We’ve owned two huge examples of artworks by Gerald French, so it’s surprising that we’ve not featured him on our Designer Desire series before now. You can have a look at one of them here.
French (1927-2001) hailed from Bradford and attended Bradford School of Art part-time where he was a contemporary of David Hockney. We’ve included one of a few sketches he did of Hockney in our collage above.
There’s a small number of French’s works in public collections including The Hepworth Wakefield, Bradford Museums and Abbot Hall in Kendal, Cumbria.
Original examples of his work regularly come up for sale at auction – especially up here in Yorkshire.
Additional image credits:
Abbot Hall Art Gallery | Bradford Museums | Calderdale MBC | David Duggleby | The Hepworth Wakefield
Delicious though they are, there’s more to Easter than chocolate eggs. We don’t want Easter to lag behind Christmas and Halloween in the decoration stakes! Easter is a time of spring renewal and optimism – and these fresh, cheery alternative Easter choices fit the mood perfectly.
- Create your own Easter bunny bunting: from £2.05
- ‘Bunch of Carrots’ reusable bubble bar: £6.50 each, Lush
- Egg & flower Easter wreath by The Chicken and the Egg: £30, Notonthehighstreet
Just a couple of weeks ago, we featured a round up of waffle irons on Price Points. This week, I’ve made my first ever batch of sourdough waffles; the miracle of internet shopping!
I wanted a cast iron, stove-top waffle iron that I could store away in a drawer when not in use – and this is the one I finally decided to purchase.
As with all new cast iron pans, it needed to be seasoned well before its maiden voyage. With all the snow and freezing temperatures we’ve had recently, our wood-burner has been chuffing away almost constantly – so that was the ideal place to do it.
This sourdough waffle recipe – as with most that use a starter – needs some forward planning. Ideally, you’d get your starter/flour/sugar/salt combined the night before if you want waffles for breakfast.
The iron produced delicious crispy waffles. Justin and I both fancied maple syrup with them, but then we diverged slightly.
He went for the sweet/salty thing and opted to serve with crispy bacon. I chose sliced bananas. The possibilities are endless of course. The caramelised bananas I made for this series a couple of weeks ago would work a treat. Also, any other fresh fruit, compotes or preserves, yoghurt, honey and cream would be perfect. They’re going to be a regular breakfast/brunch from this day forth!
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- 115g/4oz butter
- 225ml/8 fl oz milk
- 275g/9¾oz sourdough starter (100% hydration)
- 1tsp salt
- 1tbsp soft brown sugar
- 170g/6oz plain flour
- 2 eggs
- ½tsp bicarbonate of soda
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- Combine the starter, salt, sugar and flour so it forms a thick batter
- Cover the bowl with cling film and set aside at room temperature for 8-12 hours. If you do this before going to bed, you can time the batter to be ready for breakfast the following day
- In a small saucepan over a low flame, heat the butter and milk until the butter has melted. Put the mixture aside and allow it to cool to room temperature
- Preheat your waffle iron for 10-15 minutes.
- Uncover the batter and whisk in the eggs
- When the waffle iron is ready, add ½tsp bicarbonate of soda to the batter. Do not over mix or you'll beat the air out of it
- Carefully pour enough batter onto the hot waffle iron to cover the base. Place the lid of the waffle iron on top
- Cook on one side for about 3 minutes before flipping the waffle iron over and cooking the other side
- You can store any uneaten waffles in zip-lock bags in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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Resolutions, whether they’re made in January or some other time during the year, are usually related to improving yourself. To avoid overwhelming yourself with significant changes, here are eight easy-to-apply self-improvement tips.
Devote some time to your surroundings
When looking at self-improvement, happiness is a thing that most people want to improve. Try to improve the surroundings that you spend most of your time in. If you’re lacking the time or permission to completely revamp your office, taking some time to beautify an area at home can do wonders for your happiness. Whether it’s a full-on remodel or even just rearranging furniture, changing up your surroundings can have a big impact on your happiness levels.
Try something new
Small business is booming as people realise the traditional work route isn’t for them. A self-improvement project to undertake might be changing how you work. Deciding to pursue a new adventure in an at home business kind of way is a fantastic new thing to try. This could either be something new to learn or improving your mental state by doing work that you enjoy more than the office job you currently hold. The internet makes it easier than ever to promote a new idea too. Just make sure that you stand out from the rest by selecting a phenomenal SEO service provider. They’ll take away the stress of worrying about rankings and search engine results so that people see your new idea.
Tackle an outdoor project
: Self-improvement sometimes means doing things that you excel at procrastinating on. Many outside projects find themselves ignored due to lack of time and weather. The next time it’s nice enough, stop putting off the project and get outside. Maybe it’s taking some time to garden, or sprucing up a playground area for the kids with new flooring. Not only will you enjoy the sunshine, but you’ll also feel satisfied that you finally get to check the project off your to-do list.
Devote some time to your financial well being
Self-improvement financially is almost comparable to self-improvement in your physical health. Everyone wants to improve their finances somehow. A perfect place to start is looking at investment options, like a Roth IRA. It’s never too early to start, and it’s an easy way to start improving your financial health.
Have some fun
Everyone needs more fun. Self-improvement doesn’t have to be an arduous task or only working on boring things. Take some time to unwind and have fun, because life isn’t always about work, bills, and everything else we always worry about. An excellent way to have some fun could be visiting a casino. We aren’t saying to gamble away your life savings, but life isn’t always about making money. Spending some can even be therapeutic, and going to have a little bit of fun will work wonders for your happiness and stress levels. You can even find the best casinos to go to by utilising online reviews.
Take a trip
People often spend all of their hard earned money on physical ‘things’. Typically, more stuff that eventually loses its appeal and just adds to the clutter. An easy self-improvement tip is to stop buying so much stuff and spend your money on experiences instead. Taking a trip is high on the recommended list of experiences. You could always go for something traditionally touristy if you prefer, but somewhere random, like Norway could be new and fun. There are all sorts of different cultures around the world, but many of the forms of entertainment for travellers are the same. Food, sightseeing, and places to try your luck are worth experiencing wherever you go.
We’ve all heard that journalling is good for self-improvement. It allows us to reflect on the present and past events we’ve gone through, which can help us prepare for what lies ahead. In the more modern age, people have turned to blogging for the same benefits of journalling, except they’re doing it online. This is like an everywhere journal, but it will require a good site hosting service for you to share your experiences with everyone.
Get enough rest
Everyone also needs more sleep or a higher quality of sleep. Sleep is important to pretty much everything we do, and without it, even the smallest self-improvement goals don’t stand a chance. See how much better self-improvement goes when you wake up refreshed. Maybe this involves a new bed or changing up the design of your room to be more relaxing.
Often, people try to change everything about themselves all at once. Everyone always focuses on the basics of health, happiness, and financial goals when looking at self-improvement. However, approaching these categories in new and unexpected ways makes self-improvement a lot easier, and much more fun.
We picked up this lovely vintage pottery cheese dome today.
It’s from the ‘Spectrum’ range produced by T G Green. We love the crisp, clean, functional design – along with the bold, stylised lettering.
We were happy with the purchase… and our little mousey friend is always happy when we acquire anything at all to do with cheese!
Alas, he’ll have to say goodbye as it will be heading for the web shop soon. We’ll let him keep the cheese though!
This Pop Art lounge is so bright and playful; the owner uses primary colours to the full. The canary yellow sofa cleverly picks up the colour in the adjoining room – a trick often used by interior and garden designers to help the flow of a space. The sofa also contrasts well against royal blue cushions and tomato red nest of tables.
The large, attention-grabbing original triptych artwork by by Elena Fuks brings originality and a personal touch to the interior. Details such as the cheeky monkey desk lamp, Sputnik ceiling light, zebra print vases and hot pink pencil pot round off the bold look perfectly.
- Pop Art triptych
- Cy Twombly by Nicola Del Roscio
- Original tulip chair by Eero Saarinen
- Hay tree trunk vases
- Fly II 2-piece nest of tables
- Seletti sitting monkey lamp
- Turin 2-seater tub sofa
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