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Leaving on a jet plane…

Well, well well..lookie what we have a here. A long overdue post, and a big announcement as well. I’ve been spending the last few months working on a few life changes and finally it’s time to come clean. No, sadly it’s not a lottery win, or a baby (as it seems is quite a common blogger ‘life changer’), but rather a relocation. Pillar Box Post was created as a way to catalog my love of my life…which was a step out of the ordinary as a born-American, that lived in London and my journey of becoming legally and emotionally a citizen of both the US and the UK. But now that things were just finally settling down, why not shake things up a bit? Perhaps accept a job relocation to New York City!? Which is exactly what we are doing. In three. short. weeks!! Eeek!!

I won’t bore you with all the details, but the short version is that the design agency I previously designed for is opening an office on 5th Avenue and I am heading off to see to all things creative! So the past few months have been spent organizing, and then organizing…oh and a bit more organizing so that David and Olive can enter the USA with me. Things are really starting to kick up a notch now and fall into place, so hopefully posts will be happening a bit more frequently. Obviously, I’ll have new things to keep an eye on as I learn New York, but I hope to keep a foot firmly planted in the English side as well. I think I need that to make this transition a little less weepy! This opportunity fell on my lap, when I wasn’t looking for it, and I’m very happy to be doing it. I feel no wrong can come from it, but it is emotional, as I don’t feel like I’m going home…as here is home, but where is here and well I could talk this around in circles. I’m not American, I’m not British…I’m both, and well that’s probably a good place to be! So here’s to Kensington, home of the Pillar Box Post v1…roll on West Village, home to Pillar Box Post, the future!

 

Well so much for being less weepy, just got a bit emotional reading this post before I published…oops! So let’s concentrate on something a bit cheerier – Olive’s method of transportation– a stripey inner tube! I thought this post needed something a bit fun, so I set to work this weekend to bring our move to life. And what did I come up with? Olive floating across the pond, without parental supervision. Sheesh, well at least she took the luggage with her as well…which is unusual, because from my experience she isn’t the most helpful of puppies!

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Illustrations by Pillar Box Post

 

 
 
 

We’ve moved…

The paint isn’t even dry and already we’ve unpacked in our new home at www.pillarboxpost.com

It’s a bit of cosmetic uplift with some room to grow in the future, but most importantly, you can continue to find whatever it is that you like about us at this address. For some of you who already used this url, it will stay the same. No more pillarboxpost.wordpress.com (we’ve shed the ‘wordpress’ part), which means for those of you who subscribe, thank you and and see below to find out how you can continue to get your postal delivery.

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Through the Weekend Window…week 3

Wow, it’s only been seven months since the last last installment of ‘through the weekend window‘. As this is only the third week, this is a pretty pathetic showing…nonetheless here is a few snaps from our weekend. First of all, Olive says ‘happy halloween!’ from inside her turtle suit. She went out for a walk yesterday and did not get one single smile from a passerby. The cruelty to animals society is probably doing survelliance on me as we speak, but Olive seemed happy as anything prancing about in it. Her ‘head’ struggled to stay on with her giant bat ears trying to escape, but overall it made our day.

Second up, is a beautiful Saturday morning stroll in Kensington Gardens. Nearly every weekend for the past year, I’ve thought I’d finally make it to see the Princess Diana Memorial Playground and yet I never get around to it. You see its only a quick walk from our flat, but it’s an enclosed space and the only way you can gain access is with child. Which we do not possess. However, there is a loophole and that is to show up between 9:30-10am before it opens to the kiddies. It was so worth it, it is such a fantastic space. We couldn’t go in together as Olive was with us, and I REALLY wanted to have a go and play on some of the equipment, but I wasn’t sure what the rules were regarding that, so I whizzed through taking some pictures so I could get back out, tag David and let him have a go. The general inspiration is from Peter Pan, which is such a perfect fit since the playground is in kensington gardens, which features in Peter Pan, and also lies right behind Princess Diana’s old home, the palace. The highlights are the giant wooden pirate ship  (complete with giant masts), a beachy mermaid cove  with an alligator made of stones… a settling of teepees, music pipes, boats (without water), tunnels, I could go on. Basically, I’m jealous that kids get all the fun. Boo.

And finally we got to catch the Anish Kapoor (the creator of the Chicago Cloud Gate/’bean’) exhibition in kensington gardens, Turning the world upside down. There are four sculptures within the exhibition (which is free), but although we saw the others in the distance we only stopped at the ‘C-Curve’, which is constructed from highly reflective stainless steel. It creates an amazing reflection that flips the horizon on the convex side of the sculpture. It’s particularly interesting in the autumnal setting with all the colour, but I’m keen to see how it changes over the next few months. It’s on until March next year, so if you’re in the area it’s worth a glance!

*NOTE* I’ve just realized that the photo of David, Olive and myself probably needs a bit of explanation- I’m taking that photo (see the tiny camera?)…what you probably thought was a pretty lame photo is actually a reflection, which I think is rather cool…take a second look! Did you notice it first time around?

So, weekend snaps, see you in May 2011 ?!

 
 
 

Olive…

Keep a little thought of our Olive Juice today as the little trooper is having a bit of surgery today for something the vet found on friday. As a frenchie with not a whole lot of nose, they don’t do that well with going under, but Mr. Vet assures us it’s probably nothing, but better safe than sorry. Olive is a little trooper and I’m sure we’ll have a sleepy but happy and feisty puppy back this evening.

P.S. I was purging some extra supplies this weekend and found a bit of foam leftover from an ottoman David and I made a few years ago and I decided to kit out Olive’s bike basket to make the bottom a bit comfier for all the bumps. I think i’ll make a fabric cover for it, but puppers didn’t seem to mind and decided to play ‘bicycles’ whilst sitting in the flat. And of course Patrick* came too.

*the starfish

 
 
 

Nobody puts puppy in the drawer…

I think everybody (rightfully) has heard of the Old Faithful Shop in Vancouver. It’s home is a gorgeously renovated space and is packed with amazing stock I would love to get my hands on…BUT what I hadn’t realized is that they have the best dog/dogbed ever! Okay perhaps I”m slightly partial to their Frenchie friend, but I am so smitten by the fact they have used a vintage drawer (with what looks like a Hudson Bay blanket), that I can barely contain myself. I might have even just woken Olive from her peaceful slumber to get her to look at the screen. She surprised me by showing  no reaction other than her typical grumpy face. She doesn’t deserve a vintage drawer bed, but by god, she’ll have one.

You can find the Old Faithful Shop at their blog, twitter or facebook.

Photos from The Old Faithful Shop/Walter Manning/Savannah Olsen

Like to see what else Olive gets up to? Check out her new bicycle and how she relaxes

 
 
 

Le Tour de Frenchie…

Get the yellow jerseys ready—little Olive Juice had her debut bicycling trip! I have wanted a doggie bike basket since before I even had a cycle, let alone Olive, but the cost vs risk put it on the backburner. On friday, I spotted the spotty bike complete with adorable jimmy on black eiffel and the wheels started to turn in my head. The ‘screw it, never know unless you try it’ moment finally occurred on Saturday night when David and I went out for an absolutely glorious twilight bike ride. We popped into Kensington Gardens as the night had some light left, and rolled down to the Serpentine in Hyde Park and back around. It was so nice to get out and one of those times that I truly feel like we’re making the most of where we are…we chatted about how we should do it more often, but felt guilty about leaving Olive at home on her own when she could be with us…

So yesterday I entered a mission to find a basket and if it didn’t work, well then at least we would know. I had long ago settled on a Basil rear dog basket as it seemed to be the only one suitable for a fattie frenchie like Olive. I wasn’t able to track down the optional frame top (will have to order online if we want it) but found the basket and saved 20 pounds since no one had bothered to update the price since 2006. Victory! We pranced home (okay, I did, David was probably rolling his eyes the entire way home. I couldn’t see past my excitement). We put a harness on Olive, threw a towel in the bottom and fastened her as tight as we could to make exiting the basket near impossible. And off we were! I rode next to Olive, giving moral support as David got used to the weight change. We swapped over halfway through and I”m very happy to say it was a success. She spent the entire time putting her head on the drivers hip and craning her neck to see around us, but didnt’ seem the least anxious about the journey, just seemed to be looking at everything fly by (just like her beloved bus journeys). Yay, tour de frenchie has begun!

Thanks to the Mister for giving into my sales pitch, as well as Gorman for the spotty bike inspiration, Library of Congress for the B&W Audrey shot by Sid Avery and to cycle chic for the ‘scarved’ Audrey shot

It was the weekend of the bicycle for us. We got really excited about the newly launched London bicycle hire scheme, that finally puts London on par with the continental vibe of two wheeled transport. It seems kind of silly for us to be so keen on a public bike hiring scheme when we have two (well one) perfectly good bikes, but I think the combination of ease of doing one way trips as well as getting more people out and noticed is helpful. Register here!