Tuesday, 18 September 2012

The weekend

It all started with a present from Popeye. I've always had an affinity with Holly Hobbie, her being my namesake, and always dressed in a rather fetching vintage outfit. There have been several Holly Hobbie items throughout my life which have been particularly memorable:  my building blocks trolley, which was bought when I was a baby as an incentive to inspire me to walk, my egg cup, an embroidered picture, a doll and now a Holly Hobbie dinner plate all of my own. I am rather overjoyed with it, and am trying to channel the HH sentiment every single day.

{The time to be happy is now}

The major event of the weekend was a trip into London on Saturday to meet friends for lunch, followed by a trip to the theatre and then dinner out.

I have in the past been stuck for a nice place to meet people for something to eat near Oxford Circus, but since having discovered Riding House Cafe, it's no longer a problem.

{avocado on toast}

I had been looking forward to seeing One Man, Two Guvnors at the Royal Haymarket Theatre for ages, since the reviews from when James Corden played the lead were full of nothing but praise. Owain Arthur is now in the lead role, and gives an amazing and athletic performance, and the play is genuinely the funniest thing I've ever seen at the theatre. They have a limited number of £25 tickets available from 10am on the day of each performance - I'd go and try your luck, it would be worth a the queue.

{Owain Arthur}

We went for dinner afterwards at Le Boudin Blanc, a favourite restaurant of ours in the charming Shepherd Market, just off Green Park. We called in first at the Curzon Mayfair cinema round the corner where I love going to see a film, to pick up their brochure. I noticed that the Diana Vreeland documentary 'The Eye Has to Travel' comes out there on 28th September, so I'll be trying to make a trip back to catch it. The bar at the cinema has a very Mad Men feel to it, and don't get me started on the Ladies - I've never seen so much marble.

{A look at the influential fashion editor of Harpers Bazaar, Diana Vreeland}

At Le Boudin Blanc, I always have steak-frites which is always brilliant, and then make someone share the cheese board with me - and I stayed true to form on this occasion.

{Le Boudin Blanc}
The Sunday was a quieter day, making some decorations on my sewing machine for a friend's wedding, but I did stumble across this intriguing picture at a charity sale, which I picked up for £4.

{bargain picture}


  1. What a charming post this is! That cinema sounds fabulous - I want to go there. I love your charity sale picture; it's gorgeously kitsch. Where have you hung it?

    1. Jones, when I saw that picture, I thought "this has JJ written all over it" and then when I showed it to Popeye he immediately said, "that is so Jenny Jones" - funny. x