Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mr. Hunter and the Goddess Hathor

Some statues emanate particularly pleasing energy.  In the past, Mr. Hunter and I have been enraptured, transfixed, and transported by the truly lovely Venus de Milo and Michelangelo's astonishing David.  

After a much too short visit to the British Museum, we're adding this head and torso of the goddess Hathor to that list.  This smiling Hathor figure comes from the Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep III.

Mr. Hunter and I weren't the only ones to fall under the spell of Hathor.  The woman in this photograph below stood and meditated in front of Hathor for at least half an hour.

The woman who was entranced by Hathor.

Video of Hathor and her disciple:

Room 4
The British Museum
London, England
September 2011

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Caring for a Mr. Hunter has its advantages compared to the care of Mogwai.
For example, Mr. Hunter is perfectly fine when exposed to bright sunlight.  He can also bear getting wet once in awhile.  And as for feeding him after midnight... well, Mr. Hunter doesn't eat.

(Side note: isn't it always after midnight, technically?)

London, England
September 2011

Official site for the Cinema Store -

The British Museum

We hurried over to the British Museum on a night when it was open late.

I would like to note that combining the word "hurry" with a visit to the British Museum may set you up for a bit of frustration.  Of course there is so much to see.  I think we had about an hour to scoot around in hopes of seeing some of the highlights at least.  Mr. Hunter and I must go back so that we can explore, absorb, and admire.

British Museum
London, England
September 2011

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Hard & Nutty at Fortnum & Mason

Mr. Hunter didn't take tea when he stopped at Fortnum & Mason, but he did get a kick out of the name for these nutty and likely chewy chocolates.  If Mr. Hunter could eat chocolates, this is one box he would buy.

See more about the Superb Hard and Nutty Selection
on Fortnum & Mason's web site.

"The English, being a stoic kind of people, have always been keen on their nuts and hard centres. This selection of nuts, caramels and other substantial centres will keep the staunchest chewer happy."

London, England
September 2011

His Dark Materials

Mr. Hunter isn't sure just what kind of creature his daemon would be, but he's still a fan of The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman.  Here's a stack of the book featuring its original U.K. title: Northern Lights.

London, England
September 2011

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Spotted Dog

Mr. Hunter chills with a charming spotted dog on the shelves at Liberty.

Regent Street
London, England
September 2011

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Piccadilly Market

Mr. Hunter attempted to camouflage himself among nesting dolls at the Piccadilly Market.

St. James's spire.

Ethiopian Coptic Church silver hand crosses.

Utensils made out of juniper wood.

Animal stamps.

With a Scooby nesting doll and a Shrek nesting doll.

Piccadilly Market at St. James's Church
London, England
September 2011

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Carnaby Street

We stepped out of Liberty and wandered down Carnaby Street, a famous shopping street.  While we grabbed a quick snack at (you guessed it) Pret a Manger, we noticed groups of people in costume.  Apparently there was some sort of Friday evening scavenger hunt party going on.

We found Waldo.
He was busking on Carnaby Street with a band called The Cash Cows.

A group of scavenger hunters
who were dressed as the Pink Ladies.
Or do they look too pure to be pink?

Team Gold showed up and consulted with The Cash Cows.

Team Tucker Says Relax bursts in
while Team Gold is posing with the band.

Carnaby Street
London, England
September 2011

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

At Liberty

Mr. Hunter went shopping at Liberty, the Regent Street department store founded in 1875 and famed for its Liberty Prints.

Mr. Hunter poses atop a Samphire and Seaweed gift box.

Critter banks

Mr. Hunter and a carved figure

Center courtyard at Liberty.

Mr. Hunter tucked himself in among some Liberty print blouses.

Regent Street
London, England
September 2011

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Totoro, Totoro, Totoro, and Mr. Hunter

Mr. Hunter has spent time with Totoro before, but on the shelves of Magma Books in London he found himself encircled by Totoro, Chu Totoro, and even a couple of Chibi Totoros.

They also sold Moomin-themed items!

London, England
September 2011

Mr. Hunter's Blue Halo (aka The London Eye)

Mr. Hunter basks in the blue nighttime glow of the London Eye.

The London Eye
as seen from Westminster Bridge
London, England
September 2011

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

Mr. Hunter and I have great affection for Big Ben and the Clock Tower at the Houses of Parliament.

Mr. Hunter listens as Big Ben tolls eight o'clock:


Big Ben
The Houses of Parliament
City of Westminster
London, England
September 2011

Friday, June 15, 2012

People I Have Asked: The Jamie's Italian Waiter

Our waiter at Jamie's Italian (on the first night we ate there) thought it would be appropriate for him to pose with Mr. Hunter at the nearby meat counter.

Jamie's Italian
London, England
September 2011

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mr. Hunter Recommends... Jamie's Italian

If you're lucky enough to be in the West End of London and contemplating what to eat for lunch or dinner, Mr. Hunter would like to suggest (with some longing) that you check out Jamie's Italian on Upper St. Martin's Lane in London.

Mr. Hunter prepares to dig into a salad and some ravioli.

The Jamie's Italian menu.

Delicious bruschetta.

London, England
September 2011

Where in the world is Mr. Hunter? The answer (Bright and Groovy edition)

Where was Mr. Hunter when joined this cluster of colorful cat umbrellas?

Pylones is a fabulously fun and funky shop where you can find pleasing, playful, and colorful gifts and utensils.  

Charming ballerina pens.

Who wouldn't want a colorful squid whisk?

Mr. Hunter stopped to chill with some solar-powered flowers:

A friendly spray-bottle dog.

Would you like a colorful sausage dog pen?

Mr. Hunter meets some funky fold-away shopping bags.

Mr.  H joined a chorus line of doll umbrellas.

Cat-shaped brushes!

Dancing with some fashionable cheese graters.

London, England
September 2011