Monday, 21 July 2014

Let's Go Shopping!!

Come on my lovelies, let's go for a little wander around the shops shall we?

First of all let's nip into Joules - now I love, love, love Joules clothes, but alas, as a girl of the Rubenesque persuasion their sizes do not go big enough for me (I can't help thinking that in this day and age all high street shops should cater for plus sizes, but last a a whole different post).

So I will eschew the womenswear for the lovely china they have:

I also need a new pair of wellies before the winter because my old Hunter ones have developed a split. These lovely floral ones will do nicely:

Let's have a look in one of my favourite shops, Cath Kidston shall we? I could get carried away in here!! I love the new clock print as on this iPhone case:

And we really need some new mugs as unfortunately they don't last very long in this house - in fact I have a set of seven Cath Kidston mugs on my dresser - all glued together (but still pretty!!)

So I'd like some new ones:

Boden have a gorgeous leather bag I've been lusting after for months:

There's a cute sun dress is Forever21 that I have my eye on:

And then we'll pop into Toast and I'll buy a pair of pink Salt Water sandals (I already have a pair in silver and they were super comfy, straight out of the box):
But then, on the other hand, Esprit do have this rather nice pair of pink metallic sandals - decisions, decisions:


Monday, 7 July 2014


I have a few photos taken over the past couple of weeks or so to share but bare with me as they are all a bit random and unconnected!!

After undertaking the makeover of H's room he needed a bit of art on his walls - keeping up with the English hunting lodge theme I had a look at stag or hare prints but as usual they were rather expensive and so I decided to have a go myself.

For someone who got a "F " in art I don't think he turned out too bad:

The window box Mr G made me is finally in bloom:

Recently we had a fantastic new charity shop open up nearby which just stocks craft materials - they have a lovely selection of fabrics, threads, buttons and other vintage and secondhand lovelies. I got a lovely little haul on one of my visits:

And I also found a gorgeous little china cabinet at the tip for the princely sum of £6:

In other news, we have a new pony - my friend R has loaned a lovely big cob called Bobby who has come to live with my two:

Once more I've stuck to the advice on how to found a perfect mount "Ensure they have an arse to match yours"!!

Can't leave out little Jasmin!!

Thanks for reading....

S x

Friday, 4 July 2014

Birthday Boys....

June sees the birthdays of both our boys so it's always been a somewhat hectic (and expensive!!) month. This year both boys were content to have low key treats and a bit of extra cash instead as they were both after PCs/upgrades.

H turned 16 on the 17th and he had three of his friends round for a sleepover in my cabin (!!!!) - needless to say they all had a strict talking to about keeping the place tidy/not wrecking anything and I'm pleased to say they all behaved impeccably!!:

Naturally, there was cake:

Incidentally, H's last day of school was just a few days earlier:

First and last day of school....

We can't believe H has left school. Personally, it seems like only five minutes since I left school. I still can't believe *I'm* the grown-up!!

On the 23rd June W was 14 - he wanted a PC and so using the bits cast off due to H's upgrade of his and a fair few new parts, that's what he got. We said he too could have friends over but he settled on just his best friend for dinner. He said he wanted it to be "just us" - he takes after his Grandpa Joe (my Dad) there....

When I asked what kind of cake he wanted I was chuffed when he said "a hedgehog" (though I suspect he was humouring me!!) as that's what I always had when I was little.

However, W's hedgehog did end up looking a bit more like road kill due to a shortage of icing and a hot day making spreading it an arduous task!! Still he tasted nice:

Coconut grass!!
So both boys are now well into their teenage years. With many of my friends either a bit (or a lot) younger than me and with their children very much little ones I'm beginning to feel a bit left out - even my two oldest school friends still have tinies.
Still, I think the broodiness is still being kept at bay. I'm enjoying having time to myself and also lots of time with Mr G as a couple.
Although, that's doesn't stop me yearning occasionally for a soft, enthusiastic toddler cuddle....
S x


Friday, 20 June 2014

Harry's Room Make Over!!....

Back in October when we moved my sewing room out of the third bedroom into the newly built cabin the boys tossed a coin to decide who would have the bigger room.

The deal was that the person who got the much smaller room would get it decorated first and the bigger room would have to wait until after Christmas.

H got the big room, but it wasn't until last week we finally got around to decorating the room for him.

H really didn't care how I decorated (as long as it wasn't Cath Kidston, I rather fancied the CK cowboy) and so I kind of went for a hunting lodge type theme which I thought would go well with the vintage 1930's bed (Freegle) and wardrobe (£10 eBay).

As per much of the rest of the house we painted the walls an off white.

I had ummed and ahhhed about whether to wallpaper the wall behind the bed but when asked if I would like to review one of their wall decals I decided that would be perfect.

There are some lovely ones on the website and I went for the stags head personalised with our surname. You could choose from numerous colours so as I had the duvet cover with red tartan reverse in mind I went for a deep red.

After the paint had dried Mr G helped me affix it to the wall, which was much simpler than we thought - I'd previously bought a very cheap quote from eBay and that was really tricky to apply - not so with the Wallstickers decal which was much better behaved!!

Rub out any bubbles with a bank card
Peel off the backing
Adding the personalisation

Ta Dah!!

H is very pleased with his room, not least because we have for the first time allowed him to have his PC in his room, at 16 it's time to allow him his own space, we thought.

I'd thoroughly recommend the Wallstickers, they are a high quality, reasonably priced way to add a bit of wow to a room.


S x

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Friday, 23 May 2014

Mr Tumble....

Just over two weeks ago, a little after lunch, I was sat opposite Mr G at the dining table painting one of my signs when he took a phone call. It was the school Matron.

All I could make out was "fell down the stairs" and "ambulance" and so as you can imagine I freaked a wee bit!!

It transpired that our youngest W had had a friend jump on him at the top of the stairs, they had tumbled down and the friend had landed on W's foot. Matron said that W couldn't weight bear and so did we want her to call an ambulance or would we collect W to take him to A&E?

Naturally, off we went to fetch him and soon we were at the local hospital and on our way to X-Ray, all of us saying "it'll just be sprained" as although it was painful for W to put weight on it, other than that it didn't really hurt and had minimal bruising and swelling.

So both we and and the medical staff were amazed to discover W had broken four out of five metatarsals!!


Apparently it's quite a spectacular break as usually only one or two bones fracture.

So, W had to have a plaster:

This one is actually his temporary cast, he now has a proper one in purple!!

W had ten days off school while we awaited the appointment for the proper cast and he returned last week. This has been somewhat unsuccessful as despite the school initially saying he could attend all the classes that were on the ground floor they've since changed their minds and are keeping him confined to a corner of huge library on his own due to "health and safety" *rollseyes*.

This means long periods where he has nothing to do as the teachers have not really been very organised at sorting out work for him, despite me telephoning every day to ask them not to leave him with nothing to do.

This morning we attended the fracture clinic to check all was still aligned properly - it is, but W is still not allowed to weight bear. I must confess that after half term I am inclined to keep him home and the teachers can send homework so at least he is not isolated with nothing to do for much of the day.

It's my belief that the main reason they want him in is because it'll skew the attendance figures if he has time off.

Luckily, W is a laid back and happy boy and throughout all this he has been very brave and chirpy.

Although, he's not much impressed that the cast may still be on on his birthday in a months time!!

Thanks for reading....


S x



Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Gotta Love Spring....

Whooops!! I had a bit of an unplanned blogging break there!! I do apologise!! I now have a backlog of things to write about and so my blog may do the "buses" thing!!

Late spring is one of my favourite times of year. The bleak midwinter is over and everything springs forth with life and promise - the weather is warm but not too hot (I don't "do" being hot) and we can get out into the garden and get things done that have been waiting.

When we lost two of our horses last summer we had them cremated and my Stepdad made these lovely wooden planters. Now the weather has improved we finally got around to planting them up.

We added some rocks for drainage, a little soil and then carefully unwrapped each heavy parcel that contained my equine friends - the chalky white ashes were gently tipped in and more soil was added. Then we planted them with roses and bedding plants before adding handpainted signs.

I must confess it was rather emotional and I shed a little tear. I like to think that by giving the roses nutrients their energy will live on.

While we were buying plants we came across a chap in a local village square selling flowering wisteria plants for £15 so we couldn't resist snapping one up.

We have a wisteria growing up the front of the house but unfortunately it didn't flower this year. I think we slipped up by being afraid to cut it back last year and so will have to do that this autumn.

We got some bedding plants, strawberries and a beautiful blue hydrangea to go in our mismatched (I love mismatched!!) pots for the decking as well.

The aquilegia has sprung up all over as it is does:

Even Jasper, one of our two, Tonkinese cats took a moment to enjoy the spring sunshine.

We got a lovely table and chairs for the decking - in candy stripes and so very me!!:

The directors style chairs are very comfy and I've already spent several afternoons out on the decking crocheting and watching Netflix.

Let's hope we are granted a half decent summer!!


S x