Sunday on the Southbank

Last Sunday I have met with my friend at Tate Gallery to see Sonia Delaunay exhibition. We both enjoyed looking at her impressive artwork of paintings, graphic designs, fashion projects and textiles. What a woman! Born in a poor Ukrainian family, she has been adopted as a young child by her wealthy uncle and introduced to art from an early age. Her drawing skills were noticed by her teachers. She has worked creatively through all her life and my friend said “She is my heroine”. Sonia and her husband Robert developed a theory called simultanism which states that our perception of colours seem to change when they are placed alongside each other. I was amazed by her use of colour and shapes. Really worth seeing.

After the exhibition we had a coffee in a very nice, members only cafe with an amazing view of Shard (tallest building in Europe) in the blue sky. The weather has been a treat and we later took a stroll along the River Thames. The Southbank in London is always a very busy place with many events going on. There was a Festival of Love, street artists, buskers, performers. Summer in the city in full swing.

The City of London
The City of London
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St.Paul’s Cathedral
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Tate Modern gallery
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The iconic chimney of Tate
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Yoda finishing his show
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Southwark Bridge and Tower Bridge
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The Shard
Millennium Bridge and St. Paul's Cathedral
Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral
Oxo Tower
Oxo Tower

London has been enjoying some fine weather for the past few days and today was another glorious yet breezy day. I went down to a local park for a bit of lie down and some cloud watching. Now I shall learn more about the clouds terminology!

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Summer heatwave with the June blooms and Full Moon

June is quickly drawing to an end and London is experiencing a heatwave predicting 35 degrees Celsius for tomorrow. Could be the hottest day of the year! We enjoy a bit of breeze though and some thundery showers are expected later during the week.

Personally, I always liked summertime and the heat. My mum, who like my brother dislikes the hot weather, says me and my sister got it after my father who at 74 still enjoys sitting in the full sunshine. I remember lots of sunbathing during my teenager times. Nowadays, I mostly love summer evenings filled with scents, warmth and colours but no mosquitos please!

Wood sorrel
Wood sorrel
Tuberous pea
Tuberous pea
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Californian poppy
Nigella damascena aka love-in-the mist
Nigella damascena aka love-in-the mist
And its dramatic capsule
And its dramatic capsule
Marigold
Marigold
White campion
White campion
Musk mallow
Musk mallow
Meadow cranesbill
Meadow cranesbill
Corn marigold
Corn marigold
Prunella or self-heal
Prunella or self-heal
Tufted vetch
Tufted vetch
Wild chamomile
Wild chamomile 
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Opium poppy
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Full Moon

Summer’s nearly here!

Here we are, mid-year in June. What a sweet month is is, filled with long sunny days, fragrant of roses, acacia and elderflowers, buzzing with bees. Makes you think about holiday trips and some exciting adventures ahead! It is only two weeks until Summer Solstice when we can enjoy the longest day of the year and summer will be in full swing by then. Time to appreciate this season’s abundance and bask in the glorious sun rays.

Oxeye daisy
Oxeye daisy
Cornflower
Cornflower aka bachelor’s button
Poppy
Poppy
Bittersweet nightshade
Bittersweet nightshade
Dog rose
Dog rose
Common mallow
Common mallow
Ragged robin
Ragged robin
Fumitory
Fumitory
Knapweed
Knapweed
White campion
White campion
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Stinking iris
Bindweed
Bindweed
Birdsfoot trefoil
Birdsfoot trefoil
St. John's wort
St. John’s wort
Goat's beard
Goat’s beard
Common vetch
Common vetch
Spreading harebell
Spreading harebell
Ribwort plantain
Ribwort plantain
Cotton thistle
Cotton thistle
False acacia
False acacia
Peacock butterfly
Peacock butterfly
Speckled wood butterly
Speckled wood butterfly
Damselfly
Damselfly
Lavender
Lavender
Mullberries
Mulberries

Lavender buds are starting opening up and I can’t wait to pick some of them and make lavender macerated oil. I have made rose petals oil but will write a separate post about roses and share some pictures as well. In the “Floral book of birthdays” June as month is entirely dedicated to roses. Lucky those born in June, my 2 nephews including!

Spring, summer and colour analysis

Today was talking make up with my sister. We both agreed we wanted some inspiration in terms of colours . As colour analysis theory says only those colours closest to your face, will affect your look. Meaning colours may highlight your beauty or simply ruin your look. That’s why it is so important.
After reading an article about colour analysis, it was clear to us that she is more or less summer type, more specifically pure summer, and me, more or less, spring, warm spring.

I always like orange, yellow and red which make me feel and look fresh and energetic. I love deep navy but it makes me look a bit stern. My sister loves grey and torquise and blue. She looks good in white, cream and silver.

Spring type is fresh, bright and radiant just like in nature, spring starts and likes it bold. Spring type has blonde or brown hair going ginger, gold. Blue or green eyes. Freckles in the sun. Colours for spring type are yellow, orange, red, light green. Gold accessories. In make up dark brown mascara, light coloured eye shadows like apricot and a natural looking foundation, a bit rosy. It’s all about looking light and fresh, anew.

Summer type brings soft, muted and feminine colours. This type has got pale complexion but tans easily. Blonde or brown hair with ash tone. Blue, grey or green eyes. Colours for summer type best are in cool tone, like blue, grey, whiteish, but also pink and mint. In make up black mascara, defined but not too dark eyebrows, pastel eyeshadow. Silver accessories. Summer type doesn’t suit looking too bold; summer smoothers in full relax.

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Which colour type are you?

Dreaming of summer: France, The Cote d’Azur

Here we are, November in full swing. Today is grey,windy and cold. The ash tree in the garden still holding some of its leaves, but most of them from the top has gone now.

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So, here I am dreaming about summer adventures, travelling, sun, colours and new places. Two years ago, we went to France, Cote d’Azur. We flew from London to Nice, then travel all along the coast to the Cogolin, not far from St.Tropez. We stayed in a nice apartment with a view of marina. A little boat would take you to the beach. On the only cloudy day during the whole stay, we cycled to the nearby Port Grimaud and rode a boat across the canals, finished with a bottle of wine on the beach. To get to St.Tropez we got a motorbike so thankfully could skip a lot of awful traffic. The Pampelonne beach was good, with warm sea and celebrities arriving at the Club 55. On the way back to Nice airport, we stayed one night in Cannes, having a look at the famous red stairs.

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I miss the blue colours, the open sea, swimming and relaxing. Makes me thinking about the next summer trip. Au revoir France!