Friday, 21 February 2014
Well January whizzed by and now we are almost at the end of February! The weather has been terrible here in the UK these past few weeks, torrential rain has meant lots of villages and towns have been flooded, railway lines have been destroyed and we have lost large swathes of the British coastline to the sea. Poor Cornwall and Somerset seemed to have taken the brunt of it all.
Kent didn't fair too badly, we had no flooding at all in our town just storm damage, missing tiles and damaged fences.
Our right hand fence to our back garden seems to be on its last legs but as we are due soon to have a new neighbor we are holding on to replace it as it is technically their fence (so we are waiting patiently).
Winter Olympics has started! How exciting, i just love the ice skaters and their funny faces they pull, check out this link it had me laughing for hours!
Last weekend we ventured out on the one clear day we have had in weeks to the seaside, Dungeness to be exact, for my dads birthday. It was such a beautiful day and so lovely to get out and about and blow away some of those cobwebs.
I just love Dungeness, so inspiring, i braved the gales and took a lonely walk around the huts in Dungeness village to wear of my fish and chips. Some of the huts date back to as far as 1800, and people live in them all year round with the eerie looking power station in the background.
The cake in the pics above was a banana bread, i was home alone just me and Ernie as Ashley was working on a Sunday so i decided to use up the last few mouldy looking bananas and bake a cake at the same time as cooking a roast, Get me! I'm the new Nigella :) (minus the cocaine of course!), it was gorgeous and only took me 50 mins to bake! who needs a cafe when you have hot banana bread and a Dolce Gusto latte to hand and the comfort of your own settee :)
Friday, 10 January 2014
Well the Christmas period is over and we welcome in the shiny new feeling of the New Year.
I have tidied away the decorations, the tree has been removed to a pot outside in the garden to try and revive itself and perk up a little. (it’s a live tree that should survive until next xmas fingers crossed) and the house is back to normal.
We had such a lovely Christmas, full of laughter love and lots of beautiful presents and far too much food! And the New Year was welcomed in with a bang at a friend’s house. We even managed to sneak in a mini break to Whitstable in between and spent a night in the Hotel Continental where we got engaged 5 long years ago next month!
All is back to normal now and to be honest i let out a large breath of relief. Christmas and the break is lovely but somehow it’s lovely to get back to normal, back to routine and a clear de cluttered home and i always find the New Year a great time to sort out all those loose ends. Things that need changing updating and modifying are top of my list.
Also i have a 30% off sale in my Etsy illustration shop to celebrate the New Year, just enter the code “new year” at checkout to receive the discount (available on all items above £5.00)
Wishing you all a very Happy 2014! May it be full of great things for you all.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Well not long now until Christmas! The count down has begun and i'm all excited.
We have bought our little tree, settled him in with a bit of water and then set about decorating him and the house on Sunday with Christmas songs blaring and the Christmas pud mix bubbling away in its bainmarie. The weather man keeps threatening terrible weather but so far so good here in the South East of Britain.
My Etsy shop still has its sale on, free shipping on everything until Christmas day when you enter the code WEDDING at checkout. Pop over now for some special deals and maybe some last minute xmas cards?
The above image was a custom commission from a dear friend of mine for her hubby for Christmas (its of her two children) Just remember if you would like a custom commission just drop me a message on Etsy. (shop link over on the right hand side)
I hope you are all well and enjoying the festive spirit? I cannot believe in 22 days it will finally be here, eeeek!
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
As the evenings draw in and the temperature has finally dropped we have been making the most of the cosy snug time indoors.
We have roasted chestnuts, drank mulled wine and lit the fire for the first time this year.
I love this time of year with its golden leaves and bright crisp days. If only January and February could stay this pretty.
I have uploaded a set of Christmas cards into my shop. The set is £6.00 for 6 x A5 cards with envelopes and they come wrapped and posted next day, that works out a £1.00 a card! bargain :)
I have also been working on a custom commission for a friend, it's of her two little boys and will be given to their dad as part of his Christmas present! Such a sweet idea. I love custom commissions, it's such a nice feeling to know you are creating something somebody will cherish.
I always get the feeling that November forces you to go slowly, take things easy and this is what i am trying my best to do. As i read on a favourite blog of mine recently; Hardwood grows slowly, we should all live by this motto!