All week I have essentially been living in the university’s Library, contemplating the banality of life, having minor break downs about my future, and attempting to research an essay. Typical third year finalist stuff, but after 5 days straight it becomes enough to drive you insane.
Thankfully, last night a good friend of mine took pity on my sad state and dragged me back into the real world. And when I say “real world” I mean Birmingham.
We had dinner at the Warehouse Cafe, which sells exclusively veggie/vegan dishes and is BYOB (Bring your own booze) with zero corking fee! I had re-fried bean tortilla with cheese, wedges and a lovely salad. Dear god was it good! I probably had comical hearts in my eyes from the first to the final bite! There’s nothing I can say that does justice to how damn delicious it was.
After stuffing ourselves to bursting, we popped along to the Electric Cinema (fun fact: Oldest working cinema in Britain!) to catch “The Double” and get slightly tipsy on double (see what I did there? Genius) shots of whiskey. At this point we’d already shared half a bottle of wine, so the poor cinema goers had to put up with us giggling like tipsy idiots during the trailers, and whispering a little too loudly during the film itself. In our defence, we were essentially gushing over how fantastic the cinematography and soundtrack was … which justify’s it right? right? Oh god I’m so incapable of social interaction. This is why I shouldn’t leave the Library; although I am very grateful to my lovely friend for giving me a good excuse to.
Nothing helps cheer me up like good food, drunk company and Richard Ayoade!
foreverfallingover asked: You seem to me like you're such an awesome person!
Coming from you, that means so much <3 (I love your blog)
Haven’t been to the Gym in 3 weeks … dear god I think my abs are on fire. If my eyes were in this, they would be silently crying for help.
Feeling fucking awesome though… nothing like hardcore exercise to boost a shit day!
Fitspo NOT Thinspo people!
Spring has sprung (sort of) which means fresh strawberries are once again an affordable part of my grocery shopping!
serves 3 - 4
This dish is inspired by an excellent porcini mushroom pasta dinner I had in Florence last year; something my daydreams are made of. It’s not exactly the same, but it’s pretty deliciously close!
iolk asked: hey! i have a kind of stupid art history question to ask; how come in some paintings mary magdalene appears fully grown next to a baby Christ? Like in Gerard David's The Virgin and Child with Saints and Donor. I'm just curious why artists would do that and you're the least intimidating person i could think of to ask this to haha
Not a stupid question at all! I had to have a really good think about it before I came up with my answer :) Was a great mental workout for my morning!
With these kinds of paintings, it is the patron/donor that dictates which saints they wish to appear in the composition, and what sort of iconography it needs to adhere to. The “virgin and child enthroned with saints” (a sacra conversazione) is one of the most common iconographical themes that appears in Renaissance art. The saints represented alongside are rarely ALL ones who were even alive during the lifetime of Christ. Hence within the painting time doesn’t really exist as we know it. The Christ child is a picture of human innocence, so far unaware (though often gesturing to iconography that suggests otherwise e.g. Grapes or pomegranate which both symbolise the Passion) of his future as the saviour of mankind. That is a very important version of Christ, and can’t be compromised. St John the Baptist, for example, was a similar age to his cousin Christ, but is most often depicted as an adult in these compositions… though not always, as we know from Da Vinci’s prep sketches for “The Virgin and Child with St Anne” that depict St John as a child. However, this approach is NOT acceptable for the representation of Mary Magdalene.
Mary Magdalene is a whore: a sinner and adulterer. She is the antithesis of childish innocence, and therefore to depict her as a child would be to mark her as equal to christ … inaccurate and potentially blasphemous. Children are born without sin. The artist has no choice but to present her as a fully grown adult if the patron desires her presence within the composition.
I hope this is helpful! Thank you for the excellent question :)
Tea, Cake, Broccoli & Stilton soup and a fierce scrabble war with my best friend. Friday’s off work are best spent hiding from the cold!
I think it’s irresponsible not to eat honey. Bees are the reason for 1/3rd of our food. Not supporting the honey industry is contributing to the endangering of a species to which we owe a huge debt.
I will also add, that if you’re not going to eat honey for ethical reasons, you should also stop buying a variety of produce that relies on huge commercial bee colonies to pollinate … Almonds for instance
If you are interested in learning more, I recommend a docu called ‘more than honey’, which is very informative and narrated by John Hurt.(I should mention that I am taking up bee keeping)
Things I learn as an Intern:
"it is related that the Unicorn in order to escape from its hunters, will plunge into an abyss and land on its horn, which is so strong that it breaks the fall."
(I have no idea what I’m doing)
Currently, I am home from university to do a three week internship with an Art Gallery in Plymouth. Part of what I have to do, is transcribing preparatory drawings, watercolours and paintings (The artist wrote extensive notes all over his work, and sometimes it’s difficult to decipher what he’s saying!) for the Round Room mural at Port Eliot in Cornwall. On Thursday I finally got the opportunity to see the mural in person; a pretty significant moment for me since it’s rarely open to the public. For copyright purposes I can’t post any photo’s of that, but I did find a delicious little cafe stocked with fresh flowers, tea and carrot cake! So I’m sharing that with you all instead. I’m a sucker for good carrot cake!
Chocolate and Caramel are two of my guiltiest guilty pleasures! I made these as a treat for my family and work colleagues, and they went down a treat! Clearly many other people share my love of all things sweet and gooey.
Lovely lunch break during the first day of my Easter internship: spiced sweet potato soup, fresh granary bread and a big hunk of mature cheddar, all for £4! I think this may become my new haunt.
Left the house in search of Cake, Tea, Sunshine and the company of lovely Jess who is finally back from Berlin! So many of my favourite things.