October 30, 2016

on the October 2016 table

october-table

I am documenting the year with monthly photographs of my kitchen table. Capturing the jumble that accumulates here, at the heart of the kitchen, is also a way to record some of the domestic stories of our family life.

It wouldn’t be the October table without a seasonal squash or two! I fell for the duck egg shade of these two beauties when I saw them at an organic farm shop that I visited in Sussex.  Whilst I fully intend to make soup from them one day, at the moment, they are serving me well as photo props.

I picked the hydrangeas on an autumnal walk with friends. There was a large bush overhanging the footpath, and as I had basket and scissors with me for blackberry picking, I couldn’t resist snipping a few blooms and dropping them into my basket. I love hydrangeas at this time of year, when their colours fade and darken, and their petals become papery and crisp.

There is tea, always tea, in that favourite mug that I bought a couple of years ago from the Dylan Thomas museum in Laugharne. The crystals live on the shelf above my desk. The white one (quartz? I don’t know!) was picked up on a beach last year. The rose quartz I bought from the gift shop at a local museum, having admired Carole Poirot’s when I took one of her fabulous styling workshops earlier in the month.

The magazine is The Simple Things. I was rather taken with the back cover image this month, and I have a piece in this issue, all about my trip to the Isles of Scilly, as part of their series with This is Your Kingdom.

Speaking of magazines, as deputy editor of 91 Magazine, I couldn’t be more excited that the new issue has gone to press and should be arriving in shops and on doormats some time next week! You can order a copy here. To launch this issue, we are really excited to be collaborating with furniture and homeware store West Elm to hold the first 91 Magazine curated pop up shop! From 17th – 20th November, 91 Magazine, along with a small group of independent brands and makers, will be setting up shop inside West Elm’s flagship Tottenham Court Road store. As well as being able to buy direct from the lovely sellers, many of who usually only sell online, there will also be lots of creative workshops and talks happening over the four days, including a talk about hygge from Louisa Thomsen Brits (author of my Year in Books choice for this month), a stop-motion workshop with brilliant Xanthe Berkeley, and a weaving workshop with 91’s designer, Lucy of Peas and Needles. The whole event is taking inspiration from our new A/W issue. To find out more, and to book workshops, head over to 91 Magazine.

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