Author: msalliance

Two pictures, eighteen years apart

  We took this picture of ourselves some time in February 2001, when Eliza was about four months old and, since there are now so few opportunities for all four of us to be together, decided to recreate the picture eighteen years later. Hilarity ensued. The original was taken before we had dogs so Oscar and Raffles were shut out, much to their disgust. Please excuse the ropey cropping: I’m a complete beginner at Photoshop, but it’s time I learned I suppose, and I am thankful for the help of Eliza, @scrapegoat and Alfonso de Tomas, the creator of...

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Happy New Year!

A Happy New Year from the fam and our friend Adam.  We are eating our traditional New Year’s Day lunch of Yellow Split Pea soup with Frankfurters. Adam is having Quorn sausages. The bread was Parker Rolls, made in the Thermomix with a recipe that is always far more liquid than it’s made out to be. Here’s a photo of Nigella Lawson’s recipe from her Feast book that I sent to James so that he can make this warming, hearty, nutritious soup when he goes back to Montréal. msalliance |...

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Looking back; looking forward

As I look back on 2017 I am struck by how stressful it was. I’ve spent a lot of the year with the stupidity that is Brexit foremost in my mind. That’s no exaggeration: it’s unbelievable to me that we would march forward glorifying an unplanned, ignorant national embarrassment of a policy based on lies and prejudices. Someone recently defended the protective bubbles that some people construct for themselves. Yes, it is people’s right not to be interested in politics; not to know the name of the prime minister; to believe that the moon is made of green cheese...

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Top Ten buys of 2017

Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er Precision Pen Liquid Eyeliner I know I said I was not going to buy any more USA branded things, but, in my defence, this eyeliner was made in  Japan and it’s the best liquid eyeliner I’ve come across. It goes on quickly and smoothly; you can can do wings if you want them; you can use it to tightline between your eyelashes and it stays put until you take it off. I find this Cocoa shade of dark brown more flattering than black, but it’s available in that too. Jimmy Choo Romy 60 shoes Storm...

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I Must Share This Bought This Sari For Princess

I must share this: Bought this sari for Princess MsDD for a high society occasion later in the year. We originally bought a gold blouse but Sister Suvarna and Smita, another one of the fabulous nurses, didn't think much of it. So last night Smita made this instead, taking the… [more]

Spotted this Trabant, which must have been fairly new at the fall of the Berlin Wall, on the forecourt of Douglas Compton

Spotted this Trabant, which must have been fairly new at the fall of the Berlin Wall, on the forecourt of Douglas Compton

Spotted this Trabant, which must have been fairly new at the fall of the Berlin Wall, on the forecourt of Douglas Compton.

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