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.
On the July table there are cornflowers, picked from my parents’ garden and displayed in a vintage medicine bottle that I bought from a car boot sale years ago. Cornflowers will always have my heart: I wore them in my hair on my wedding day, and so they have the happiest of associations for me.
It was one of my bridesmaids, in fact, who took the beautiful black and white image that also sits on today’s table. Aoife is an incredible talent who has just graduated from her photography degree. This print was one from her final degree exhibition, and I shall treasure it: I predict that this lovely girl will go far!
Tea, in a favourite mug by a local potter, on the lace doily that my parents brought back for me from a trip to Prague a few years ago. It’s appeared on the table hundreds of times. The book is William Blake’s Poems and Prophecies, gifted to me by Everyman as part of their #myeverymanslibrary campaign. I studied Blake years ago for my degree, and was fascinated by him. His remarkable childhood vision of angels looking down on him from an oak tree on Peckham Rye common has remained with me ever since. This is a beautiful edition of his works.
Finally, there is a small badge with a video camera icon… If you are an Instagram fan, you will understand the excitement that I experienced a couple of weeks ago, when I received an email inviting me to Instagram’s London office to take part in a video workshop. I don’t think that even an invitation to Buckingham Palace could have given me more of a thrill! The day was all that I’d hoped it would be and more. If you’d like to see what we got up to, you’ll find the films that we made here.
Black, white, lilac and blue: the July 2016 table