March Favourites

Papworth family in Flaine, March 2016March seemed so long when we were in it, so I can’t believe we’re already 10 days into April! I spent wonderful weekends in Bath and Oxford with friends and a week skiing in the French Alps with my family. My London-based recommendations are a little thin on the ground this month, but I still have plenty to share…

taxidermy stag at oxford university museum of natural history

VISIT > Oxford University Museum of Natural History

The museum known for its dodo (their Instagram & Twitter accounts are hilariously called ‘more than a dodo’), and oh my goodness, it is SO MUCH more than a dodo! We went with a couple of good friends while visiting Oxford for the day, and were astonished to find so many exhibits that we were encouraged to touch – fossils, taxidermy bears, you name it! This is the museum I wish I had visited as a kid, and felt like a total big kid in all day!

green dimple holly bell jug with flowers

POP UP > March Makers’ Market at West Elm

West Elm’s flagship London branch host Makers’ Markets. Ceramicist Holly Bell, whose jugs my Mum loves, was exhibiting at one in March so I booked us a couple of free tickets. And I came away with a beautiful unique jug of my own!

independent magazines at arts at the old fire station shop

SHOP > Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford

While in Oxford we popped into Arts at the Old Fire Station, a charity-run arts centre which has a brilliant shop selling independent magazines and crafts. I picked a copy of The Gourmand; I had to restrain myself from buying a copy of every magazine!

READ > The Colour Purple, Alice Walker

The Colour Purple has long been on my mental ‘to read’ list, it’s such an important classic novel that I can’t believe I haven’t read it already. Despite the harrowing themes, I’m really warming to the main character Celie. I’ve got my fingers crossed for a happy ending… she deserves it.

Have a great April!