Silent Sunday at the Tate

Rachel Whiteread, Tate Britain


Farewell Fred

Oh my Goody Goodness!!!

If you ever want an Afternoon Tea EXPERIENCE go to the Mirror Room at the Rosewood Hotel, Holborn, London.

I have to thank Julie of Balzer Designs for discovering this place.

Fred and I went there for our last date. With my sister, we met my son and granddaughter, Big Sis. We entered the imposingly huge and very grand Hotel and went into the Mirror Room. Have you ever seen such tall lilies!


the tea started with a variety of dainty sandwichesHomepride Fred, Rosewood Hotel

The green bread has taragon in it and makes a chicken sandwich – I can’t describe how delicious that was, then beef and horseradish and the third delicate salmon pate, there were others as well.

The tea –  Oolong.

My only disappointment was that there was only one type of  Japanese tea, the rest were China teas.

But the cakes! That is what you go to the Mirror Room for!


They are all in the style of famous artists: Pollock, Koonsberg, Banksi ……


My photos are hopeless as the room was so dimly lit. I have had to lighten these on the computer, but go to the website to see them beautifully photographed.



Fred had his eye on the Banksi



the walls of the cake were made of solid chocolate and inside was a heavenly mix of deliciousness with salted caramelIMG_0247

Sugar Rush!!!!!!!!

sugar rush

Each cake took ages eat so as to savour the flavours. We were able to send a doggy bag home to my d-i-l and Twig and TwigletIMG_0283

Amazing. The hotel is full of sculpture and art – I will be back!

All too soon the weekend was at an end and I had to say a fond farewell to Fred


Bye bye!

Until the next time…..

Snowflake Tree

crochet snowflake Christmas tree

Yesterday I wondered if Rainbow Junkie’s easy snowflake pattern could be turned into a shawl.

To try out the idea I started to lay the snowflakes out in a triangular formation and look what happened!

Cute huh?!

W.i.P Wednesday – Snowflakes

crochet snowflakes, Rainbow Junkie pattern

All these snowflakes were made with one ball of Drops Safran combed cotton and a 3mm hook. The little bit of unworked cotton was left over from the one ball.

They still need blocking and stiffening, the ends need sewing in and I will be adding some Swarovski crystals, but I am really pleased with them right now.

The pattern, for all but the larger snowflake top left, is a pattern by Jane at Rainbow Junkie. Her patterns are always a delight. They are clear and easy to follow and you just know that meticulous testing has been carried out. This pattern is a free one, and there are other snowflakes to go with this one.

Jane has other patterns and tutorials for free and some patterns for sale on Ravelry.

What I especially liked about this snowflake pattern is that it is EASY.

Sometimes I love the intricate and difficult, but knowing I wanted to make a pile of snowflakes and there is a certain deadline to meet – easy is what I was after. I soon learnt the pattern and was able to rattle them out fairly quickly.

I’m wondering, if joined together, whether they would make a cute baby shawl or blanket – especially for a Christmas baby.

The pattern for the snowflake, top left, is by Donna Wolfe, a free one I found on Ravelry

This is not so easy but I will be making fewer of these. I wanted a bigger one to go with Jane’s snowflakes. The pattern does come with a video tutorial – Donna goes way too fast for me, but of course one can pause and rewind. It works and the design suits what I have in mind……… more to show you next week I hope.


My minimalist Winter Solstice/Christmas Celebrations have begun!




Kaffe Fassett at Mottisfont

Kaffe Fassett

Kaffe Fassett

Kaffe Fassett exhibition at Mottisfont.

His colours and cosy chunky sweaters say ‘Comfortable’ to me.

To join in with our Photo Challenge just leave a link to your Comfortable photos in the comments.

Also joining the Daily Post: Knit


Cee’s FunFoto Challenge: Letter ‘O’

Must have the letter ‘O’ anywhere in the word.


Rachel Whiteread at Tate Britain

fireplace, Rachel Whiteread

DSC_0349windows, Rachel Whiteread

Rounding off my weekend in London I went to Tate Britain to see the Rachel Whiteread exhibition. I have been interested in her work ever since ‘House’ in 1993.

Such an extraordinary thing to do.

Art that encourages us to see things differently is always exciting.

The atmosphere that was created by the exhibiton at the Tate was one of supreme calm and serenity. Something to do with the combination of neutral colours, scale and space. I would happily have spent the whole day there.

Rachel Whiteread

Making the domestic monumental.

I loved the way every shape interacted with the space and other objects in the space.




Rachel Whiteread

Collections of used household objects cast as solid objects

looks simple doesn’t it but watch this film on ‘How to Cast like Rachel Whiteread’

and see just how many processes go into creating one object – mindblowing!

Rachel Whiteread

Book shelves reminding me of the first little library I used to visit with my Grandfather in the 1950s/60s

bookshelf, Rachel Whiteread



There is something intriguing about exploring negative space.

Clever to keep the colours calm so that the mind can peacefully think about positive and negative without the noise of colour.

resin door

Rachel Whiteread door

And to get to know the artist better –  a film of Rachel Whitread talking about the way she works.


Silent Sunday at Tate Britain

Tate Britain, Rachel Whiteread