Thursday, 17 April 2014

What shall we call our fox?

I nearly forgot April.

Isn't this a lovely picture we used to have lots of thrushes in the garden.

      Lots of these in the garden, very shy creatures, but can give a nasty bite.

We have a resident fox in our garden, he's a bit on the cheeky side and not really bothered too much by anything, our Saluki doesen't know what to make of it, the first time she jumped in the air with all four feet of the ground and made a strange bark, this afternoon we both stood and stared. Fantastic Mr/Mrs Fox looked us up and down and strolled around the garden ( we have lots of hidey holes) and then went off down the lane, what is strange it.s always late afternoon and early evening the daylight doesent seem to bother him.
This was a quick pic I took from the kitchen.
                      Hope you all have a Lovely Easter weekend wherever you are
Bye for now Cate x

Monday, 24 March 2014

Vintage March

Before March blows away I thought I would post some of my favourite pictures from Edith Holdens book  The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.

I forget about this book for ages, it's always a nice suprise when I find it again.
We had a walk with the dog today and rescued some frog spawn. The water from a small pond had seeped onto the field in the heavy rains, it must have confused the frogs. Frog spawn was in the middle of a path drying out, we put it back in the pond, I almost lost my wellies, we can but try and help the wild life.
I have lots of wild violets growing in my garden, they spread easily and look so lovely everywhere.
All the birds in the garden seem to be getting excited strutting their stuff and showing off.
Hope you enjoyed these pics I will post more for April
Cate x

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Not another sewing box

Hello all
I found this lovely little sewing box on a boot fair last year but didn't really know what to do with it, at last it has a use. I have decided to try my hand at embroidery and this is the perfect size to hold thread etc. I feel justified in spending a whole 50p now.
The heart is my first attempt I think I may have delusions of grandeur, whole tablecloths and the like.
  I took a few pics on my way into school last week 
                    A Host of Golden Daffodils
    This little boat is in the school garden 
Daffodils are so cheerful 
                                              SPRING HAS SPRUNG AT LAST 
bye for now, keep smiling wherever you are.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014


It feels a bit strange being on here. I have finally finished my course and can't get used to having free time. It's been a long slog and I must have used up couple of trees worth of paper. 


  I have missed blogging, reading everyones news and I really need a fix of vintage splender from you all. Pinterest has kept me going for a while infact it has probably caused a few late pieces of course work along the way. 

 I had a trip back to my northern roots at the weekend to visit an elderly (104yrs)  relative in hospital. This shop made me laugh it was good to be back in the north :)

 This is a pic taken in The Peak District not far from where we used to live I love this house its very Wuthering Heights.

 looking forward to reading your news

Bye for now wherever you are

Cate x



Friday, 20 December 2013

Sweet Treats

Last day at school today so I thought I would share with you a little gift I made for a couple of colleagues.
I first saw these on Pinterest but they were made with large candy canes, I thought I would try using these mini ones.

Set the canes together to form a heart shape on baking parchment, melt some chocolate I used milk, spoon into the centre and decorate, I also added some edible glitter. Place in a cold place to set overnight.
I put four hearts plus some mini marshmallows on a square of cello paper and tied in a bow.

I decided to call them
If your looking for something quickish and homemade have a go at these
Merry christmas everyone