Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Photo inspiration

Here are some of my “country” photos that are beautiful to me and make me feel good, I hope you enjoy them …
... these were taken in the garden of our family home (sadly sold a couple years ago)
I LOVE how etheral this climber is




These chinese lanterns are so beautiful, and they look fab dried too

I love this photo of one lonely cow in the very early morning mist



A truly stunning sunset


Gorgeous full blossom blooms

A lovely Autum walkway


Oh the lovely Wales beach
Tenerife skies


Cute litttle creatures in Barbados - this lovely little bird came sooo close


 
And this little 'lizard' popped up to say hello every morning - look at that face :)

Just looking at them all makes me smile :) x

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Vintage brooches

In the vein of vintage stuff I love, I also have a small collection of vintage brooches.

None of them are worth anything money-wise, they're all paste, but they're worth so much sentiment-wise. 

Some are from my grandma...





Some are from my Nan...




Others are from my mum...






And others I've purchased





I love to wear them all, but especially those from my Mum, Grandma and Nan as I feel them with me whenever I wear their brooches.

I always look for interesting brooches at charity shops & the like, but they seem to be getting harder to find these days.  The best are still those from family and friends. x

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Vintage photos - part 4

In the same vein as the last lot of vintage photos, these ones are my Poppa (grandfather) in the late 1940's early 1950's.  He always worked on farms and these offer a glimpse of the old-fashioned way of farming that survived for so many decades before machinery finally took over...

...having a lunch break - you don't see hay bales like this anymore

Cecil is on the left at the front
Cecil & a heiffer

Rolling after harrowing - I remember as a small child going to ploughing competitions that Poppa was in


I love these photos for that glimpse into the past, especially the first one - it looks like such a lovely sunny day with them resting during a hard day labouring in the fields. Although the sad thing is seeing him with a cigarette in two of the photos as he died of lung cancer in his early 70's, if only they knew back then. x

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Kangaroos

I know they’re not quite as cute as Koalas ;) but thought you might like to see some cute kangaroos and wallabys from the Koala Sanctuary.  Just because…

... our first wallaby




You actually walk around the kangaroo area of the sanctuary amongst the kangaroos, over several large "fields" I guess. 

After seeing the wallaby we didn't see any kangaroos for ages, we were beginning to wonder if there were any :) but then we found them, all together under the trees, in the shade (smart kangas)


This kanga was very still & sweet - I tried not to get too close to them (love that photo zoom), they are wild afterall, & I don't think it's a good idea to bother them - but some tourists were going right up to them, some feeding them (you can buy food for them), and one man actually laid down next to one whilst his wife photographed them!!! Poor kanga.





This guy was HUGE - he's a red kangaroo so a different type than the rest, and had his own 'pad' - to me he was more the achitypal kangaroo






It really is a fantastic place & I hope if you ever have the chance to visit Brisbane you go visit it. x

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Bon Voyage

Well, we're off to Chicago Friday (yippee) & then to the Keys (yippee again) so I'll be frantically packing/sorting/cleaning/ironing etc until then.  I've scheduled in a couple of posts each week we're away so I hope they'll be interesting and then hopefully in a couple of weeks I'll have LOTS to tell you and plenty of photos!

In the mean time, have a lovely couple of weeks and I can't wait to catch up with you all when I get back in the beginning of December (eek!). See you soon xx

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Turn back time - the High Street

The BBC have got a great programme on at the moment, Turn Back Time - The High Street.  Basically they've taken a group of shop-keeping families and transported them back to the birth of the high street in the 1870s, then they propel them through a century of change, right up to the modern era and the 1970s.  They've done this in Shepton Mallet and are trying to bring alive the High Street once more.


You've got a Butcher and his son; a Deli owner (now the Grocer) and his family; an artisan Baker and her family; an ironmonger, and then various others added each week.  We had 1870 a couple of weeks ago, it was fascinating watching modern day people trying to cope with shops back then.  The butcher had to sell a whole pig in the week (NOT appetizing).  I think the Baker had it the hardest as in reality it's her that is the baker, but back then women were not involved in business so her husband made all the bread and wouldn't listen to her - so the first lot of bread was inedible (men eh!).

Last week they fast forwarded to the Edwardian era and included the men getting called up to go to join the First World War.  The Baker(s) again seemed to fair worst, with the lady now being able to run their Tea Shop, but she couldn't make cakes!  They also added a Dressmaker who made a gorgeous corset for someone - oh to be able to go to a dressmaker.

Shepton Mallet is 'The High Street' in BBC1's Turn Back Time
picture from Shepton Mallet People

Tonight they're going into the 1930s (can't wait to watch it tomorrow) - the Baker won't be pleased as they'll be more cakes for her to make from the looks of it.

I can't recommend this programme enough for a glimpse of the UK High Street of the past.  Hopefully you'll be able to watch it either on the BBC website player or perhaps on the BBC channel in the US. x

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Pretty Tasty Biscuits

I'm loving these Christmas iced biscuits from Pretty Tasty that were in one of my magazines this month - so cute...

Three wise men


Russian Dolls
They're so pretty you maybe wouldn't want to eat them... maybe ; )  x

Friday, 12 November 2010

Vintage mirror

When we were in Wales we went into a great little 'new' antique shop.  The lady who runs it with her sister was friendly and we had a good chat - she has a studio in part of the small shop and makes and sells stone jewellery and handmade handbags which were lovely & bright in carribbean colours.

Anyway I found this small vintage 'dresser' mirror which now has pride of place on a chest of drawers (which need painting) in one of the bedrooms...


It's a lovely dull gold, is quite clear but has some age speckling which I think is lovely.  It's so pretty & was rather a bargain - the best kind of vintage. Have a lovely weekend everyone. x

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Owl watch

On the way home tonight I saw an owl!!! It flew across the road in front of my car and into the trees, it was quite large - I was soooo excited I just had to share the experience.

I don't think I've ever seen an owl in the "wild" before!

Right now we have Autumnwatch on the Beeb (BBC2) and what do I see but they're in the studio with 3 gorgeous owls - a tawny owl, a barn owl & another small guy with huge white eyes.  They look AMAZING and so beautiful.


I feel really honoured that I got to see one, however fleetingly today! Have you ever had a 'wild' owl experience? x

More tins :)

We did some last minute holiday shopping on Tuesday, and I couldn't resist some more tins from Marks and Spencers.

This one is soooo much fun - a giant custard cream biscuit (FULL of custard creams, BONUS) - JUST like the real thing, but much bigger :)


and this one was half price (£2.50, and again, full of biscuits - Hubby was happy)


They've both been re-purposed now for holding crafting supplies! x