The Adventures of Flappy Bird

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You know how you have this new year thing happening so you decide to do things a little differently this year, and mix things up a bit, learn from your mistakes, or just try something new? Well, this year I have decided to embark on more adventures. Such a great word, isn’t it, “adventures”? Makes me think of Christopher Robin and Pooh Bear or Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean. If I had more adventures in 2016, I would be very happy.

In keeping with that aim, I have joined Meetups, subscribed to Time Out, Secret London, and various other things. The thing is, there is so much going on that there is far too much to keep up with! But equally, I guess if I don’t try then I’ll soon slip back into my little routine (which is needed but dull). I found an Owl Experience Day with the English School of Falconry on Time Out and took the husband for a little jolly to Bedfordshire – 3 hours of handling owls and flying them? Yes, please! We were lucky it was sunny, because the day was amazing. Friendly staff, sweetest owls (how cute are they??), impressive falcons/eagles/other birds of prey in the falcony show, sunshine (although it was freezing cold)… it was such a fun afternoon. The School of Falconry has a range of experience days and demonstrations (by the way, England has very strict rules around birds of prey in captivity – the birds are well-looked after!) – do check them out!

 

Images: Courage & Dash

The pen is mightier. Always.

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A couple of years ago, I had the immense privilege of meeting a designer who was starting a new adventure of building her own stationery brand. Now, her brand is stocked all over the country, including Liberty of London. What an achievement! Imagine my delight, then, when that designer, Rebecca Cahill, owner of Betty Etiquette, got in touch with an invitation to one of her calligraphy classes.

Modern calligraphy has seen a burgeoning following, after the style found its way across the Atlantic and onto our home shores. Which is great, given how pretty it is and easy to grasp the basics! Rebecca’s class was held at Second Home, 68 Hanbury Street, a light and airy creative co-working space. It was so much fun reconnecting with Rebecca (who is expecting a little one!) and meeting the other apprentice calligraphers. Rebecca’s style of calligraphy is a little different to the joined-up writing, flowy styles you might have seen on Instagram – it’s the Betty Etiquette house-style, which feels more contemporary and unique to the brand. I really enjoyed how interactive the session was, and how her class taught the basics of classic pointed-pen modern calligraphy, which we were then encouraged to personalise to our own taste and natural handwriting.

If you are still stuck for a Christmas gift idea, pop on by the Betty Etiquette website and get in touch for a workshop voucher or some of her fun and colourful stationery.

 

Images: Courage & Dash

*This is not a sponsored post or an ad; whilst I was invited to the class at no charge, all views and opinions expressed are my own.*

Calligraphy and Cake in Cambridge

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I’ve been daydreaming all week about swapping my Excel spreadsheets for life as a photographer, styling and shooting events and gorgeous products. Not sure where this urge has suddenly come from, but I suspect my time at NOVI with Immie Owen at Quill’s latest modern calligraphy class might have something to do with it.

For those of you who don’t know Immie, she’s a fab self-taught calligrapher who teaches regular classes all over the country. She was so fun+funny and super welcoming! I had actually already done a workshop in August and was only popping by her Cambridge class on Saturday to take photos for the blog (too focused on learning to write my name during my session…) but Immie encouraged me to stay and practise if I wanted. What better way than to spend my morning with a bunch of friendly people in a beautiful venue being fed pain au chocolat whilst learning a new skill?

Meanwhile, the husband spent his two hours supervising an administrative law tutorial not too far away (exciting, I know…), before we met up and spent the rest of our afternoon wandering around the beautiful city. Maybe I will have a city guide here at some point!

Pop over to Quill London or Immie Owen’s websites for more information and do let me know if you go for a workshop.
Images: Courage & Dash

The Decorative Living Fair returns to London!

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I went to the Decorative Living Fair at Eridge Park in April this year and had so much fun wandering around picking out things for my friend’s bedroom. We ended up with various bits and bobs, including scented candles, a vintage pair of scissors (both mine), and a green glass jar + silk flowers (her). It was like going to a little brocante! There were so many things I wanted to buy though, especially those apothecary jars in the second-to-last image above – sadly, a guilty conscience (I had been spending too much) and common sense (we live in a tiny London flat) prevailed, and my husband+wallet were much pleased for it.

Tomorrow, the Fair returns to its home in London, at the Old Chelsea Town Hall, from 10am to 6pm. Unfortunately I will be stuck in Canary Wharf all day and will not be able to make it – but you could be there! The Fair/Courage & Dash are giving away a pair of tickets to the event – first person to email us at courageanddash@gmail.com will get the tickets! Otherwise,  you can purchase tickets at the door for £5. Ready, steady, go…!

 

Images: Caroline Zoob (The Decorative Living Fair)

Tallulah Rose is coming to London!

Hurrah! Ever since I first laid eyes on Tallulah Rose Flower School during the Chelsea Flower Show series here, I have been wanting to go on a taster day or full workshop session. Alas, time and distance get in the way. However, we are pleased to tell you know the lovely Rachel Wardley is taking Tallulah Rose Flower School to us here in London, on October 14th/15th (Tuesday/Wednesday)! Hurrah!

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The course will be held in a lovely loft-type conversion warehouse space, called Brixton East. Over the two days, you will learn detailed theory behind constructing floral arrangements (including on balance, scale, form, detail, proportion, etc.), try your hand at putting your new-found knowledge into practise. Rachel is incredibly kind and very knowledgeable – you will be in very good hands!

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What’s more, on day 2, luxury florist Philippa Craddock (described as ‘the must-know florist’ by Condé Nast Brides) will be stopping by to share her experiences with you and talk through the business side of things. Excited yet? You should be!

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Here are the details; it sounds like a real treat, and no excuses now it’s in London! Let us know if you do go!

Date: Tuesday 14th – Wednesday 15th October

Time : 10.00 – 17.00 each day

Location: Brixton East, 100 Barrington Road, London, SW9 7JF 

Cost: £1600 per person* Full payment required with booking. 

To reserve your place, simply email hello@tallulahroseflowers.com and the Flower School will arrange the rest.

*Included in the course fee are all fresh floral materials, floristry equipment, vessels used in your floral designs, breakfast, lunch and light refreshments for the full two days.

 

Images: Tallulah Rose and Philippa Craddock