Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela is 94 and half years old, his birthday is 18 July 1918. My father saw him, and heard him, before he was imprisoned and said he was compelling, charismatic, unforgettable. My mother died in May last year and spoke of him. And now he is ‘going home’. The news says he is ‘responding…

Burda 11/2012 – Fitted Jacket

Well, Plan A didn’t succeed on to Plan B! I have gone down a size and recut as 40, grading to 42 over hips. I also took in the princess seam at the front bust, and let out the back seams around the waist – can you see the ‘pulling’ around the waist in the…

Britten Cello Suite no.3

Yesterday I heard Britten’s Cello Suite no.3 in the freezing cold of St Edmunds Church in Southwold. The single cello notes sang out, above a low, plucked string, and outside the wind suddenly moved through the trees – a  duet against a beat of time passing. Ah, the soughing of the wind – I had…

Black and White Jacket

Finally a pattern has been chosen! I traced the size 42 at the bust and graded to 44 over the hips for a looser fit, or at any rate that was the plan! I also lengthened the pattern by 3 cms I am making a muslin from a similar fabric to the black and white.…

Spelt and Rye Breads

The project to make bread which looks good – and tastes very moreish – continues. I am playing with a basic recipe which is the following: 750g bread flour 17g dried active yeast 15-16 fl ozs liquid 1 tbsp sweetening 2 tsps salt 1 tbsp fat Spelt Bread 500g spelt four; 150g strong white flour;…

New black and white coat

New black and white coat by candyblackham featuring a sleeveless silk blouse Pocket shirtallyfashion.com Equipment sleeveless silk blousebernardboutique.com Boat neck top$225 – question-air.com Kate spade coatkatespade.com Gucci colorful pantsnet-a-porter.com Stella mccartneystellamccartney.com Paul Smith white wingtip shoes$415 – blueberries-online.com Bamboo shoeszooshoo.com J Crew color block bagjcrew.com Dorothy perkindorothyperkins.com Calypso St Barth colorful scarvecalypsostbarth.com