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

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Happy Easter

 Tomorrow it will be Easter Sunday and I wanted to pop in and share some pictures from around our home with you...



We have been painting in the cottage today with apple greens and duck egg blues,we are making a few changes here and there and adding a little more colour to our home this Easter time...



We were hoping to be gardening but the weather forecast is not so good for this bank holiday weekend so we  are going to be busy inside and inbetween the showers we will pop out to plant some roses we have had delivered,it's so nice to start pottering about in the fresh air after the Winter ...


I picked some lilac branches and daffodils from the garden earlier to make our Easter tree in an old pitcher jug and decorated it with pastel coloured eggs,some glass,some decoupaged and some that look like real tiny eggs..

 The little knitted chick above was made for me buy a lovely old lady called Rachel who would sing songs by 'The Seekers' to me,she was in her eighties when she proudly presented me with her handiwork and underneath is a hole that was filled  with a real chocolate egg,i always think of Rachel when I take my little yellow friend out of her wrapping for another Easter...


 Some decorations were bought for us by my lovely Mum and some I bought on days out with my sister and some from a beautiful flower shop just up the road from where I used to work...I do love Spring time and all it's pastel colours don't you?


Happy Easter blessings from our home to yours,enjoy your weekend.


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


Saturday, 6 February 2016

Romantic Cottage Bedroom

Hello again,

 It's a cold,windy and very rainy Saturday here at Shingle Cottage but here inside it is nice and cozy sat by the glowing coal fire.....I recently blogged about our cottage being featured in Casa De Sogno magazine and they had featured two pictures of our bedroom within the article,i thought i would show you our bedroom in a little more detail,if you missed the magazine article you can find it here http://shinglecottage.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/cover-girl.html


This is our bedroom below before, Steve had plastered the walls and the tongue and groove ceiling and coving that we had put up together had been white washed,the new floorboards were waiting to be laid and chandelier and wall lights were waiting to be hung....


This is our bedroom today with our chandeliers and furnishings all in place and our old pink cast iron fireplace at the bottom of the bed... 


The windows are south facing so it's lovely and light,the old pink washstand has been in the attic until recently as the top had a hole cut for a bowl and we couldn't find one to fit as they were always too small and fell through the hole...


I found this large Victorian rose covered bowl in a charity shop not too long ago for a few pounds and it was a little too big for the hole,Steve cut it a little bigger for me and it fits a treat,there are towel rails either side and the jug and bowl on the bottom shelf are also very old but not a set but i believe when you have similar colours and florals they can sit happily together....


I have a romantic  Christie Repasy 'Cottage Garden' giclee hanging on the chimney breast and a vitrine full of treasures in the alcove that i have collected over the years...the ornate mirror sat on the fireplace mantle adds romance..



We built the bed canopy that you can see in the mirror ourselves....i will blog about it in my next few posts and now that we have planted a rose garden on the south side of the cottage i am hoping to keep this little cream jug full of blooms come late Spring early Summer...


Soft pinks,antique whites and dusky lavenders look so old world and  romantic with the golden glow of lamps and wall lights...


In a future post i'm going to show you the reflection in the mirror...



Thank you for stopping by and as always wishing you a lovely weekend...

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

XxX

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Just A Note....

Out into the darkness there shines a cozy light
So all who walk the garden path can see into the night...



Just a little note to say 'Sleep Tight and Sweet Dreams' 
XxX

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Cover Girl


Hello Again,

Over in Italy at the moment there is a beautiful magazine on the news stands called Casa De Sogno which translates to 'dream house' and it is an honour and a blessing to tell you our little Shingle Cottage is the cover girl with  nine pages inside beautifully put together by Francesca Cuoghi.

The publication does not post outside of Italy and i know a few of you had asked to let you know how you could get a hold of a copy so  Francesca has given me permission to post it here on my blog for you my readers around the world.

Thank you so much  Casa De Sogno & Francesca x














  I have a paper copy on it's way to Shingle Cottage which will be a lovely souvenir to keep and look back on.

Thank you all for your lovely words on my last post,i do appreciate you all stopping by and leaving little notes for me to read while i curl up with a nice cup of tea,i promise i will write to you more often,sending good wishes for you all to have a wonderful day.

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

XxX

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Flowers on a rainy day

Walking through the cottage garden this morning and all our flowers are sleeping,no colour,no blooms,I popped up my umbrella and listened to the sound of rain drops pitter pattering as i walked down the hill to town twiddling my brolly while dreaming of Spring,in and out of shops looking at this and looking at that,saying a cheery 'hello and a 'how are you?' and then in my favourite charity shop high up on a shelf i found these three tiny pots of china flowers in exchange for a few golden coins,i climbed the hill home,opened the gate and hurried down the garden path to be greeted by Beatrix and her wagging tail,i filled the sink with soapy water and gave every little petal a soapy wash and then arranged them on a little shelf in my kitchen below my Christie Repasy Designs Bible Verse rose and flower print,it's as if all the rain had opened every bloom filling our kitchen with flowers and just in time for a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake x


Wishing you all a lovely day x