Getting a taste of the Nairobi Art Scene and the Kenyan Coffee

Prior to moving to Nairobi, lots of Kenyan friends told me that the art scene was pretty vibrant here. And while sipping a latte in my local cafe, the rather aptly named Artcaffe, I flicked through the exhibition listings in one of the many what’s on guides to Nairobi and I felt fairly confident that there was indeed…

I am the resurrection and I am the life – The tale of Bertie Rooster

This is the story of the luckiest, most cock-sure cockerel that has ever lived – Bertie Wooster. We bought Bertie about a year ago. We named him Bertie, because my youngest daughter, Frida, has difficulties pronouncing the letter r and says wooster rather than rooster, hence Bertie Wooster. He soon had a lady friend which…

Feed your Head – An Alice Inspired Afternoon Tea

If you ever feel like disappearing down a rabbit hole on a busy Saturday afternoon in central London, then I know the place to escape to – where waiting for you, you’ll find afternoon tea, a glass of champagne and a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea, held at the…

Early morning bargains at Kivukoni Fish Market

These shots were taken on an early morning visit to the hustling bustling Kivukoni Fish Market on Ocean Road in the heart of Dar Es Salaam. It’s a great snippet of Tanzanian life with fishermen and house dadas haggling at full volume over an unbelievable selection of fish and crustaceans. We brought two very large, very snappy…

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

Children from the poorer corners of an East African city received English lessons, food and presents all in the spirit of Christmas. Yesterday after learning English, Maths, ITC, Swimming and Art, as part of an outreach programme at Mwanza’s at Isamilo International School, the young people enjoyed a meal, gifts and a show. Plates full…

Tanzania – First impressions

We have been here in Mwanza for about ten days now and despite the obligatory mosquito bites we are settling in well. The house we are living in is huge and my children have been enjoying running around the house and climbing trees. The garden is lush with colourful bougainvillea trees and hibiscus flowers and…

Food glorious food in watercolour

Long before the culture of taking photographs of what you were about to eat and putting it on facebook, myself and other artists sketched our food. For me, it all started when I was a little girl and was encouraged to keep an illustrated diary when I went on holiday. Our caravan was often parked…

Interval drinks.

Enjoying a couple of white wines in the bar at the Kungliga Operan, Stockholm Opera House.