Saturday, May 28, 2011

There is no I in "TEAM"!

Well...there may be if you are dyslexic! "Wr so prd of Haly an hr accmplsmnts I jst hv to brg a bt!"
I'll bet you had some trouble reading that at first but you figured it's because your brain automatically knows the rules of phonics and fills in the spaces with the missing vowel sounds and letters needed to read this short sentence. Now think of how difficult it would be to read a whole "Ancient Civilizations" text book if it were written this way... exhausting, right?
In a classroom of 28 students, a teacher in our public school system is expected to challenge every individual....the shy, the overweight, the angry, the hungry, the blind, the hyperactive, the wheelchair bound, the gifted, the bored, and the dyslexic!

When I asked Haley what it was that kept her positive and in school she talked about the "TEAM" she had on her side. All those special teachers along the way who developed her IEP (Individual Educational Plan) and taught her how SHE had to study and how SHE had to learn....right through four years of college. In elementary and middle school, I considered being Haley's "advocate" a full time job but somewhere along High School she took over and that is what made her strong enough to take on the challenge of college......AND SHE DID IT -- SHE GRADUATED!

It was a fun day and we celebrated with friends and family.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Afternoon Tea with a twist!

Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley is designed to add a creative twist to the classic elements of the traditional English afternoon tea with cakes and pastries inspired by the latest fashion season's catwalk designs for the style conscious (who me?). It may not be the quintessential English afternoon tea but who cares? It's fabulous darling!

Do you recognize......
Victoria Beckham peach coloured sponge cake tote with chocolate crocodile print
Marc Jacobs raspberry and lychee cream jumpsuit with over-sized chocolate flower belt
Miu Miu vanilla bikini biscuit with navy icing and signature white bow
Tory Burch strawberry and rhubarb bavarois dress with flattering gold button detail
Prada summer dress of papaya, red currant and blueberry mousse, topped with pate de frui
Jil Sander coloured block dress of crème de menthe and coconut jelly with must-have sparkly sunglasses

All served on fine-bone china by Paul Smith, complete with handbag take away boxes......
And one little chocolate for Rick ..... fabulous darling!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Vroom Vroom

Italian artist's Vroom Vroom sculpture adds va va vroom to London's Park Lane......
At 13 feet high, it certainly won't go unnoticed on one of London's busiest streets just in front of the Dorchester Hotel. The sculpture features a vintage Fiat 500 - the last car the 44 year old Italian ever bought - and an oversized "a-lu-minium" hand modeled from his son.

I knew you would like it but the sculpture is only on display through May!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Our Norfolk Weekend

"On the Road Again" this time to the East coast...Norfolk. We picked up our cute rented sports car, downloaded our destination in Tomas-Tomas and headed East about 3 1/2 hours out of London. We had a long Easter weekend, the weather was glorious and the coastline was calling us!
We stayed in the Georgian market town of Holt at a posh B&B with restaurant and deli.... Byfords.
"a higgledy-piggledy, bustling place, popular not just at mealtimes but also with the locals dropping in for coffee and cake....a lot of thought has clearly gone into getting the little things right"
The Sunday Times

Sandringham is the Norfolk retreat of Her Majesty The Queen and it was opening weekend, in fact it is where the Queen went last Saturday after The Wedding to relax. We were only allowed to tour four rooms but the grounds were just beautiful, especially the forest areas full of bluebells and camellias.

Some of the highlights of our weekend included lunch at the Hoste Arms in Burnham Market, the Lavender Kitchen in Walsingham, and the beach huts lining the coastline in the seaside town of Well-next-the-Sea. The tide was out so far that we walked quite a way with wet sand between our toes and never saw the water!

After a hearty breakfast at Byfords we headed back to London with a stop in the historical city of Norwich to walk through the Cathedral. After walking the perfectly preserved medieval cobbled streets of Elm Hill I think it is a city we could easily hop on a train and spend a weekend exploring.
Hmmm....maybe an idea for an AWC overnight trip!