Summertime! x

Monday, 29 March 2010

Easter Comp..Winner

I would firstly like to Thank everyone who took the time to enter the Easter competition, which has been running over on the Country Style Living website. I am pleased to announce that the winner of the competition is Susan Kynaston. Congratulations Susan!

On a sadder note, I recently collected this book from the library, The Wonderful Weekend Book, I had a long wait as the book is so popular, but the very next day, I read that the author Elspeth Thompson had passed away. My thoughts are with her husband and young daughter.

The book is full of great ideas of how to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, it is well worth a read....




With thoughts of the Easter weekend fast approaching, I hope you all have a lovely week........

Monday, 22 March 2010

Loving the Library....

..I have been keeping myself busy reading these Country home books.... which I have borrowed from the library....Now in our village, the lady at the library knows you by name, is really helpful and you get a lovely personal service. You don't get the largest selection of books, but I make up for that by ordering any I fancy a look at, over the internet for collection at a later date. When you then collect your books, it gives you a similar feeling, to receiving a parcel, or collecting a parcel, that same excitement and anticipation..... I recently visited our local town's library, which has now gone self service, it totally confused me, and I had to be shown how to use everything....I think I much prefer the friendly personal service.....

Anyhow these are the books I am talking about....




A lovely book containing really inspiring images...





Another great book, showing different ways to decorate and design an indoor outdoor space....

Great book for those who love to add floral decor to their home...

and last but not least...
A really useful book, showing how to attempt small diy tasks....
I have recently collected another batch, more of them at a later date.....
Don't forget there is still time to enter the EASTER COMPETITION here

Thursday, 18 March 2010

at last....

at last Spring has sprung! the weather has been kind, although still a little cool at times. I don't think I can remember, the small bulbs such as Crocus and Snowdrops look so lovely, they have really made an impact this year. It's so good to be able to open the windows and doors, and let the outside in, as it were. I am looking forward now to all that Spring brings.....


at last.....I WON

Emma at Em's Shabby Shack ran a lovely giveaway recently, and I won this lovely bag, made by Henhouse. Gorgeous!





I also recently supported Lissy Lou with her Red Heart Day, such a good cause, by purchasing this lovely Pin cushion....lovely!





and last but not least... I received this pretty fabric from Sal's Snippets, at the weekend. Which will make a lovely cushion...




Just to mention also, I am running an Easter competition over on the website, all you need to do, is find the Easter image within the website, and email me, telling me where you found the image. The competition closes at Midnight on Saturday 27th March and the winner will be drawn on Sunday 28th March, the Lucky Winner will be contacted by email.....GOOD LUCK!

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Happy Mothers Day



...I hope all you lovely Mother's out there are having a great relaxing day with your families!

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Sunshine Award!!!

..recently I received a blogging award from Decoromana , it's quite special, as it is my first award, so can I just say a very big 'Thankyou'. It is awarded to bloggers who's positivity and creativity inspires others in the blog world.


There are certain rules for accepting the award.

Put the logo on your blog or within your post.
Pass the award on to 12 other blogger.
Link the nominees within your post.
Let the nominees know they have received the award, by commenting on their blog.
Share and link to the person from whom you received the award.

MY TWELVE NOMINEES ARE

Vintage Flair1
Country Bliss
Kelly's Recipes for Life
The Vintage Gardener
Country in the Town
Lissy Lou and the 2 Little Boys
Diary of a Tinyholder
Susie's Country Cottage
Vintage at the Corner House
Dolly Dollop
Penny
Chez Sophie

..enjoy the Sunshine.....

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Has Spring finally arrived?

Dare I say it.....has Spring finally arrived? We have had 3 pleasant days here and everything is drying out nicely. The snowdrops are looking lovely this year, really making a good show, in an otherwise rather desolate looking garden. I can't wait to start cutting back and tidying, ready for Spring in it's full glory.

As I mentioned previously, I have been busy making Marmalade, now this is a first for me. I don't actually eat it myself, but my husband does. So when I was reading one of my regular magazines, and came across this recipe, it looked fairly straight forward and I thought I would have a go. This is how it went.....

Recipe from Easy Living Magazine



Wash and Scrub Wax from Seville Oranges



Simmer oranges in large saucpan, with 2 litres of water for approx 2 hours


They should then look like this


When cool, you then need to take the pips out and cut the skin into shreds



You then put the pips etc into some muslin cloth ( I used a tea towel ) tied together and attached to the saucepan lid, and simmer with remaining juices and juice from a large lemon and any other juices from plates, for approx 10 mins

Remove cloth and add shredded orange skin, until soft and then slowly add sugar, and simmer until setting point is found.

I placed a saucer in the freezer to test for the setting point

When cool, transfer to sterilised jars.



Not bad for a first attempt, and my husband seems pleased!


I would also just like to mention, that I have just purchased this lovely, handpainted Thomas the Tank sign, for my nephew's birthday, from a very talented lady at http://www.lajonis-shop.blogspot.com please pay her blog a visit.