The clue’s in the gift tag

Sep 09

The clue’s in the gift tag

I had the most wonderful birthday this year, and was spoilt with the gift of a new Hermès scarf. My husband’s family has a tradition whereby the gift tag usually gives a hint to what’s inside the parcel and my gift tag had two horses on the front – I should have guessed! I was thrilled to find an orange box inside, and inside that, Etude pour une...

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Travel Notebook: San Sebastián

Jul 03

Travel Notebook: San Sebastián

At the end of May we went to San Sebastián in Northern Spain to celebrate the tenth wedding anniversary of some good friends. We of course remembered the celebrations first time around, and their amazing wedding breakfast in a restaurant (now Ni Neu but originally Martín Berasategui’s Michelin-starred restaurant attached to the Kursaal Congress Centre). We...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Jun 26

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I wrote in my last post about my first Hermès scarf, and how I had been drooling over the full-size carrés, which were out of my price range. The scarf gods were clearly listening because the very next day – the longest day of the year, in fact –  I stumbled on a shop with a carré in the window that turned out to be vintage H. Let me rewind a bit. I had...

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Travel Notebook: Vienna

Jun 20

Travel Notebook: Vienna

Although I often went to Austria with my parents as a child, my memories of the country are of “Alpine” Austria, particularly the Salzkammergut region. I have been to Salzburg quite a few times, but never to Vienna – this has long been on the “travel-to” list, but somehow I had never got there – until last week. I wanted to visit...

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Bonny Charley

Jun 14

Bonny Charley

I bought this vintage silk scarf from eBay the other day – it illustrates an C18th Scottish ballad. It’s kind of old-fashioned but I love it because I am an historian of the early Georgian period. When folded and worn it looks a little bit like a toile de jouy. The illustrations in each corner represent the four seasons. I am still not sure if there is a...

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Travel Notebook: Magic Mountain

Sep 29

Travel Notebook: Magic Mountain

Earlier this month I was taken on a trip to Davos in Switzerland. Davos may be home to The World Economic Forum, but that fact did not blind me to its considerable beauty. We stayed in a wonderfully atmospheric hotel – the Berghotel Schatzalp – a Jugendstil gem that supposedly inspired Thomas Mann to write his modernist classic, The Magic Mountain...

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