Thursday, 1 December 2016

Something Old and a few things new

I have made a few changes in our kitchen this last few weeks and one of them is this little barbola mirror that was delivered a week or so ago,it sits on the kitchen window ledge and I love how it reflects the china on the plate rack behind...


I made a lace panel for the window out of a vintage table cloth which looks lovely by lamp light on an evening,the cottage garden is now sleeping so this  flowery ledge will keep me going until spring.


I have my bunch of silk flowers in an old rose print jug which might be getting swapped for a little Christmas tree this weekend...


The barbola is lovely and worn and crackled here and there...


But still has  lots of charm for a cottage kitchen window ledge..


I love the old,aged and time worn things the most don't you?

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

XxX

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Feeling Christmassy

Bbbrrrr it was so cold this morning,the weather forecast had said the temperature would drop rapidly during night and into the early hours and we woke up to clear blue skies...


And a frost sparkling over the roof tops and our foxgloves had a dusting of what looked like icing sugar on a mince pie..


Inside it's warm and cosy with the coal fire burning and we have nothing to go out for,the farthest we will roam today will be to the bird table to feed our feathered friends..


Last weekend we were up early as there was a Christmas fair being held in the church hall down in town,it is organised by a local charity shop who have tables groaning with Christmas baubles,tinsel,candle holders,fairy lights,Christmas Trees,stockings,santa hats,tea and cakes are on offer and a tombola with prizes galore.

I have been so excited to go for weeks,here are a few of my Christmas purchases,

I rummaged under tables in big boxes with another lady who was as excited as me,so much fun and took me way back to school jumble sales were me and my sister would search for something lovely for Mum..i managed to find a selection of old glass baubles..

Some in traditional  red,gold and green and an embroidered  linen table cloth with bells and poinsettia..


Some in a more shabby palette of rose pink,silver,pale blue and soft gold with an other embroidered table cloth this time with burning candles and a pretty pink bow...


A box full of Christmas picks in a cheery box covered in Santa's little helpers...



Lovely glass baubles in cranberry red,Christmas red and gold,their were rosey red apples and fir cones and glossy berries all on wire and a welcome collection to my sewing room to be used in my creations...


I found two little knitted boots just the right size for bags of snacks and a new squeaky toy...


For a little someone shhhhhh Beatrix is always listening and not just for a crisp packet rustling..
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After filling my shopping bag and chatting with some of the volunteers i have made friends with i made my way home full of festive cheer....i called into my local flower shop were i buy Beatrix's biscuits and potted flowers through the year and i  treated myself to a Christmassy red cyclamen...


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And next door in the charity shop i found these two lovely pink crocheted coat hangers,i have a small collection of these and can never pass them by so was pleased to find them waiting for me,they make me think of childhood too and Mum has always loved them and padded flower covered hangers..


Onto the newsagents to look for Christmas cards for close friends and family and look what i found sitting up on the shelf? the Christmas edition of 'Down Your Way' isn't it a lovely cover with a cheery Santa Clause smiling away?
It's a lovely little monthly magazine full of Yorkshire memories with lovely old pictures and stories inside..


The nights are drawing in so early now and i just stopped for a minute so i could put a shovel full of coal on the fire,have to keep the home fires burning while Jack Frost's about!


I'm going to pull the curtains to and light the lamps and then i am going to snuggle up on the sofa with Beatrix and read all about the olden days and Christmas time in Yorkshire,would you like to join us? i can soon make another cup of tea,help yourself to a piece of chocolate won't you? do you take one lump or two?....

I hope all is well 'Down Your Way' and that you are cosy and warm and looking forward to Christmas and all the joy it brings.

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

XxX

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Christmas Cake

All across Yorkshire there's huffing and puffing as wooden spoons battle to beat sugar into butter,it's that time of year when our traditions and recipes of old are warmly welcomed into our homes, round and round the bowl we go with the little breaks inbetween to rest our weary wrists,flour,sticky syrup,eggs and tablespoons of cold tea wait to be added to the mixture along with bowls or rich dark fruits and spices and glossy glace cherries.


The  oven has warmed the kitchen and O Holy Night rings out in the back ground 'Fall on your knee's oh hear the angels voices'....the lovely rich brown mixture is spooned into the waiting tins and popped into the warm oven for two and a half hours while the pots and bowls are washed up in warm soapy water,tommorow while shopping I will pop a bottle of sherry into my basket so our Christmas cakes can be pricked and soaked in the run up to Christmas and a little glass might be enjoyed by the fireside as the evening light begins to fade.

I hope you are all well and looking forward to your weekend,i hope it is kind to you what ever you may be up to? maybe be baking a Christmas Cake?

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

XxX


Saturday, 29 October 2016

Autumn Colours

The last few weeks have brought the cold winds and along with them came the dark early nights..... Autumn has arrived and has cast her spell across our gardens sending them in to a deep sleep,there are still the odd posy of flowers or two to be picked but a cold snap forecast for mid week will finally turn out the lights until spring arrives.


All is cosy and warm inside our little cottage by the sea,the coal shed is full to the top with coal and logs,the Christmas cake ingredients are waiting in the kitchen to be baked into cakes that will be soaked with sherry week by week leading up to Christmas....


We have been out today clearing the gardens and hoeing the borders and sweeping up the leaves,making everything tidy while it's not too cold outside....


Out in the hedgerows rose hips shine deep red and glossy like tiny baubles shining against the cool blue skies...a lovely time for walking and taking in Gods beauty...


Outside our windows the blackbirds feast on the glut of berries and reward us with a pretty song,i am filling the bird table daily now with mix seed and have many feathered friends visiting,robins,wood pigeons,sparrows,bluetits,wrens to name a few...They are fattening up nicely ready to keep them from the cold...


I have been lighting candles around our cottage at dusk now the dark nights are here and tonight all the clocks will be turned back an hour as we burrow deeper toward winter...


The fire has been flickering and cracking as it glows into the early hours....


In a few days little ones will be trick or treating and soon it will be bonfire night,i do love fireworks but shall have to watch from the window as Beatrix is scared of the loud bangs...



I hope you are enjoying the season and all it's rich colours and that you are having a lovely weekend what ever you may be up to..

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

XxX

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

September Flowers

After looking at the flowers in our cottage garden early this morning (which I wrote about in my last post) I decided that before Autumn sets in and the gardens go to sleep i would go  out and pick bunches and posies to brighten up our cottage...

Sweetpeas with their delicious scent for the kitchen window ledge...


Or maybe tucked in amongst the china on the plate rack? I love their bright jewel colours...


A cottage posie for the fireplace in the hallway,cosmos,snap dragons,roses and garden pinks...


So cheery and bright and such a lovely perfume too....


Pink and cranberry coloured Cosmo's on the wire shelf as you come in the kitchen door....


One of my favourite hydrangea's in the cottage garden in a pale pink and lime green..


Found itself tucked into my old  1930's thatched cottage teapot,i love hydrangea it's so delicate and pretty...


Talking of September the nights are starting to draw in don't you think? we are lighting the lamps a little earlier each week and I don't think it will be too long until we are sat by roaring fires do you?
 

But before we snuggle down we have the heatwave we are having at the moment to enjoy and fingers crossed it will last as September can be such a beautiful month.

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

XxX

Daybreak

Daybreak on the cliff top and the soft golden light that i love so much warms my neighbours rooftops as I rest against the sink gazing out of the kitchen window on to our flowers and watch the house sparrows flitting here and there while butterflies rest on verbena and lavender,bumble bees are up early collecting pollen from the hollyhocks,it seems all of nature is awake and me and my hot cup of tea steaming as the cool early morning air creeps through the open window,there is a damp and a dew first thing now that September has arrived and I wonder if our cottage garden will push way past it's bedtime like last year as it blooms and blooms and fills our lane with colour. Beatrix is curled up in bed and all is quiet here now that Mum has gone back to her life in the city and there are jobs to be done and washing to peg out on the line so I shall wish you a lovely day ahead and hope that it is kind to you,sending love from the kitchen window x

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Just A Note

I'm just popping in before bedtime to say 'hello' and thank you all for your kind words on my last post so sorry I haven't replied as yet,i'm having such a lovely time at the moment as my Mum has come to stay for a holiday and we are  having such fun chatting and catching up,we spent the afternoon in the cottage garden under the parasol with books and magazines and our lunch and later we picked vases of flowers to bring inside and I wanted to share them with you,me and Mum are going to town tomorrow and then onto the beach to sit outside the café and watch the waves roll in so I will send you a postcard...


I hope you are well and that your week is being kind to you x

Friday, 5 August 2016

Hello Again

I have been meaning to write a blog for so long and couldn't believe it when I looked at my last post which was in April!

We have been busy here at Shingle Cottage making changes here and there and I have taken pictures along the way with the intention of writing it all down for you to read and it's lovely to have a diary to look back on too....
 

The weather forecast has said there will be low winds this weekend,maybe cloudy but high temperatures so we will be out and about in the cottage garden,weeding,tying up and dead heading...


Along with eating our meals outside amongst the flowers,will you be out and about this weekend?


Wishing you all a lovely weekend what ever you may be up to!

Will you join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage? It's always lovely when you stop by to say 'hello'

XxX

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Just A Note

It has been a lovely spring day of sunshine and showers,at sunset with Beatrix resting by my feet I stood at the sink and washed the dishes with the sun shining through the kitchen window lighting up the roses on my curtains and the cheery faces of the pansies I bought in town last week,the roses on my china jug are blooming and roses are growing all round the little lamp shade and I listen as the blackbirds in the cottage garden sing evensong,the water gurgling out of the downpipe has brought them to visit again and they sing and sing until the sun drops a little lower and the curtains are pulled closed..



I hope your day has been a lovely one.

XxX