Wednesday, August 24, 2011

London and ABCs

Finally I'm back in this space, I'm sorry it took me so long! We were in London for a few days during our holiday and then we went to Germany. We had a good time and a jam-packed schedule, so when we came back and I started work again, I noticed I hadn't really wound down much. So that's what I've been doing during my free time in the last couple of weeks: not much ... Ok, what I've been doing much of was watching TV ...

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Above you can see my favourite pic from London. J. took it at the Millennium Bridge and that's my fuzzy head there in the centre. We walked a lot and our favourite afternoons were those spent at the Thames.

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We liked the atmosphere and mixture of architectural styles and since we're living so close to the sea here in Helsinki, I guess we're always drawn a bit to water ...

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I don't have any special tips for London, but I really liked this little garden on the site of a church that was destroyed in WWII. It's name is Christchurch Greyfriars Garden and it's not far from St. Paul's. It is really pretty and such a nice surprise in the middle of a business area.

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I really like the way the layout of the garden hints at the original architecture of the church.

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Of course, I also had to drag J. to Liberty where I had a hard time to limit myself to only three different prints. I really liked the department store and think it has a lot more charm than Harrods, which I found mostly oppressing ...

And now to the TV-watching ... I "found" two new (to me) BBC versions of classics of English literature and both really impressed me. The first was recommended to me by a friend and it's the 2009 version of Emma, starring Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller. It is now my favourite adaptation of Emma and I love the natural and fresh acting and the arguments between Emma and Mr Knightley were so funny! Also, it has probably the most beautiful dance scene, ever!!!

The second adaptation I came across when I looked up information on the screenwriter of Emma, Sandy Welch, and found she had also written the script to BBC's North and South. The atmosphere and setting of this Elizabeth Gaskell adaptation couldn't be much more different from Emma, but the series is very beautiful and beautifully acted, too. And this one features the most beautiful kiss in TV history, in my opinion. And then there's Richard Armitage ... I really recommend both series for long autumn evenings which are sure to come!

In respect to craftiness, I don't have much to show for my time at the moment ... I've started working on the Daisychain ABCs emroidery sampler kit I ordered from Alicia Paulson's webshop some time ago.

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I'm really enjoying following someone else's design and stitching away slowly, at the sametime cooking up ideas for future projects. I already have some things lined up that I want to start soon, and I hope I'll be able to show you something next week!

Daisychain ABCs progress

2 comments:

The Muse of The Day said...

PHEW!!!
Thank goodness you are alive and well. I think that going on vacation is one of the hardest things to do because when I get home I get this "and-now-what?" feeling. Your stitches on your sampler look perfect - each and every one. I also like your Liberty picks. Here in the US, they are selling Liberty for $36 a yard. I bought a few yards the other day that I simply could not say no to. It cost so much, though, that I am frozen on how to sew them up. Ridiculous, but I am. While you were gone I left you a comment on your Marburg post.
I will write more soon. Glad to see you are safe ... and if TV watching was just garbage, instead of Emma, you would not be excused. Lately I have seen the first two episodes of Downton Abbey. I swear I should have been born then, the clothing from that series is to die for. Welcome back. Carolina

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

Welcome back to the blog! Love these pics, especially of the garden in the church, it looks gorgeous. And the Liberty, well now you're just teasing us.
I haven't seen Emma, but I have seen the North and South miniseries and I loved it. I also loved that kiss too, must have watched it about ten times. In fact, I might pop over to youtube right now and watch it again. It's been ages since I watched it!