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after a long, wet and rather miserable winter, spring has finally arrived and the garden is entering that wonderful phase wher everything is coming to life.  Two current favourites are the blossom on our little greengage tree and the wonderful hellebore which has been magnificent since february and continues to provide much pleasure with it’s dramatic purple flowers.

delicious autumn! my very soul is wedded to it, and if i was a bird i would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
george eliot

the first autumn days are always the best.  lovely produce harvested from the garden and a gorgeous log fire to snuggle up in front of. let’s hope this wonderful autumn sunshine lasts too.

we’re not self sufficient just yet, but we had a great summer in the garden!  the vegetable bed is a little experiemental this year - with everything from cucmber to corn and garlic to broad beans!  some crops were more successful than others, with the cucumber being a suprise hit.  we also produced a record-breaking marrow - more on that later!

happy birthday to my utterly gorgeous niece who turned one this week.  this was my home-made gift to her - a little tee pee which is completely reversible so she can have a pink spotty house or a blue floral one depending on her mood.  i was a little nervous as i didn’t make it from a pattern and i was also worried that it might not be a very interesting present for a one year old seeing as it doens’t make any noise or provide much entertainment, but amazingly she absolutely loved it!  once she had crawled in she was very content to sit there and hold court and she even allowed her little friend to join her in there at her birthday party! watch this space as i’m seriously considering going into production.  they would be a great gift for a little one - a safe, shady spot when they are very small and a great den, hiding place or play house as they get bigger.  and they would be very easy to market with models like these ones!

don’t tell the lady pigeons of tooting, but it looks like pilkington is OFF the market…

don’t tell the lady pigeons of tooting, but it looks like pilkington is OFF the market…

just stumbled across this super website with lots of gorgeous, vintage inspired bits for the kitchen… i feel a few summer purchases coming on!

www.labourandwait.co.uk

no one can be myself like i can
for this job i’m the best man
and while this may be true
you are the one and only you
chesney hawkes
yes please, really want this clock for our kitchen.  love the colour pop of the orange hands and the fact you can personalise it too.
www.pedlars.co.uk

yes please, really want this clock for our kitchen.  love the colour pop of the orange hands and the fact you can personalise it too.

www.pedlars.co.uk

this was an unexpected surprise hidden away in the garden! my mother gave me some rhubarb last year which i’m ashamed to say i rather negelcted, however it turns out it was very happy after all! not quite self sufficient just yet, but it will make a nice pudding with some yoghurt!

little commission completed for my delectable neice. hope she likes them and enjoys their lovely lavender fragrance. there are cushions to follow in this gorgeous liberty print.  at this rate she is going to have the smartest nursery in sw london!

if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely
roald dahl

two things on the wish list for my sewing desk, whenever we get around to painting the loft and sprucing it up…

lamp: www.johnlewis.com

wire basket: www.roseandgrey.co.uk

delicious, easy, warming supper for these chilly spring nights. i can thoroughly recommend for anyone who needs a quick comofort food fix.
www.bbcgoodfood.com

delicious, easy, warming supper for these chilly spring nights. i can thoroughly recommend for anyone who needs a quick comofort food fix.

www.bbcgoodfood.com

ah pilkington, i knew you’d find us sooner or later!  don’t think you’re going to fit in that bird box though…

ah pilkington, i knew you’d find us sooner or later!  don’t think you’re going to fit in that bird box though…