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!