Nothing here for a painter but the breakers - and the sky, was the first thing I noticed as I entered the gallery for a private viewing of the new Constable and Brighton exhibition at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.
The solitary quote in beautiful handwriting spread itself high above eye level, above the line of sketches and paintings that flowed across the centre of the walls. Painted in an off-white colour, the quotation glimmered against the backdrop of rich slate-grey.
For a perfect afternoon tea, you need 1) a beautiful setting 2) great company 3) a pot of tea 4) plates of sweet and savoury bite size treats and 5) the option of champagne. Afternoon tea is, after all, a truly decadent way to spend a lingering afternoon.
May is less than a month away so it's about time I mentioned this year's Brighton Festival. Known as one of Europe's leading arts festivals, they commission artists and companies to produce innovative work such as the amazing light show by Dr Blighty. This year there will be 146 events covering music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature and debate. With a number taking place outside, as well as some designed with families in mind and others that are free, the choice is pretty diverse.
It may not have been my first visit to a Mal but it certainly was the jolliest. Thanks to LDN Meet Up a happy band of bloggers and plus ones were invited to check out the brand new Malmaison in Brighton Marina.
It's the blog post I've been meaning to write for years. Since 2011 probably. Perhaps it needed a long time to percolate, although the bakery itself needed no time to win me over.
When visiting somewhere new it's always good to get a tip off for the buzziest place in town. In Shrewsbury after walking through its centre on a Saturday night, I can confidently say we had found it.
Labels: 2017, cocktails, days away, days out, daysaway, eating out, foodie Friday, foodieFriday, modern bric a brac, modernbricabrac, restaurant, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, tapas, things to do, Travel, where to go
Location: Brighton, UK 18 Butcher Row, Shrewsbury SY1 1UW, UK
Next weekend a festival celebrating new writers, described as a sort of fringe of the Fringe, arrives in Hove for its second year.
|The Trials of Colonel Barker|
The first thing I noticed when we arrived in Shrewsbury were the buildings, Medieval timber framed buildings rising at crooked angles and Georgian buildings with classical detail and ornate designs.
Labels: 2017, architecture, days away, days out, daysaway, events, Georgian, historic buildings, modern bric a brac, modernbricabrac, photogarphic exhibition, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, things to do, Travel, where to go
Location: Brighton, UK The Square, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH, UK
If you're wondering where to stay in Shrewsbury, then it's time to check out a brand new boutique hotel in the centre of town.
Labels: 2017, architecture, boutique hotel, days away, days out, daysaway, events, Georgian architecture, historic buildings, modern bric a brac, modernbricabrac, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, things to do, Travel, where to go
Location: Brighton, UK 37 St Julians Friars, Shrewsbury SY1, UK
Only 24% of people interviewed, heard, seen or read about in mainstream broadcast and print news are female - Brighton International Women's Day website informs us.
So, feel inspired to join in talks that are for and about women. There's a huge list of events taking place that includes singing, reiki, real junk food lunch, tours on female artists, photography, poetry, blogging and a drop-in space provided by Brighton's Women Centre.
Check out the details below or click on the links to find out more:
As I peered round the office door I could see leaning against the wall a full-length oil painting of the Scandalous Lady W by Joshua Reynolds.
Just before Christmas I received an email about a Brighton hairdressers that had won a nationwide 'Music Makeover' competition from the people at PRS for Music.
One lesson I learned in Florence, when it comes to eating as a tourist, don't assume you'll just happen upon a great place to eat.
The Radical Eye at Tate Modern is an exhibition of photographs from Sir Elton John's private collection and includes some incredible early photography.
A golden beam of light shines once a year on the spot where the wife and muse of Rembrandt was buried; an arched doorway, one woman's private entrance to the old church has her name inscribed above it; a portrait of three regentesses hangs over a grand mantelpiece and an exclusive women-only square from the middle ages that offers a tranquil sanctuary for single women to this day.
With a recently found interest in mixology I've decided to start my 2017 with some rum cocktail making.
A little distance from the centre of Brighton, if you take that to be the Brighton Pavilion, is a slow brunch bar to seek out.
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