Thursday, 31 December 2009

happy new year

My husband, fishing, at sunset on the beach below my parents' summer home. February 2009. Happy New Year, everyone. The noughties were nice, but we've got a good feeling about 2010.

Monday, 30 November 2009

OMM: self portrait

On the roof of the OMM hotel, Barcelona. June 2008

Sunday, 29 November 2009

wish you were here

Postcard from Italy: the lago near Ronciglione, and Salvatore & Valeria's villa. Summer 2004, perhaps.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

at the villa

Valeria & friends, at their villa in Ronciglione, a half hour north of Roma.

Friday, 27 November 2009

also at the villa

Valeria, Marcella, and her little friend, at their villa in Ronciglione, a half hour north of Roma.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009


The law says that nothing man made can surround the lago, or lake, near Ronciglione, where our friends Salvatore & Valeria have half a lovely old villa. But the mayor dines at the one restaurant on the lake, so it can stay. This is the 'bar' that is run by the brother of the man who owns the restaurant, and supplies the bathers with drinks, espressos, and ice cream for the kids. So it's all in the family.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009


On the grounds of Sal & Val's half a villa, Ronciglione, Italy. July 2005, perhaps, or 2004.

Monday, 23 November 2009

where we all began

@ The Baths, BVI. February 2009

Thursday, 12 November 2009

rock, sea, sky

@ The Baths, BVI. February 2009

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

i see faces wherever i go

@ The Baths, BVI. February 2009

Monday, 9 November 2009

tiger's eye

@ The Baths, BVI. February 2009

Sunday, 8 November 2009

at the baths

On our sailing trip with lovely friends, old and new, in the British Virgin Islands. February 2009.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

up on the roof

Of the OMM hotel. Barcelona, June, 2008

Friday, 6 November 2009

OMM: my own feet

OMM. Barcelona. June 2008

Thursday, 5 November 2009

life saver

I did not take this self portrait (but I did take the shot below). My sweet childhood friend, Sheila, did. On the roof at the OMM hotel, with Gaudi's La Predera across the street, on a perfect hot afternoon in June, 2008.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

little feet

On the roof of the OMM hotel, in Barcelona, June 2008. These are my childhood friend Sheila's little feet.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009


Caught and filleted by Les the fisherman, Bute Street Market. London. June 2008

Monday, 2 November 2009

up on the roof

At our lovely hotel OMM, Barcelona. June 2008

Sunday, 1 November 2009

OMM: penthouse pool

At our lovely hotel OMM, Barcelona. June 2008

Friday, 30 October 2009

low tide

Also on the Lewellyn Peninsula, Wales. July 2009

Wednesday, 28 October 2009


On the roof, as before. June 2008.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

house on stilts in wales, at low tide

On the Lewellyn Peninsula. July 2009

Monday, 26 October 2009

three water buffalo

At Santa Clara vineyard, the North Fork, Long Island. August 2009.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

magic barcelona gaudi rooftop jazz night

My childhood friend & I were spending a long weekend in Barcelona, stayed @ the fabulous OMM hotel, while her husband had a conference on a cruise ship with 2000 law partners. We kept seeing this Gaudi roof from across the street at the rooftop pool, and discovered - purely by accident- they were having their first champagne jazz night that night. And really good jazz, too!

Magic, magic night.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

in hyde park

Near the Serpentine, August 2009.

Friday, 23 October 2009

what my father saw

The view from my parents' deck at their summer home, July 2009. My father died six years ago, and every time I look out from this spot, I think of how happy and peaceful he was that last summer, sitting in this same spot and looking out at the water and the sky and the peaceful world around him.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

more queen anne's lace

As before: North Fork, July 2009

Tuesday, 20 October 2009


North Fork, Long Island. July 2009

Monday, 19 October 2009

long island corn

From the BBQ at the Annual Riverhead Policeman Pool party in Baiting Hollow, August 2009. Nothing touches fresh Long Island corn for sweetness and yumminess.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

annual riverhead police pool party

Once a year at my parents' summer place, the pool is opened up to the nearby Riverhead police force and their families, as the gated community's way of saying thank you. This year they brought a giant bouncy castle, provided by Doug's Rentals. We normally stay away but as we were at the pool and didn't realise it was that day, they asked us to stay and eat the most amazing BBQ spread with them. In fact they were surprised more people didn't go.

It was like the most perfect summer day. Pure joy.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

queen anne's lace

At my family's summer home, Baiting Hollow, North Fork, Long Island. July or August, 2009

Friday, 16 October 2009

safe passage

From the boat, Zannone, near Ponza. July 2007

Thursday, 15 October 2009

la cava, secondo

Zannone, one of the two uninhabited islands near Ponza. July 2006

Wednesday, 14 October 2009


Zannone is one of the two uninhabited islands near Ponza. Shot from the boat, July 2009

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

boat people

Also from the boat, Zannone (near Ponza), July 2006

Monday, 12 October 2009

la cava

At, I believe, Zannone, one of the two uninhabited islands near Ponza.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

gelati stand

At Val's Magic Beach, on the island of Ponza. July 2006

Saturday, 10 October 2009

beach crowd

At what I call 'Val's Magic Beach' because I can't remember the name: it took us a long time to get there on our last day, via bus, which isn't easy because the island of Ponza has so few actual roads, and never any cars that I saw. Everything happens on the water, via boat.

So it was a shock to arrive at this part of the island and see... Jones Beach. Still: it was pure magic. In every way.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

why blue

A Carin family inside joke. In memory of Martha.

Welsh seaside, July 2009

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

postcards from wales

Lewellyn Peninsula, July 2009. Wish you were here.

Actually, wish WE were still here! Two variations.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

raspberry sorbet

@ the Serpentine cafe, early September, 209

Monday, 5 October 2009

sand castle

My mother taught me how to make these 'dribble castles' when I was a little girl. I made this one on my birthday this year, 13 September, on one glorious last summery Sunday, on a Bournemouth beach. To me, this is more of a birthday cake than a real cake, and all the more poignantly beautiful because it will only last til the next wave whisks it away.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

branksome beach

Take the image of the previous post, and turn your back to it. This is what I saw, seconds later. A different world.

That's 'Old Harry', the rocky point in the distance.

Saturday, 3 October 2009


Branksome Chimes is a small stretch of beach in Bournemouth, on the southern coast of England. It is one of the few places where you'll find a)soft sand and b)relatively warm water, relative being the operative term, this being the English Channel. It's due to a shallow water shelf for several miles out (the rest of the Channel is notoriously freezing, and deep). Still, this last day of summer - on my birthday, mid September - was quite a bracing day to swim in. And yet, swim, I did.

You'd really have to see this shot blown up large, to see how surreal it looks. It just feels very English seaside to me.

Friday, 2 October 2009

room with a view

From our lovely cottage last September on my birthday, 2008

Thursday, 1 October 2009


On the grounds of the farmhouse we stayed in, with the Adams family for Dan's birthday. July 2009