sunday adventure: Fulham Palace

The wonderful thing about moving to a different area in London is discovering what is now close to you. I had always looked at the many trees on the other side of Putney Bridge without realising that behind them was Fulham Palace. I knew of Fulham Palace because my friend Laura posted a photo to Instagram about it a while ago, and I thought, “well if I didn’t live so far away from it I’d like to visit one day.” Lo and behold its on my doorstep! Today Cassie and I decided to take a walk to wake up from our food coma after visiting Byron for lunch, and walked the grounds of Fulham Palace. It is one of those wonderful places that transports you to miles away from the city, whilst keeping you pretty close! I look forward to many more Sunday walks over the bridge into another world.

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roman holiday

What kind of person would I be if I didn’t take photos on my phone AND on film when I go away? Here are the best shots from my little holiday in Rome, all taken on Agfa Vista 200 with my Olympus Trip 35.

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in love with the Marchioness

At the top of the National Art Library stairs at the V&A there was always a very nice marble statue of a woman. One day I was on my way to the staff canteen and all of a sudden, she was gone! A short while later it was replaced, and I cannot get over what is there now. It is a portrait of Frances Anne Vane, Marchioness of Londonderry by Alexandre-Jean Dubois-Drahonet. On loan from William and Judith Bollinger the portrait shows magnificent jewels that are on display in the Jewellery gallery, which is conveniently to the right of the portrait. I just can’t get over the beauty and detail of this painting! The sheer handkerchief & lace sleeves, the glittering of the jewels, how can this be paint? It is a dream.

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azzedine alaïa at galleria borghese

Art is my motivation, in London and anywhere I travel. So going to Galleria Borghese in Rome to see Bernini’s sculptures was a no brainer! Little did I know that there was an extraordinary Azzedine Alaïa couture exhibition mixed in amongst the paintings and extravagant rooms. It was the highlight of my trip and I would encourage anyone to visit while the exhibition is still on!

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kew in an instant

You may have seen my post with many photos from my recent visit to Kew Gardens on a glorious summer day. Now that summer is officially over (raining and cold in July, I have given up hope!) I thought to share the little Instax Mini snaps I took on the day.
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when in rome

Cheesy title? Yes. But when will I ever go back to Rome? Not any time soon. Although it was nice to get a few days away from work and travel to a new place to see beautiful art and to catch up with my friend David who was over from Perth, Rome left a sour taste in my mouth. Just a little. Firstly it was a bad decision to go in July because the heat and humidity was unbearable, so I won’t be doing that again. Secondly, three count em THREE of my flights got cancelled and I ended up having to shell out 250 euros to get a flight back to London…Stansted! All because Starbucks burnt down part of the Fiumicino Airport. Anyway, you can see why even though I saw amazing things I will not look back on the trip with the fondness that I should have. It’s a shame but I am happy I went because I got to see some art that I studied at uni and ate a whole lot of delicious food. I even stumbled upon the rehearsal for the Valentino couture show, now that was exciting!

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When the Trevi Fountain is covered in scaffolding, look behind you!

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Even while under conservation, still beautiful.

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Giolitti, the main reason why I went to Rome

Giolitti, the main reason why I went to Rome

I didn't go for summer flavours but it was so delicious!

I didn’t go for summer flavours but it was so delicious!

Ginger, great food and lovely juices

Ginger, great food and lovely juices

Sunset behind Piazza del Popolo

Sunset behind Piazza del Popolo

Heading to the Galleria Borghese

Heading to the Galleria Borghese

Early morning, beating some of the heat

Early morning, beating some of the heat

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The Galleria Borghese was the highlight of my trip, one which deserves its own post.
Bernini sculptures next to Alaïa couture, it was breathtaking!

Was it worth it?

Was it worth it?

Always look down

Always look down

Get me outta here!

Get me outta here!

The usual sights

The usual sights

Sunset from the top of the Spanish Steps on my last night, arrivederci!

Sunset from the top of the Spanish Steps on my last night, arrivederci!

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Sun tipped

Sun tipped

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Over the Alps, goodbye Italy

Over the Alps, goodbye Italy

As well as my post dedicated to the Galleria Borghese look out for a post with the film I shot in Rome, currently waiting on development!

never write a letter while you are angry

Never write a letter while you are angry. In fact, most people just never write letters anymore. If you have never clicked through to my Postcrossing page then you probably didn’t know that I am obsessed with sending and receiving mail. For my 200th post I thought I share this little passion with you to hopefully inspire more letters, postcards, care packages, photos…anything really to be sent via the real physical mail.

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I’ve been a member of Postcrossing for FOUR years now. I’ve sent & received over 440 postcards over 4.7 million kilometres, 119 laps around the world! Although there have been times when I haven’t sent any cards for months due to moving or not being able to justify postage, it is always something that makes me happy when I do it. Opening my door to see cards that have hopefully not been stepped on makes my day better. If you want to see all the postcards I’ve received and delve deeper into the stats then feel free!

I like sending mail. I like having lots of books. So when I come across a book about mail I cannot resist!

To The Letter Simon Garfield

This was the first mail related book I picked up. It was cheap because it was a bit damaged but also signed by the author so I thought why the heck not! To The Letter by Simon Garfield takes you on an epic journey through the history of letter writing and it is really interesting and inspiring. It’s very well written and I couldn’t put it down. But you have to put it down to write all those letters you’ve been meaning to write!

Snail Mail Michelle Mackintosh

I saw this book in Waterstones Piccadilly and then thought no, I don’t need that. Then I browsed for a bit longer, went to a completely different floor and thought, yep I need that. To my surprise, Snail Mail is by an Aussie! Michelle Mackintosh takes you through all the different kinds of letters you can write, how to address & close them as well as make them look super cute. There’s templates, fun pictures and stickers in the back. I. Love. Stickers. So I love this book! As you will see below I love to have many things on hand to decorated any postcards or letters I send so it’s always good to have a bit more inspiration as it makes writing letters even more fun. I didn’t know that was possible!

Also, to note in the picture above, I love the German stamp teaching you that it is bad to step on nails, don’t do it!

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This barely scrapes the surface of my stationery collection. And don’t forget the rubber stamps, sticker books and mountain of stationery I left behind in Perth (I will rescue it in December, I won’t forget you!). At the moment I don’t have a desk, which is killing me, but in the meantime I’m using this cute little clipboard I picked up from the Pound Shop pop-up at the Science Museum by Ding Ding. Postcards are from galleries, trips and box sets and I have more than I could ever afford to send. You always need cute stickers, fun pens and washi tape to finish off your heartfelt handwritten notes. Don’t forget stamps!

I hope this inspires you to sit down and write something! Remember, it doesn’t have to be ten pages long and decorated to the extreme, even just a small note to say thank you sent through the mail means so much more than an email or a text. And I bet you that the person on the receiving end will keep it and shower you will chocolate* the next time they see you.

*chocolate not guaranteed