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The Markthal Rotterdam, a covered food market and housing development in the Netherlands, has officially opened after five years of construction. Designed by Dutch architects MVRDV, the nearly 312,000 square-foot building features a dazzling, gigantic mural titled Cornucopia by artists Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam.


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Think someone misses their daddy!


Shell Grotto at Margate 

The Shell Grotto is an ornate subterranean passageway in MargateKent. Almost all the surface area of the walls and roof is covered in mosaics created entirely of seashells, totalling about 2,000 square feet (190 m2) of mosaic, or 4.6 million shells.

The Grotto’s discovery in 1835 came as a complete surprise to the people of Margate; it had never been marked on any map and there had been no tales of its construction told around the town. But James Newlove could clearly see the commercial potential of his find and he immediately set about preparations to open the Grotto up to the public.

The first paying customers descended the chalk stairway in 1837 and debate has raged about the Grotto’s origins ever since: for every expert who believes it to be an ancient temple, there’s someone else convinced it was the meeting place for a secret sect; for every ardent pagan, there’s a Regency folly-monger ready to spoil their fun. At first glance the Grotto’s design only adds to the confusion, with humble cockles, whelks, mussels and oysters creating a swirling profusion of patterns and symbols. There are trees of life, phalluses, gods, goddesses and something that looks very like an altar.

The most recent findings point to the Grotto functioning as a sun temple, the sun entering the Dome (which extends up to ground level, with a small circular opening) just before the Spring Equinox, forming a dramatic alignment at midday on the Summer Solstice and departing just after the Autumn Equinox, thus indicating the fertile season. 

However, there’s only one fact about the Grotto that is indisputable: that it is a unique work of art that should be valued and preserved, whatever its age or origins.

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Oh I want to go see!

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Woo hoo new chest of drawers arrived today and very gorgeous they are too! Thanks Swoon Editions, did indeed make me swoon!

Just cute, too cute, reminds me a little of Daily Candy’s drawings.

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Someone’s not entirely sure what to make of the pub. A lovely lunch had by Freddie and I with the Australian contingent in Forest Green at The Parrot, old stomping ground of the late, great Ollie Reed, drunk extraordinaire!

Our new drawing room, hurrah we are finally getting there! Look away if you don’t like happy yellow!

Needed to see this today, struggling to get back in the regime and my social life is getting in the way of my workouts! Back on the horse today.

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Oh bums I have just dragged my tired bottom upstairs to bed only to be reminded that I haven’t ironed B’s school uniform. Aghhhh have so much to do and so little time. My Pops and Stepmum arrive from Oz in approx 48 hrs time and we have to try and make our building site of a house habitable enough for a visit. The good news is that we got the grey on the walls in the drawing room today and it looks fab, the bad news is that because of the radiator debacle (don’t ask) the carpet can’t go down as planned on Wednesday. I’m just hoping I can clean up the floorboards enough that we can put furniture in there anyway as we’re playing musical rooms at the mo with the many different tradesmen on site at the mo and its the only finished room. I’m still loving bringing this old lady back to life though, the restored windows look amazing and have really brought the front of the house back to life, what’s next?!

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