I am shocked, stunned and just amazed!!! My first crop of potato's!!! Yes the humble spud has been around for some time but I really cannot believe that I have succeeded in the art of veg growing. In fact I had planted many seed potatoes in tubs , and the particular tub that my little stash came from are a miracle, because I thought they were diseased and dead, so it was a joyous moment when I plucked not one or two spuds , but a plentiful amount for tea!
They went down a treat, boiled with my very own home grown mint, salmon with "my home grown" dill, and a little salad (shopped locally at co-op!! , I am afraid- but i do like co-op instead of the bigger s.markets). Anyhow, salad veg is still at the growing stage.
The question is can I call myself a gardener now? Or Is that a tad to optimistic!?
Right: Kay Susan's smiley happy plant (the photo really does not show the fine detail)
Sue's knitted gems and a box of delights. Above: Sue's painting.
Living the magical creative life was the intriguing title of an invite to Susie's house. Indeed such an invitation is not to be missed, as Sue is very much a creative spirit. I arrived to her sun trap, decorated with colourful sari,s , blooming colourful flowers, a fine feast, and a selection of colourful lovely creative souls!
Creative people being; musicians, artists and a wonderful story teller. As we chatted and devoured the fine food some people passed around their current art and craft work , along with beautiful angel and flower cards being passed around the circle.
Sue has been working on Knitted balls for necklaces and had a joyous moment the other week when she worked out how to knit little leaves. The pics show how jewel coloured knitted necklaces also a delightful box of knitted and felted brooches. Another fabulous Sue idea was displaying her paintings in the garden, why just hang them on the walls indoors?! It really created a sort of secret garden feel. I also met another etsy lady called Kay Susan, which is quite surprising as I thought there was only about three etsians in my area. Her work is exquisite , she produced this divine, smiling embroidered plant from her bag. The detail in her work is masterclass so take a look at her brilliant blog and etsy shop: http://www.smockerysmart.etsy.com/ and http://smockery.blogspot.com/
Anyhow a beautiful day : "a gathering of artists in an artistic setting" , so sending big thanks to Sue and Tanya.
Thought I would quickly blog/brag about my new 60,s silk vintage skirt. I traded this in one of the new Vintage dress shops in town.(Purfect Vintage) I had a beautiful floral 60's tailored dress, which was never, ever going to fit me. It was very small in the bottom half and It did'nt matter how much weight I could loose for the dress, as I would never fill the ample room in the bust! So rather than keep the dress just to look nice in my wardrobe, It made more sense to swap it for something that I would actually wear and hope that the dress would be actually worn rather than a beautiful object to look at!
I love the skirt and wore it to work yesterday, hence I am not at my best in the morning!
I will post my other new vintage acquisition, which will get all lovers of 40's & 50's fashion drooling!
That broody feeling has happened again. So I could'nt hold back any longer, after all I have curbed the high street shops (pat on back). Although there seems to be a rapid increase in vintage clothing shops in the nearby town, perhaps I will show you my new bargain vintage pieces another time. I think there must be 4 new vintage clothing shops just opened in the town!
Anyhow , my favourite indulgences are No1. art shops :the one in town is like an Aladdin's cave. No2. shoe shops. No3. The bakers!! (I live near to 2 which I declare are the best in the South East! and No.4 has to be Pet shops / animal sanctuary's.
So here is the new baby, a little dwarf Netherlands boy, who has yet to be named. He is 9 weeks old and super cute.
Please leave any "nice" names if you so wish. (Stewart is a no-no!)
Sad as it may be nothing gives me more joy than shoes! I am aware of my addiction and have come to terms with the fact that lots of shoes do not make you a happy person ! But, I am sorry shoes do make me happy , and this is a weak shameful and shallow side of me . For the last year I have really curbed my shoe-addiction, but I have had enough . Enough of wearing my comfy, scratched, red knee high boots because it is Spring and from a health perspective it is not good to keep your feet thermally insulated.
So I bought these little Spring/Summer lovelies in Brighton at the weekend. I adore them and they are versatile to wear at work at home and look divine. They come from a cool shop in the Northern lanes called Yoma. Lots of gorgeous clothes and shoes all designed in Brighton (unsure where they are made -hopefully of ethical practice). The clothes have a sort of 60's swing / rockabilly vibe and so do the sales assistants.
Cannot wait to go back to Brighton...........................to window shop of course.