Wednesday, 19 November 2014

School Run

Winding roads, views over the countryside, bright sunshine fighting through the fog, even at 2:45 in the afternoon. The sun starts going down, casting its pinkish orange hues over the quiet fields.
I am pretty lucky to have this as the regular feature of my evert day. 

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Perfect Sunday

One perfect Sunday. Starting with homemade waffles with dark chocolate, banana, cream and maybe a marshmallow or two. A spot of house shopping and a drive through the thick, countryside fog.

 After a Calke lunch, a brisk walk through the orange and red tinged parkland. The fog lifted and we got gloriously wet.

 The small one had far too much fun with his lunch bag, and the big one, well he was just himself.

 Flowers to brighten up any dull day.
 Slow cooked shin of beef stew with mustard mash and braised red cabbage.
Cosy evening snuggled up on the sofa with warm blankets watching old films and drinking tea from china tea cups.

I don't think it gets much better than this.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Black and White

Last week I was challenged to a black and white photo challenge. These are three of my favourites but you can find more of my photographs here.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Birthday Tea

Last week was Anna's birthday, so for a little birthday treat, I cooked up a sweet little afternoon tea to celebrate. Cheesey sandwiches (mini triangles of course), scones with clotted cream and my homemade damson jam and petit fours, strawberries and cream mille feulle and mini chocolate pies - all made by my fair hands!

Its safe to say I am quite proud of my creations and I hope the birthday girl enjoyed her birthday treats!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Home from Home

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.

 The grounds offer spectacular views over Charnwood, part of the National Forest. I can't wait to return in the spring and summer to see the gardens in full bloom, though you can't beat the russet colours sweeping over the landscape.

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!

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