Saturday, 31 October 2009

If you go down to the woods today...








Is there anything to beat a crisp Autumn afternoon walk in the woods? ...

Maybe a crisp Autumn afternoon walk in the woods followed by a National Trust Cream Tea!
t.x

Friday, 30 October 2009

Work? Nah!

Time with the little man is so precious and so there has been zip activity in my workroom for two weeks of Half Term and the beautiful boy has been the busy one...
A compass plait corn dolly....
Trips to the woods to make the most of the un-seasonally warm weather. I really really didn't like this climbing frame at High Lodge - of course beautiful boy and all the other daredevil children loved it!
Another glorious day saw a trip to Cockley Cley Iceni Village and Nature Reserve in the heart of Norfolk's Brecks....
The lake was being dredged so the bird-watching wasn't what we had hoped but the landscape is breath-taking, the Brecks at their best...

Another trip into the woods to observe bugs....
all sorts of beasties here!
and a quiet day at one of my favourite stately homes, Oxborough Hall, home to embroidery hangings stitched by Mary Queen of Scots ...
I have happy memories of sitting by this moat and chatting to my Grandma on a summer's day long ago....
The kitchen gardens were settling down for winter...
...and back home, the garden is still a warm and welcoming place to sit out... and it's November this weekend!
No wonder we Brits love to talk about the weather - we never know what to expect!

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Buttons and bows.

It has been a while since I made a good button haul, and yes, this one was complimented by a few Meakin Rosa bowls for my utility china collection!
Such beautiful colours and if you look closely so much plastic treasure! Flowers, glass, deco... so many lovely ones...
but I am especially delighted with these snowflakes and bows....
and this lovely little puppy! What treasure!
In a busy week of photoshoots for the county magazine for our market, Lisa and I have still managed to eat cake and I have found time for some quiet stitching along with my favourite audio books.
The boy has been poorly for the first week of his half term but we are hopeful he will be all better for the second week and our halloween celebrations! He has fallen in love with this pumpkin design and is already busy working on his own version...
... a good likeness I think...
Today we had a jaunt out to my friend's workshop where she makes deliciously scented natural soaps and bubbles....
it's a pleasure to be there with all the lovely scents
the store room is intoxicating...
Just one more pic for you today....
The boy is so delighted that the shops are stocking his favourite biscuits again and look what greeted me when I looked in the biscuit cupboard.....
I mean as if I would?! t.xxx

Monday, 19 October 2009

Out to Lunch - and how!

I promised to share my treat and whilst I didn't manage to save you a piece of cake, I am sure you will enjoy these pictures I took for you! As soon as my friend and I arrived, I knew I would be happy here - all those beautiful blues and greens outside...
I'm smiling broadly already.. how about you?
Do you see the lovely shell patterns around the door, can you glimpse that scrummy pink?
Oh! pink, acid green, sea blues.......
Died and gone to heaven!
Welcome to Wiveton Hall Farm Cafe. Wise to plan ahead as this inspirational place between Cley and Blakeney on the North Norfolk coast is often fully booked! Do you spy those enormous cakes on the counter? I spotted them the moment I recovered from the colours all around!
The cafe is set in the midst of the fruit farm looking out over the fields which grow the fruit and veg that guide the day to day menus in the cafe.
Want another look at those scrummy colours?
mmmmm....
And as if the surroundings weren't happy enough, my lovely friend treated me to a delicious lunch of divine Pumpkin Risotto followed by puddings - oh those puddings.... very tempting but actually..
I chose cake!
I did say that I didn't manage to save you any didn't I? All of this and then a short walk out of the farm and you are in the National Nature Reserve at Blakeney. Perfect for walking off that cake!
All in all an idyllic afternoon and just the tonic I needed. I was even happy to see the winter laundry drying by the Aga when I returned home... ... those colours were oddly reminiscent of my scrummy lunchtime jaunt! t.xx

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Sherbert and Chutney.

I promised thrifty goodness and here it is. I have continued to add to my collection of Utility China - and I can never look at it all mixed up without thinking of the wonderful description by A Thrifty Mrs - "Lick me I taste like Sherbert" ... these colours altogether just make me smile.
I have also added a couple of pieces of venetian glass to the bits and pieces on the overmantel in the sitting room. The tall vase is especially tactile and gorgeous. It just had to come home with me don't you think?!
Fabric - of course there has been fabric - two of these blues were gifts - the middle curtain from clever mumsie and the wonderful leafy print cotton on the right from a homes journalist I met earlier this year. She is keen to hear from any of you who think you have a beautiful and original home - if you would like to make contact just drop me an email (in my profile) and I'll let you know what to do!
Pinks - of course! The cotton on the left is especially delicious in a sherberty kind of way.
There has been some stitching - more on that next week, and the harvest activity continues with more chutney making.. someone really should clean their Aga lids - tut tut!
10 jars of Apple and Date Chutney - oh the anticipation! This batch should be ready to eat just in time for Christmas! Still to do is the Glutney using overgrown courgettes and green tomatoes... mmmm. And the small matter of a sack full of beetroot to deal with!
And Mrs BoboBun and I have not been idle - we are gradually introducing our wonderful Christmas Makers over at the Pick n Mix blog so do take a peek. Lots more news to come over there!
Next post here I'm going to share a wonderful place where a friend kindly took me for lunch to blow away the cobwebs. And oh my what a place and what a lunch! I am already trying to find an excuse to go back again!
Hope you're all enjoying a restful weekend. t.xxx

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Girly Crisis

Despite the apparent pinkness of my blogysphere, I am not really a terribly girly girl. No really lovely readers, pink and flowers are my work style more than my personal attire. But recently there are days when I feel I am completely overwhelmed by the beautiful boy and his boyishness in our home. Despite my best efforts to the contrary, the latest thing in this house is guns.... plastic guns, guns fashioned from twigs, metal key-ring guns and even real guns (supervised, obviously!). Even on a country walk we come home with gun memorabilia... clay pigeons, shot cartridges.... guns are the thing wherever I turn....
Quietly waiting for the phase to pass, trying very hard not to cause a scene and thereby give it some undue importance, I am wearing more pink than is usual... resulting in the resurrection of this very old pink t-shirt...
worn for an accidental shopping trip with Mrs Bobobun and her gorgeous, pretty and gun-free girls...which in turn resulted in these....
affectionately known to my girlfriends as 'The Mid-life Converse" and my oh my they make me smile amidst the lego tanks, the brio catapults, the hot wheels car smashes and the array of animal bones being soaked in bleach solution in the kitschen (I kid you not - we are assembling a skeleton collection!)...
And then I came upon this...
Seems my darling boy has not entirely gone to the other side quite yet - mummy still has a little influence in his dear little life! Hurrah to that!
Now. Did you think I had stopped shopping? Have I not shared any thriftiness of late? A catch up is needed I am sure - back soon! t.xx