Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello people, how have you been this week? We've had a mini heat wave and it has been quite difficult to function - we are simply not used to it in this country and homes and hospitals are insulated for warmth. Still, even though it's sweltering in the heat of the sun, it has been the most enjoyable week. We haven't been able to travel abroad, but Mike and I have found the quaintest little café where we can sit under the shade of an awning and watch the world go by. People-watching is one of our favorite activities when we are on holiday and Europe has such a wonderful café culture - and now we have it at home, in the UK.
Hot Summer Night
I remembered a long ago trip to Marrakesh (time to go back), the colours were so vivid I can recall them as if it was only days ago, rather than twenty years. The Djema El Fnaa, the tiles, the gardens - oh, they took my breath away. I often pick up Moroccan pendants, charms and beads from a belly dancer who travels there regularly. Although she hasn't been back since the pandemic started, I had a pendant, vividly enameled in the cobalt blues and reds typical of Morocco that I picked up from her earlier on. There were even a couple of beads in my collection that matched. Teamed with slab nuggets of pale green dyed howlite, I achieved a very satisfactory result. I can imagine wearing this necklace on a hot summer night, sitting by a body of water sipping on a tall, cold drink in a floaty white dress. I do declare that my core temperature went down a couple of degrees as my imagination ran riot.
When the name came to me, I remembered a song I first heard in the late 70's from a rock opera by Meat Loaf. I loved the song then but when I hunted down the video, couldn't bear to put it on these pages - Meat Loaf is as Meat Loaf does, I'm afraid - he's not the most handsome of men (and that's being kind)! I went for a version with the lyrics written in gothic script instead.
I'm very excited as this week, we're going to have our regular annual barbeque after a break of a year for the pandemic. This year is going to be bigger and better than before and I will spend all week prepping for it. I make copious lists - of invitees, of the food, shopping lists, tasks and their delegation - you name it and I have a list for it. Making lists is half the fun of throwing a party, in my opinion. It's also the best way to tackle a mammoth task without forgetting anything, one step at a time!
That's me for this week, folks. I'll try and get a little post out next Friday, but if I can't, do keep your fingers crossed that the weather gods are kind to us. This year I've even plumped for a little marquee in case of rain, but am hoping that it will just be a precaution, not a necessity.
Catch you soon,