Monday, 25 August 2014

Flower power

Hello,how are you?

All is well here at Shingle Cottage,It's Bank Holiday Monday and Steve is sat comfy reading a gardening magazine and i thought i would pop in and write a few lines,we have tea and the biscuit barrel is filled with custard creams and hob nobs and soon we are lighting the fire.

It has been awfully cold this last week and there is a real nip in the air in our corner of the world and last weekend we had a back lash from Bertha who blew her gales and threw her rain at our little cottage by the sea.

We were tucked up safely inside with the lamps lit as it was so dark! pottering about and dead heading the pom pom geraniums from the kitchen window ledge,i adore the smell of geranium leaves don't you? they smell of yesterday's childhood in Dad's greenhouse mmmmmm lovely old memories we keep tucked away until a little wiff and you close your eyes and could be right back there smiling at Dad...


  Looking out of the kitchen window i could see our hollyhocks getting lashed with rain and then the wind blew them sideways,then round in a circle,then sideways,on and on and on....


Every time the winds dropped i sighed with relief but Bertha was to rage into the afternoon and around midnight it was forecast that she would be very angry......would our hollyhocks still be there in the morning? 

I kept peeking out of the window and whispering hold strong!!! Steve had staked and tied them the best he could the day before...


We grew them from tiny four leaved plants,watched them grow,fed them,tied them up and watched the first buds appear.... 


 They were glorious and cottagey,so old fashioned looking in pink,lemon,peach,velvety red and white,towering ten feet tall,we marked pencil lines on the bamboo poles as they grew each week until they outgrew the bamboo poles..


As they day wore on the gardens had huge puddles and leaves and petals were blowing everywhere,inside dinner was cooking as we listened to the thunder rumbling above...

Do you see my thatched cottage teapot next to the little lit lamp? its so lovely i will show you when we are catching up next time,you can see the sweet peas blowing in the wind outside the window too and there at the other side of the lamp is the biscuit barrel and two cups waiting for me and Steve.....


Out in the cottage garden i could see our pigeon,well he's not ours but we feed him every day and when the table is empty he sits on the roof and waits for us to bring him food even in a storm,with his shoulders hunched and the rain bouncing off his feathers,poor lamb.

Out i ran with my tin of bird food and all the extra bits i buy to mix in that i think our feathered friends will enjoy...i was drenched but i know our pigeon took shelter in our garage with a nice full belly.


After the storm the sun shone and the hollyhocks got right back to blooming,all was well....now that's what i call flower power!



A little fluffy someone has spent the summer with us too.....


Ever so pretty and loves flowers just as much as we do....



The cottage garden has been lovely this year and i have lots of pictures to show you after we have chatted about the thatched cottage teapot and the new old china on the kitchen dresser....oh yes and the sweet peas i must show you them too!

Beatrix has lounged in amongst the flowers the whole summer long ,i can't blame her can you?

 

If she isn't in the cottage garden you will find her at the bottom of the bed...can you see her fluffy little head in the middle with her little black nose to the left?

Oh how that girl is loved....


There was talk of some lovely old wallpaper covered in lilacs and roses being pasted to that little chimney breast this afternoon so i guess i best say goodbye,take care x.

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

XxX 

Friday, 1 August 2014

Romantic Beach Decor


It's the first of August and a warm breeze is carrying the heady scent of sweet peas and roses on the air in the cottage garden here at Shingle Cottage........
High Summer,flowers from the garden and long walks on the beach had me wanting to create a romantic look for our room.


A length of antique lace on a weathered chippy table,sea shells,creamy white sweet peas,cottage rose and white snap dragons and of course candles for romance...


The sofa covers and pillows are freshly washed and glowing white,it has been so lovely to dry washing out in the sunshine,everything smells so much fresher...


A former silver platter that i sprayed antique white holds a bunch of sweet peas named Mrs Collier that we have grown in the cottage garden this year...


Sweet peas are a great way to have bunches and bunches of fresh flowers in your home as the more you cut the more they flower and they smell heavenly....


Pretty pink shells and starfish wash the sea shore into Shingle Cottage.....


I picked the Laura Ashley urn up for a pound and it's the perfect size to hold a vintage rose covered cream jug that Steve bought me on  day out in Grassington a few years ago,i picked white snap dragons from the cottage garden and some fresh roses from our David Austin shrub named 'Cottage Rose' it's ruffled,perfectly pink and smells wonderful,i would highly recommend it for your garden..


Steve is sat on the couch below the floral wallpaper and he is chatting to me about the hollyhocks in the front garden and it has just started to rain......hmmmm cozy night with the candles burning?


I do love candles and how they flicker around a room....


I painted our chiffonier and table in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint using Old Ochre and Original with lots of distressing and chipping back...Original has such a lovely soft creamy tone that sits in wonderfully with vintage china and cottage flowers...


I found my pink pleated standard lamp in a charity shop and paid the large sum of four English pounds,originally the base was dark wood but not for long as i gave it a softer look again with Chalk Paint  using Old White...


It's a year ago since we moved to Shingle Cottage and after flicking through book after book and magazine after magazine,year after year it is so lovely to have our own romantic little cottage by the sea ...


A place to grow flowers and to grow dreams too and as time passes by a place to grow old in....


But first thing in the morning me,Steve and Beatrix will be walking along the beach,hand in hand and chatting about what we are going to be up to this weekend.....



I'll hurry back and see if you have left me a note to say hello,i hope you are all well and that you are enjoying your Summer,sending love from the three of us,see you real soon xxx

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

XxX