Last week I was lucky enough to hop on a plane and spend 5 days with one of my best pals in the glorious Tuscan city of Siena. Olivia has been living there since September as she is currently studying at the university. This meant that I was able to experience the historical, cultural and most importantly culinary highlights of the little city with the invaluable knowledge of a local! Learning about the medieval tradition of the Palio- a horse race run around the Piazza del Campo twice yearly- and the importance of the city's wards, known as 'contradas,' each represented by an animal or mascot, really helped to enrich my appreciation for this tiny Game of Thrones-esque city.
A day trip to nearby Florence was a highly enjoyable part of the trip, made even better by the fact that Olivia and I were picking up a lovely pair of poor bedraggled travellers from the train station, whom we went on to enjoy a very raucous night with, Siena style. We took in an amazing meal from a local Osteria with Olivia's boyfriend and other Italian friends, all of whom were great company, as well as a contrada party and a bit of shape throwing at 'Bella Vista'. Waking up in time to catch my plane home the next morning was a serious challenge, but thankfully it all worked out.
A really, really memorable holiday. Thanks to Olivia!
Saturday, 28 March 2015
I've always been fascinated by the structures of rock crystals, and have recently been experimenting by capturing their angular, organic forms with black ink. By using a watercolour wash behind the lines, I wanted to evoke the luminescence of crystals such as amethyst, with the colour glowing through the rock's structure.
Monday, 28 July 2014
It's been a very busy time for the extended Green family, and on Saturday 26th July, my cousin Tom married lovely maths teacher Jess. It was a tremendously happy occasion, with the ceremony taking place in a little church in the Peak District, and the reception in a fabulously decked out barn down a long twisty track. The setting was relaxed, rather magical and perfectly English.
My sister and I have been particularly excited about the wedding, as it was the very first one we'd been invited to! Much deliberation went into our outfit choices, and the weather issue made it quite a challenge. However the day was hot and sunny and therefore no emergency pac a macs were required thankfully. In the end we both opted for floaty maxi dresses. They seemed like the right sort of thing to wear in a field, particularly as heels were a no-go due to the grass and sloped ground. Smaller Green went for a double layered, cornflower blue Zara number, whereas I picked out a fiery orange Topshop dress with a V neckline and a frilly sleeved affair.. not very well described.. see the photos! I also chose a floppy wide brimmed straw hat which I tied a vintage silk scarf around for an air of boho. Smaller Green found a really pretty white lace jacket, also from Zara which she wore to the church. It looked perfect with the dress, an excellent find.
As for the rest of the family, Mum wore black and white with a big hat (my only hat buddy!) and Dad proudly rocked a knitted tie which we all agreed was a great touch of subtle quirk.
Needless to say, Tom and Jess both looked incredible and pulled off a spectacular event. It was a very memorable day, and I wish them both the happiest of honeymoons in Bali!
(Photos taken on numerous different cameras and phones, sorry for the variation in quality!)