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.

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

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

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?

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 ?


Tuesday, 21 February 2017


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?