Thursday, 28 August 2014


Summer has been busy!
There have been so many things I've been involved in this summer - lots of art activities, felt making, reading group, tote bag making, outdoor adventure play with Monkey-Do and other stuff I can't remember at the moment....
Me and bert have a nice long weekend planned... and after that, regular blogging will resume.x

Saturday, 23 August 2014


our second wedding anniversary!!
whoop whoop!
here we are on August 15.
we had a lovely weekend and had date night and everything.

this is us last year....

and on our wedding day.
bertie got me this lovely jumper as a gift!
I'm glad I married him.

Friday, 15 August 2014

vegan beet burgers

Beetroot burgers!!
So pretty!
I had a big bunch of beetroots in my veg box and I'm never sure what to do with beetroot.... Roasting just doesn't do it for me... + my delightful husband won't eat a roasted beet.... But he will eat any type of burger.
A little look on the internet led me too this recipe which I based my burger on....
My version was boiled beets which were then grated and mixed with squished kidney beans and white rice along with some grated and fried onion and garlic and a little mustard and lemon. I think that was everything,,,, and then I left the mixture in the fridge for a while to firm up... mixed into patties with a little flour and nutritional yeast flakes so the burgers didn't stick.
And finally fried them in a little olive oil. 
They were a hit in the lile-pastore household.
We ate them in toasted bagels with some vegan mayo.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

finding vivian maier... and francesca woodman

I went to see 'Finding Vivian Maier' at the cinema in the afternoon last week. I was quite affected by it - it's fascinating, and also a little bit sad, and interesting ethically as well. If you don't know anything about it, here's a quick synopsis about the film....

The guy who made the film bought a box of slides at auction which containted photographs from chicago in the 1950s...although he leaves them in the box for a few years, eventually he wants to know more about the photographer (her name was on the box, but that was the only info he had) and bought more boxes of her slides and then while looking into her life more ended up getting a pile of stuff from a storage container which otherwise would have been thrown away (Maier died in 2009). He found thousands of negatives and rolls of unprocessed film - and the rest of the film is him developing the images and trying to find out more about her life.

I really enjoyed the film, and Maier's photographs are gorgeous... here are a few....

they made me think of Francesca Woodman's photos too - possibly because Woodman also took lots of self portraits and  has an slightly sad story (she committed suicide aged 22), although the photos are quite different as well - Maier being more of a street photographer and Woodman taking photos which were much more interior and arty. Anyway, here are some of her photographs:

I love it when things link together, and so I was pretty excitd to discover that Francesca Woodman's mother is the ceramicist Betty Woodman,  whose work we have in the museum where I work.



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