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Tuesday, 22 May 2012



Well as I look out the window I am drawn to the May blossom in the sun, there is some warmth in the air at last and there is a hum of insects preparing for Summer. My favourite time of year it's "Beltane" in the Celtic calender.
I have planted sweet peas and runner beans, cosmos and carrots as well as calendular, leeks, rocket and squash. I'm looking forward to eating some of my own home grown vegetables very soon.
Now I'm off to paint a lovely old oval mirror, and then later on down to view at the local auction, to see if I can hunt out any vintage furniture.


Monday, 27 February 2012


Even though the snowdrops are almost over they are still going strong on Dartmoor, crocuses, daffodils and primroses are all coming through now too. Living near the wildflowers is important to me they are always inspiration.

Sunday, 20 November 2011



Well another Country Living Christmas fair is over for another year, I had a wonderful if not tiring time meeting so many lovely customers, I was working alone this year so I guess that is why it was tiring. Well worth being in the hub of things to see you all. I'd like to say thank you to everyone who came to the stand!                                                 
I have to say it was lovely to get home though,  The next day I found myself in a silver misted autumn landscape where the sky merges with the land in a way only autumn brings, and takeing in the subtle scents of a damp ground I could breath a sigh of relief.
Winter hasn't really set in yet the temperature is still temperate and gentle here I wonder how long it will last, and whether we will be hit harder when the haw frosts freeze us out of our beds.

Monday, 24 October 2011


We are very excited to announce we have a new spot in the "Vintage Emporium" Ashburton, 18, North Street, Ashburton TQ13 4QD, at the top of the stairs on the right we have a selection of our home wares from the website, So now our local customers can go along and browse and if other customers are in the area it is well worth a visit. Go along and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere have a cup of tea and a piece cake and send us your comments.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011


As the Country Living Christmas fair is coming up we are offering a pair of free tickets to the Gala evening to the next three customers spending £15 or more on the website. This is offered on a first come first served basis.
The Gala evening at the Country Living fair is held on the Wednesday night 9th November and is a relaxed way of seeing the fair after work from 6.30 to 9pm with a glass of wine.
We have plenty of new stock in so go over and win those tickets.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011


Those of you who are regular readers will know that this chair project has taken me a very long time, I never expected to take so long to make my chair beautiful, I am pleased with the result, So as you can imagine I am relieved it is finished. It is just in time for the country Living Christmas fair we will be at in November.

Thursday, 1 September 2011


This work in progress is looking as if it is taking me a very long time, well the truth is I have not been working on this chair as long as it looks, I have done quite a few other projects over the last few months, cupboards and shelves and other chairs.
But here is an update of progress so far, I have stripped down this chair and painted it my favourite colour. I have distressed it with very course sand-paper and cut the shape of the seat in ply wood with a jig saw. I then covered the wood in thick wadding and pinned it down.
Then I went away to Swanage in Dorset (so it is still not finished) but while I was there I found a lovely vintage shop called "SMITHES" that apparently was a drapers some years ago and now it has been turned into quite an emporium of French vintage goodies, I enjoyed finding a lovely enamel bucket and jug for my collection. I will remember the holiday for those and not the steaming hot weather we didn't have.
Hoping to be back soon.