Sunday, 21 May 2017

Farm Cottage - Bideford

We've just come back from a week in Devon...I won't say 'a lovely week' as the weather was pretty dire most of the time, although we did have a couple of nice days, with Friday being the best day and the one I enjoyed the most.

We stayed in a lovely farm cottage which was very private and yet close to amenities which was handy.

The photos of the cottage with the blue sky background were taken on the Thursday - one of the two nice afternoons we had!


It was pretty grey the afternoon we arrived - after what seemed to be a very long journey to get there. 


Inside - a nice bright and airy kitchen, although why they put the sink in the corner beats me, why not put it in front of the window so you get the lovely view?  Plus it was awkward, fiddly and nearly every time I washed the dishes I bumped my elbow on the wall that separated it from the space where the microwave was - not good for someone with chronic pain!  But apart from that niggle, it was lovely and clean and very well equipped.


Lovely cakes awaited our arrival, along with a small bottle of milk and a bottle of wine.


We enjoyed our meals together here.


The hallway (or front entrance)


Lounge


Lounge.


Nice bathroom.


The room I slept in.



The room the Sailor and his Fiancee slept in



The room for anyone that was in the 'dog house'. 


Fields surrounded the property and I enjoyed taking the dogs for a walk each day across them.


I can't wait until we too live in the countryside.


A close up of the rose at the front door.


Thursday, 11 May 2017

Thankful Thursday

A mixed bag of things to be thankful for...


Some sewing accessories, trim & fabric plus a ball of wool at reduced prices - most at least 50% off.  I needed some more press studs and needles and the Christmas fabric will come in handy later on in the year.  The wool is already currently 'on the needles'.  



A lovely yellow jug, a 'just because' purchase, yellow being one of my favourite colours (yes I have more than one!)  I thought this would be useful for custard.


I believe this dates to around the 40s and 50s from what I have been able to find out, but I could be wrong.


A cute fun mechanical watch - yes an actual wind up watch in great condition found in the local charity shop.  I have been wanting a 'tick tock' watch for ages.


The lovely Stanley, who is growing into a beautiful dog with a lovely nature.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Blue Monday

What better blues for Monday than Bluebells!

Last week we took the Sailor and his Fiancee over to the Bluebell Woods at Ashridge Estate.  As she had never seen bluebells before we thought this would be a real treat and we weren't disappointed.


The display was as magnificent as ever.









What do you call white 'Bluebells'?  














Sunday, 7 May 2017

A Week of Flowers

Some flowers in my garden...over the last week.


Watching the Rhododendrons come out in flower.





The second rose of the season.


Just love this gorgeous tulip.


Our Wisteria looks fabulous, just a shame it is so high up in the tree!


The first rose of the season is still soldiering on.


Our gorgeous Maple against the lovely blue sky.