Summertime! x

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Spring to Early Summer already!

Well, I hope you have all enjoyed the lovely weather we have had and although it has turned cooler again now, it is still dry and bright. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly everything changes in the garden at this time of year. All of a sudden plants that seemed so small the last time you looked, are now about to bloom or in full bloom! My flower border is just getting to that lovely 'established' stage, where some plants are filling out there space nicely and some need keeping in check, so as not to take over completely. I am loving the Alliums this year, and have made 'note to self' to purchase more for next year.




I always love this combination too..



White Daisy's with Red and Yellow Geum


I like my flower border's to have that non uniform, non conformist feel to them. These Blue Cornflowers are really pretty and so easy to grow, they self seed everywhere, but they do tend to spread out and flop over as they grow larger. Once they have flowered all you need to do is cut them right back and wait for the new growth and new flowers. So easy and so pretty!




It's hard to believe we are coming to the end of May already, somehow Spring has flown by and Early Summer is already here...

I hope you are all enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend and the weather is not too bad... No rain here yet! We are praying for rain as the water butts are empty and the ground is rock hard!

Also some lovely goodies have been added to the Country Style Living website, including....


Vernon Ward Firescreen


Pretty Renoir print


Country Style Shopping Basket

Have a great week! Only a short one too....

Monday, 17 May 2010

The wonders of 'You' magazine..

I hope you all have had a lovely weekend. Our weekend has been spent watching our son play in a local footie tournament, and yesterday a trip to the Newark Autojumble, which mainly sells anything from old cars and motorbikes to spareparts and related items. Luckily the weather was OK for both, which makes all the difference. Unfortunately my sons team did not win the footie tournament, but as the saying goes it's the taking part that counts! The trip to the autojumble proved fruitless too, but my son loved looking at the classic cars parked up from VW campers to American Chevvys to Lotus and Porsches. Did not take a camera, so missed a real photo opportunity..next time maybe.


One of my pleasures of a weekend, is a relaxing morning with the You magazine from the Mail on Sunday, I always start from back to front, because the home section and cookery section are there.


Here are some photo's from a couple of weeks ago, featuring chef Mark Hix's home.

















I love the mix of modern and vintage! I have always dreamt of having a walk in pantry, one day maybe!

Here's wishing you all a lovely week ahead.....

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

It's Tuesday already!

Yes it's Tuesday already, a short week this week.I hope everyone has had a lovely long weekend, the weather here was better than forecast, no real rain to speak of, only small showers, but still windy and cool, just aswell really as most of the weekend was spent watching the son play in a local footie tournament. Yesterday was gardening day, and we managed to get the Sweet Pea's in and my husband got caught up with all the veg planting etc. It's that time of year now, when you only have to blink and the lawn needs cutting again, our flower border seems to have grown over night!
I don't seem to have been watching much TV lately, apart from my favourites, which I have wrote about previously, so I have spent my evenings making a button lampshade, as seen in the Thrifty Chic book, as I didn't have any small buttons, mine is an alternative version.






It's not perfect, but that makes it quite appealing, doesn't it!


I have also been busy uploading new stock to the Country Style Living website including:


Vintage 'Mobo' childs scooter with brake


Vintage Wooden Chair


Pretty Floral Vernon Ward print


Pretty Country Style Footstool
I am trying to add new products to the website on a regular basis, if you have the time please take a look...