I heart my… Chic Parisien

If you’re on the lookout for an unique gift idea for a bicycle or an art enthusiast, a great place to start would be Etsy seller Fifi Flowers‘ shop. Here you will find beautiful art prints and notecards featuring original art with a Parisian flavour, shipped straight to your door from Los Angeles.

Image copyright Fifi Flowers Image copyright Fifi Flowers
“Springtime Shopper in Paris” and “Provence Bicycles”, prinst available here, £16.61.

It’s tough to choose between the designs, but thankfully she has put together notecard packs with 10 different cards meaning that you can get hold of miniature versions to frame or to post to each of your friends! Bicycle collection one / Bicycle collection two.

Visit Fifi’s website, http://AtelierdeFifi.com to find out more or to commission a custom painting.

I heart my… Beamish Museum


“Where are you going to my pretty maid?”
“I’m going a’cycling, sir” she said
“May I come with you my pretty maid?”
“Yes if you can keep up with me sir”, she said.

Thank you to Ingrid, author of Postmodern Pain for sending me this picture of a poster from the Beamish Museum in County Durham. The museum tracks the industrial developments of the nineteenth century, this poster is for Beamish Motor and Cycle Works (pictured above, by Rob Langham @flickr)

I heart my … incipit.

List the first sentences of five favourite books so that people can guess the books they come from. After three days, post the answers.

1. Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.

2. People usually start life by being born. Not me, though.

3. The primroses were over.

4. The play – for which Briony had designed the posters, programmes, and tickets, constructed the sales booth out of a folding screen tipped on its side, and lined the collection box in red crepe paper – was written by her in a two –day tempest of composition, causing her to miss a breakfast and a lunch.

5. My mother did not tell me they were coming.

My all-time favourite book takes the fun out of guessing games – only those under rocks could fail to guess the title!

“When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.”



And rather than wait three days to reveal the answers, click below after you’ve made your guess!


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