>Autumn finds

Love this pic of an end of Autumn walk by Michelle Fennel
…it captures these wintery London days that make one want to eat and be extravagant in the face of long, dark afternoons. Last night I indulged in a candelit bath, steaming and spilling over the edges thanks to my host’s generous bath preparation! These are a few things that I would love for the winter…if I were not seeking the sun in India for two months that is! We fly next week and, I know that all these desires and “things” will seem silly and pointless in the face of abject poverty, need and humility. But {and I know it is wrong to start with this}, this is what it is to live with one foot in the materialistic First world, and the other foot in the Third.

I am not usually a fan of multiple rings {as many of you know, I still wear only my engagement ring and am continuously asked how my wedding plans are coming along!}, but I really have taken to these stackable rings by Annoushka. Particularly the Poppy Seed Ring. I also have found this set that I really LOVE the look of.

Today I completely indulged in more me-time with a slice of banana and honey bread {baked by my hostess last night {along with a roast with all the trimmings. Yes, she is superwoman, I assure you}, another hot bath {this time, shallow and brief but nonetheless a bath} and sat on the couch in the winter sun reading through the entire copy of Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights. I must own my own copy as soon as we are back from India. Even though there has been a balanced mixture of malicious critique and high praise for this collection, I personally love her view on food and eating it, and I want to make elderflower jelly in an old tin mould next Summer.

While on the subject of food, Gina recommendedCrush!to me. I would say sign-up soon, it has some fab recipes and ideas.

I could make bathing a more regular habit. It feels so good to wallow, especially in Winter. I could play some Josh Pyke on this Orla Kiely radio and lie in the steam for an hour at least.

Aren’t these Household Words home decalssweet, from Etsy?

I really likePale and Interesting for their subtle shades and lush stock.


>Windy and cold

>I really like the logo and the collections of this South African fashion company called Silver Spoon. I really want to order some gorgeous items from the Winter collection. It is freezing, windy and rainy in London! And I keep missing buses {if you are friends with me on the time-grabbing social network, Facebook, you will know my predicament}.

I also would love to buy one of these love bird rings, which I first discovered in Cosmo, designed by Alex Monroe.

>Today’s sweet thing


This morning I went to Petersham Nursery for tea and cake with a special friend. We shared a big pot of English Breakfast tea, a luscious slice of carrot cake with cream cheese icing and a slice of parsnip and maple syrup cake. Mmmm. A wonderful thing to do on a cold and rainy day in London. The teahouse is like a big conservatory with mismatching furniture and beautiful plants. These beautiful images which give you an idea of this gorgeous little treasure on the border of Petersham meadow and the Thames, are by photographers Nick Maroudias and Simona von Woikowsky which I found on a delightful blog which I just discovered, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I am inspired to bake this afternoon…so I am going to give Smitten Kitchen’s Best Birthday Cake a go.