Monday, 24 December 2018

2018 - a full year!



Hello again - I trust that you have kept well in the intervening 12 months and life has treated you kindly.

My, oh my, what a busy year it has been for me : not too much in the making/baking/creating department as I am pretty much back to full time work (even if not full time pay....hmmm).  I have been taking photographs throughout the year and sharing some of them here.  I completed my MA and now have a 'matching pair' - MSc too.  This means that I could be half way through a doctorate if I decide to spend more of my time studying - I will think about that for the year/s ahead!

A word of warning that these have managed to load themselves in complete disarray - so there is little, to no, sequencing attached to them.  At one point in the post winter arrives in the middle of summer!  Oh, well - you get the gist of the year all the same, I hope

Many thanks for your kind messages from last year and thank you to Priddy Priddy for posting today!

Merry Christmas one and all - I think that we need each other more than ever in this topsy-turvey world we live in



This part of the Christmas 'display' for this year - I know, I know....I promise a clear out next year...








And this morning (Christmas Eve) I have got the dining room table ready for breakfast tomorrow.




 I decided upon more of a Victorian 'theme' (sort of) this year - mainly because I found this wonderful huge tablecloth in a charity shop (for £6) - with the most delicious hand made hair pin lace border (and also falling in love with Dennis Servers' house....see later images...I know that is an even earlier century but I can only manage so much...)





A bit of ivy from the garden and that was about it










 The usual mix of stuff





 I am using my old cake rack as a tray for some delicate, wafer-thin Edwardian glasses this year




 A lovely Victorian fern jug - chipped, so only 50p at the you know where...



I splashed out on a wonderful wreath - smell is lovely too


I spent a weekend in London with my dear friend Bryony - here are some pictures of Burlington Aracde,  and later on Soho and the 'lights' appear



We painted the front room 






And the garden - well, that has been its usual joy for me.




Whenever  Monty says: 'jobs in the garden this weekend'  - I do them, so this year I sewed thalia seeds and they have been great (late Autumn colour - sorry pictures out of order - literally!)


Roses have been splendid  - James Galway below, I think



Maille made us some lovey soup and put our initials on it




The 'usual' brugmansia from Lidl








More roses from the garden




and dahlias from the car boot


Lots of colour and full, full, full



























Collecting seeds ready for next year





Dom and I had a weekend in London and revisited some of our old haunts  from when we lived there




The delight that is Wilton's





And one of my favourite London markets - Columbia Road. Many years ago I would get up at the crack of dawn to get there nice and early




'Our' old bagel shop was still there and we had 'our' favourite bagels






Ah, the fantasticness of Mr Severs' house



Ruddy marvellous



Do visit if you possibly can






I loved it



More old buildings from around Spitalfields







Back home, I rearranged some stuff





Ah - this relates to the collecting of seeds previously mentioned



Autumn and I got my Wilco bulbs all planted up as usual




Hmm - I think that this is Autumn too



I know that this sounds awful but I bought a bag of old engraved knives at the car boot, for a pound and using them as plant markers (they are rusty so not really usable as knives)


And bought a glorious collection of Victorian brass stencils (for map making) - only one photo though!




I bought a lovely old wire hanging basket - in dire need of course - and found an old toilet cistern bracket to  hang it from!






Possibly my most favourite image of the whole year - a long story but I went to Leicester to visit Maille and popped in to see the 'virtual Philharmonic Orchestra'.  It was STUPENDOUS. 

Made all the better for all generations joining in



Lovely embroidery




Back to this Christmas again!




Oh, and wreath details







Our childhood home - I hadn't been born at this point




Old pewter and mistletoe 



Mmm - my weekend in London with Bryony again - what is going on!






Many years ago I was a nanny to the casting director of the National Theatre. I became the 'daughter' Gillian never had and we were the best of friends.  Sadly, Gillian died a few years ago but I have kept in touch with her sister and I went to visit her on my weekend away in London.  

She lives in quite a street!  



Across the road from where she lives...




These are the types of places I would never venture into




A different world



Back home we have finally put in a ceiling extractor - it has been a mammoth undertaking (you try holding this up on your back while Dom tries to screw the bloomin' thing in place)!




Lights





After many years I decided to sand down our table again. The day before I was in the charity shop and bought a roll of lovely William Morris wallpaper for 50p - I have used part of  that as the table runner here - what could be easier than to roll a bit of nice wallpaper out!



This years decorations - AGAIN!  What is going on


I am rather partial to an old miniature Christmas tree


oh, and some old cards











Earlier in the year I bought this doll because she looked so, 'wistful'. I think she was made by Lily Baitz in the early 1900 and is in incredible condition (£5 from a charity shop)




Sorry, she is sideways here


Back to shelf changes



This is spring











Yes - definitely Spring











Ah - with my teaching award I spent part of it on this wonderment (the rest I put towards a ~Fiat 500 which is great to beetle about it)





What a great thing this is





Lots of opportunity for 'display work'










Oh and my old ladder too



A favourite cup (painted the garden chairs back to their green)






Spring bulbs



























Getting ready for seed work last Spring





Late Spring snow





















Easter




Making good use of toilet roll middles



Wilco bulbs came good











Seeds coming good too




Spring flowers
































As with many, many places up and down the country there was a time to pause on November the 11th.

In my city the names of those soldiers who died in the First World War were placed at the end of the road and street where they had once lived.  That evening I walked along our road and paused outside each house to bow my head and say thank you.

Not a village, town or city went unaffected by the deaths from the World Wars and I think that there were some poignant services up and down the land to remember

Remembering my two great uncles












Sorry, this display features quite a bit



































Dom's obelisk worked out well
























Getting a little more full with each passing week











Seeds now seedlings

























Under the shade of the overgrowth



















































Now this hanging basket has appeared again!
















































This must be the height of summer I think


































As Ms Woolfe said - cram, cram,cram



















A packet of foxglove seeds has to be the best value I think





































































































THIS IS NOT MY GARDEN!

This is the beauty that is Mottisfont







This IS my garden though - teeny, tiny but very, very full









Another easy to grow from seed plant

























THE WONDERMENT THAT IS SISSINGHURST....













Bronte, fitting in quite nicely with the scenery



Quite a few visitors asked to take her photo - they were Americans I think and thought she was quite the part.




The beauty of the white garden








Back home....










Late summer

























































I found some wonderful old orchid pots




Bronte requested a visit to Red House - do go if you have the chance















How lucky are we to have such wonderments on our door step







Back home - gathering lavender to make some lavender bags



A final trip to Bath and the lovely fashion museum




How I love this embroidery





We dressed up





I did not fit these shoes



Ending with some pictures of the glorious Winchester Cathedral and their flower festival earlier this year










Pausing to give thanks to dear Jane for her wonderful stories





Oh, and I was in the background of this telly programme - ha ha, how we laughed




Merry Christmas and bless us everyone








PS: Bronte made a lino cut and then printed this lovely card for us




See you next year and all the best for the year ahead

Love 

La Cootard!

4 comments:

  1. Seasons greetings Jenny,what a delightful post,I went to Sissinghurst for my 60th in March!We did the indoor tour! Happy 2019.

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  2. Wonderful to receive this seasonal treat. Glad to see that you haven't lost your touch with finding some amazing bargains! Your tulips and roses look stunning. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and have an equally fun 2019. Sarah x

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  4. Lovely! Your blog really cheers me up :) I hope you and your family had a fantastic year can't wait to see. Thank you again for brightening my day and Merry Christmas for this year too. Rachel X

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