Friday, 10 February 2017

The Old Aunties' Snow Cake

When I was a little girl, my mom would make snow ice cream for us.  She would take a BIG mixing bowl and collect freshly fallen snow.  Then she would mix sugar, milk, and vanilla and pour it over the snow.  The result was a delicious slush which had to be eaten at top speed before the snow melted away.  The result was always a fierce case of brain freeze but it was worth it! 

This charming painting by Inge Nook transported me back to those days of snow ice cream and the excitement of heavy snowfall.  I still love when it snows which just goes to show you never out grow snow ice cream, or in the Auties' case, snow cake. 

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Growing Old Disgracefully

I don't know where I first saw Inge Look's art work but I have fallen in love with her 'Aunties' paintings.  

These two old girls prove that it is more fun to grow old disgracefully than to preserve one's dignity.  They never fail to make me smile.  It is so cold this morning that I thought this picture would make the perfect post.  I plan to follow the Aunties' lead and stay close to the fire and the teapot today. However, I don't think I'll be wearing the tea cosy as a hat! 

Sunday, 11 December 2016

The Holiday Velo Vintage Ride

I had a bit of a shock yesterday when someone said 'It's only two weeks until Christmas.'  Yikes!  Really?  

I don't know why I was surprised by this revelation.  I've posted most of the Christmas cards and decorated the Christmas tree.  The holiday Velo Vintage bicycle ride has come and gone... 

No denying they were in the holiday spirit....

And decked out in their finest togs...

You can keep your noisy Christmas parades, this is the way to start the holiday season.

And after that brisk ride, everyone is invited to join them at the pub...

Where you can get a closer look at the beautifully decorated bikes...

And the superbly groomed handle bars of both kinds.

They certainly know how to bring on the festive season in style! 

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Almost Wordless Wednesday - Day Glo Orange

The afternoon light of an autumn day always looks golden and beautiful, but this afternoon was strange.  We were just about to get some rain and the combination of heavy cloud and oblique light turned the leaves of this shrub a bright 'Day Glo' orange.  

Just in time for Almost Wordless Wednesday...

This colour is why every garden should have at least one Smoke Bush...

Also known as Cotinus coggygria.   

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

The Perfect Autumn Day

It is mid-November, you know winter is coming but today there was no evidence of the harsh weather to come.  It was one of those once-a-year days when the weather was perfect, the foliage was perfect, and we had the time to enjoy it all.

This is what we used to call 'Indian Summer' when I was a kid growing up in the mid-west.

You know all this colour is on borrowed time.  One good gust of wind or a heavy shower will certainly bring all of these leaves down.

So before it all blows away,  let's take a minute to enjoy all the beautiful shades of the season.  I took these photos in our garden early this morning as the sun began to climb higher in the sky.

When was the last time you saw daisies blooming in November?  

Who knows how long this will last?  If you believe the weather forecast we are due a change.  

We'd best make the most of this absolutely perfect day.  

Thursday, 3 November 2016

The Garden House

Once again I missed wordless Wednesday.  Let's just pretend I got it right and enjoy some of the photos I took at The Garden House this week.

CLICK HERE for more information about THE GARDEN HOUSE and their fabulous acer glade.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Almost Wordless Wednesday - Forde Abbey

Today we had a lovely day exploring the gardens at Forde Abbey near Chard in Somerset. 

I was especially impressed by the walled kitchen garden. 

The scarecrow was all dressed up for Halloween.

There are 30 acres of garden to explore and that fantastic house!

Click HERE  to find all the information you need to plan your day out at Forde Abbey.