I really, really love my bedroom. Here it is looking particularly fine, mainly because you can't see very much because I haven't learned how to use my new camera yet.
Some things you might be able to discern in the half-light:
1. Some flowery bedlinen, daringly teamed with some stripy pillow cases. Apparently this is a 'hot' trend this season, according to the latest Living Etc. Of course I've had this look for at least a month already, which I'm choosing to take as a sign of my amazing fashion-forwardness, rather than a sign of the fact that I only had enough money for two new pillow cases last time I was in Habitat.
2. A picture of two chairs in front of some clocks, which I artfully cut out of a magazine and put in a frame. I'm terribly creative.
3. Fairy lights. I love fairy lights, they are god's own lighting system. Everything looks sexy if it's festooned with fairy lights. Just like parsnips, fairy lights should very much not be restricted to the Christmas season.
4. Books. They are: The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford, North Face of Soho by Clive James, The Cold War by John Lewis Gaddis, The Picts and the Scots by Lloyd and Jennifer Laing (warning: shocking typos throughout), The Lunar Men by Jenny Uglow, The System of the World by Neal Stephenson, 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro, Shaggy Blog Stories compiled by Mike Atkinson, Welcome to The Machine by Tim Footman, Reload: Rethinking Women and Cyberculture by Mary Flanagan and Austin Booth, and something called Scion Hero, which doesn't seem to be a book so much as a set of instructions for a role-playing game.
5. Magazines. The Economist, Elle Decoration, Living Etc and Wired.
6. A brochure for the Nairn Book & Arts Festival, where my Dad will be signing copies of his book next Tuesday 12th June.
7. A lamp from M&S. It broke once, but I put in a new 3 amp fuse and it worked again. I'm terribly resourceful.
8. Two red, pink and gold 'Matryoshka' boxes from Habitat. The less said about these the better, since - as Marsha Klein rightly notes - they are the most expensive cardboard boxes ever conceived by man. Not just any man, mind. Marcel Wanders, apparently. I don't know who he is, but he has no qualms about charging £85 for six cardboard boxes. What idiot would pay that sort of money for six cardboard boxes? Oh.
9. A pair of beaded flip-flops.
10. The window.
11. Some fluff.
Not shown: An overweight cat, some Tea Tree Oil Mattifying Moisture Gel, the Eiffel Tower, Benjamin Franklin inventing the lightning rod, weevils, Superman.
An overweight cat, not in Patroclus's bedroom, yesterday.