Whilst the sun is shining we might as well get out on the moor. I want to show you some beautiful sights.
Look at these amazing horses..
And look, there's my ideal car!!
and there's my ideal horse... lovely boy.
Now look at this....I was so surprised to see this as since the foxhunting ban was introduced in this country I didn't think the hunt still ran. As it happens they still meet but more as a social event, but instead of the hounds hunting the fox they are given an artificial scent to follow.
I couldn't believe how many hounds there were or how well behaved they all were. It put Woody and Florence to shame.
That was amazing to see.
And how about these lovely fellas. Lets sit here for some cake and tea.
I think I might have mentioned before (more than once :0) how I adore Totnes, especially on Friday - market day.
Last Friday the weather was glorious so we downed tools and headed straight there. Its such a quirky little town full of gorgeous shops and friendly people.
and people who have a love of the old, as well as the newish and slighty quirky. Totnes has its own currency, which can be used legally in its own shops, you don't have to but it how lovely is that? It is known for its crystals and spiritual side, yoga centres and tarot shops which I love, as well as its support of all things creative.
And then there's the Friday market... indoor and outdoor flea markets as well as fresh produce
and second hand clothes at bargain prices
It also has a beautiful church, where now and again you see a gorgeous wedding taking place.
All this, and then there's the guaranteed vintage haul that you just have to return home with.
To be quite honest, it can all get a bit too much for a girl... and she then has to sit down quitely with a hot cup of coffee and soak in the goodness for a while.
And I'm not even going to mention the outdoor Christmas fair that lines the street in the festive season because its too good ... well not yet anyway!
Looking at these pictures makes me feel much brighter after having spent the week fighting off some ghastly viral thing that really wasn't welcome. No Totnes for me today... which is just as well as the bank account is still recovering from last Friday :)
Please meet Alfred, or Alfie for short. Alfred is my first 'vintage' bear.
He is made of pure mohair, which I have distressed in parts for the more well-loved appearance. Alfie takes on the rather saggy appearance of a well-loved old bear brought down from the attic, and has worn out patches and discolouration. He is filled with woodwool like traditional bears, and sand and steel shot for weight and texture.
Alfred has fitted in well around the house, and is already a firm favourite with the little Frasers so, as the first Magpie bear, he is staying put. However, if you feel you could give a good home to an 'Alfie' bear, you can now order one from my shop, where they will be busy getting acquainted with the 'Magpie' rabbits (and he promises to be quiet and good if he is being put away for Christmas!) ;) x
Recently my beloved kitchen dresser had got a little overloaded.... so it was time for a reshuffle and to put some crockery away. I have been collecting this set 'Violets of England' for a while, a bit here and a bit there, until just recently when I walked into a charity shop and saw more or less the whole set. And it has been begging to be properly displayed since I brough it home so I finally got round to doing it.
I've put some crockery away for now... ready for another switch-around maybe in the spring.
So now its looking a little less cluttered, and no longer groaning under the weight of every cup and saucer I own.... we'll see how long it lasts!!
I have been busy prettying things up a little around here....
LOL! I wish! .... this is a beautiful birthday card that I found just recently, and can't stop drooling over. I would kill for this little unit! Isn't it beautiful....
I bought the whole collection of gorgeous gorgeous photos, for inspiration and pure enviability!!
I have a secret stash of cards that I have bought for the picture but would never dream of sending out to anyone :0 I think I may have to start a scrap/inspiration book for them. Is this madness or does anyone else have the same curious habit?
Issy left for school camp this morning. FIVE WHOLE DAYS away from the nest. I've been secretly dreading this day for months. I delayed the packing until last night and delayed the crying til now! Oh my... is she really old enough to go, on her own, without me???!
Lauren was upset this morning, but is more than delighted she has got full reign of Isabel's room for four nights. And James was pretty much nonchalent about the whole affair, until it was time for Issy to go and we had to interrupt her class for him to go and give her one last cuddle before she left. And I feel like I left my stomach at the school gates.
Be safe my angel.
They'll be an enormous cake waiting for your return :) xx
Man, am I glad its Friday. Its been a week of illness in this house - Issy was the first to fall ill, swiftly followed by Lauren, then James.. and today it seems its my turn. Just another virusy thing, but it ain't welcome. Its so frustrating isn't it, when you've loads to do but just can't jolly yourself up to do it.
My lovely friend Asti bought me these sunflowers on Tuesday, and they have really brightened up my week, such a glorious colour. Thank you Asti x
It seems that glorious colour is all around at the moment. Beautiful Autumn. I just love the cold crisp mornings.
I managed to finish this little girl for a lovely lady, new to blogging land. Helen sent me the materials, the old rose fabric, the lace, and the button all from a vintage shop in France, and the cardigan is made of a hand-dyed hand spun wool from the Isle of Skye. Helen has a wonderful eye for vintage! I am delighted with how she has turned out, and I hope when she arrives at Helen's she is delighted with her too.
Have a great weekend everyone... I'm off to a warm bed with a good book (and a packet of neurofen) in the hope that I recover for a 1940s themed party tomorrow night x