Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Week Before Christmas

Oh, it’s been all go here this past week. I spent a fun day Christmas shopping in Brighton last weekend. The weather was mild, the sun shone and Christmas cheer was on offer.

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Then, of course, there’s the present wrapping…


…and the decking the halls…

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Followed by the trifle-making, of course (Nigella’s recipe).

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Waiting for the custard to cool…


…to be assembled on Boxing Day for a lunchtime buffet. Oh yes, of course, I’ll post that too.



Love Haiku : Comfort

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When the clouds lower

and a cold rain veils the sun,

you are my comfort.

Project Soar

I spent yesterday evening at an event hosted by social entrepreneur Sarita Jha in a beautiful Marylebone flat in support of a project close to my heart — Project Soar.

Founded by humanitarian and design guru Maryam Montague and her architect husband Chris Redecke, Project Soar hosts weekly arts, education and sports activities for over 50 underprivileged girls from the local village, Douar Ladaam, where Maryam and Chris’s lovely hotel Peacock Pavilions ( ) is based, just on the outskirts of Marrakech. Thelong-term aim is to role out Project Soar to more villages, and, in so doing, bring greater opportunities to the rural girls of Morocco.

I was delighted to spend some time on one of their Sunday event days back in April,  where I helped the girls make collages…


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…and taught them, with my able assistant architect Chris, what every young girl needs to know — skipping.

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For more information on Project Soar or to make a donation, read about in on and have a look at this video.