Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

dancing in london

I can’t believe how quickly the summer’s flying by. It’s already the end of August and I’ve only got one month left until I leave for India again. It’s been the most amazing 4 months – Britain has been showing her finest colours and I’ve loved spending time with so many wonderful friends adventuring and exploring our little island.

I suddenly realised, however, that I’d hardly spent any time in London and have barely set foot in my old hood or done anything cultural. I’ve also been dreaming of dancing again and was totally inspired by a film I watched recently in which Emily Blunt (a big favourite) plays a contemporary ballet dancer finding love in New York. At the time I wasn’t sure if it was really her doing the dance scenes but apparently she trained for 3 months to do that part and made it look so beautiful so I decided it was time for action and I should look for a class in London. Perfect timing, being August and the holidays, as there’s plenty of summer intensives and I found a course at my favourite dance studios in Clerkenwell (the Place) to learn Cunningham – basically a form of contemporary ballet. Luckily I’ve got some experience in classical ballet and over the years have tried everything from Argentine tango to salsa, samba, African, etc but this was a whole new language for me and a wonderful experience and challenge – especially as most of the class were dancers or at least looked like it. By the end of the week I was loving it and began to feel like a dancer again, but my poor body was broken!

Here’s a little glimpse of the studios..there were even dancers from the Calcutta Tanusree Shankar Dance Company in the class on a scholarship in London..amazing…next stop Calcutta! P1060989P1060941P1060961P1060935P1060981P1060963P1060983

In between dancing, I had a lovely time exploring London on my bike and rediscovering all my old cycle paths and cafés along the canal. I do love London in the summer..what a totally different place it becomes and what a wonderful little adventure in the city.

Little Venice

Little Venice

along the tow path in Islington

along the tow path in Angel

the Towpath Cafe..my favourite hangout in Shoreditch

the Towpath Cafe..my favourite hangout in Shoreditch

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on the towpath heading to Victoria Park

on the towpath heading to Victoria Park

love this..'words on the water' in Mile End

love this..’words on the water’ in Mile End

around Victoria Park

around Victoria Park

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pop-up cafe in London Fields

pop-up cafe in London Fields

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oh look..it's my car in red!

oh look..it’s my car in red!

trompe d'oeil on Southbank

trompe d’oeil on Southbank

views of the City from Southbank

views of the City from Southbank

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gotta love the London bus

gotta love the London bus

sunset across the roof tops

sunset across the roof tops

 

 

country living

It’s turning out to be the best summer ever and I’m consuming the English countryside – these are the days when I feel totally in the present and don’t want to be anywhere else.  I remember the times when I was sweltering in the African heat and longing to return to our green and pleasant land. No wonder the Indian Maharajas chose to holiday over here – when the weather’s fine, it’s beautiful. I love the views from our village…acres of rolling green hills, golden cornfields and meadows of flowering blue linseed. Here’s a glimpse of village life..watch out for ‘Lover’s Orchard’, my favourite little place.

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mara sculpture

Another wonderful week of sunshine and we’ve been travelling around the country with the amazing team from Mara Sculpture who’ve been exhibiting at Hampton Court flower show and Ragley Hall. It’s been fascinating learning about this unique stone sculpture from Zimbabwe and a privilege to work with them on the stand. I love the mix of textures and stone from the deep green shades of opal to the polished black of springstone and crystal white dolomite. All the sculptures are carved and polished by hand in Zimbabwe and then shipped over…a massive feat in itself. Huge respect to owner, Bernard Mavunga, for supporting these amazing artists and increasing the exposure of this unique and beautiful art form. For more information go to www.marasculpture.com or join them at the Tatton Park Flower Show this weekend.

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Hello and welcome to my new blog!

Delighted to be writing this from Blighty – I’m doing that rather Edwardian thing of summering in England (escaping from the Indian heat and monsoon) and it’s lovely to be re-connecting with your own country. The countryside looks so beautiful at this time of the year especially in the Cotswolds where I seem to be spending most of my time.

Haymaking in the Cotswolds

Haymaking in the Cotswolds

Colours of the Cotswolds

Colours of the Cotswolds

It’s been a busy few months and exciting things have been happening. We’ve found a fantastic graphic designer, Illy from Super Bobcat, who’s been working his magic with the Ouseko logo. I love the new banner – the white on floral is just gorgeous. Illy can be found at ilhan@superbobcat.com. Thank you Super Bobcat!

We’ve also done our first proper photoshoot with the extremely talented Christine Taylor. So lucky with the location..the beautiful Wasing Estate in Berkshire, a secret garden of ancient trees, wooded glades and Victorian greenhouses. After a couple of damp days the sun came out and we shot to our heart’s content. Here’s a glimpse of behind the scenes…

The Walled Garden

The Walled Garden

picking flowers in the walled garden

styling the shoot

styling the shoot

Chrissy at work

Chrissy at work

the main house

the main house

around the estate

around the estate

the glade

the glade

greenhouses in the walled garden

greenhouses in the walled garden

the chapel

the chapel

view from the chapel

view from the chapel

styling the picnic shots

styling the picnic shots

And of course there’s the new website www.ouseko.com and our Etsy store – a culmination of months of hard work in India and the UK. Special thanks to Tina, Josh, Di and Chrissy for making it happen.