Posts tagged: summer
happy birthday to my utterly gorgeous niece who turned one this week. this was my home-made gift to her - a little tee pee which is completely reversible so she can have a pink spotty house or a blue floral one depending on her mood. i was a little nervous as i didn’t make it from a pattern and i was also worried that it might not be a very interesting present for a one year old seeing as it doens’t make any noise or provide much entertainment, but amazingly she absolutely loved it! once she had crawled in she was very content to sit there and hold court and she even allowed her little friend to join her in there at her birthday party! watch this space as i’m seriously considering going into production. they would be a great gift for a little one - a safe, shady spot when they are very small and a great den, hiding place or play house as they get bigger. and they would be very easy to market with models like these ones!
got my eye on one of these for pottering around in the garden with! love the vintage feel and rustic finish.
not sure we have a big enough garden (or bank balance) to support this purchase and not sure what i would put in it either, apart from a massive jug of pimms! still quite tempted though by the adorable colour and design…
people often eye me with deep suspicion when i tell them how much i love living in tooting. i just smile smugly, safe in the knowledge they have clearly never been to the lido! what an absolute gem. i spent a couple of hours up there today and really felt like i was on holiday! in fact the only reason i’m not still up there now is because i didn’t have any sun cream! long may this amazing weather last…
just the thing for the barbecue-obsessed husband! now he won’t have any excuses for burning the sausages or forgetting to pour me a pimms as he’ll always know what time it is.
i’ve been day dreaming recently about getting a pashley bicycle for gliding around tootingshire on. if (when) i do, i am going to have to treat myself to this little beauty from etsy… perfect for those summer afternoons when you pop over to see a friend and want to take a little something to share in the sunshine! inspired!
well hello lady lavinia the luscious ladybird… aren’t you beautiful and exotic! what a nice surprise to return from work to discover lady lavinia lolling around on the lavender! and very exciting to see the lavender looking so gorgeous too, despite the recent lack of sunshine. do i detect a faint whiff of summer?
cycling down the wandle trail this morning i just couldn’t resist stopping and gathering a few wild flowers in my bicycle basket… the whole trail was just bursting with life and colour and the variety of flowers (and weeds!) was just amazing. now we can enjoy them all weekend as they brighten up the flat, and it didn’t cost a penny!
having just devoured a scummy chicken and asparagus salad (accompanied by a crisp, cold glass of sauvignon blanc obviously) i think i can say with some confidence that there are very few things in this world that are more delicious than british asparagus in season. it is one of the few foods that i am fastidious about only eating if it is locally grown and in season and it got me thinking about whether this is why i enjoy it so much. is it the ten months or so of complete abstinence that makes it taste even better than remembered? this must be be a huge factor so i am going to make a concerted effort to eat more seasonal, local food and resist putting imported, out of season goods in my shopping trolley.
on presenting the husband with a ‘bee hotel’ for christmas he first looked slightly puzzled followed by thinly veiled disappointment that said present was neither mains powered nor connected to the wifi. let’s just call it quits after the time he bought ‘us’ a surprise christmas present which turned out to be a home cinema system! anyway, now summer is surely just around the corner and the house move is apparently imminent i am getting very excited about setting up our little insect b&b in the garden and attracting some lovely visitors…
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i don’t exactly need a picnic rug, but if i did this would definitley be the one i’d go for… loving the seaguls and summery blue colour!
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anyone who is feeling a bit depressed about winter setting in should dash out now any buy a big bunch of gladioli. not only are they gorgeous, summery and local (they all seem to be grown in lincolnshire) they are also as cheap as chips. this little bunch set me back a whopping £1.37!
now that the summer is well and truly over sunshine, strawberries and royal weddings are all a bit of a hazy memory, so this little creation makes me smile everytime i look at it. sadly it was all scoffed rather quickly, but it was great fun making it. rule britannia!