Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature
While the weather may be getting you ready for summer, this time of year can be unpredictable, so it’s always good to plan for a rainy day. In collaboration with the National Trust, this family-friendly exhibition at the V&A will take visitors on a journey through the life and works of the beloved writer and illustrator, Beatrix Potter. From her work as a scientist and conservationist, exploring the places and animals that inspired her, to the original characters and illustrations she created, this exhibition is the perfect day out for the Easter holidays. Plus, members of the V&A and children aged 11 or under go free.
Always wanted to give pickling a try? A simple recipe for novices, and a handy jar to have stored in your cupboards for when you want to give a dish that extra something special, pickled peaches will go with just about anything – especially cheese. With just a few simple ingredients (most of which you're likely to already have in your kitchen) you can enjoy them just hours later, and they'll keep for weeks to come!
French Braid by Anne Tyler
Pulitzer prize-winner Anne Tyler's highly anticipated new novel was published this week. Starting in 1959 and plotting through to the present, French Braid chronicles the lives of the Garrett family: Mercy, Robin and their three children all live closely under one roof, yet the distance between them only grows wider. Full of heartbreak and humour, this touching and poignant story illuminates the joys and cruelties of daily life, the impossibility of breaking away from those who love us and is a painfully truthful portrait of a family.