Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Mother's Ruin East London Gin Palace has been granted her premises licence! The palace will be opening for the sale of sloe gin and other delicious and fortifying tinctures from Saturday 1st Sept. The opening coincides with the E17 Art Trail and the shop will be hosting Cock o' the North, an exhibition of minature paintings of chickens and black and white photography of Cumbrian wrestlers. There are lots of other great exhibitions in and around Wood St Market, and we are doing a late night opening on Thursday 6th Sept. Be lovely to see you if you came by for a visit!  

Monday, 27 August 2012

As is traditional over the bank holiday Mother's Ruin embarked on a useful and worthy project.. Bottling the damson gin - 6 hours of aromatic gin fume exposure and 120 bottles later...  I'm now all ready to open up later this week in time for the E17 Art Trail.
And if that weren't enough, braving escaped lions in Essex and the gloomy promise of summer thunder storms I went for a ramble along the River Lea and discovered the sloes were ready for picking. Look at these gorgeous sapphire beauties.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

They're here!

The last week of fine warm weather has brought the late summer raspberries to ripeness at last. Sweet, fragrant and gorgeous - difficult not to eat them all as I pick them...

Thursday, 9 August 2012

I've spent the week decorating the new shop, with some beautiful wall paper and a great old dresser to put the bottles on. The tiny gin palace is coming together and is now under the watchful eye of a fine feathered pheasant.
All being well I should be open in time for the the E17 Art Trail 1-16th Sept, where I will be opening with a show called Cock o' the North. The show features paintings of handsome roosters, and black and white photography of bold Cumbrian Wrestlers in the ring. It's all about male plumage, strut and swagger!
Check out the E17 Art Trail website at for details of all the exhibitions in this year's trail.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Using every lamp in the house I've cobbled together a photo studio in my kitchen! Amazingly you can get pretty decent results with a phone camera and an anglepoise...