Friday, 25 December 2009
Friday, 18 December 2009
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Today, has been all about lists, as I am slowly falling behind on getting ready for Christmas. I have a list for each day. I have sadly already missed the last posting date to Canada, please forgive me Mr & Mrs R, it will be going to Berks Hill. We have put a small collection of Christmas decorations up, as we like to keep it fairly simple. Here are some images of our mantle.
Monday, 14 December 2009
What a lovely weekend of seeing people and a little bit of shopping. A lovely friend and I popped into Lewes on Saturday morning whilst our husbands entertained the little ones. We shopped mainly for Christmas presents, K was organised and bought a list...oh how I too love lists!
I did treat myself and bought a Sanderson mug. Foolishly I bought just the one, on returning home decided that a little collection of them would be fitting.
Friday, 11 December 2009
Ever since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated with birds. Maybe it is something in the way that they are free to fly away. So whenever I see home design featuring birds, I am instantly drawn to it.
Images from top to bottom; Thornback & Peel, Nina Campbell, Ittala Toikka birds, Lowri Davies Please click on image to find website details.
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Recently I have started to take photos of things on display in our home. Firstly to gage if it fits into the space or if I like it. This green piece of old English pottery is a particular favourite of mine. I like the feeling of texture in the design. I found this earlier this summer at a car boot sale. I paid three pounds for the pleasure of giving it a home.
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
A little unsure where to hang our newly acquired honeycomb ball. Also wondering if it will be permanent or simply for Christmas. For all of five minutes I placed it on the floor, until our youngest girl tried to sit on it!
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
This afternoon I randomly found this lovely blog called http://ajphotostylist.blogspot.com/. The green beans caught my eye, over the last few months, I have this urge to cook green beans with all our meals...curry...chiense...and even pickling. No I am not pregnant, but I simply love them. Maybe a nutritionist out there would be able to enlighten me in why my body loves the idea of green beans. Alas, enough of this talk, here is another inspired way to cook them.
Green beans with Shallots and Mushrooms
Trim the stem end from1pound green beans in a heavy pan, over medium heat add 3 tablespoons olive oil then add 1 large sliced shallot bulb 4 cups sliced mushrooms, I like to mix varieties but any mushroom you like will do Saute until everything is nicely browned Blanch the Green beans in salted boiling water until bright green, drain well Toss blanched & drained green beans with the mushrooms and the shallots I like to add a handful of basil leaves to brighten the flavors* optional, season to taste, serve warm
Both recipes serve 6 as a side dish.
image taken from http://ajphotostylist.blogspot.com/
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Saturday, 5 December 2009
Friday, 4 December 2009
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
The thought of queues and carrying bags in wet weather, as I hunt for gifts is fairly off putting. So I am browsing through the internet, in the hope that I will accomplish my shopping online! I love the sentiment behind these two limited edition wooden prints by Coulson Macleod.
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Yesterday afternoon, the girls and I popped into our village. It was nice to make the most of the dry weather. There are only a handful of shops, three being charity shops. I purchased just one item, a book from the local charity shop. A beautifully illustrated Children's nursery rhyme book by Brian Wildsmith a UK born artist. Until now, I hadn't heard of him, so I did a search on Google and found out a bit and browsed images from his other books. His passion for colour is evident and he seems to have been an influence for those in illustration.