The Weekend Edit: London Summer
Oh hello, summer! What happened?
One day it’s all beautiful sunshine and the next day: Grey skies and cold weather. Do not even talk to me about the rain! At the moment I find myself either too cold, too warm or drenched. Aaargh!
And it’s always the same. I look forward to the summer months, like a small child looks forward to Christmas, and inevitably it always disappoints. It’s always too fleeting and never quite long or warm enough.
And yet, I am foolishly clinging on to the hope that the sun will return and that our days will be basked in sunshine and blue skies!
This Weeks Edit:
The Book: 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World
I read 10 minutes, 38 seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak, last weekend and was gripped from the first page. Who am I kidding, I was gripped by the title and the novel did not disappoint.
Achingly beautiful and brutal, it tells the tale of Tequila Leila and her friends. A story of life and loss on the edge of society. Set in Istanbul, it starts with a murder and the lasts minutes of Leila’s life.
From the Description:
“ For Leila, each minute after her death brings a sensuous memory: the taste of spiced goat stew, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the long-awaited birth of a son; the sight of bubbling vats of lemon and sugar which the women use to wax their legs while the men attend mosque; the scent of cardamom coffee that Leila shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works. Each memory, too, recalls the friends she made at each key moment in her life - friends who are now desperately trying to find her. . .”
Slow Minimalism: Mindful Shopping
Since starting my shopping ban, I have become increasingly interested in intentional shopping. This article, from The Good Trade, has great advice to make shopping less impulse driven.
London Stories: Word on the Water
Read more about London’s only Floating Bookshop! Word on the Water. It is such a compelling tale of passion, bad luck turned good and it makes you want to buy all the books! A real reminder that sometimes real life is stranger and more compelling than fiction
The Song: Summer Girl
This song by HAIM on repeat. All week! All the summery vibes and THAT Saxophone!
Food Obsessions: Fresh Cherries.
The weather my have decided that summer is over, but I am clinging on to the illusion of sunshine via music and food, and what is more summery than fresh cherries! Delicious by themselves. Deeply decadent paired with dark chocolate buttons. Pure Bliss!
Read more about Summer in London:
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