Sunday, 12 November 2017

Remembrance Sunday

Today England remembers those that fought and died so that we may live, the greatest sacrifice that one can  give and we shall never forget them.

Poppies are proudly worn and are seen on Winter coats all around town, I bought a red  poppy and a lovely little centenary pin to wear with pride.... the world war embroidered sweetheart handkerchief i found earlier this year in a charity shop  in town and I wondered as I held it in my hand if the lady who had saved it all these years had sadly passed away.

My friend popped across yesterday with a cheddar cheese shaped like a poppy  wrapped in red wax, she had bought one for herself and thought Steve and I would like one too, she is a good and thoughtful friend, proceeds  go to the Royal British Legion.

While flicking through boxes and boxes of old photographs in the church hall earlier in the year I came across this family photograph and couldn't take my eyes of the young man in uniform , on getting home and turning over the photograph I read the words Eric drowned in the Mediterranean  w.w.2 and I made a promise to Eric that I would remember him on remembrance Sunday.

In the middle of the photograph stand Arthur and Renie and the pretty young lady on the left is known as Our dear Nellie.... how devastated they must have been to hear the news of Eric, may he rest in peace.

My Mother and my Great Auntie Francis always called those that fought 'Our lads' and looking at Eric's young face we see he is just a lad and should have had his whole life in front of him.

In the bow window of our cottage the little table is dressed in an old embroidered poppy tablecloth and soon I will serve Sunday lunch for Steve and there will be  a bowl full for Beatrix as she loves Yorkshire puddings.

They shall not grow old, as we grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them


We are going to be watching Songs Of Praise at twenty past four this afternoon and Countryfile at twenty past six and both are remembering the fallen, Bless them all.

I hope your Sunday has been a peaceful one, bye for now x

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

All Hallow's Eve

Happy All Hallow's Eve..

We have tiny rose pink and duck egg blue velvet pumpkins in a basket on the mantle piece along with forget me knot flowers in pink and blue.... 

The fire is cracking and popping up the chimney....

Beatrix and I are cuddled up cosy and the night is ready for the army of little feet carrying sweets and candy...

Have a wonderful night!

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Sunday, 4 June 2017

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Wash Day

Mum has been to stay for another two weeks since we last spoke and went home earlier in the week, I have been catching up with washing and pottering in the garden this last few days, hasn't the weather been wonderful? I am so enjoying the heat wave we are having in England, it's so nice to be able to paint furniture outside, peg washing out, sit and drink tea while listening to the birds.

I mentioned last time that Mum and me had brought home lots of linen table cloths and here they are hanging on the washing line enjoying the sun after a hot soak, an every day tablecloth with embroidered flower baskets and a beautiful  the white one with deep crochet edging.

Two more with cottage garden flowers all around...

Delphiniums and daisies.... washed and washed over the years until lovely and soft..

I also found a huge one covered in Spring blooms, tulips,daffodils and anenomes which I just love and feel very lucky to have found it folded up in a basket at the back of a charity shop, you just never know what you are going to find... all that work for a few pounds just doesn't seem fair does it? it's hours,weeks,months of someone's life being put into every stitch... it will be loved here in our little cottage and then in years to come it may be found at the back of the charity shop and will make someone's day like it did mine.

These laced edged Victorian cloths I found last year but didn't show you, I just found the picture and thought I would add it for you to see, there were eight altogether, white washing looks so lovely against a blue sky doesn't it ?. 

The white tablecloth with the deep crochet edging in the first picture is laid on my table below, you can see the two birds crocheted on the top.

I'll leave you with a bouquet of flowers that my dear Mum kindly bought for me while we were out and about in town, pink roses my favourite's.

Oh and Happy June!

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Tears And Treasure

Mum left early on Monday morning, I waved her and Steve goodbye and off they set homeward bound...

I pushed the picket gate closed and walked down the garden path with Beatrix running ahead, turned the key in the door and then the tears rolled down my face, I missed my Mum already and she had only just left... the cottage was so quiet...

A bunch of beautiful roses Mum had presented me with the day before with a huge smile on her face made me smile as I sat down with a cup of tea..

So bright and cheery on the mantle piece, I popped them in a tall Victorian jug that Mum and I found down in town earlier in the week, Mum reminisced about her Grandma Sarah Jane who would place a bowl of bread and butter pudding in front of Mum with a huge jug like the one holding the roses filled to the brim with hot custard..

Yes Mum's kindness worked it's magic, I bought the little print online and it came the other day with the postman and the sunshine,it matches a taller one I have in the kitchen, I do love verse's and sentiments around the cottage they are a gentle reminder..

I also came across this photograph in town that tells us on the back it was taken at a cottage near Whitby around 1870 taken by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe and is simply titled 'Woman In Garden' I had a frame that it just fit in,luckily.. 

I love her striped dress, what colour do you think it would have been? Whitby is by the sea so maybe a lovely blue and white pattern? I love the trug resting by her dress and the little seat, the arch made of tree logs and the window with sash opening, it's all so pretty and so me...

We had snow and wind  forecast which came early yesterday morning so I popped out and cut a jug of lilac as being on the cliff top the sea winds can burn the lilac flowers to nothing in no time at all,this is the most lilac I have had since we came to Shingle Cottage and it's a dream come true for me, I always dreamed of living in a cottage with a lilac bush that I could gather a jug of lilacs to bring inside.... last year I only had three blooms so this is wonderful to have so many,i wish you could smell their sweet perfume..

The blue Carlton Ware jug that holds them was another find this week at the church table top and bric a brac fair...

Mum bought me a beautiful little milk jug in the palest petal pink that I am going to take with me the next time we are shopping for paint to have a tin of paint mixed in the same colour...

I filled it with perfumed bluebells from along our garden path...

Jugs seemed to be a theme with Mum and I as she bought one covered in her favourite flower the poppy and I found two small jugs ( the one on the left and one on the right) covered in violets and yellow roses to match my tea pots..

I also found these two teeny tiny jugs which are perfect for holding small garden flowers and loved that one was named 'Sweet Nancy' underneath isn't that sweet?

Mum saw these two ladies watching us so we decided to bring them home with us, I am going to make these half pin cushion dolls up one for me and one for Mum..

I have wanted some more rose bowls and was lucky to find these two, one  an old rose transfer pottery and the other cut glass, our garden is covered in buds so it won't be long until I am picking posies again...

I spent a while at one stall filled with old ephemera and vintage postcards, a postcard of Our Lord and a book titled Wayside Wells...

Which I especially love as I have many little books by my bedside to reassure and lift me reading a few pages before bedtime or should I wake in the night and not be able to sleep, I think the mind can wonder in the wee small hours and I find it helpful to have a little library of sweet verses at hand to soothe and guide ....

Also a trio of religious postcards that must have been a set, I searched through but could only find these three, I wondered if they made a long picture as...

Each had a little of The Lords Prayer upon it...

More lovely words on this religious postcard...

A very old programme from Drury Lane Theatre Royal, I think the lady on the front is wonderful don't you?

Inside wonderful old advertisements...

Look at the date 1891 isn't it amazing that it has survived all this time? and the headline Beauty and The Beast still going strong today...

These three are for later in the year, I won't mention the C word ;) but they were too lovely to leave behind..

A lovely little war time cookery book from 1940, we have plenty of eggs in so I am going to try some of the sweet recipes so will let you know how they turn out...

Forget Me Not's as sweet as can be...

Roses too... the card on the right has a sweet verse that reads,

I am thinking of you my dearest today
And wishing you every bright wish and gay
The roses will tell you a message true
That my heart is thine, full of love for you

it is signed on the back Ethel x

We popped into a charity shop while in town and a lady who volunteers her time there came out of the back and said isn't this Laura Ashley wallpaper pretty? shame there is only one roll .... I dream of finding wallpaper like this covered in roses and forget me nots, please could I take it?  I asked as she was putting it on the shelf, she turned and smiled and again said it's lovely isn't it? Mum was cooing about the pattern all the way home. we stopped in the memorial park and sat on a bench underneath the blossom tree's all you could hear were blackbirds singing and the two of us chattering away, we sat and went through our bags showing each other what we had and why we loved it so, we love the same things me and my  Mum...

I hope you enjoyed looking at our treasures, next time I will show you the linens on the washing line, yes there's more ;)

Mum had such a lovely time that she checked her calender as soon as she got home and told me she is coming back early May now that stopped the tears and pet lip straight away, oh what fun we are going to have not to mention the treasure we might find ;) 

Wishing you a lovely day ahead x

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Easter Week

I hope you had a lovely Easter and enjoyed a chocolate egg or two..

My Mum came to stay on Good Friday and will be staying with us  until Monday, the cottage was Spring cleaned ready for her arrival, i have been sorting a lot of things out lately and getting on track,lots still to do but I 'll talk about that another time,it has been so lovely spending time with my Mum especially cuddling her...

A new mattress was picked up the week before for Mum's bed and I dressed it in striped and floral covers in cheery colours for Spring, a lavender bag was  tucked inside for sweet dreams..

I hung some vintage cottages by the sea  pictures and a kind verse I have been collecting to gaze at while falling asleep...

Easter bunnies waiting in Grandma's bed... Beatrix jumped in yesterday morning and curled up next to Mum for a cuddle and a sleep,it was very cute to see..

Mum arrived with beautiful Spring flowers in her arms..
And chocolate rabbits,cakes,biscuits and other treats that Mum's always bring,it was very kind of her and has made our cup of tea times really such a treat this week...

Spring flowers looking lovely on the bathroom window ledges,thank you Mum xxx

My old violet covered china  was brought out of the cupboard for Easter tea along with a yellow embroidered cloth runner...

I trimmed a basket in old millinery flowers and lace and then it with chocolate eggs wrapped in coloured foil, I baked a simnel cake, it's the first one I have baked and I had good reviews from Steve and Mum, I love the taste so much  and it's one of my favourite cakes. Mum always had a slice of simnel cake for me at Easter time and the taste always takes me back to happy childhood days. 

Branches were picked from the garden and placed in a pitcher jug full of water, they were then trimmed with glass and glittered coloured eggs, bird houses, cards and bunnies were sat  on an old embroidered cloth covered in lazy daisies. it was lovely sat in the bow window with the light shining through...

Mum brought me an Easter flowering cactus that I popped in my cottage plant pot..

Flowers were picked from the garden, bluebells,tiny daffodils,grape hyacinth, wallflowers, cowslip and pulmonaria. little pots of Spring flowers here and there on window ledges,on the dresser and on the table too... I love seasonal flowers especially the ones growing in the garden.

Lilac and lemon eggs were sat in amongst the flowers on the kitchen window ledge...

Chippy,rusty bunnies  and a tiny pot of violets from the garden sat on the kitchen window ledge too...

Me and Mum were so excited to find the tiny violets flowering..

The dresser in the dining room was trimmed for Easter ..

A primrose yellow knitted chick and a bunny in a knitted jacket, old china Spring flowers, my pink birdy childhood egg cup and vintage chick post cards..

Teeny tiny bunnies and more Spring blooms, daffodils and anemone's..

A sweet Staffordshire lamb..

On the dining room window ledge a little Easter tree,bunny and violet barbola mirror and you can just see the pheasant eye daffodils  peeping outside...

The fruit tree's are turning green outside and starting to blossom, i'm hoping it won't be too long before the shrubs grow up and cover the fence, I love greenery and it's somewhere for the birds to nest which brings their sweet song too..

A time to read Easter thoughts and to remember how blessed we are..

Click to enlarge if you would like to read the words...

Mum and I had chance to visit a church fair where we came home with lots of treasures that I will share with you next time.

I hope you had a blessed Easter and that you are enjoying Spring and all the beauty it brings, i'm hoping to blog a little sooner next time, bye for now x.

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