Sunday, 26 March 2017

Happy Mother's Day

 Mothering Sunday

A little vintage framed print with precious words I sent to my Mummy along with a vase of flowers and a card full of kisses!

 Mother, O' Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth.
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.

Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I've grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due,
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek - peekaboo.

The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew,
And out in the yard there's a hullabaloo.
But I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren't his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo.

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow,
But children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

~ Ruth Hulbert Hamilton


Happy Mother's Day to all Mummy's everywhere, wishing you all a wonderful day
XxX

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Happy March

I wanted to pop in and wish you all a  very Happy March, I picked this bunch of blooms for you as I am  grateful to all who stop by and leave me lovely comments, you are kind and I appreciate you doing so.

I picked primula,paper whites and snow drops and popped them in a tiny ' A Bit Of Old England' vase,i wish you could smell as the paper whites are so perfumed.

This is a peek into an old barbola corner cupboard we have in the hallway that I have filled with all my cottage treasures and trinkets.


The sun is shining here and the sky is mostly blue and the daffodils are in bud along the lanes, ahhh i do love Spring time don't you?
Wishing you a wonderful first day of March whatever you may be up to.

Will you join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage?
 XxX

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Cottage Flowers

 I popped down to town at the weekend to do our weekly grocery shopping and on the way home I called in to the charity shop and our flower and pet shop to pick a bag of food up for Beatrix, I also picked up a punnet of primula in the prettiest colours...

In  the charity shop next door i found an old embroidered table cloth that I have soaked and brightened, it just needs pressing later on, it is a little thread bare here and there but I just love all the little daisies and gentle faded colours..
 I also bought the platter the primula's are sat on, it is covered in lilac,pink and white sweet pea's..

This little vintage Spring time brooch is a recent buy too....

Lovely Spring flowers in a wicker basket, it features pink,yellow and blue primula and blue muscari..
 I was thrilled to find a cottage cake plate and a violet covered dinner plate...
 Such a beautiful cottage and flower garden...
 I was also lucky to find these two thatched cottage dinner plates depicting lovely scenes of gentler times..
 Which one would be your dream cottage to live in? i love the garden on the first plate especially the colours..
 Talking of gardens, i have been out this morning with my basket of miniature daffodils and crocus that i showed you in my last post, these have now finished flowering so i split the bulbs and sprinkled them in amongst this little patch that i made last year with rocks i found in the garden,there are crocus,cowslip and bluebells starting to come through and there are many bulbs and primula's from the kitchen window ledge last year...
 All planted and a little hoe to tidy up, i'm hoping in a few years this will be a lovely Spring carpet of colour.. 
 I placed a vase of daffodils in the empty space that i brought home with me on the kitchen window ledge, they look cheery from inside and out..
  The first miniature daffodils have also started to flower on the south side of the cottage this weekend...

 I hope you have enjoyed your weekend and that life is treating you kind...


I nearly forgot to mention i found three of the side plates above too, i only remembered when we sat down to have our tea this afternoon...

Have you been out in the garden or found any treasure this weekend? i would love to know...

Will you join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage ?

XxX

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Snowdrops



Although we have had some very frosty mornings the last few weeks we have also had lots of lovely sunshine and mild temperatures which has meant the pottering in the gardens has begun and the joy of the snowdrops opening...

When we first arrived at Shingle Cottage there was a large square of snowdrops that I dug up and divided, there were hundreds and hundreds of tiny white bulbs hidden under the soil..

I dug little pockets and sprinkled them under our four fruit tree's we had planted on the south side of the cottage, hoping in years to come to have a carpet of white to look at from the windows.. We have done a lot of work in our rose garden the last few years and if you missed it you can read how it started to take shape by clicking
here  as you can see below the bluebells and daffodils that I moved back then have taken and are growing happily away..

Outside the window I planted little white bulbs all along the curve of the box hedge many are still in bud...

I picked a little bunch to bring into the cottage after pottering about..

They are such beautiful little flowers and you don't get to see them when looking down on them from above so I always like to bring some inside...

I have seen catkins and snowdrops and now for the violets,i have planted some along the edge of the fruit tree's so fingers crossed they will flower soon..


I have a basket inside with little yellow daffodils and violets both are in pots and will be planted out into the rose garden when they have finished flowering for next Spring..

I bought this double primula and purple crocus last year and these are now starting to flower outside..

I like to have flowers in the kitchen at this time of year,well actually all through the year but a bunch of daffodils can make the Winter months a little more cheery, little pots of bulbs from last year all growing in the borders in the garden now,i like building my Spring bulbs in this way little pots for a pound or two and they often last longer than a bunch of flowers on the window ledge and then you get to enjoy them year after year in the garden.

More little bulbs from last year that are now coming up in the garden.

It's nice to make our gardens sweeter as well as our  homes isn't it?

When my Mum came to visit at the end of last Summer she very kindly bought me lots of daffodil bulbs which was sweet of her and I bought a few bags of muscari and tete a tete daffodils along with some anemone bulbs too, I noticed this week that they are all coming up along the borders and in the urns..  i'm looking forward to all the colourful little heads bobbing on the breeze..


Lovely bright Spring sunshine is just starting to warm the cottage garden on the east side of the cottage and it's where I have my little vase of snowdrops,daffodils and crocus so I can see them as I wash the dishes..

These two love birds (wood pigeons) have started building a nest in the gutter outside our bedroom window, they have nested their the last two years and I love to hear their coo's early in the morning. they stay with us all Winter long and I can't fill the table with seed quick enough,i even buy them their own special pigeon mix from the little shop in town where I buy my pots of bulbs...

Lots of new life and hope to look forward to in the gardens this month, the weather report has said we are in for a Wintery weekend so it's a good job we have the coal shed nicely stocked as it sounds like we are going to be keeping the home fires burning a little longer..


I have some stitching waiting for me so I best get on but can I ask do you have snowdrops blooming in your corner of the world? I would love to know....

Will you join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage?

XxX

Monday, 6 February 2017

Spring Has Sprung

Spring is on it's way in between the snow showers,winds and rains of late....the pansies I planted in Autumn are starting to flower, although a little bruised by the winds they are a cheery sight outside the French doors...


Hyacinths,muscari and bluebells are springing up all over our garden..


Along with daffodils,snow drops and crocus, it won't be long now before we have some lovely Spring flowers in the garden to look at from the window on cold chilly days...


Today was very cold and chilly with a ground frost but the sun was shining and the sky was blue and Beatrix and I set off on a walk down the hill to town to blow off the cobwebs,it was lovely to be out in the fresh air getting some exercise....


We called into the chemist and then the flower shop where I treated myself to a bunch of hyacinths,after our walk up hill we reached our garden gate and then the kitchen door,Beatrix was having a good old drink while I filled the kettle for a nice cup of tea..
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I popped the hyacinth in an old cut glass vase and popped them on the window ledge,the little sylvac bunny was a recent find that came home with me from an antique and collectors fair..

I wish you could smell their heady perfume..
 

I think it's time Spring arrived don't you? it is getting lighter on a morning and staying lighter a little longer on an evening too....


I brought a selection of floral china,brooches and a hyacinth embroidered table cloth this time last year which I will be using on our dining table this Spring..


Is Spring starting to Spring up in your corner of the world too? I would love to know...



Will you join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage?

XxX

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Snowfall

A little someone woke early yesterday morning and wanted to go out into the garden..


It was bitterly cold and we had a light dusting of snow that had fallen overnight which made me happy,i love snow and have watched friends from all over the world posting their snowy pictures while we woke up to sunny and rainy days but today it was out turn for snowfall...


I filled the hot water bottles and we climbed back into bed waking a few hours later to more snow,there where big flakes floating past the kitchen window and everything was blanketed in white..


I turned on the kitchen light and peered out into a Winter wonderland...


Everything looked so lovely as the wind blew and fluffy flakes swirled by....


I dashed into the garden room with Beatrix quickly tip toeing behind to look out of the French doors and this was our view....

Back down the hallway and into the room, with Beatrix in my arms i opened the window and looked outside into the garden....


It was so lovely and oh so quite just the sound of the wind...


Looking out of the glass window on the kitchen door we watched...


As the snowflakes blew around covering the hedges and seed heads on last Summer's flowers....


The hydrangea looked particularly beautiful and somewhere underneath there was our greenhouse that our neighbour kindly gave us last Summer...

As the snow came down heavier the winds blew it sideways and everything looked like it had been sprayed with bath foam...

I love how everything changes shape and takes on a round softness...


Beatrix had a peek outside...one leg in and one leg out...


Then all the way out as she looked for the steps...


Leaving tiny little paw prints in fresh snow....


I cleaned the bird table and piled lots of fresh seed on for our feathered friends and there were many visiting through the day...


I played snowballs with Beatrix until my fingers were icy cold but before we went back inside I walked to the picket gate to take a picture of our pink cottage covered in snow and there I could see little Beatrix on the door step looking up at the falling snow,can you see her on the left? awww,,,


It was then time to curl up in front of the roaring fire as all the excitement had worn Beatrix out..


I hope you are enjoying your weekend and maybe you have snow too? enjoy yourselves whatever you may be up to...

Will you join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage?
XxX