Monday, 27 February 2017

Bringing The Spring In!

Well, I for one have felt like January was the longest month on record, with February coming a close second - and despite what my husbands says - No - I have never said that before, and certainly not on an annual basis, at precisely this time of the year....


Obviously, it's simply the weather that causes this feeling of time dragging on, as in England we long for Spring days filled with sunshine, longer daylight and a garden that suddenly comes alive.  I actually look forward to the first days of January, where the promise of exciting new beginnings and the potential for a fabulous new year are at their height, so I know that it's not the months of January or February per se that are at fault...

In fact if both of those months were filled with a constant stream of crisp Winter sunlight, then they would be  an absolute dream...

...And so, in order to combat this (Okay - I admit it - yearly...) feeling of Winter ennui, I like to inject a bit of Springtime magic into the house a few weeks early, and plant up some vintage post with Spring bulbs and flowers...


I adore filling the house with cut flowers, but at this time of the year, they can prove to be expensive and/or hard to find on an ongoing bases, so I find that Spring bulbs fill the gap quite nicely until the country blooms of choice are back in abundance...

I am a quite the planter addict and the vintage variety are naturally my pot of choice.  Unusual vintage vessels are a particular love of mine and they sit beautifully alongside my more conventional original Constance Spry vases and various other antique planters...


Victorian Jelly molds are a delightful option in lieu of a conventional planter, as they tend to have the most beautifully sculpted shapes, ridges and designs that are often equally as pretty as the flowers inside...

...And so a day of planting ensued at the weekend...





...and as a result, I now have a house filled with happy flowers, soon to open buds, and a feeling of Spring promise... Have I ever told you how much I LOVE this time of the year?



...And if you'd like to see me actually buying the vintage jelly molds and the planting up in action, please take a look on my YouTube Channel Here!


Until Next Time!































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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

My St. Valentine's Day Table!

I must admit, that after many, many overpriced, forced romantic, sleeping sitting up, hour and a half slot allocated, table placed in overspill tent out back, unsatisfactory Valentine's meals at fancy restaurant...


...In recent years, we've tended to leave the £150 'Romantic' Set menu's based around a heart shaped chocolate souffle to the younger crowd....

Now, if this makes me sound a bit "Bah Humbug" about romance, really I'm not...

I LOVE the idea of celebrating St. Valentines day, I just prefer to make it a family and friends occasion, and to leave the romantic dinners for the other 364 days of the year...

So here is my pre-prepared St. Valentine's table for a family supper this evening...


The plates are the gorgeous Schiap style that I found in the sale at OKA.  They're bolder than my normal choice of white, cream or pastels, but I think that they add interest and are a sophisticated change to my usual French creamware.


My trusty hand blown, Dee Puddy green glasses are out again in force, and you can't go wrong with a vintage French soupier full of roses and  a regiment of vintage brass candlesticks - candlelight is a good choice for ANY occasion.


So there it is, and if you'd like to see me actually setting the table in 'live' action, then you can see it on my YouTube channel HERE!


...And finally, in this high pressured day and age of "50 Shades of All Things Romantic" and in keeping with my aversion to all things that are too 'forced' romantic on Valentine's Day, the only thing trussed up in stockings tonight will be the of Paupiette of chicken in a wild mushroom sauce that I shall be serving for dinner tonight...sorry Darling!!


Until Next Time,






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