Thursday, 27 May 2010

Jolly hard work!

With the emphaisis, of course, upon 'Jolly'! Mrs Bobobun and I worked very hard on Sunday putting up our banners and road signs for the next Pick 'n' Mix!
 And then after all our hard work we had our recovery plan.... head to the sea...
Away up the hill past Cley.... I see the sea!
Oh yes we deserved a treat and a treat we were to have!
A table in the sunshine and asparagus in season.... oh yummy yum!
Mrs B is such a glamorous dunker!
and then so much choice for lunch.... so many delicious dishes....how to choose?!
And then there was the delectable pudding menu - perfectly complimented by the delectable Mrs B!
Hot and sunny though it was, we both plumped for Hot Sticky Toffee Pudding! Bliss! A lovely day out and a perfect example of the level of pure hard graft and commitment which has gone into our market! And we hope the spirit of our efforts is evident on the big day!!
Meanwhile I have had another thrifty week!
I am very in love with this darling little tin....
The beautiful boy has laid claim to this flock of tinky vintage birdies....
and I can never resist vintage flowers! These from a 1968 wedding trinket...
Another of my favourite flowers is coming into full bloom in the garden....and what do you spy there?
 What's that billowing on the line...
Acres and acres, well, ok, yards and yards of vintage roses! I need to take a close up for you when they're all dry....
It was a good fabric day...more roses here and that lovely warm abstract...
I love these colours....
But I think I love these roses even more!
All of this fabric for less than £1. Now that's what I call a good fabric day. Possibly even a best ever!
And just one more thing to share today - a gardening book spied in a shop window....
Adds a whole new meaning to armchair gardening! Well, it made me smile. And I do like things that make me smile and I hope they make you smile too. I shall be back next with pictures of our market - I am so very looking forward to a lovely day out! Maybe see you there! t.xxx
PS - I just noticed it's my Blogiversary tomorrow! Oh poop! That's going to have to wait until another day but I promise we'll have a party and there will be treats! t.xx

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Thrift me happy!

Those of us in England are enjoying glorious May sunshine and that means so are the Irises! Their roots love to be sun-soaked and the display we're enjoying this year shows they're very happy!
I've had some happy thrifting too. Want to see?
mmm. Two more sweetie jars for my buttons (very much needed as I'm trying to get pot loads sorted!) A delicious t-pot!
Very pretty but sadly past it's useful days as the crazing inside is a bit excessive! But it looks soooo pretty!
Three.... yes three! huge rosy curtains! Oh I love these colours. So cosy and warm. And this....
darling little table with it's very own little 'Very Useful Drawer'. I love this little table and lookie!....
it has it's very own two chairs too. The whole trio for a fiver! Woohooo! I have just the place all ready for them but I can't show you yet so they're in the garden by the Forget-me-nots for the minute!
Lots of these again.....
Mrs Bobobun tells me off because they deserve to go to a home where someone will knit and crochet...
But I just tell myself that I will be that home one day. I WILL find time to be knitty again. Maybe this year. Maybe!
All in all a very good day's thrityness methinks!
And tomorrow I shall be seeing Mrs Bobobun with a mallet and some signboards as we start to remind the world of important events just around the corner!
Busy busy but not enough stitchy! Back soonish. t.xxx

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Come into the garden...

Life has been a bit in fast forward around here. I haven't been able to find a moment to stop by, but I did think of you and so come with me for a walk up the garden path....
Do you see where we're headed? Ooh. Just pause along the way - the Forget-me-nots are so very pretty....
but the real show is over here...
How I love Apple Blossom time....it's the abundance....
the colour... well.... I see pink...
The scent, oh how I wish I could share the scent....
And there's another thing so heart-warming about Apple Blossom....
Can you hear it?
Bzzzzzzz.... 
 
Nothing so drunk as a honey bee at Apple Blossom time
But there's something else I love too... it's the promise that comes with all those flowers....
The promise of an autumn harvest....
..... to be enjoyed all summer long...favourite chutneys.....
Glass of juice anyone?
t.xx

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Come Butterfly With Me!

Well I promised to share our day trip and my what a trip it was. House heaven. In the summer I am very excited to be attending the Midsummer Fayre at Voewood and the beautiful boy and I were lucky enough to go on a house tour over the Easter break...
This beautifully restored Arts and Crafts home is built on a butterfly plan......
and inside butterflies are a bit of a recurring theme too....
I'll let you pop over to the website if you want to find out more about the history of the architecture. For me our visit was all about the wonderful eclectic home that has been created by Simon Finch and Annabel Grey. Annabel is also responsible for the interior at one of my other favourite places, Wiveton Hall Farm Cafe....
Every room was a feast for the eyes and so this post is going to be more visual than factual because in many instances.... well......
there was so much to take in....
....every room was a gasp of pure joy.....
the detail and surface pattern was endlessly inspiring and breath-taking. The house has been lavished with hours upon hours of creativity the like of which I can only wish I had the application to achieve and quirky objects were to be found around every corner......
the beautiful boy has a current obsession with all things Natural History - and this includes skeletons and taxidermy... he was recently given a very old stuffed chaffinch.... after his Voewood inspirations he made this little home for it...
hmmm. I love the box more than the bird I think... but I did pop the little dear into the freezer for a bit so whatever was making him so tatty and moth-eaten has hopefully been dealt with...
I loved the red ground which really made the butterflies dance on this little display half hidden behind an armchair....
and there was more taxidermy to be found in the kitchen.. and my oh my what a kitchen....
I was delighted to find a collection of china not dissimilar to my own... a bit of this, a bit of that... all mish mashed together.... bliss....
As our tour continued we worked our way around endless bedrooms, each one with a theme and a name... this is the patchwork room where the incredible wall painting took Annabel a year to complete....
and I can't remember if this was the button bathroom or a whether I've muddled two rooms together.... at some point it was all so much to take in I just went around in a daze of happiness!
I fell in love with this little clock... so simple it made me smile !
and these are the buttons....
Even this little picture mosaic had me enchanted.
And in this bathroom the shell display felt a little like a home from home....
But I'm not sure I'd relax with this little crew watching me bathe....
But I do love these little shells displayed in their match boxes just like the ones at Glandford...
The beautiful boy was particularly fond of the 'chill-out' room
and I loved this little Mary Poppins dormitory...
which even had it's own little kitschen...
I was tempted to move in and see how long it was before anyone noticed. The house is such a rabbit warren I thought I might manage a week or two before I was discovered! I could peer out of the top window and enjoy the views through leaded lights....
but then someone promised tea and cakes on the terrace... well.... and of course even the teapots were beautiful...

We so enjoyed our visit and came away thoroughly inspired and so excited about going back in the summer for the fayre...but for now we're home enjoying our own view through leaded lights....
although actually it's better from upstairs where I can see the garden finally coming to life! I am very hopeful the apple blossom will be fully out this weekend and that maybe this year it will be around a bit longer before the wind and rain do their worst!
and at the back of the house the 'view from here' is as breath-taking as ever....
Have a lovely long weekend everyone, whatever your view.
My weekend started today with a trip over to see the lovely Mrs Bobobun for a bit of last minute Pick 'n' Mix planning. I was deeply confused by the additional pair of crocs by the door. Perhaps they have been quietly multiplying or perhaps one pair belongs to the fairies I am assured live at the top of their garden!
 Mrs Bun and I are so excited about our second market and the wonderful group of makers who are coming to join in! We do hope you'll be able to visit if you're down our way for Whitsun weekend! Now, I have acres of giant bunting to make! t.x