4/52 – At Home 1, Collections

Well, having started off with a load of Venice-related posts, I have become rather unstuck for week 4. I’ve been back at work for two weeks now, leaving not a lot of time for inspirational photography, or anything but eating, sleeping, catching trains and editing reams of legal argument. Being January, the weather isn’t great so this week I decided to restrict myself to the house and see what I could find. After a quick look at some Project 52 ideas (thank you Pinterest) I fixed on the idea of collections for this week. Initially I thought I didn’t collect anything, but a quick look around the house proved me wrong.

Tiles. Copyright Fiona Michie.

Some years ago, I had the idea that one day I will tile part of my kitchen with mis-matched tiles that I’d picked up on my travels. Well, so far I haven’t got round to that and these beautifully coloured tiles sit on the dining table. There are tiles here from India, Granada, Sicily, Holland and Marrakesh.

Paperclips. Copyright Fiona Michie.

Now paperclips count as a minor obsession of mine. I have a slightly kleptomaniac approach to these, and am in the habit of picking them up if I see them lying around. In the event of a world-wide paperclip shortage, I’ll be laughing.

Wooden Utensils. Copyright Fiona Michie.

As with tiles, I like to buy unusual wooden utensils on my travels and am sometimes given them as gifts too. The curvy knife is from Lapland, courtesy of a friend, the long spoon and two curved spatulas are from Latvia, the salad servers from Santorini and the ladle and lemon juicer from a wood fair in Sussex. I love their shapes and the tactile feel of the wood.

Golf Tee and Brush. Copyright Fiona Michie.

Golf tees drive me nuts and I want to rid the world of them. My other half plays golf and these little things turn up all over the place; in the washing machine, on the sofa, in the bathroom, in the sock drawer, in the bottom of my feet … I swear they breed.


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