Thursday, 3 July 2014

Inspector Montalbano 1-4

Finding myself giddy at the prospect of an uninterrupted viewing of Inspector Montalbano, I had the shocking realisation that quite a few of us are destined to have the same taste in men as our mother-in-laws, like father like son and all that. I know the belle-mere also enjoys unadulterated sequences of Luca Zingaretti, oh god what could this mean our father-in-laws are thinking!

For those of you not in the know, Inspector Montalbano is an Italian TV series based on the novels of Andrea Camilleri set in and around the Sicilian town of Vigata, (not real) following the flawed yet adorable detective Salvo Montalbano. It is repeating on BBC4 as we speak!

Really this is just an excuse to post some pictures of Il Commissario, played by Italian actor, Luca Zingaretti.

Ah Salvo!

and Livia played by Katharina Bohm...
And of course I have also now fallen in love with Sicily. Where one can even take Montalbano Tours! 

And Mimi.

Casare Bocci who plays Mimi

And Fazio.
Peppino Mazzotta who plays Giuseppe Fazio
Ciao for now!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Scandinavian Influence

The flat is in dire need of a spruce up, it always happens in Spring, the sun comes out and the cracks show up. I have been contemplating Scandinavian interiors and came across a website called Fabulous Frank. I do like a white interior - and they do it in shades! This should be a pinterest page really, but I haven't got my head round that yet. 

I could even do it for Erbie’s raised bed which has been in the pipeline of my mind for 3 years now.

Anyway just thought I’d share...

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Bus Museum - Acton Dep Open Day - March 2014

One of the good things about having a boy is I get to do boy stuff, having spent my whole life doing girl stuff, being a girl, perhaps I'm a tomboy at heart. As Erbie loves anything with wheels, buses used to be wheelie up there on the list and even though he is 5 now and in Year 1 at primary they still have a little place in his heart, so booked us tickets to go to the London Transport (showing my age there, I mean Transport For London) Acton Depot Bus Museum open day. It was a lovely clear March morning and we got there by tube.

Walk this way
Walk this way - or this way! Erbie steams ahead, dressed in bus red trousers.

Outside the depot 
 The depot - a great hangar of a building, houses a historical collection of TFL underground trains, which you can walk through and alongside, even sit in the drivers seat...

Inside the depot
 There were also activities for children, and some rather watchable working lego train sets.

Lego train set
Erbie spent a long time watching the lego train set, we went back 5 times. 
Manned by a Star Wars fan

 There is also a room of signage, mmmm signage, I have a vested interest, having been a graphic designer before mummydom.

Remember these.

An original underground train, look wooden floors and painted seat.

A Victorian delivery train with milk churns

Ah, public transport

Bus man
Lovely old bus

Original Routemaster
 Outside were a collection of more recent buses and articles for sale,  you could even buy old luggage racks, they'd look good in a converted warehouse kitchen.

Luggage rack anyone 

Signs for sale

Clocking in
Inside there was also a plethora of memorabilia, clocking-in clocks and station clocks, old escalators and huge bits of engine amongst, signs and parts of tunnel!

Station clocks
 In the shop you could purchase merchandise made from iconic seat fabrics, coasters, bags, mugs, tea towels, you name it with the tube map on. I couldn't resist the coasters and got a tea towel for each of my siblings no longer living in London.

Cushion covers 
Cushion covers, belts and bags made from tube seat fabric.

belts and bags

An old wooden escalator
After the Kings Cross Fire in 1987, the wooden escalators have been more or less removed and replaced with safer metal ones. And of course smoking on the underground has long been banned.

Other nonsense