Monday, December 29, 2008

Holiday Reading

We've had a bookish Christmas. Lots of time spent reading in the shade, in cafes, the dinner table, the couch and bed. Em's turning pages with F.Scott Fitzgerald and I've been trapped by Gertrude and Alice (Two Lives). I can tell when Emma is reading Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris because she laughs so loud.
Emma gave me a new camera for Christmas (xxx) - one that's small enough to carry around. It's a beauty...a Canon IXUS 80I. It's making this happy snapper very happy. We went on a long walk with the hound yesterday and here's what I saw...

I love the particular glow of an old-fashioned Christmas light - the sort that gives me no peace because they're so "vintage"...I'm convinced they'll burn the house down so I spend every 20 minutes making sure they don't get too hot, melt the tree, start a spark fire and have us fleeing the house - screaming.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tokyo: Christmas

I feel as if my Christmas Spirit has tripled thanks to tinsel-hit in Tokyo...every shop, cafe, department store, building and square was sparkling with lights. It really was spectacular, especially around Ginza where all the fancy stores are. Here's a few snaps.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

Tokyo: Toys

On the back of a bus, on a lolly-wrapper or a paperbag, a fence, a sign or a book-cover - cute is EVERYWHERE in Tokyo and so are toys. Here's just a few snaps. Enjoy.

This is a photo of the Re-Ment display at LOFT - a department store with a pretty big range. I don't know a lot about these tiny toys but the detail is amazing. They are sold in blind boxes, so you never quite know what you'll get but they release them in sets - tea-parties or clothing or little woodland creatures. All cute, all the time...oh and yes, I think about bought about 11 boxes....

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Tokyo: Fashion

When I was going through all the photos (ahem...400 of them) I noticed lots of different themes - so I'm going to post a series of collections beginning with Fashion.

When it comes to style, Tokyo is just amazing. It's such a visual culture, whether it's a coulple waiting for a train or a Prada store window in the Ginza, everyone has their own particular look.

Some Books I've Really Enjoyed

  • Apples For Jam by Tessa Kiros
  • Saturday by Ian McEwan
  • Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life by Andrew Motion
  • The Bell Jar by Syliva Plath
  • Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
  • Stasiland by Anna Funder

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