Archive for the ‘Inspirations’ Category

Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park

Posted by Susan Tomes on 24 May 2010 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

Once again this year the azaleas of the Isabella Plantation, the botanical garden in the middle of Richmond Park, have all come out at once. In previous years they tactfully staggered their weeks of blooming so that different bits of the park came to life at different times, but last year and this year the azaleas co-ordinated […]

The Abbey of Silvacane

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 May 2010 under Daily Life, Inspirations, Musings  •  Leave a comment

I was in Provence in the south of France last week and visited the Abbey of Silvacane, founded by the Cistercians in the late 12th century but long since abandoned. I thought it one of the loveliest churches I’ve seen. The  church, cloister, garden, chapter house, refectory, dormitory, scriptorium and so on presented one delightful prospect after […]

Wild Surmise Soufflé

Posted by Susan Tomes on 26 April 2010 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

‘You’re looking at me with a wild surmise!’ said Bob as I came into the kitchen. I said I was trying to identify the unusual aroma coming from the oven. ‘It’s wild garlic’, he explained. The clutch of pungent green leaves in this week’s organic veg box was a challenge to our usual cooking routines. After some […]

Mark Morris at the Coliseum

Posted by Susan Tomes on 19 April 2010 under Inspirations, Reviews  •  Leave a comment

On Saturday we attended the last night of Mark Morris Dance Group performing ‘L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato’ at the Coliseum. Readers will remember that Mark Morris is a hero of mine. Dance critics were in raptures about this show, but I still think that Mark Morris’s choreography is a special treat for musicians. […]

Organic inspiration

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 April 2010 under Daily Life, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

It’s amazing what the arrival of a box of organic vegetables and farm produce can inspire. Hours after taking delivery of our box, Bob had made this superb quiche with courgettes, aubergines, leeks, olives, garlic, rosemary, crème fraiche and home-made pastry. Here it is, just out of the oven. The glorious yellowness of the custard is […]