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Preserving and other amusements

I am so happy about being able to pick flowers from the garden for the house, at the moment we are enjoying asters and cosmos, they don’t smell as nice as the pinky yellow roses but look pretty nevertheless.

The nature keeps giving and we are busy preserving – bramble and apple conserve, stewed apples and onion jam so far. It’s a very satisfying thing and therapeutic too, I peeled and chopped apples for about an hour last evening and there is much more. I will steam some for the baby but apart from that and various apple pies I am not sure what to do with the rest, there will be plenty left to eat, juice and give away to the neighbours. There are also some damsons coming over from Wales that need to be dealt with right away, oh my, jam I think.

I started to read Nigel Slater’s Tender Volume 1, I should have read it before I started planting veg in our garden, lots of good tips and delicious recipes. I am also enjoying Dorothea Lange’s biography, she was as fascinating as her pictures.

I have seen a couple of exhibitions lately, nothing major – Tracey Emin at Hayward Gallery whose work I don’t  particularly like (and in all honesty most pieces were the same as her retrospective in Amsterdam about 8 years ago) and Miro at Tate Modern which was very exciting for my baby.

There are few things coming up that I shouldn’t miss:

Degas and the Ballet and Building The Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935 at Royal Academy. Especially the latter one, even though Degas is one of my all time favorite artists.

Hollywood Portraits at NPG

Postmodernism at V&A

Last week we visited Mile End to collect a baby bike seat and we stopped by Victoria Park. Hungry and thirsty we came across The Pavilion, a small café serving local produce, delish.

I only just discovered The Wire and I am so hooked. Have you seen it? And The Great British Bake Off is back on inspiring me, I might take up a classic cake baking challenge.

Lots of walks, it’s sunny but you can feel the chill. Richmond Park is looking beautiful in autumn.

We are off to meet the grandparents in Poland this week, there is still summer there!

Autumn Exhibitions – London

It’s only the 2nd of September but it feels like autumn has been with us for a while. Rainy days, cold wind, Wellington boots and umbrellas are the daily reality.

I love autumn, in fact it is my favorite season, but I feel I didn’t have enough sunny days this year.

So what’s out there to look forward to? Well, there is great fashion, few good movies coming out, stodgy food, golden leaves and open fire, there are also few very exciting exhibitions coming out.

Victoria and Albert Museum presents Cold War Modern: Design 1945-1970. This exhibition will focus of post war design from around the world, it will show how design was shaped by history and the difference between the West and the Iron Curtain. It will cover design, architecture, film and art of that period. Opens September 25th.

The Hayward Gallery will be showing Andy Warhol Other Voices, Other Rooms from October the 7th. It will be a major retrospective of the artist’s films, TV programmes, painting and illustrations. I wonder what the connection with Capote will be?

Francis Bacon exhibition starts on 11th September at Tate Britain. It will include the triptych Thee Studies for the Crucifixion and portraits of Pope Innocent X. This is something I am really looking forward to see. Furthermore the Turner Prize is back.

Tate Modern – Rothko exhibition opens on 26th September, perfect for everyone who likes big canvases with soft squares.

Royal Academy will show two big exhibitions: objects from collection of the Fondation Maeght by Miró, Calder, Giacometti, Braque from October 4th, and Byzantium 330-1453 from October 25th.

From 15th October National Gallery will treat us with great masters in Renaissance Faces – Van Eyck to Titian.

Apart from the current blockbuster Hadrian at the British Museum look out for Babylon exhibition starting on 13th November.

National Portrait Gallery will have few shows, one of them is a must see – Annie Leibovitz A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005. Starts October 16th.

Additional treats are the opening of the new Saatchi Gallery in October and ICA scrapping their entry fee.

This autumn will be exciting!