Wednesday, 25 August 2010


OK for you folks that have been waiting for Ann and myself to announce the date of the Winter fair here it is


This time we have produced two flyers

We will be announcing the names of the stallholders very shortly.   There are still some places left so if you sell handmade items with a vintage twist or vintage goodies we would love to hear from you

We look forward to seeing you all there. 
Debbie & Ann

Monday, 16 August 2010


In my last house I had a whole work room to myself and I spread out all over the place. This house is considerably smaller and I only have half a room which I share with hubby. The only problem is that I still try and cram as much stuff into the small space as I did in the large......

You might remember in a previous blog I had picked up a set of shelves that I was going to paint and put up in my workroom. Today was the day I had set aside for them and I set too this morning with sandpaper and cloth rubbing them down. It was such a nice day I decided to work in the garden.

Once sanded down I set too painting them, please don’t look too closely as it is not a brilliant paint job but none the less I think they look better painted than they did wood.

Finally painted I stood over hubby until he got out his spirit level and put them up for me. Now I must try and not overfill them although hubby thinks that they won’t stay looking so neat for too long and I hate to say it but he is probably right.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010


As I look out my office window it is dark, damp and rainy and quite miserable, although I have been entertained by a pair of pigeons having a bath in puddle on top of the garage roof opposite me.

A couple of weeks back hubby and I went out and ended up at Hidcote Manor Gardens which is owned by the National Trust and it is on a miserable day like today I look back on a sunny summer day with fond memories and so I thought I would share the lovely day with you.

Hidocte was designed and created by the horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston in the Arts & Crafts style, it is made up of  garden rooms, each possessing its own special character, and it is a wonderful place to wind away a few hours just taking in the different plants and also gives you ideas for planting and landscaping.

I rather fancy this as a summer house.

It is funny how plants can lift one's emotions, I am feeling better already, now to get out in the garden and do some dead heading.

Monday, 2 August 2010


Saturday was one of the greatest days of my life, how did my little babies turn into such wonderful, beautiful girls. This will be a day that I remember as one of the highlights of my life.
It was eldest daughter’s wedding day and she looked absolutely stunning, all the hard work that she had put into having the perfect wedding came to fruition and perfect it certainly was.

From the time we got up in the morning the whole day went by so smoothly, even the hairdresser commented on how calm we all were. Now for all of those that know our family know that CALM is not a word I would use to describe us but it was like a feeling of “oh well we have done all we can now let’s just enjoy it” came to the fore. Mind you I have to say when I got to the church with 10 minutes to spare and could not park the car CALM was the last thing I felt.... I just dumped it, threw the keys at one of the ushers and demanded he park it for me as I rushed into the church only to find my mother and mother in law in the wrong seats. I can tell you trying to move two old ladies one with a stick after a recent knee operation in a hurry also did not make me feel CALM.

Anyway after those minor hiccups the rest of the day went off beautifully and everybody appeared to enjoy themselves immensely. The weather was kind to us the rain passed over and it was not too hot. The food was wonderful, the Walnut Tree Inn in Blisworth did us proud and all wiped a tear away at some time during the great speeches given by hubby and son-in-law some of laughter and some of pure emotion. All that was left was to raise a glass of bubbly to the toast the happy couple and wish them a long and happy life together.

God bless you all my lovely family.