures lime juice

shaken over ice

+ cocktail umbrellas

= 3 very drunk girls.