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On Saturday, I walked into Bridport. There is a thriving busy street market on Wednesdays and Saturdays and as this Saturday was warm and sunny, the market was buzzing. After my visit to the tiny art shop to stock up on paper and glue, I was on my way home when I spotted a fabric stall which was selling really gorgeous fabrics at very discounted prices.
I noticed some of that plasticized cotton fabric which can be used for kitchen tablecloths (as it is very wipe-able!) I bought several prints as I thought it would be a nice to have some books with wipe-able covers, useful for using in the kitchen or if you are an artist and prone to getting paint or glue everywhere! This book uses one of these fabrics, it’s a cotton ‘toile de jouy’, a very traditional print. Toile de Jouy originated in France in the 1800s. In the French language, the phrase literally means “cloth from Jouy-en-Josas”, a town of north-central France. They are normally, rustic scenes in red, blue or black printed onto a cream background. They have become very popular for furnishing fabrics. I hope you like this book.
I was very touched by all the kind comments after my last post, all those compliments, I think you may have created a monster…..
Only joking :-) There are times when I really do wish I was amazing. This morning was a case in point.
I played tennis this morning. Correction. I played tennis very badly this morning. I normally fall out of bed at the last minute and rush off to tennis without any breakfast or even a cup of tea, arrive just in time and manage to play reasonably well. This morning, I woke early, had a leisurely cup of tea and a bowl of muesli and arrived at my friends house early, so we had a chat about my books and calligraphy (she owns a copy of the ‘Kites‘ piece which you may remember) – and then we played tennis and I was RUBBISH. Very depressing…
I was cheered however, when I spotted this, my favourite tree, in all its glory. Gorgeous. I just adore these flowering cherries and must get one for my garden. This tree would have looked so much nicer against a clear blue sky but it was solid grey, in fact 5 minutes later, it was pouring with rain and hailstones.
Here is the French group ‘Air’ and the track called ‘Cherry Blossom Girl’. Listen to this dreamy music and gaze at a still from one of my favourite movies, ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. Luscious Ken Watanabe for you girls and for once, some eye candy for you boys too…. gorgeous Ziyi Zhang. And lots of cherry blossoms, how romantic….
I’ve gone back to the Japanese Chiyogami papers for this one. This paper makes me think of elegant geishas teetering along the street carrying their parasols daintily over their heads. I loved the book ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ by Arthur Golden, I have read it several times including trying to read it in French when I was being serious about learning French. Needless to say I didn’t manage to finish it and reverted to the English version eventually.
I also loved the film even though it got mixed reviews. It might be that I have a serious crush on Ken Watanabe or it might just be that it is a very good film. I couldn’t possibly say…
No, that’s not a very good photo of him but it does have a parasol and a geisha in it so let’s try again.
That’s better. And while we’re at it let’s have a gratuitous George Clooney shot to really cheer us ladies up….
I’m feeling much cheerier now!