Thursday, 21 April 2011


The mercury is rising and the whole of London is outside enjoying the sun. The air is thick with the scent of wisteria, I can't remember them having ever  been so vibrant, great mauve and purple festoons of flowers cascading down the fronts of the white stuccoed houses of Kensington, the magnolias are almost over  and the bright yellow of the mimosas now only a memory. Lavender is the chicest most desired plant in town, in New Covent Garden, the early morning flower market south of the river, it was every man for himself in the rush to grab what was available.

We are closing the shop from Good Friday till May 4th...........but are still open for business from our web site and 1stdibs

We are heading south to Provence to our own festoons of wisteria, warm evenings, lazy afternoons by the pool with a good book and dawn hunts in the early morning mists for wonderful antiques to fill the shop. These are all things I love to do.............and then there is the time to prepare wonderful meals. The local markets are full to bursting point with fresh fruit, gleaming vegetables, cheeses, olives sausages..........I could go for ever but then I also love cooking!

Salad: Water melon, fetta cheese and fresh mint with virgin olive oil, lemon juice and rock salt.

Lilac in our garden in Notting Hill 

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