Thursday, February 27, 2014

February Walk

My boyfriend and I went for a walk. The weather was sunny and there were some welcome signs of spring, like these pretty catkins.

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Book Hive

To celebrate 400 years of libraries in Bristol, the Central Library is currently home to the Book Hive, a wonderful animatronic installation featuring 400 hardback books. It is the work of local robotics firm Rusty Squid, and it is brilliant.

As you move past the installation, which has each book housed within a honeycomb style hexagon, the books open and close in time with your movements. Even when people are not around, they continue to gently flutter and open and close slightly, creating the illusion that the books are alive. They even make tiny squeaking and chirping sounds, like a flock of birds.

My first thoughts on walking into the library were that it was like walking into Hogwarts. The feeling of an  everyday, inanimate object having come to life is really quite magical. I absolutely loved it.

The installation is free to visit, and I really recommend visiting. I managed to get a video of the books opening and closing as I walked past them, but it doesn't do justice to seeing them in real life.

The Book Hive made me so happy! It is a very simple but brilliant idea, and really feels very special. I think it is a lovely celebration of the library.

Bristol Central Library itself is a stunning building, with some beautiful details such as these stained glass windows. It is what I would call a "proper" library-the downstairs is more modern but still packed with books and very friendly, while the upper floor is more traditional, with individual study desks and spiral stair cases to get to the mezzanines which are filled with yet more books. It would be a wonderful place to go for some quiet study. There is also a basic but lovely cafe, which has excellent coffee cake.

The arches next to the library were very beautiful too, with intricate carving.

I would really like to go back to the Book Hive, it was such a lovely experience! 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Lock and Key Necklace

I've been dabbling in making jewellery again recently, and made myself this lock and key necklace. I got the charms online, and I like the antiqued effect they have. I've always been fascinated by old fashioned keys and locks, and I really like them as a design motif.

Saturday, February 15, 2014


A couple of weeks ago I took my boyfriend to Mshed in Bristol, to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. The exhibition was wonderful, with some especially beautiful photographs in the Young Photographer category. We couldn't take any pictures inside the exhibition, but we could photograph the amazing views from the Mshed balcony!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Roman Baths

Last week Harry and I made a little trip to the beautiful Roman Baths. We arrived late afternoon, just as dusk was falling. I thought it was perfect, as we got to see the torches around the Great Bath, and the illuminated architecture, to their full advantage. 

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Yixing Teapot

Since following a couple of tea-themed blogs on tumblr, I have been lusting after Yixing teapots. I've always admired them, especially after working in a museum specialising in East Asian objects, and had even bought a very tiny one a few years ago. But I found myself yearning for a more functional, generously sized one. I told myself that I already had too many teapots, and after browsing a few Yixing teapots online, that they were also well out of my price range.

Of course, then the second hand gods had to go and place the most beautiful Yixing teapot, of the perfect size, with a lovely bamboo pattern, right in one of my local charity shops. And then I had to go on a trip to the post office, and had a little look in said charity shop on my way. I can only come to the conclusion that it was fate. 

It has to be one of the most gorgeous things I own. It is also, fortunately, among the cheapest. It was the very reasonable price of £5.

It also came with six lovely little cups and saucers. Perfect for a tea party. Of course, this new acquisition does mean that I'll have to get rid of some of the teapots I already owned...