It was my Birthday yesterday, a baltic Scottish February day. HB and I took the day off to wonder round the glass palm houses at The Royal Botanical Garden’s and dream of sunnier climates…they were closed due to ridiculously high winds. So instead we popped up to the National Portrait Gallery to have a look at the BP Portrait awards. There were some wonderful paintings included in this years selection and if you are in Edinburgh I would highly recommend a visit. Some of the works are phenomenal.

I spent a very lazy afternoon (with cake) looking through a book that HB bought me for my Birthday called “Rock the Shack”  it’s about the architecture of cabins, cocoons and hide-outs (edited by Sven Ehmann and Sofia Borges and printed by Gestalten) This book is heaven. I am not sure if it is actually healthy to get this excited about buildings?!

The book features gorgeous photography of an amazing collection of secluded cabins and stunning wood clad interiors to die for. Rock the Shack takes you to the places you can only dream about. The book opens with a statistic that ‘for the first time in the history of humankind, more people live in cities than in the country’  Yet more and more and more of us are desperate for a more peaceful existence, an escape from the manic pace of modern life. The idea of being out of reach and getting back to basics. Well this all sounds absolutely wonderful… as long as there is wifi. Get the book it really is fantastic. Thanks HB you know me well.