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(5) Things we love …#45

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IMG_09301. Hyacinths in a jam jar. Given to me over the weekend by Mercia. It’s autumn but the whole house smells like spring

  1. TED talks while making dinner – I listen to one every evening, leaving my Macbook on the counter as I make dinner. A wonderful way to learn about the world. This one is about Alzheimer’s disease and a simple invention designed by Kenneth Shinozuka to keep his beloved grandfather safe.

  1. Yo-Yo Ma – the prelude to Bach’s Cello Suite No.1 . I spent almost 20 hours last week driving around the eastern cape … 95 percent of the time in silence, the radio stations I could get were so awful. I pulled into a small coffee shop along the way and this piece of music started to play just as I was served my toasted cheese sandwich. Turned the mundane into a celebration. (PS: I first head this piece on The West Wing (during the episode “Noël”, Ma played live in each of the 45 takes take, refusing to mime). Listen to it here.

Espresso-Maker-6-Cup-60091829694994. Italian s Pots: I usually use a French Press/coffee plunger but my dad gave me an electric Italian espresso maker and I use it at McGregor all the time. I saw this one in our local Woollies and had to have it. Beautiful way to make coffee and makes me feel just al little bit Italian each time.

Maggie-Gyllenhaal-with-Ol-0055. The Honourable Woman: Hugo Blick’s mesmerising eight-part TV thriller for BBC2. The show has had me captivated. The show is worth watching in so many ways:
– for the insight into the myriad complexities of effecting peace in the middle east
– for the tight, intelligent, deeply humane writing that acknowledges all sides of the argument
– for Maggie Gyllenhall’s great performance of  Nessa Stein a woman with the best of intentions, unknowingly compromised before she had even begun
– for the two-handers between the main characters: especially Nessa’s conversations with exhausted spy Hugh Hadden-Hall (Steven Rea) who, on the brink of retirement, and as his last act: is genuinely trying to help her.
and lastly ….

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for Nessa Stein’s gorgeous wardrobe: a collaboration between Gyllenhaal and the Show’s wardrobe designer, Edward Gibbon. A glorious mix of high/low (think Roland Mouret and Stella McCartney offset against Top Shop), new and vintage and gender blending –  with a Turnbull and Asser men’s cashmere coat thrown in for good measure and made feminine with the addition of pearl buttons. I would wear them all.

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  1. What a wonderful idea about TED talks!

    April 7, 2015
  2. silvia

    Thank you darling. I woke up to the sound of the Prelude this morning, the perfect beginning of the day.
    I love Maggie Gyllenhall, I remember very well her acting in Monnalisa smile. And her wardrobe wow!

    April 4, 2015

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