Sunday, 31 October 2010


Weekends are still special whether you work from home (like I do) or work 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, its the time to be with family, relax and just do what you feel like! Sometimes I have lots of energy and others I just want to do absolutely nothing at all!!

This weekend we had a visitor my son Oliver! Now I always love having any one of my sons at home – I feel a real mum again, silly I know! But I just love cooking him his favourite meals, going for walks and visiting our local pub. We often go to The Smithy at Welcome Bay its just a lovely traditional pub with local ales and brilliant chips!! The owners had really gone to town and decorated it out in Halloween style!

We then went for a lovely walk and the sea looked so inviting (well from a distance it did).

I then had a cooking urge and made my favourite little cakes to have with tea – madelaines I do love making them but always have a problem getting the out of the tin.

Today has been a day of a little sewing and making the traditional Sunday Lunch and now curling up on the settee in front of the fire and doing a little crocheting!

Well the evenings are now going to draw in - and it is dark already at 5.30 pm - but fires will be lit there will be lovely comforting smells from the kitchen of winter stews, fruit cakes, and cinnamon buns, I will be  starting to prepare for the Christmas Holidays the making of mincemeat, christmas cake, puddings and mince pies all things to look forward to!
I hope you have all had a lovely weekend and thank you everyone for your lovely comments I am really enjoying this blogging!!!!

Monday, 25 October 2010

Pink to make the boys wink!!!

Well this week I thought I would post about Breast Cancer Awareness month, nearly at its end. I then click on one of my favourite blogs Home and guess what Jackie has beaten me to it, but I am sure she won’t mind if I go ahead anyway.

I have two friends who unfortunately had Breast Cancer it was a really tough time for them but I am so glad to report that both are doing really well and one has even started her own Interior Design business, it makes you realise how brave these ladies are and wonder how you would cope with such an illness! But here are some lovely pictures to make you think PINK.


.I must admit I did enjoy collecting all these pink pictures, I especially love the pink table laid out for tea and the lovely kitchen. In one of our old houses we had a bathroom that we inherited which had floor to ceiling in tiles - I wasn't so keen, but as it was new had to live with it for a while - so I added a really pink ceiling - I loved it.  Now I just love adding pink as accents to a room the colour just lifts the spirits as I hope it does for all those ladies who have been unfortunate enough to have breast cancer, you are all such brave ladies.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

My Wish List

I don’t know about you but I love shopping – well where I live it is a pretty long way to any shops. So I often shop on line – well I have been doing a bit of this – well not really just creating a wish list so here it is what do you think

All these lovely things came from Bloomingville

I actually have this wreath it is gorgeous!!

Beautiful things from Caroline Zoob 

And these from Dee Puddy who has a lovely store at Country Living Christmas Fair

I love this heart its from Cox and Cox

Has to be on my Christmas List!

So Stylish!

and lots of lovely soaps all these lovely things come from Plumo But of course I have been a little busy too - and here is a little taster of what I have been up to! and they can be bought from my Shop! (a little advertising here forgive me!)
I do love shopping and I can loose myself on all these lovely on-line shops I have added links for all of them if you feel like a shopping spree.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Comforting smell,gentle crackles and hypnotising flames!

Well what a lovely weekend blue sky from Saturday morning all the way through until Sunday evening – now if you know Devon then you realise that this is quite rare. Devon is very green with lush pastures due of course to the amount of rainfall we have.
Well I thought I would write about one of my favourite things in the winter and that is the Fire I love my open fires – my solid fuel/log rayburn and of course I also love bonfires! OMG I sound like a fireraiser (once I had the most enormous bonfire in Normandy it was stupendous and went on for days – good job we had no neighbours – but I was in my element!)
The right wood is essential and I don’t know whether you know but there is a brilliant poem about this:

Beech wood fires burn bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year

Store your beech for Christmastide
With new cut holly laid beside

Chestnuts only good they say
If for years tis stored away

Birch and firwood burn too fast
Blaze too bright and do not last

Flames from Larch will shoot up high
Dangerously the sparks will fly

But ashwood green and ashwood brown
Are fit for a Queen with a golden crown

Oaken logs if dry and old
Keep away the winter’s cold

Poplar gives a bitter smoke
Fills your eyes and makes you choke

Elmwood burns like churchyard mould
E’en the very flames are cold

It is by the Irish said
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread

Applewood will scent the room
Pearwood smells like flowers in bloom

But ashwood wet and aswood dry
A king may warm his slippers by.
This is some pile of logs (but not mine!)
It sometimes can be difficult to get the right wood – we tried on Saturday found someone selling logs had a sample bag and MOH spent most of Saturday and Sunday evening chasing sparks all over the carpet!!! So we are going to have to find someone else!

Sorry has to be done on a Saturday night - glass of lovely red wine!

lovely fircone firelighters I hate those smelly ones!
Toasting crumpets nothing beats it on a cold winters afternoon!
On Saturday we also went on a lovely walk – there was so many people in the sea – rather them than me.
Came home and baked some biscuits – a recipe I have had for years and never fails.
We then lit the fire and you know what happened then!!

Sunday morning just as beautiful so we went on a walk which is right behind our house – it was lovely some of the trees were still lush and green!

You can just see Dartmoor in the background.
We even had our lunch outside in the garden and I picked the last of the apples on the tree – I can feel another Tarte Tatin coming on.

Once again the fire was lit and MOH did the dance of the sparks!!!
Well its Monday now and back to work – but I am getting a little sidetracked lately so many things to do but don’t quite no where to start I feel a list coming on but then that’s another story.
I would also like to say a big thank you for all your lovely comments - when I first started blogging I got a little dispondent as it seem to take ages for anyone to notice me - but now it is so lovely to hear from you all its like having lots of lovely friends. I am going to spend this evening reading all your blogs! like curling up with a good book, except its a bit hard with my laptop!