Playlist – the many moods of mary


A new playlist for you of the music I’ve been listening to over the past few months (spring and summer down under)

It starts off with the melancholy tones of Lana Del Rey’s ‘Mariners Apartment Complex’ and ends in a similar vein with the beautiful ‘Your Sweet Love’  by Lee Hazlewood

In between you’ll get a very mixed bag of music ranging from pop, electronic, art rock, dance and vintage eurodisco






Distractions – Botanical Beauty

There’s one more month of Spring to go in the southern hemisphere so I thought before it’s over I’d treat you to some beautiful botanical images from OEuvres complètes de Jean Jacques Rousseau

The muted pastel tones of the images are gorgeous and the best part is you’re not going to get hay fever by looking at them

Many of the illustrations are signed J Aubry sculp and were done in the years between 1788 – 1793

I love the pastel blue colour in the first illustration and the graphic style of the green flower in the third illustration (I think it looks like a cross between Art Nouveau and Art Deco)

Let me know which one is your favourite


Image taken from page 116 of 'Œuvres complètes de Jean Jacques Rousseau. Nouvelle édition, classée par ordre de matières, etc. (Voyage à Ermenonville par feu M. Le Tourneur, pour servir de préface.) [Edited by L. S. Mercier, G. Brizard, and F. H. S.

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lemony energy bites


If you follow my Instagram stories you would have noticed that I have a bit of a sweet tooth

I’m always posting stories about the delicious cakes and treats I’ve tried

I try to limit my cake eating to the weekend however I love a sweetish treat with my afternoon coffee

I’m forever on the lookout for an easy sweet treat to make that has some nutritional value and that is easy to prepare with sore hands and wrists Continue reading

Distractions – vintage fashion

I came across some stunning fashion photography recently when I was looking for some vintage images of off the shoulder dresses for a blog post about shoulder surgery

A lot of time was spent going of in tangents looking at pictures not related to off shoulder dresses

I kept finding one great image after another – some quirky, some beautiful and many featuring the striking model Dovima

Below is a small selection of some of the vintage fashion images I came across

There are plenty more fashion images over on my Pinterest page if you like that kinda thing


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Thursday doors – Tiong Bahru

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Tiong Bahru is one of the most delightful areas to go for a stroll in when you’re in Singapore

It’s one of the oldest public housing estates in Singapore which was developed by the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) in the 1930s

If you ever get to Singapore make sure you check out this neighbourhood with it art deco buildings (Streamline Moderne), palm trees and metal doors and door grills with geometric designs Continue reading