Thursday, 31 March 2011

The Art of Living

This is the first in a series of blog posts about the 'Art of Living.' 
Each post will be a visual feast, a celebration of all things inspiring, beautiful, exciting, quirky and fun.  All the things that we are passionate about. Here we will embrace people, places, travel, music, photography, film, nature, books and more!

Spring Brings...Flowers and Afternoon Tea

This is the time of year when things blossom.  Life feels a bit more gentle.  People and encounters seem more open and easy.  Our bodies shed the winter layers and we feel more inclined to be outdoors and active.  It's about new things, new beginnings, new life....

The picking and giving of flowers

For those lucky enough to have their own patch of garden and can actually cultivate their own flowers, they can directly feel the joy of being able to gather up beautiful stems to fill vases at home.  Others, like myself,  have to call on a florist for our own bunches of flowers...or hope that we are presented with a bunch now and then!  There's one very special florist called Kate Langdale round the corner from us.  She does the most beautiful bouquets...and I'm usually lucky enough to receive a posy for Mother's Day.

I've also just discovered Scilly Flowers - flowers by post from the Isles of Scilly.  They do Scented Narcissi, which are truly bright and beautiful. Last orders for Mothers's Day TODAY - by 12 noon!

Crocus is also a great place for flower deliveries as they do generous bouquets but also plants as gifts if you're keen to give something more lasting.  I can't resist poring over their gardening collection...and dream up what will be in the flower beds of my future garden.

Floral prints

We both have a passion for floral print and pattern and this shows in the boutique in the spring / summer 2011 clothing collections:

There's also some lovely floral prints in the spring decor collections:

A perfect place to see spring flowers

Kew Gardens is a magical spot in West London and the Crocus Carpet is a bright jewel-like sight to behold.  The crocuses are over now but there's cherry blossoms just bursting through and the bluebells that will be putting on a show soon too. I'm going to try and time another visit to see the the blue carpets that are my favourite spring show!

Time for Tea

I don't need an excuse to indulge in a Cream Tea.  We've sampled quite a few in London and Brighton and various spots in fact, wherever we go we manage to sniff out a scone and all the must-have accompaniments, including clotted cream (Cornish preferably).  This Mothering Sunday we shall seek out some Tea Rooms in the Sussex Downs.  I've heard Steyning Tea Rooms are lovely - I shall report back to you what we discover.  For those in London, there's plenty of Afternoon Tea options, ranging from little tea shops to grand hotels.

High Tea of Highgate is a sweet little Tea Shop in Highgate Village serving up Afternoon Tea in the traditional style. Cream Tea (with the Tea quite rightly being Loose Leaf Tea) all served up in pretty vintage crockery - delightful!

Bake-a-Boo is another spot in North London. With a wide range of cakes and treats and the all important scones.  They do gluten-free too.  There's a special Afternoon Tea for Mother's Day with the traditional tiered cake stand full of dainty yumminess!

For something a bit more regal and the opportunity to take in some Art at the Marylebone Gallery, The Wallace Restaurant has a lovely setting for Afternoon Tea in a courtyard.
And lastly, for an Alice in Wonderland inspired dining experience the Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea at Suka at the Sanderson looks amazing. 

Enjoy the spring and all it brings!

1 comment:

  1. Some lovely ideas here - thanks for the inspiration! Xx