peppermints & poppies

where life imitates art

one year on… September 29, 2009

Filed under: Baking,Photography,Writing — Katherine @ 10:19 pm

On Friday, 26th September 2008, I married my soulmate.

That was the start of something. Something bigger than just me. The start of a life. The start of a family. I finished that day with a new ring and a new name and a person who’d been mine for a while already, but not quite so officially.

One year later I still giggle a small, secret giggle whenever I call him my husband.

Five days ago my husband and I (*giggle*) hopped on a train and sped off under the sea to celebrate the one year later.

By the way, did I ever tell you that I love trains? Well, I do. I’m generally not a great traveller. I hate cars, hate buses, hate boats and ferries, hate planes. But trains? Love them. I love the sounds, the rhythms, the mindlessness. The freedom to wander. The buffet cars! The platforms and announcements and whistles and guards and everything.

And all these things took us on our very Parisian anniversary trip.

View of the Eiffel Tower from the Champ de Mars

Arty shot!

Arc de Triomphe from the safety of the street

Stunningly awesome cake in an expensive-looking shop on the Champs Elysées

Tree-lined sides of the Champs Elysées

Artist at work in Montmartre

Sacré Coeur in the late afternoon

Dahlia in Jardin des Plantes

Caged birds at the marché aux oiseaux, Ile de la Cité

More to come!


things that would have been on my last post… September 19, 2009

Filed under: Baking,Crochet,Photography — Katherine @ 9:07 pm

If wordpress hadn’t carelessly discarded that last post, I would have told you this:

One day last week I looked out of my kitchen window and thought the world was ending…

It wasn’t of course, just an evening sky to delight shepherds, but I do enjoy a spot of dramarama from time to time, so I went with it.

I would also have told you that my brief concern that armageddon was on its way frustrated me somewhat, because I am absolutely not ready to die. Not least because I have now finished EIGHTEEN of the TWENTY-FOUR blocks of Baby Granny Blanket. Yes, my crocheting is slower than the second coming of Christ. But definitely moving along now.

Hopefully it’ll be done before the chills of autumn really gets their fingers into me, and I can snuggle under it’s weighty woollyness until spring skips along to thaw me out.

Finally, had yesterday’s post not flitted off out into cyberspace, I would have showed you my latest bun order. Vanilla buns, with vanilla cherry, and mint choc icing. Yummy.


ARGH! September 17, 2009

Filed under: Writing — Katherine @ 9:52 pm

For reasons known only to itself, wordpress has taken to deleting the entirety of my entries instead of publishing them.

Instead of the long, painstakingly crafted entry you were going to have tonight, instead feel my fury.

ANGER, etc.

The end.


zoo days (part II) September 7, 2009

Filed under: Photography — Katherine @ 7:23 pm


zoo days September 6, 2009

Filed under: Photography — Katherine @ 11:48 pm

Long time, no post!

Somehow a whole year has passed in the blinking of an eye, and the autumn is creeping back up on us again. Coats are getting a little bit longer, the days a little bit shorter.  The year is cooling off. Christmas before we know it.

This weekend me and P went on an impromptu trip to Chester, mainly cause I wanted to go to the zoo. Something about zoos makes me regress twenty or so years, and I got ridiculously excited about seeing the animals, especially the otters (my favourites), giraffes, penguins and elephants. Actually, scrap that. I get excited about it all!

So, photos of course. More to come tomorrow.