Coco … via Edmonton

My homage to the Great One. Would pearls have been de trop?

By the way, for any mystery novel lovers out there — Harper has put out a handy complete collection of Ngaio Marsh novels, which are a must-read for anyone with a hankering for classic English mysteries. Marsh is criminally (haha, pun) neglected these days, but she’s one of the great “Queens of Crime” from the genre’s golden age (20s and 30s). There’s nothing better for a rainy afternoon. Or, really, any afternoon.

Things I learnt

I got engaged a year ago and have been trying to plan the wedding ever since. I was heartily sick of the whole process about two weeks into it; with two months to go before the wedding, my one piece of advice for newly engaged couples is simple – elope! 

I’ve learnt lots of things over the past twelve months, most of them variations on the same theme: the mere mention of the word “wedding” automatically triples the price of anything. It also makes the simplest things difficult, and reasonable people irrational. But that’s a rant for another day.

One of the things I learnt is that hydrangeas are damn expensive. You wouldn’t think so … or, at least, I didn’t think so (though, clearly, I was woefully uninformed in regards to floral matters). Sadly for my wedding budget, I love hydrangeas. Like peonies, they look so exuberant and lush that they can instantly transform the look of a room. They’re also pretty hardy; some hydrangeas I bought at Costco recently lasted nearly four weeks – which must be some kind of record seeing as how I have no green thumb whatsoever. They come in a variety of colours (from white to green to purple and blue), which can be handy for any kind of accessorizing you might want to do. In our living room, for example, we have used hydrangeas to pick up the blue of a painting, making it a subtle accent colour in an otherwise monochromatic setting. The “frilliness” of the flowers also provided a nice counterpoint to the minimalist décor (because the couch we ordered in February is still missing in action).

Hydrangeas – pretty and functional.