My not-so secret? I’m a blubberer. I get weepy at tiny animals, internet onions, thoughts of home, and heart-warming stories of people being nice on the tube. I can trace it back to the first time I watched E.T. at my grandmother’s house, and spent the evening wiping my snotty nose into my sleeves. So when I saw Frank Warren’s, founder of PostSecret, TED presentation, I lost it. Watch right through to the end, or skip ahead to 8:30.
I love plums. The smell of them takes me back to being a kid running loose in my aunt and uncle’s orchard. My tribe of cousins and I were forever in trouble for climbing the trees and attempting to scoff all the fruit before it was ripe (hello tummy aches). We’d tear strips of fluffy lichen off the plum trees, and fashion them as beards, and attempt to feed plums to the ponies in the next paddock. These delicious, juicy little fruits are in season now and what better way to make the most of their abundance than by making plum-cake? This recipe/video by Thomas Blanchard is particularly tasty – I love the floating typography.
Oh, take me there! I have a week off work in less than a month, and I’ve been a bit tardy about organising somewhere to go. Cornwall? Switzerland? Paris? I was thinking of Genoa too, but Venice, you look gorgeous.
Long time CFS favourites Gaggle have released the first single from their new album From The Mouth Of The Cave is called Army Of Birds. Do what it says on the packet – watch full screen (change the settings to HD) and pop your headphones on. Lovely, and a little bit trippy.