Wednesday, 29 December 2010
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Much of my childhood and my daughter's childhood was spent in Cornwall and I just loved the Cornish carols composed by Thomas Merritt sung by the choirs and played by the village bands. I have searched YouTube to find any but this is all I can find - a version of While Shepherds Watched....
Back in 1988 when my daughter was four and at infant's school she wasn't allowed to take part in the nativity because she wanted to be a shepherd, not an angel and was told that girls are angels, boys are shepherds. I can still see her face as she sat on the teacher's knee watching but not taking part. May be it should be 'While a would-be Shepherd Watched'!
I hope you all have a very happy and peaceful Christmas.
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
They look really nice displayed in this old trug (I have more for sale on my website if you are interested).
I love cyclamen and it is so lovely to see growing flowers and bulbs at this time of year when everything is dying outside in the garden.
Other greenery has been collected from the garden ready to be displayed, perhaps in a wreath.
Sunday, 5 December 2010
IF For GIRLS
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Because of hurricane Tomas our hotel had been closed and only re-opened the day we arrived. Our transfer from the airport was by boat because of damage to the roads but this was brilliant as we got to see all the coastline from the south to north of the island.
This entrance to the pool was feet away from our room. One day we all sat round the bar area in the pool under the verandah in a cocktail competition. We had to concoct our own cocktail, taste each one and score them. All 21 of them! I came 3rd with my 'Cranberry Kiss' of Cointreau, Southern Comfort, Orange juice, Cranberry juice, Champagne and crushed ice. As you can imagine most of the cocktails had rum and coconut cream liquer as part of the ingredients and I tried to work my way through the whole list!
They say there is nothing more boring than hearing about other people's children, holidays and diets so I won't bore you any longer .... now where did I put my Slimming World book?!
Friday, 19 November 2010
350 g/ 12 oz broccoli
2 tblsp butter
1 large leek, white part only chopped
1 small potato, cut into chunks
1 pt hot chicken stock
1/2 pt milk
3 tblsps cream (I used single)
115g / 4 oz Stilton, crumbled
Salt & freshly ground pepper
Break the broccoli into florets and discard tough stems. Melt butter in a large saucepan. Cook leek until softened but not brown. Add broccoli and potato, pour in stock. Cover and simmer for 15 mins until vegetables are cooked.
Cool slightly then liquidise. Add milk and cream. Season. Reheat then add the Stilton and serve when it is melted.
Monday, 15 November 2010
This is an amethyst muff chain which I shall wear as a necklace (a muff was a cylindrical piece of fabric, usually fur, which was open at both ends to warm the hands and hung around the neck).
This dairymaid's yoke looks good in the kitchen and is certainly a talking point along with the double oxen yoke I also have.
I love this large old earthenware French bowl.
Friday, 29 October 2010
This is actually a work table!
This is taken from a tapestry and he really appeals to me as does my favourite picture in the house of a 'Strawberry Girl' by Sir Joshua Reynolds.
They have a lovely restaurant here too and for my pudding I had the biggest, creamiest most divine creme brulee I have ever tasted!
Do go if you are in London, it is well worth a visit and free admission.
After that we had a gorgeous meal in China Town, then home on the train. What a lovely day!
Monday, 25 October 2010
I managed to finish painting the stairs in time for the new carpet and am very pleased with the result.
I also managed to finish the blind which I'm pleased matches it really well. Underneath the window I have placed an old cast iron bistro table with a marble top that my mother decided she no longer wanted and it looks really good there.
We had finished decorating the dining room but I felt it was a little dreary so I have been trying to introduce some red into the room. I painted this picture frame French Grey (my favourite F & B shade) and think it looks great with the toile de jouey. The bookcase also got a couple of coats of the paint.
Saturday, 16 October 2010
A careless workman who had been working on the roof left a blowtorch alight and this was the result. 150 firemen from three counties tackled the blaze and when it was deemed safe to do so people entered the building to salvage what they could. 4,000 plastic dustbins full of debris containing artefacts were marked according to which room's items they contained.
Six years later the house had been restored and it is just amazing what survived and the quality of workmanship to restore things to how they were.
Another interesting story from this house is that in 1825 its owner Sir Harry Fetherstonhaugh married his dairy maid. He had heard her singing in the dairy and proposed to her! He was 70, she was 21! He told her that she could take her time to answer and that if there was a piece cut out from his mutton at dinner he would know that her answer was yes. She was sent to Paris to be educated before their marriage and upon his death the whole estate was left to her.
In the National Trust shop I bought this book 'The Soup Bible'. The first soup I have made is Thai Chicken Soup and it is absolutely DELICIOUS. If you would like the recipe let me know and I will email it to you.
Monday, 4 October 2010
We have ordered a new striped stair and plain landing carpet and, because the stairs are to have a runner, I have been sanding and repainting the sides of the stairs.I also decided to make a co-ordinating Roman blind for the hall window at the bottom of these stairs.
All that hard work had to be rewarded with cake - Lemon Drizzle Cake and Date and Honey Oatmeal Cake.