Friday, 20 April 2012

Oh, What a Beautiful Morning ...

Went for a brisk walk to the beach and back with Steve and Ruby, first thing this morning; only a slight chill in the air, grass damp with dew, sun shining, makes you feel good to be alive!

Even if I see this view every day of my life, I never tire of it ... I love the colours, the muted greys of the stones, the fudgy brown of the sand, merging with the bright blue sea (sometimes it's battleship grey, but today was a good day)


and on the other side of me, the fields waking up to the new day ...

Back home, and I set up a little photo shoot in the back garden.  My 7-mile trip to the eagerly anticipated Car Boot Sale was fruitless, I'm afraid.  One stall which held about ten items, none of which I was interested in!  Luckily, earlier in the day I had found a few items, so wasn't too downhearted.

A sweet little cupboard, which I have big plans for, involving Farrow & Ball paint, a bit of distressing and Cath Kidston Paris Rose wallpaper.  I'll show you it when it's finished.

As we speak my kind husband is lovingly (!) sanding it down (only because he says I don't do it properly) ... I'm always in too much of a rush to get to the tittivating stage, I skimp on the preparation. This may or may not go to the Vintage Sale next week, depending on how much I want to keep it!

Ruby (the supermodel), showing off a very fetching bright blue standard lamp.  This one is definitely a keeper, as I've been looking for one for a while, but they get snapped up quickly and have you noticed they've gone up astronomically in price at the charity shops.  They used to be practically given away, but not any more.  

Little flurries of activity going on in the garden, but I'd like to know what is coming up in your garden, as even if I leave my island and go into town, my plants are always a bit behind in blossoming, than the ones there,  because of the slight difference in temperatures inland and where I live is quite exposed.

Last of the Muscaris
Peony, ready to 'pop'

Hosta springing to life

And the vegetable plot is coming to life, even though we planted relatively early (this is the bleak North-West, after all), thanks to our home-made cold frames, the seeds have got off to a good start ... we used the old windows, which were the perfect size to fit over our raised beds (I don't throw anything away, unless I can think of a good use for it!)
Strawberry Patch (must buy netting)
Radishes and Beetroot

Quick Hello from the girls:-

Florence, our rescue hen
Marilyn, big and buxom!

Unfortunately, Audrey and Doris little camera shy, and do a runner when they see me approaching with a camera!

Hope you have a 'bootiful' weekend! 



  1. What an amazing view you have - very jealous :) ooh I've yet to find a standard lamp - always on the look out. And loving that little cupboard too. Have a lovely weekend.
    Victoria xx

  2. Hi Victoria, thanks for your lovely comments ... The beach is at the top of my road but I do have a lovely view of the salt marsh from my house, I am very lucky, it's lovely when the tide's in. Hope you enjoy your weekend too! Xxx

  3. Hi Claire, I won't mention your views! Love the standard lamp, when we came here I got rid of mine, but now I need it back because just got the right spot for it here, also love the cupboard, just off to the Vintage Fair here in Bridport to seek out Ellie at Jelly Jam. Julie xxx

  4. Ooh, wish I could come ... Give Ellie my love, I always follow her blog! And doesn't that always happen ... you let something go, and then find the perfect place for it. You never know, you might get one today. Have a lovely time xxx

  5. Hi Claire,
    Thanks for finding my blog and introducing me to your lovely one. We share the same interests of sea,vintage, gardening and recycling things. I will look forward to following you and seeing what you do with the cupboard.
    Sarah x

  6. Hi Claire, nice to meet you, thanks for stopping by. Lovely hens - I have Hen envy at the moment, Marilyn is amazing!
    Hope you are having a great weekend,

    sarah -x-

    1. Hi Sarah, thanks for your lovely comments! Marilyn is amazing, looks very puffed up and important, but she's actually one of the quiet ones! xx

  7. oooh im so exited to see your deorated cupboard...sounds lik eit is going to be gorgeous :o)
    have a bootiful weekend yourself
    love jooles x

    1. Hi Jooles, thanks for looking in ... cupboard is a work in progress as we speak, will reveal all next week xxx

  8. Hi Claire. Thanks for popping over to my blog and leaving your lovely comment. Your cupboard is going to be stunning. I can't wait to see it. Xx

  9. Good Morning, tis the first time I have found your Blog what a pretty place. I shall be coming back again if you don't mind? :)

  10. How could I mind? Thank you for introducing me to your blog ... how have I missed it? Will definitely be following now ... enjoy the rest of your weekend, Claire xx

  11. The blue of the standard lamp is a great match for the blue of the muscari! Lovely blog.

  12. Hi Elizabeth! Thanks for introducing yourself, you too, have a lovely blog, will be following you! The standard lamp is blue no more ... it's now Clunch by Farrow & Ball, but it was the perfect match for the muscaris ... it was a nice blue, but would have stuck out like a sore thumb, as I don't really have any blue in my home. Love your home and garden, absolutely stunning! xx

  13. Can't wait to see what you do with the cupboard ! Lovely photos and such sweet hens...I miss my little pet chicken...we had her for 7 years and she was such a character ! Gail x

  14. You must get another Gail, they're so lovely! xx

  15. I think I might be your latest follower! LIke your way of looking at things and want to follow your progress re the cupboards! Joan

  16. Hi, I thought that I had written to you but it appears I hadn't!! That's just in case you get 2. I think I am your latest follower. I like the way you talk about things and look forward to seeing what you do with the cupboard! Joan

  17. Just discovered your blog - lovely! Have you heard of Annie Sloan paints - no sanding required apparently! I haven't tried them yet, but I have a friend who loves them. Love your girly hens - I have a pet duck called Flora - and 2 collies named after plants: Mistletoe & Bluebell!

  18. Aw thanks ladies, for your lovely comments! Will show pic of cupboard shortly, along with photos of the upcoming vintage fair. I have heard of Annie Sloan paints, but not tried them as yet (my husband does the sanding, so it doesn't bother me!), and thank you for following me xx


I love to hear what you think of my ramblings and value all your comments ... I will try and get back to you, but am sorry if I don't always manage this ... sometimes real life just gets in the way! Claire xxx