high days & holidays

New Books & Fabric

Just thought I would share some of my new books with you. The above three were all birthday presents.
The Orla Kiely book(from my husband) is great. It’s so interesting reading all about her life and how she got to where she is today and the patterns and photographs inside are wonderful. She obviously grew up in the same era as me, as so many of the retro patterns are so familiar to me, I’m sure we had wallpaper and curtains like that when I was a child!
Nigella Lawson’s ‘Kitchen’ (from my kids) is delicious and I’ve tried out the Guinness Gingerbread and the Sweet and Salty Crunch Nut Bars and both were yummy! I’m looking forward to the television programme.
The third book in the photo is Knitted Cakes (thanks Emily) and as the title suggests it has 20 delicious cakes to knit, so I’m looking forward to having some fun with that.

This book arrived today, it’s Mr Marshal’s Flower Book. Now it’s no secret that I love flowers and plants and I also love botanical drawings so this little book is a delight. It has the most beautiful drawings set out in the seasons.

Alexander Marshal lived from 1620 to 1682. So these drawings were made almost 400 years ago. They really are wonderful!

Now for the fabric part of this post. This little lot arrived in the post a few days ago, I ordered them from M is for Make. I just love the colours in these fabrics, not sure what I’m going to do with them yet but I am enjoying just looking at them for now, until I decide!

Not sure what to expect weatherwise this coming weekend but if I can’t enjoy the great outdoors at least I’ve got enough reading material and material of the other sort to keep me busy!!

Have a great weekend whatever you get up to, indoors or out! 🙂

Happy Birthday To Me

Well today’s my birthday and I’m another year older. That’s not bothering me though as in my head I’m still somewhere between 18 and 25 and life’s too short to worry about things like that. Birthday’s are great anyway as they always bring lots of lovely presents and today has been no exception. 🙂 I’ll be spending the evening with my family, what more could I ask for!

I’d just like to thank all my family and friends for all the lovely gifts! They really are all appreciated! 🙂


Hi folks, well we have returned from our trip to London and what a great time we had visiting, shopping and eating!

I think my favourite part of the whole trip was the visit to the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace. They were absolutely magnificent! I have to admit to being a complete royalist. I love the grandeur, the pomp and ceremony and Buckingham Palace did not disappoint, it was wonderful! After the tour you can enjoy something to eat in the cafe and then have a walk through the gardens before leaving.

Good to see Her Majesty also likes duck egg blue! 🙂

We also visited the Victoria and Albert Museum, there’s always plenty to see here and never enough time to see it all.
The V&A had a Beatrix Potter exhibition and it was lovely to see her original drawings of Peter Rabbit and friends.

Of course some shopping had to be done and although I didn’t go mad in Oxford Street as I don’t see the point in going into shops I can get at home, I did however visit those that I can only visit when I’m in London.

It’s always nice to see the traditional and the historic and London has lots of that!!

On our final day we took one of the Thames River boats out to Greenwich to visit the Royal Greenwich Observatory. It was very interesting and of course I like all the other visitors had to stand on zero longitude, where all time begins.

The boat trip was great as you see a completely different view of the city.

It was very enjoyable trip, it’s a brilliant city with so much to do and see. We had the most beautiful weather as you can see from the lovely blue sky in my photographs which of course added to the enjoyment.
I’m now looking forward to the next time we visit! 🙂