Sunday, 20 October 2013

Snippets

Sometimes inspiration strikes and you feel you have to take a photo of whatever it is you're up to, be it admiring a pretty flower or contemplating a gloomy sky. Here are a few things that I've been filling my time with for these past few days:



- Anticipating the blooming of the Chrysanthemum flowers in the garden
- Planning my autumn and winter wardrobe: seriously coveting a Fedora hat and swing dress (BooHoo.com)
- Expanding the collection of indoor flowers on our designated greenery table
- Wearing woollen tights with sheer layers
- Enjoying the arrival of the Hallowe'en decorations
- Celebrating family birthdays
- Finding the rainbow in those gloomy times
- Walking even though the rain has dampened the ground
- Photographing the beautiful blooms on our new 'Carefree Days' rose

I find it's nice to stop and appreciate even the smallest of details. I hope you can find the same pleasure in your days.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Watercolour Creations

I have finally taken up my paint brushes and given watercolour painting a try. Considering I received a wonderful selection of paints, brushes and a fantastic easel for my birthday (back in May!) it seems that inspiration has finally hit.


I decided to use a couple of recently taken photographs as the basis for these first images and I must admit that I'm already smitten with this wonderful medium.



These first attempts have already introduced me to so many techniques and ideas for using watercolour paints. It will  be good to have a go at a tutorial so as to really expand upon these.


I'm really hoping to be able to paint some images for family cards and create some larger pieces for the house. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Last Weekend of July

This past weekend there was a mix of family weddings, sunny walks around local tourist spots and beautifully lit strolls along the water. What a perfect way to spend time - with family and wonderful surroundings.


A bride and her maids. With a theme of vintage elegance this image really encapsulates the beautiful florals and lace details that had been pulled together for this special day.


The reception was held in a refurbished barn situated along the river and we couldn't resist walking along the river's edge in the twilight sun.


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Foxton Locks is a series of 10 locks designed to higher or lower the canal barges as they travel through the quaint village of Foxton, Leicestershire. As these large boats travel through the system there is quite a spectacle created as barge owners scramble to open and close the necessary gates and when the sun is shining, a gentle stroll along the canal's edge is exceptionally soothing.





Here's to the last few weeks of the summer sun and warmth!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Midsummer's Eve


With a twilight show dancing across the sky it's time to venture to the nearest peaceful spot to watch the world go by.... and take some photos. The air was beautifully still and only a gaggle of geese settling for the night broke the peace. After the long humid days we've been having recently the clear air was a welcome relief.


Friday, 12 July 2013

Summer Breeze

Summer has arrived and with it come adventures to a whole host of fabulous destinations. With our first week from work we made a 5 hour drive to Cornwall - one of my favourite places.












Sometimes you need a break from the humdrum of life to spend some time with the sun, sea and sand. Here's to more adventures throughout the coming months!

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Sakura

The sun has been shining and it's brought the flowers out of their untimely slumber. Seeing this beautiful blossom tree really brings a smile to my face. As do the plump Bumble Bees buzzing around with their busy chores.





Here's to the sun and the beginning of Spring!

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Floral Fancies

Visiting a garden centre has always been a favourite past time of mine. We are lucky enough to live in an area with three fantastic floral, pet and gift purveyors in the local vicinity and this weekend we made the most of this!

I finally bought and constructed a pretty hanging basket to adorn our wrought iron bracket. This little space has really come together fantastically.

Pansies were an obvious choice as I am increasingly attracted by their sweet smiles.

Ranunculus... We came away with three of these inspiring flowers. The paper like petals and wondrous colours add a great splash to the garden.

Pots, pots, pots.



The little pink primroses were only 50 pence each! A bargain that was too good to pass up!

To fill an awkward space we decided upon a rockery. These are the first additions to this new venture including one named after Winston Churchill.

This pretty little Azalea tree was an Easter present. It sits proudly on our bedroom windowsill.

Hopefully, as the weather improves, there will be a few more additions to our green space. This past weekend crossed off a couple of my garden plans but I look forward to endeavouring upon the rest of them.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Cheats Banoffee Cream Pie

Sometimes you need a quick and easy dessert option and this is one of those! All you need is:
  1. One ready made sweet pie crust. You could, alternatively, use ready made sweet shortcrust pastry rolled out into your pie dish, or even make your own crust.
  2. One tin of Carnation caramel;
  3. Two or three bananas, chopped into thin slices;
  4. One carton of whipping cream, whipped.
Assembly is as simple as loading all of your ingredients into your pie crust. I put the tin of Carnation caramel as the first layer, directly onto the crust, followed by the chopped bananas and then topped with the whipped cream. It makes for a wonderfully decadent looking dessert but without the time and tears. I look forward to using this when friends come for dinner or on a special occasion weekend.


This pie was inspired by a recipe found in a Next cookbook I received for Christmas. It called for a home made custard and I just didn't fancy making anything that was too long winded. Thus this 'recipe' (if you can call it that seen as there's no baking involved!) was created.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

St.Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day to one and all. A day to share with loved ones old and new.



I finally gave cake pops a try. They're not the prettiest of examples but they sure do taste good!





Isn't this little guy adorable?! He was found upon one of the sweetest shops on Folksy, The Hunny Bunny Company. They have the nicest handmade critters.



Such choice!

Spring is definitely beginning to draw closer - the day has been full of split second showers interspersed with bright sunshine. It's also been a day of crafty DIY including completion of a much needed kitchen task (more to come on this soon!). 

Friday, 8 February 2013

Frugal or Frivolous?

I find it increasingly difficult resisting a shopping spree when there are so many pretty items upon the ASOS website that are tugging on the heart strings.


1 - ASOS Skater Dress  £95
2 - ASOS Beaded Dress  £120


1 - ASOS Smock Dress  £38
2 - ASOS Jewelled Collar  £10.50

Embroidered details are a real weakness of mine. The first two dresses are so beautiful with their heavy detailing and skater dress silhouette. I'm really fancying the leather sandals for the summer too - images of walking along white sandy beaches and stopping for an ice cream....

P.S: This is also my 100th post! Exciting!