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Ma Chambre

So here's my room. I moved to this small unfurnished flat in October, and until the New Year I didn't have a bed or enough shelves, so everything was in boxes all over the place, and it didn't look great. The other room has both the living room stuff and my desk, which isn't ideal. Photos of that will have to wait because it's currently covered in a load of paperwork and art stuff.... Read More...

Triffids in search of a new home

I've got a large number of cacti and succulents, some of which I've had for years (and have their own offshoot children growing in separate pots now). By the end of the summer, some of them were looking a bit sad, and were in serious need of repotting. I collected a load of Hornsea ware and other vintage pottery for £1-3 a time over the summer, and then had a big repotting session outside, just before the weather started turning cold.... Read More...

Geffrye Museum

Here are some pictures from the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton. It used to be an almshouse, and is now a museum of furniture and interiors. They have rooms set up showing typical London living rooms in various time periods from the 1600s onwards for families with a medium income, with information about all the objects in the room. They also have a historical garden and restored 18th century almshouse interior, but I didn't get a chance to see them this time. In the run up to Christmas, they'd arranged each room to show how different winter festivals were celebrated in each era (until the 1800s New Year and Twelfth Night were much bigger than Christmas).... Read More...

Museum of 51

I went to see the Museum of 51 exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall a while back, which is about the Festival of Britain. Basically it was a festival in 1951 to celebrate 100 years since the Great Exhibition and cheer people up in grey, rationed post-war London. As well as films, shows, fairs and so on, there were shows of housing and interiors, to show people what they could look forward to after rebuilding and the end of rationing (everything available for sale in WWII was simple and utilitarian and rationed). My dad went to pretty much all the events, seeing as they were mostly around the corner from him in Battersea.... Read More...

My Temporary Room

I'm spending the summer with my mum in my dead end hometown inbetween a spate of working in Austria, before I return to Brighton the end of September. None of the furniture is mine, but the wall colour is the same as when I painted it about 10 years ago. The rest of my stuff, particularly my mountain of records, dvds and books is packed up in a storage unit in Brighton for my return.... Read More...

To hypnodomatio mou

I got into the art MA, so at the end of the month I'm moving out of here, putting my stuff in storage and spending the summer bumming round my mum's to save money (with a quick jaunt out to work for a week in Vienna). I thought I'd take some pictures, seeing as how the room is pretty tidy, as I had to show my possible replacements round. In many ways it's an amazing room, but the total lack of vertical space and storage space can be a real pain in the arse. Excuse the slightly fuzzy photos, my compact camera is old and decrepit and doesn't focus like it used to.... Read More...

Book Nook

I've got a book nook on the landing up to my room. I organised all the books by colour. The penguins classics etc are on the other bookshelf because they have boring black/silver spines. A pity, because my favourites are mostly amongst those. I got the poncho/blanket thing at the last Sue Ryder sale I went to. I think it's pretty much what you'd get if you asked someone's nan to knit you an Irish superhero outfit.... Read More...