This photo is absolutely rotten by pretty much every standard. And yet I love it. Hurrah for pictures like that. They make me very happy.
It also makes me happy when we finally have a little springtime sunshine. Yesterday was so warm that the entirety of this city had to get outside and make sure it was real. Days like this are not unlike All Summer in a Day, for as I write this it is steadily pouring outside my window. But that is just to make me extra glad that I spent yesterday outside, walking around and finding new places. Why did I not know that there is one street in Soho with about a zillion fabric stores? There is! And apparently it is where costumers for film, theatre and fashion come to do their shopping, as every shop was filled to the brim with people looking for fabric appropriate for gowns for ‘London Hair Fashion Week’, costumes for a new production of La Cage aux Folles at some unnamed location and the elements for making something to be worn by Eva Green. This was the lady ahead of me at the cutting table, who turned to me and asked me to hold a piece of fabric so she could see how it looked with the ‘right colour hair’. So apparently I have Eva Green-coloured hair. Who knew? See, mystery abounds.
Fabric also abounds there and I am so happy to say I now have enough fabric to make all three bridesmaids’ dresses and so far I am still within my budget! It turns out it is useful to visit all of these little aladdin’s caves of fabric, as I found the fabric I wanted at the second shop, but at a price that would have put me over budget on dress one, let alone getting to dress two and dress three. I took a swatch and kept looking. Four shops later I found the same fabric for a fraction of the price, right inside the front door. I am also thinking it’s a good sign when not one but several people ask you on your way to the cutting table if you’re going to need all of what’s on that bolt, as they would like some too. Sadly, they would only have been able to make a minidress with what was left. There is, of course, another bolt down the road for much more! All part of the mystery and discovery.
Today I have discovered a mystery in my home that will make you laugh. We had a visitor from the gas board coming to do annual checks on the boiler and such, and our boiler is in the kitchen. I show him the cupboard and he proceeds to remove a section of wall beneath the cupboard! As in, it just lifts away. An entire section of the tiled wall in our kitchen is attached to absolutely nothing, and merely keeps all the ugliness of a million cords, valves and cables that seem to go to and from the boiler out of sight (and also collects a great deal of dust, seeing as I never knew it was there). Upon seeing him lift the wall away I was astounded that we had such a secret compartment. Why, there could have been people hiding in there and I would have never known! To which the man replied, ‘Well ma’am, they would have to be some very small people.’
I didn’t tell him that I was thinking spiders were more likely and that frankly, I would rather find very small people behind a section of wall than very large spiders. Because I only admit things like that to you, not to people who visit to check on appliances. Obviously.
And I tell you these little everyday interludes because they all lead into the project that is coming up this Friday! Click here to download this month’s Photo Fact Sheet, to get ready for photographing your day this Friday. (There are more details about this project here.) I do hope you’ll join us. And perhaps snap a few photos that are rotten by pretty much every standard, and yet make you very happy indeed.
xlovesx23 April 2008