31 May 2013


Some photos from around our house....

There seems a wintery, woody, natural theme running through these photos even though we're about to enter Summer any moment now.... It's the 1st of June tomorrow

We're hoping for the sun to shine this weekend as we have lots of jobs to do outside in the barn and garden.  

22 May 2013


spring is here at last.  Spring showers and the occasional glimpses of sun has brought the garden out in full bloom.  

There seems to be an abundance of pale pink flowers....

The subtle pink of the Rhododendron

Flowering Crab apple blossom

Climbing Clematis

21 May 2013


Photos from the charity dog walk....

A great time was had by all including the dogs!!

18 May 2013


The barn set up for the Charity Dog Walk......

A choice of soup - roasted tomato with a hint of chilli or spicy sweet potato and chickpea with gorgeous bread kindly donated from Langar Hall.  

15 May 2013


We're going to use our barn this week for the first time in 5 years. 

With a friend, we're arranging a charity dog walk in aid of Project Trust.  
A £5,000 target is needed for our son Alfie, to go to Honduras for a year to teach English to under privileged children.
We needed a venue to start the walk from and to come back too where we'll have homemade soup, bread and biscuits.  Knowing our unpredictable English weather, we also needed somewhere that would be dry from possible rain. The barn was discussed.  This is what it looked like 2 weeks ago.....

Oh dear!  A major clearing and cleaning project was needed. Years and years of collected wood needed cutting and logging.  Tree trunks, branches, old doors, window frames, skirting boards, lots and lots of bits and pieces all now sorted and stored.  Any wood that we can't use is ready for a huge bonfire.

The barn now.....



We're choosing to keep the paint peeling rugged, rustic walls. These are details from the door on the right of the building.

It would be lovely if these buds on the climbing Clematis made an appearance on the day.

If you would like to give a donation, please go to www.justgiving.com/alfie-flewitt.  Thank you very much for your support.

14 May 2013


You may have noticed some 'heads' on our lounge  mantlepiece?    

We bought them at Newark Antiques Fair.  Lucky for us this is very local, so we often pop down for the day to see what is on offer.

We bought these antique puppet heads from a Danish stall. Three are made from papier-mâché and the other from wood.  A close-up look at them shows they have been painted and varnished.  

I love the 'quirkyness' and colours used on them.