Friday, 8 October 2010

Villa Carlotta, Lake Como

Once again we were in Italy in August. This time finds us at Lake Como for a family wedding. Amazing, there aren't enough superlatives for this place where the boot of Italy pushes into the Alps and the aristocrats of previous centuries built their holiday homes. It's all still there, still beautiful. The images here are from the ornate interior of Villa Carlotta where the ceremony took place on the terrace. The gardens are famous too. I will post some links for those who are interested in an Italian wedding. Wonderful food, wonderful scenery, what more could you want.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Jason Charles Jewellers

I attended the Ascot Royal Berkshire Hotel wedding evening on July 15th and had the pleasure of exhibiting across from bespoke jeweller, Jason Charles. 20 years in the business they are well versed in the wedding show scene, attending about 20 a year. There were other jewellers at this event but the Jason Charles collection stood out as a unique, modern and sculptural collection, with a sense of humour as well. Some of the designs include rings that look like they are real working manacles, tyre tread rings, torpedoes with diamonds on them. There is a story behind these I am sure!

Sunday, 13 June 2010


A few years ago I spent part of a summer in the south of France and happened upon a beautiful town called Tarascon. Named for a mythical beast called the Tarasque, it is one of those lovely places you find in the French countryside, off the beaten track but worth the stopover. The most delightful ‘find’ in Tarascon was the Souleiado Museum. Souleiado is the home of the famous Provencal printed fabrics that are pervasive in the south of France. Like them or loath them, a trip to the Museum will give you an appreciation for the traditional wood block printing techniques that they used to make these fabrics in the 19th century. The Museum has preserved the original workshops and printing blocks. The day I visited long banners of fabrics were hanging in the courtyard as if drying from a fresh print run. Wonderful.
If you are interested in visiting Tarascon and want a base to explore this region, I can recommend a local town house available through Alana Pryce. She and her husband have restored one of the old stone houses inside the town walls and rent out for holiday stays.