Archive for April, 2010

Paintings from our first course

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Our first course (of 8 weeks) in painting finished recently and we got to mount some of our pieces at the last session. This was done with the traditional, ancient Chinese method using a wheat starch paste.

We were also given pen names for our painting, so we will be working on carving some seals with which to sign our paintings sometime soon. Alex was given the name Kin Shin Sai, roughly translating as progressing towards a golden heart. Aaron was given the name Ko Ishi An, meaning small stone hut.

Here are some pictures of our paintings:

Canneles – a first attempt

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

A lazy Sunday afternoon

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Trip to London 12th-13th March

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

It was quite a busy weekend on the 12th and 13th! During the day on Saturday we were helping to prepare tea for a demonstration at Kaetsu Centre’s annual open day. We had about 10 minutes in which to prepare about 30 or 40 bowls of tea for the audience after the demonstration (there were others helping as well of course). In addition to the tea demonstration there was painting (by our tea/painting teacher Peter), calligraphy, flower arranging, and traditional folk dancers and musicians. It was a ton of fun and the day went by in a flash, but we were exhausted in the end.

After that we took the train to London for a Blues dancing event at Charlotte Street Blues bar in London. Alex had been hired to DJ the event… she played two great sets and the event was quite a success. There was a substantial crowd of dancers and it was a lot of fun.

Thanks to Cindy, we had a voucher for a free night’s stay at any Hyatt, so we got to have a night’s rest in London in the uber-swanky Churchill on Portman Square, rather than getting the late train back to Cambridge… we were very lucky as the hotel was only a few minutes walk from the dance.

On Sunday we woke up to a fabulously sunny (and even warm) day, so we spent most of it just strolling around London, looking in shop windows, and watching the world go by. There was a big St. Patrick’s Day parade that passed us as well. We went to the Royal Academy and saw a wonderful exhibition of photos of “Disappearing London” taken by a society founded for that purpose in the late 1800s. Afterwards we popped across the street to Fortnum & Mason for a restorative cuppa and an amusing oggle of all the unnecessary oddities available (silver mustard jar lid anyone?).

At the end of it all we got some bread and cheese to take home for supper. We were really excited to stumble across an Italian truffled cheese that we had shared together early on when we started dating… it brought back lots of memories. We also tried a Neal’s yard fresh English goat’s cheese and Mrs. Appleby’s Pink Chesire. Delish!