Saturday, 19 September 2009

holidays from home..

So instead of going far across the sea.. we became daaaay-trippers(one way ticket yeah!)and had mini adventures in the camper.
One adventure was on a brilliantly bright Sunday a couple of weeks ago,when we filled the van with dogs and headed down the road into Kent,heading towards an ancient site,Kent's Stonehenge! Coldrum Longbarrow is a 3000 year old burial chamber,the timeworn stones perched high on the edge of a bank of hills with stunning views across the undulating fields as they stretch away down to the coast. It was one of those journeys where we thought we knew the way but got terribly lost, ambling through the country lanes. Well, that's half the fun of the journey isn't it?

Even the poochies were impressed with the views!

Honeybunch having a happy roll!

And then the excitement was too much for them and they crashed.

It's really a magical place, walking through farmer's fields to reach it and then you come out on top of the hill, to see the view all bathed in the gold sunshine.
There is a tree which is known as the wishing tree where people have tied ribbons and corn sheaves as they make their wish. It was so pretty all rippling in the breeze.

We have a slight obsession with standing stones and these ancient places. I can really recommend a book by druidic pop star from the 80's and 90's Julian Cope called The Modern Antiquarian. When we bought it, we thought we would use it as a guide book to travel the country.The website is great too,full of interesting descriptions and observations. I love this comment about Coldrum. Stones as RockStars!

'Like a rock 'n roll star, the chamber perches on top of the edge of a ridge, so that its stones look for all the world like some Freddie Mercury figure, arms aloft, allowing itself to bask in the glory of its adoring fans. Climb the steps to the left and rise up behind the 'stage' to see the pattern of placement of the kerbstones marking out the depth of the longbarrow. And look over the Freddie Mercury chamber and you see that the the rolling fields of Kent are the audience.'

Friday, 18 September 2009

dahlia days..

I absolutely adore dahlias!
They are absolutely my flower of choice come the autumn months. Rainbow hued and perfectly formed,I can't get enough of them.
And to think they used to be sooo unfashionable! Piffff what do they know!

I have been filling my house with them the last couple of weeks..
Here are some pink and perky ones brought from Marylebone's farmers market.

Eagle eyed amongst you might recognize a certain gorgeous picture in that last shot. Taken by the lovliest peony of all and her prints are available through etsy,should you be overwhelmed with jealousy and think your life is empty without one(as you surely will!) I think I need another in my life too.

Then only yesterday whilst lost (again) on those pesky Kent lanes(I love it really)I spied a little stand by the road with a bucket full of rainbows. I limited myself to two bunches even though they were ridiculously cheap and took my bounty home!

I'm think these may be spider chrysanthemums, despite my dahlia love-fest. They look as if petal is perfectly snipped.

And these marigold yellow ones are fab with that deep dark velvet dahlia. I couldn't capture the opulent deep colour properly. In real life it is the most decadent blackish red.

summer days.. Part Uno.

Hello again..
Golly what a slacker! Have you all had lovely summers? Ours was jam-packed with exciting new ventures and escapades..
No exotic holiday for me but lots of working ones, including a trip to Florence. Sometimes I love my job. Transformed into a renaissance lady with a divine long flowing wig of chesnut locks and velvet robes!
But I forgot my camera-can you believe it? Luckily a loan of one saved me before the battery ran out. I took these around the Ponte Vecchio and the Boboli Gardens.

The skies were breathtaking!

I want to pootle about in this car!

I have lots more pics but they are all being held hostage on my phone so may continue the Florence adventure when I can figure the darn thing out!


Friday, 7 August 2009

Sky Over Sea

Like Sky over sea,
so is your love for me.
Our worlds met and wed,
continuing firmaments
of currents and clouds,
stars and sea.
As one woven nature,
we now bless our spirit
with peace and happiness.
The contour of life
covers us two,
like sky over sea,
you and me.

Annie Dougherty

(picture from here)

Monday, 27 July 2009

Broadway Cupcakes..

Still having net nightmares so do bear with me in the sporadic posting.

This weekend's MEGA moment of pleasure was discovering this you tube Karaoke fun time, where I found loads of broadway numbers to chortle when really I should have been baking cupcakes for a pal's party.. I divided my time between weighing out flour and sugar,mixing up icing and then zipping over to the computer to find another show tune to belt out! Oh my goodness me, it was jazz hands - tastic!!
Finding my two favourite songs made my night- and I was singing up a storm..I'm sure it gave the cupcakes an extra zing!
So here they are.. some of my Broadway Cupcakes.

And here are the songs that helped them (and me) along the way. Go on- give it a go! You too can be as good as Babs.
Boo- I can only link to them; Don't Rain on My Parade(so my theme song) and this rip-roarer from Wicked. Even I was feeling sorry for the neighbours I was singing so loudly!

I also tried my hand at lavender cupcakes. I love lavender food so much, shortbread,meringues,lavender and orange cake. A friend even has a recipe for beef with lavender.

And they're so pretty too! Decorated with fresh buds from the garden

I bought the culinary lavender from a farm in Kent called Castle farm. I would love to take a trip there and wander through purple scented fields. But in the mean time the mail order can keep me in lavender supplies.

The recipe is from the Hummingbird cook book, a basic sponge cupcake recipe but the milk is infused over night with the dried lavender buds. It was delish!

The next day I snapped these pics of butterflies on the bunting that's still hanging in the garden,I can't bring myself to take it down after our anniversary party. And now I know the butterflies like sunning themselves there, it may have to stay a while.

Oh I feel another song coming on..
'lavender cupcakes and butterflies on bunting,these are a few of my favourite things'

Thursday, 23 July 2009

remember me?

Oh poor neglected blog of my heart! How I have forsaken you..

But here I am, back from lots of adventures,frollicking around with the pals,giggling and dancing with The Shoe, oh we've had some high times, I can tell you. A spot of traveling and seeing some sights ,as well as shaking my fist at nasty net problems on my return that prevented me rejoining the blog world- boo and hiss! but I hope there are still some folk out there to flick through my ramblings and if not,never mind!

So our anniversary weekend was truly blissful. A surprise stay in a Bed and Breakfast called Thornham Hall surrounded by gorgeous parkland. View from our window.. with elegant peacocks and their not so elegant call sounding the alarm!

Even with the peacocks,the peace and quiet was an absolute tonic..sunshine poured in to the day and we wandered through walled gardens and woodland, it truly was like a secret garden. This little girl was peeking in as we arrived and then it was just us,the butterflies and the bees.

Magical woodlands,felt like we were walking through paintings.

Afterwards we headed towards Aldeburgh,the place where we had got married. Accompanying us as we drove along twisty roads was the music we had heard during our ceremony, Mozart,John Martyn, Elbow, Bernstein.. We both got quite emotional! Once there we ambled through the wedding gardens, holding hands and filled with memories and love,reliving the events of that magical day. We felt so blessed and brimming with happiness.

And on the drive back,we spied a stall on the roadside with little fluttering flags of colour- Suffolk sweetpeas! The Shoe knows me so well, I didn't even have to say anything, he had put the brakes on. I swept up all 5 bunches,leaving the money in the honesty box - it was perfect as we had planned the whole wedding around when sweetpeas would be flowering and lined the aisle with jamjars of the perfumed blooms. An anniversary present of my favourite flowers.

But the real special present was waiting for me in our hotel room. We had brought our gifts up with us to exchange on the day and I had a box waiting for me.. As dusk fell and the light changed to a lilacy pink and blue, I unwrapped the enormous amount of wrapping to reveal this-

I was thrilled and speechless and couldn't quite believe my eyes! Those in the know will recognize those cute little birds as the work of another blog wonderlady Flora. Her blog,Through the Round Window, about her stained glass creations is filled with interesting and pretty things.
The Shoe and her had been a-plotting presents.. I was full of questions - how did,where did.. what???? I am never sure if he reads my ramblings but apparently I had left the puter on with this post and he thought it was just the thing. We have a bit of a bird thing going on if you hadn't already realised from the poem we wrote to go in our invites,there were lots of birdie touches at the wedding. I was very impressed, he came up with the design for the two glass birds all by himself! We really must be well suited as we bought each other the exact same lovebirds card!
So thank you Flora for creating such a wonderful and special gift, we can't quite decide where to hang it but it will be somewhere we can see it every day.

Now I must remember to always leave the computer on when I post about other things I take a fancy to!!

(I do hope I can be back soon, virgin media permitting, but I am missing all my blog pals lots!)

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Underneath the tree...

When we thought of where we would be married,there was only one place that in my heart I wanted it to be, a place were I had had some of the happiest times of my life,a place that feels like my home in my true heart.I had introduced the Shoe to this magical creative place and he had been swept up in it's spell too.
When I would visit Aldeburgh I would stay in a little room at the top of a big house and at all times of the day, early morning,dusk,moonlit nights,I would gaze in wonder at the spectacular view that stretched away beneath massive skies and would be instantly calm.
On a visit to our friends after we got engaged, talk came round to wedding plans and I mentioned something about finding a field nearby when up pipes Lady C 'why my dear you must have it in my garden' My heart almost burst and all the words out of my brain as this was what the Shoe had answered when i asked him where in the whole world would he want to get married.
It was the start of our dream coming true and meant that we could get married in a place that was incredibly special and personal to us..

And we could have our wedding ceremony 'Underneath the tree beneath the swirling skies'

And it also meant we could have a marquee in another friend's garden and keep partying till the wee small hours!