Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Sunday, 16 November 2014
I don't think it gets much better than this.
Thursday, 13 November 2014
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
Last weekend we spent some time visiting Dan's family up in Lancashire. It was a long, 4 hour drive which played havoc with my poor old legs. When we finally arrived, we visited a new local restaurant for some yummy grub which we stuffed ourselves silly with.
In the morning, I was relieved of my motherly duties and I had a little solo shopping trip. A whole hour to myself and it was absolutely lovely. After a visit to the Grandparents, we went to the annual family fireworks night. Cow pie, Lindisfarne mead and Lemon Meringue Pie accompanied the pyrotechnic show for the kiddies.
Sunday, we drove through the Lancashire countryside and oh what a beautiful morning it was! A breakfast at our favourite farm shop and cafe, Roaming Roosters with Grandma Julie and Dave. We picked up lots of goodies from the shop, a steak stir fry (which was absolutely delicious) and some shin beef to recreate our wedding meal!
It has been one hell of a weekend and a very, very busy start to the week!
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Today I had the incredible opportunity to visit Stoneywell, the National Trust's newest treasure, nestled in the Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire. It is something I have been incredibly excited about for many, many months (if not years...) since the National Trust announced that they had inherited the arts and crafts cottage owned by the Gimson family.
Stoneywell was the summer house of Earnest Gimson, an architect and designer who was dedicated to the arts and crafts movement. This house has particular interest to me as the main Gimson house in Leicester was turned in to a primary school in the 1950's, the primary school that I attended! I do remember being taught some of the history of the family whilst at school, and of course, I couldn't forget the design of the buildings.
The interiors of the beautiful cottage remain as they may have been when the latest generation of the family moved into the house full time in the 1950s. Many of the furnishings were designed and made by hand, specifically for this house, making it a completely unique experience. William Morris, a close friend of Ernest Gimson and a pioneer of the arts and crafts movement, created many textile designs, which can be seen dressing each and every window. The details and the amount of care that has gone in to all parts of the house are just breathtaking.
It was an inspiring visit which evoked many, many emotions and memories from my childhood, seeing furniture that reminds me of pieces my father would have had. I can't wait to visit again!