1. owls and cats
|'Owl and the Pussycat' illustration by Nan Pollard (Lowe)|
I've found that owl-lovers are often also cat-lovers. It's certainly the case with me. I own a beautiful, characterful tortoiseshell cat. I don't own a (real) owl, sadly.
2. the films of Chris Marker
Chris Marker is a French filmmaker (born 1921!) whose favourite animals are cats and owls (ring any bells?). He has a long-standing fascination with Japan. His films make you reflect upon the nature of memory and time, what cinema is or could be, and what connects people across cultural divides. In Sans Soleil, a woman describes letters written to her by a fictional filmmaker from his travels around the world.
set created on Polyvore, click here for more detailsWhen I was a child one of the things I most loved to do was to act out stories and movies using our overflowing dressing-up box to create dramatic costumes. Now I have an overflowing wardrobe. In my fantasy all of the above items are in it.
Photos I took on a recent trip to the beautiful and inspiring city of Paris. The yellow cat is a recurring graffiti known as 'monsieur chat'. Chris Marker made a film about that. I love wall art.
I feel at home when I'm by the sea. I love all the British coastline, especially Norfolk, Cornwall and Devon. I also love the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts in France. I took this photo at sunset on Heron Island, a coral reef Island off the coast of Queensland, Australia. It was a breathtakingly beautiful place.
6. the piano
6. the piano
|thanks to fazzinchi on Flickr for this image|
I have played the piano since I was six. There have been times in my life where I'm not playing (like now!) and other times where I have played very intensively, either way it's always there, a part of me. I love listening to classical piano music too, especially by Debussy, Chopin and Schubert.
I was one of those kids who was always reading and I still am. I love reading anything: novels, poetry, biographies, recipes, my old diaries, memoirs, essays... perhaps above all I love a novel that conjures up a world and makes me think at the same time. At the moment I'm reading Émile Zola's Paris on my kindle.
I think I have 17 rose bushes in my garden. They were all here when we moved in, and although they suffer badly from all the town rose problems (blackspot, greenfly, rust etc.) they are still blooming and keep flowering throughout the Autumn. I am a pretty useless gardener, but somehow roses I can do, and I love the way they reward a little care with exuberant new shoots and gorgeous flowers. I grew up with my mother's rambling roses in three different gardens... there's a kind of English, nostalgic thing going on with them for me.
10. motherhood and marriage
This is me with my son when he was just a few days old. He was born in July 2010. I have found being a mother the greatest challenge of my life. It has been very hard at times with the seemingly endless sleep deprivation and stream of impossible decisions. But it has also been unbelievably wonderful: an explosion of love.I am lucky to have the most incredible husband who is constantly supportive, loving and always makes me laugh. He's a brilliant dad, too. I love him deeply and feel honoured to share my life with him.