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Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Booty Booty and a winner!

Hi girls, had a great(if somewhat lacking in the avilable funds dept)boot sale last weekend, there is one held just 100 yrds from my house(local gals thats shootash) but as i work saturdays i dont normally get to go as thats when its held, well i hoped it was on, as there are never any signs to say when or if its being held.
I left at 7.30am and took the car-just in case i wanted to buy anything large/heavy and didnt want to struggle back home-but wished i hadnt as i had to queue for half an hour just to get in! One of the stall holders i spoke to told me that he'd arrived there at 5.30am, madness.
Anyway, its not a huge boot sale, actually id say it was quite small, there were lots of flower stalls but at the time i didnt have a border to plant anything so i held back(dont ask me how i managed that!).
A few goodies did catch my eye though, they were mainly purchased from a house clearance guy, some of his prices were quite steep considering they'd thrown everything down onto the grass, some things just heaped into a mass and then a few rows of plastic boxes full with household items. Everything from bottles of jif(sorry-cif!) to yellow beryl woods ware tea sets(which again i held myself back from-kicking myself now?).

From this stall i got three double candy strpied sheets, two pillow cases, and 3 fab union jack mugs, they're really nice quality so i was pleased with myself!

Another guy was selling vintage military stuff old postcards and tins so i bought the two little blue tins for 50p each to go in my workroom/spare room and the postcards, which are really beautiful....Last but no means least was my star buy-little china stanley was just a pound!!!!

Now, enough about my booty-booty, did you think id forgotten about my little giveaway?
Of course not! We selected the appropriate recepticle....

All of the names were added by these two little kittens.....

Poppy dug deep and selected................A THRIFTY MRS!!!!!!!!! Well done you hun!
If you can email me your address and i'll see that a little parcel wings its way to you shortly!
Thanks to all of you girls who take the time to leave me lovely comments, i know its nice to just blog hop and say nothing sometimes so alot of you are certainly less lazy than myself!
Would have liked to send you all something, so sorry i cant so heres a BIG KISS X for you all!!

Ive been banging on about it for a while now so im sure alot of you know that we're off for a weeks holiday to Eype near Bridport on saturday so i shant be around for a while, but i'll report back as soon as time allows, i bought 'your home' magazine today, and guess who's featured-only Sara Mahon-owner of girls own store in Bridport!
I shall definately be paying her a visit! Check the mag out, im sure her home was featured in Country living recently too but its still nice to be nosy again!
Kirsty xxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 25 May 2009



(Playing in my head right now=Im so excited-ooh eeeh, and i just cant hide it, im about to loose control and i think i like it, OH YEAH!)..............

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Bit more......

Ok, i cant hold it in anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Did you guess yet?!!!!!!!!!!!!...................

CATH KIDSTON!!!!!!!!!! Not just the lady herself-oh no, the entire shop!! Click here...

Oh my god, im soooooo excited to be having a CK here(and deleriously happy?!), having only found this out last night i couldnt wait to share the excitement with you! I havnt had much time of late to catch up with any blogs or post myself, (i wouldnt fit into a post box!) but i'll try and do one this week(even though its half term) got lots of great boot sale goodies this weekend to show and tell...then the week after we're off on our hols to Bidport for a week-woo hoo!.....now im off to find a paper bag to breathe into....

Sal honey im so sorry!, but lets not be bitter, how about you get the train down from Newton Abbot on opening day and we'll have a mooch around the cathedral and a lovely pub lunch,huh whaddya say?....x

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Wish i was a Chelsea girl....

Woo hoo! Its that time of year agin, the Chelsea flower show starts this week and im sooo exicited! I love it whether its Wisley, Hampton Curt, Tatton park or Chelsea, and watch it every year, i love gardeners world and always watch joe and the others, but the way Mr Titchmarsh excitedly relays the garden descriptions at Chelsea has me hooked. Five whole days of garden heaven-if im quiet on the comments/blogging front this week girls-you know why!
Im not naturally artistic at all so i take massive amounts of inspiration from everything in the show gardens. I dont believe you need mazzive amounts of money to have a beautiful garden as it should be something which evolves over many years-like a house, those who move in and immediately redecorate usually come to regret it.

(I know my mum's been reading my blog more lately and she says she learns things about me which she never knew before!-So, mother if youre reading pllleeeasse take me to the show next year? Id love to go!)

These are a few of the gardens which i love the most-my fave ever is the chelsea pensioners garden, bet you girls love it too!!

Ive never been to the show before, mayble when im a bit older and i can save my pennies i'll plan it properly and go, but it doesnt stop me enjoying it. Id love to bag a bargain at the big sell off one year but i just dont have the competitive spirit for it i dont think!

If any of you are going, please take lots of piccies and have a fab time, better dash as im missing Country file and they're talking about field mapping!!

Kirsty x

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Im celebrating! Thanks girls x

Hellllooo, im so proud of all the new friends ive made blogging that id like to reward you all with a little giveaway-ive just realised this morning that ive now reached 50 followers...which im sooo shocked about! I cant believe there are 50 people who are that interested in my ramblings.
Ive not quite decided on what the giveaway will be yet, but it will certainly include some of my handmade jewellery, and obviously in true bloggy style, some little treats too!

If you leave a comment on this post about anything you like(how your week is going or your next crafty project perhaps?) i will get one of the little ladies to help me select a winner a week from today....

Lots of love, and HUGE thanks, Kirsty xxx

Friday, 8 May 2009

Never cast a clout till May is out! ..(warning-huge post)

Hi girls, i know it seems like aaagges since my last interesting post, that probably because it has been! Hopefully i shall now redeem myself. You may want to make a cuppa and get a packet of biscuits before you get comfy-this is a long post! I'll try and be heavy on photos and light on words, feel free to skim!

Lots has been going on with us over the last couple of months,ive lots to show you(and a couple of things i'll save for a soon to be written post).
The sunshine has certainly raised my vitamin D levels, but as they say 'never cast a clout till May is out', in other words, dont put you winter woolies away just yet!
Ive been starting the weeks off doing the school run in linen trousers and flip flops and ended them in jeans, jumper and rigger boots!...Another old saying i was recently taught by an old farmer(Mr P senior) was 'Oak before Ask we're in for a splash, Ash before oak, we're in for a soak' And judging by the beautiful oaks heavy with leaves in my garden we could be in for a nice summer but typically of this country we probably shouldnt hold our breaths for too long!

Firstly, my brother came over last week and he and i spent a whole afternoon power washing this little patio at the back of the house, i know it doesnt look like much but this small space is a lovely place to sit in the summer or of an evening, its a nice place to sit to be near the children whilst they're trampolining.....

Now the space is clear i can start to show some of my nicer things off- one of the things on my to do list is to plant up all of my little terracotta pots and a few tin ones to add to my wirework shelf...

This is one end of of our little herb garden, ive had to put the little row of bricks in as the oregano is so prolific that it takes over everywhere! We also have thyme, flat leafed parsley, Rosemary, mint and chives, Last week my dad gave me four sunflower plants he had grown for the girls to have a little competition of whose will grow the tallest...we shall see...

This huge teacup is yet to be planted up, i quite like it...its unlikely to last through a frost but im not worried.
This is a little glimpse of something which i hope to reveal the completion of shortly..(in a rolf harris style voice 'can ya tell what it is yet')?!!

Shall we move on to the weekends boot sale purchases?!...This fab bread bin(now planted with a Geranium on the table) was just a pound-brand new, my mum was quite confused because i already have one which i love!

I think this is my favourite purchase of all, this wooden step ladder set me back a whopping....two pounds, LOVE IT! I might paint it and use it to display small plant pots or i may just use it as an actual step ladder, what d'u think?

This tiny very old enamel tea pot set me back just 20p, i think the lady let me have it because its lid was missing but again, i'll plant it up, ive always looked out for unusual items to plant up for my garden. Mr P senior has promised me a couple of old milk churns from the farm and my Mr P is trying to get me another or an iron feed trough for my birthday.

Now, some of you may think this planter isnt too pretty, well, right now it isnt but it only cost one pound fifty so i couldnt leave it behind for that! I used old carpet underlay to line it as that was all i had but as soon all the petunias have grown over it it should be hidden and looking beautiful.

The birds have their own hanging basket, its right outside my kitchen window so that i can watch them. We have some sweet little goldfinches visiting daily and i keep hearing that familiar 'cuckoo' but im yet to spot one as they rarely perch. We also have a woodpecker, 2 barn owls lots of blue tits and a few robins. I want to encourage as much wildlife into the garden as possible, we cant have a pond as it isnt safe for kids but i have a bird bath, log piles for creatures and hanging feeders-although they're draining my finances as the birds empty them every day! We have an unwelcome visitor who im cautiously aware of, an adder, who hopefully has moved on to seomwhere new-i dont fancy a bite from him hiding in my log shed!

This is a kitchen roll dispenser which i bought for my kitchen, it needs a little makeover but i fell in love with it.
I was really pleased with myself when i spotted this little gem, just 20P!!!! And its ful of pins!

I adore this jug ...one pound...i also got a lovely pink one which is by J.EG Meakin-Rosa collection, silly blogger wont upload the photo of it though im afraid.

A few more gorgeous prints for the girls flower wall...

A kitch babycham deer...

This Redoute print is huge and really lovely, was meant for the girls flower wall too, but, just for now of course its found a new home above mummy's bed!

I completely adore Anemones and managed to get this huge picture from the bootsale, plus another from the charity shop last week, this one is in the lounge for now(sorry again girls!)

This year i promised Poppy that we'd grow our own strawberries, so, grow them we shall, i bought some and popped them in a basket-plants are so SO cheap at car boot sales i really cant reccomend enough buying them there!!!! As well as some of the plants shown below i also bought a tree Peony, for just three pounds-now that is an amazing bargain.

This is me, in gardening mode, its been cold today, well, windy i should say, very. All of my poor little blooms wont last long if it carries on like this, rain tomorrow down here so at least that'll do some good.

This is my fave reversible gillet which Mr P's mum bought me for xmas, i LOVE the spotty green fabric! (its by Puffa and available from all good Scats stores!)

Now that its garden season i can share with you my love for various plants. Ive never had a big garden until now, so i really am in my element. I think i get my green fingers from my granny and my father, i used to love helping dad at the allotment, although my mum could never understand why you'd want to dig up and bring home dirty old veg when you could get clean ones from the supermarket! Although she loves her plants, and flowers,she's no Barbara Good! My granny always had a greenhouse where she grew amazing toms and cucumbers...ive been scouring the local ads for a bargain one but hopefully i'll get some birthday money to add to the fund. This year id like to create a big veg patch, plant some fruit trees as we already have a pear and an apple tree, then create lots of deep borders.(not much eh?!)
Here are a few of my fave plants...Firstly Hostas, i think i love them even more than the slugs do! I discovered one last night which id completely forgotten about which had just started to wake up- and also another foxglove too!
My mums friend told me a couple of years ago that 'you know you're getting old when you fall in love with geraniums'...need i say more?
All spring ive enjoyed my ppp's(pretty potted primulas) Now its the turn of the geraniums...

I rescured this little Primula Aricula from Homebase last year for a few pence, i love it but Mr P doesnt seem to share my appreciation for it! Id love to start a collection of them.

I know i promised you some photos of my visit to the cuckoo fair but truth be told i had so much to carry that i couldnt take any!!! I had a lovely day though, parked the car at 10 and got on the little bus that they lay on for the day. I mooched all round the wonderful stalls, i bought tons of plants, some fudge(a girls gotta eat!), and a lovely old enamel wash bowl for four pounds from my favourite stall(see below). That was all i think but it was great as usual...

A new aquilega and primula....

Can you see the mint green metal busket in the phot below?(mentioned as a tk maxx bargain a while back) Well, while at the cuckoo i discovered something id never seen before, chocolate mint! Yes it smells exactly like after eights! Its wonderful!!

What do you think is hiding in amongst all this green??

A huge oriental Poppy head, almost ready to burst, i bought this from the Cuckoo Fair last year for my daughter, it didnt flower at all last year but this year it looks fab. Today i counted over 12 heads on the one my granny planted many years ago in my anuties garden so with any luck mine will do as well as hers...

I bought three Ranunculas from the cuckoo fair for just a pound a pot-i love the way they have layers and layers of delicate petals, like heavy poppy's, they remind me of making tissue paper roses at school when i was little.

This little fern has decided to find itself a home in the base of my Acer tree..

Until this week i never realised that this beautiful shrub is white lilac, if you look closely you may be able to see a lilac-lilac in the distance. This photo was taken last week, almost all of the blossom has died off from it already. I have no idea what the shrub with white petals next to the lilac is but its gorgeous, like apple blossom but it all hangs over like a willow...

I know you cant see this geranium very well but its got the most delicate little candy floss pink petals-just beautiful. The bucket its in was a boot sale buy from this weekend for pound.

Gorgeous Lupin, another boot sale buy for two pounds, i do already have some but they're not out yet.

Rubys crocs, a perfect match to my forget-me-not!

Just look at the beauty of this delicate poppy head...

I got this Hidcote lavender from the cuckoo fair-they were very cheap there in comparison to nursery prices, i also have a large white one by my front door.

These are a few shots of Mrs P's garden at the farm, her amazing clematis, she also has a wonderful rose arch which id loke to recreate in my own garden, i'll try to remember to photograph it when its in bloom.

Now, wallflowers-love them or hate them? I personally dont like them but i thought these were pretty colours, i think its the orange/red ones which put me off as they grow like weeds in country gardens.
This is the veg plot at the farm which we all take bits and pieces from, i must pop by and get some rhubard today! Its a huge plot-stan the gardener looks after it luckily though, there's not much he doesnt know about plants and growing...Theres also a huge cooking apple tree in the foreground which is heavy wth frut every year, perfik!

This photo was taken just a few weeks ago from my dining room window, i havnt seen another morning like it with the mist rising off the field...

And now that most of this is done, hopefully we can wait for it to come up and focus on other things, Mr P's been so busy drilling(planting)all the seed that we've hardly seen him.

We've been very lucky, two weeks ago our beautiful cat Darcy gave birth to three kittens, the girls are besotted with them and we've had tears before school when they dont want to leave them. Shes very peaceful in this basket in my bedroom, a very good mother.

This little lady is my favourite(am i allowed favourites?)...shes tiger striped and has just opened her huge eyes!
We've named these two Molly and Monty-we're not keeping any of them but the girls like to name them.

After pre school today Ruby and i decided to bake a cake for nana mandy as shes not feeling too good, Roo loves to bake but she eats so much mixture that she feels ill halfway through and has to go for a lie down!

TA DA!!...
With such lovely weather lately Roo and i have been making the most of our time together before she heads off to big school in september, with lots of picnics, mainly with daddy when hes working at farms nearby, i feel we're really lucky to be in these huge machines looking over the countryside, we see all manner of wildlife and really appreciate everything, she even gets to drive tractors and forrage harvesters like this one!

A couple of weeks ago we were asked if we had any toy lambs and baby bottles we might be able to bring into pre school as one of the nvq students wanted them for role play with the children, i thought we could go one better and take some lambs in so the kids could have a hands on experience-they were a big hit!(Roo was quite proud that her daddy had come in too!)
We set up a little pen and i supervised 2 children at a time coming in to pet them, the only drawback was that they didnt want to take turns, i think they'd have stood in there with them all day.

I knew my truck would come in handy for something-oh why did i bother to clean it out?!!

Now, i know easter seems like a very long time ago now but i thought id show you a few pictures as i never got round to it at the time. You may spot some of the fab gifts i received from my easter and heart swap partners....

Hope youre all still awake and have enjoyed this post....Lastly i'll leave you witha photo of my girls enjoying the sunshine in our garden....