It’s that time of year again when you reach for the decorations and remember (too late) that last Christmas you had vowed to renew the stock. But now all you have are some blue glitter baubles and neon fairy lights (which seemed like a good idea at the time).Read More
Do you lay the table or do you serve from the hob and then grab cutlery, glasses, the salt, etc., in random increments as you attempt to eat?
I ask because I put myself firmly in the latter camp. Even though I should know better.
It was my German granny who taught me how to lay the table. She would do so with proper linen napkins in napkin rings. But my granny had an advantage- laying a nice table was in her blood. They even have a word for it in German. It’s called “Tischkultur”.Read More
My mum was a proponent of the Japanese idea that inanimate objects are our equals. She once apologised to her chocolate digestive after it slipped from her fingers to the floor. “Sorry biscuit”, she exclaimed with genuine regret.Read More
I love stumbling upon obscure exhibitions in quiet corners of cities. Recently in London I found a display of household objects at The German Historical Institute (which is worth a visit for the staircase alone).
The show was called “Things we keep” and was the result of a Kings College project which asked German expats to reveal the treasured possessions they had brought with them to England.Read More
Sometimes your home just needs a little lift. This is especially true in January when all the Christmas lights and sparkles have been put away. It can suddenly seem very bare. The simple antidote to this is flowers and candles.Read More