Ecco Fara – no; it’s not the name of an exotic dessert or that of a Narcissus – defying nymph, but the make and model of a walking shoe for women. – and do they look good! Made in black, shadow white, moon grey and petal pink, Fara has white laces and white soles while the stitching and perforations on the uppers add that indefinable Ecco touch.
Ecco Fara has every hi-tech foot feature that you can imagine; ridged soles for perfect ground grip, raised insteps and interior heel padding for comfortable walking. The shoes are sleek and streamlined with no fobs, fancies or silly-frilly hanging bits designed to trip your light fantastic in every direction. What you get for your money – around £80 - is a pair of high-quality shoes to see you through urban treks, country walks and beachside picnics. To date, my EFs have not chafed, pinched, cramped, hobbled or crippled. So, ladies who value their plates of meat and want to lead an active summer, get on down to your nearest Ecco stockist and look for Fara..
The idea for a book combining colour theory and Greek mythology, which has always held my fascination, occurred to me just over two years ago.I have now launched Mythical Colouring. The majority of colouring books provide colour enthusiasts with patterns for essays into pure colour. However, even imagination requires a helping hand when matching and contrasting shades. The introductory notes and the guidelines that accompany every story serve as a springboard for the aspiring colourist.
Each story consists of two images, an A4-sized image and a smaller – though enlarged - detail from that image. Many enthusiasts may prefer to experiment on this detail before moving on to the full-sized picture. I have also provided blank squares at the outset of the book for pure colour experimentation.
Beginning with the story of a prehistoric deluge, the reader is taken through a montage of scenes from the lexicon of Greek mythology that include the pastoral worlds of Hyperion and Endymion, to the subterranean realm of Medea and the adventures of Hercules. In the accompanying guidelines, I explain how to attain the requisite atmosphere through the use of colour, and reminding the enthusiast that he or she is free to experiment.