Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Birdy - The Voice of an Angel

In case you missed her at the Tabernacle last week, here's a glimpse of what this fair-skinned, honey-voiced, 15 year old musical prodigy sounds like. Her name is Birdy and you have no choice but to fall in love with her and her heavenly voice. You will be amazed how such a little body and shy girl can utter such bold sounds. Check out her mini YouTube interview here:

Born and raised in Southampton by musically-gifted parents, Birdy started playing the piano and singing at age 7. She made her music debut on YouTube and the rest is history. Check out the rest of Birdy's videos here. Her rendition of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love" and the xx's "Shelter" will send shiver down your spine.

You can also download her amazing debut album here.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Like Heaven on Earth

Last Friday, I decided to head down to Richmond for some zesty adventures, where I feasted on the most divine food and did so without an ounce of remorse. Heavens, Good Friday never tasted this good. Believe me, there's something so exciting about indulging oneself in pure gluttony on a day many use for penance and abstinence. I did none of those two things as you can probably tell, but instead tasted the forbidden fruit of Petersham Nurseries, and enjoyed every bite of it, as if it were my last supper.  

The concept is simple. Centered around the English gardening tradition, this cosy and welcoming family-owned haven offers simple, fresh and homegrown cooking, shabby chic fashion for the home, and a great variety of plants and flowers, all in a magical and whimsical setting, at the base of Richmond Hill, just a few miles outside of London. 

And what amazing food. There was fresh home made bread and olive oil, unctuous risotto, fresh John Dory and guinea fowl; creme fraiche ice cream and homemade crumby/chewy fig biscuits; and the most interesting and creative juice recipes I'd ever seen or tasted. 

Petersham Nurseries is kind of like a concept store, but instead of clothing, home decor and cafes, it's a restaurant, teahouse and gardening store, with a section for home decor. It truly is a stunning little slice of paradise. Like heaven on earth.

If you're lucky enough to get a table at the restaurant, you won't regret it; the whole experience is worth the trip. I recommend booking a month in advance if you have a particular date in mind. As the weather gets warmer, availability will be harder and harder to come by!

Take the district line to Richmond station, and it's stone throw away:

Church Lane
Off Petersham Road
Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7AG