Thursday, 18 December 2014

Last Christmas

Just like last year I am finding it tricky to get into the Christmas mood...with only a few days to go I'd better get my decorations up....It's not that I have not decorated at all, there are bits and pieces up around the house...it is more that I still have not found my 'style' for this year.

Last year it looked like this, I mixed it all up a bit in the end and quite like the end result  - maybe this it what should happen again? -  just get it all out and do not worry about a certain style...:








Pink? For Christmas? 


Are you all ready and decorated yet?

Love Nicola x



p.s.  Crumbs LOVES presents - SO much fun!! Found her 'silly bum' toy in a flower bed last summer...gave me quite a shock as I had NO idea what I had just dug up.....



September 2014

We are more than half way through October...September seems AGES ago. My plan was to have more time for the things I love doing during October, so far that has not happened. ...:) Time is still flying.  But back to last month and it feels like I have written this post before...back in May...I guess this is the late summer/early autumn version of that post back then...

We started September with our home-made Music Festival, B Natural is now in its 4th year. With a vide variety of music in our lovely square, at the pubs and in private gardens, there really was something for every taste. The weekend was again great fun and a lot of work too :)




A day trip to Mersea Island in Essex. I had been here before a very, very long time ago and was surprised to find so many buildings, boats etc...my memory was of a sleepy place with higgelty piggelty houses and shacks, a few fishing boats...I felt it was almost too busy now...Still, we had a lovely time wandering around.




I LOVE all the weatherboarded houses!



We had a delicious fish & chip lunch, right on the water's edge, had the tide been a little higher that day our feet would have actually been in the water. It did feel a bit like being on holiday. And no, we did not go to the (famous) Company Shed!



A walk along the bay after lunch took us past all these fun house boats:



Mearsea Island is actually a proper island, one needs to look up the tides and will be stuck there until the next low tide. We got off in the afternoon and went on to pretty Wivenhoe.



Again, we had visited before and here we were surprised to see a lot of new developments all along the port and old quay. I am normally not that keen on these new houses, often they have no character and the estates are far too big for my liking. Here, however, it seemed to work. What I loved was, almost every house had tables and chairs and benches and flower pots right outside their front doors. As there are no front gardens, these sit right on the quay and I can imagine it on a warm evening, everyone sitting out, having their meals or just relaxing...very un-english (I find, anyway!)



And what a lovely, every changeing view!



We strolled through the little town too, all very pretty - I could spend a weekend here, I kept thinking!



Mid-September and it was back to Helmingham Hall for the Autumn Plant Fair, I came away with a huge hydrengea and very pretty allium bulbs. I always visit the gardens, every time I go, and each visit is wonderful!



Their Dahlia border is such a splash of colout - I think I need to re-think my big border for next year...



Isn't it this just lovely?


Another garden visit with the Suffolk Gardener's Guild...Polstead Mill gardens were a real treat and a pleasure for the eye. It all started off with coffee and home-baked cakes in the vegetable garden...the green house alone was just lovely...I loved the outside kitchen too!


And then there was the house....


Just lovely!!!

The autumn exhibition of the Boule-in opened its gates again, the Festival de la Coing...





Can you tell I am rushing now....:)....oh well....

Looking forward to a lovely autumn!!!!

Love

Nicola x

Thursday, 11 September 2014

July & August 2014 - and still catching up

JULY

We visited Felixtowe for a day out in early July. It's a funny place, Felixtowe... I really like it and at the same time would like to get a huge broom out and give the whole place a jolly good tidy up.....but I guess it would loose it's charm if one did.... It is very hickelty pickelty, full of boats and fisherman's huts and fishing equipment, just lying around all over the place. 


And then, amongst all the little dinghies, shacks and piles of lobster pots sits this beauty...A private holiday home (which was features in Country Living a while back). Every time we go I am trying to get a god peek...would LOVE to have a look around the inside! 





Another garden visit with the Suffol Gardener's Guild - this time 2 private gardens in Orford. Orford is a lovely palce anyway, so I was quite excited about this outing! As usual, we started with coffee...meeting point was the wonderful Pump Room Bakery - I LOVE the large table and those lights!!!!!!!!


We liked it so much that we had our lunch here too. I had a goats cheese tart, which was square. That is what sold it to me :) - and it was very much worth it!! Also stocked up on their fantastic Sour Dough Bread - one for now, one for the freezer!


Garden Number 1 was a slight disappointment to me...not terribly inspiring, but a beautiful view and a lovely HUGE rosemary hedge....

Garden Number 2 made up for it!!! Beautiful and clever panting and full of interest. Just look a the seize of the Annabelles!!!!! And that box cloud!!! I now NEED to plant one...Christina has already started hers!

A few more Orford impressions, making our way back to the car.....




AUGUST

Early August saw a day out for the boys...The Classic and Sports Car Show at Helmingham Hall. Now everything Helminghall puts on is always terribly well organized and just right! (Am already looking forward to their autumn plant day in late September!). And yes, I can think of more exciting things than cars...but even I quite enjoy it! We always take a picnic and sit under the huge oak trees which line the the main drive up to the Hall, car owners get a chance to give their motors a spin and go up and down infront of us....



 And of course there is other entertainment and all sorts of refreshments are available....


And then their is the setting...Helmingham Hall is beautiful - and still lived in! - surrounded by a moat and with lovely gardens to visit.....



Contrasts of Ipswich, our nearest town...and not my most favourite place. Which is a shame as it has it's areas....and I think it is getting nicer, slowly but surely...!

 We had an afternoon strolling around the Marina and having coffee at this lovely place...

And that was it....Augsut seemd to just fly buy and I CANNOT beliebve that we are in September now.....Oh well....

Love

nicola xx

Early Summer 2014 - Still Catching Up

Here comes SUMMER....

I am always interested in how other people live... Below a few impressions of my lovely friend Reggie's house, to me this is a real summer house!  Reggie is another German in Suffolk and together we dream of German things like 'Kaffee & Kuchen'... And our dogs are BEST friends too - so lots of walks with her beautiful German Pointer 'Duke' and little 'Crumbs' - they make quite a pair!




A visit to West Green House Garden in early June - WELL worth a visit should you be in the area!!! I have a thing for clean lines and topiary, no disappointment here! In contrast to all the tidiness they had THE most beautiful selection of roses and cottage garden planting - to me this makes for the perfect mix!





The middle of June saw the 2nd exhibition at The Boule-in, the "Jardin du Monet" - the one week long French sale always starts with a big party and pre-view on the Friday night - Cathy's lovely daughter Rosie perfomed with her Jazz Band - a fun party on a perfect summer's evening....




Midsummer in Bildeston.....and a fund raiser for our yearly Music Festival. This fund raiser was a shared event between B Natural and the church. B Natural is unthinkable without well, music of course, but also bunting. We have been making bunting for the past 3 years and always go mad with it - and the vicar allowed us to deck out the whole church...




A mini break towards the end of the month... and a visit to the the North Norfolk Coast:

Wells-next-the sea...one of Crumbs' favourite spots.... we are LOVING the K-9 Club!





Pretty Blakeney...always lovely! We stayed at The Boathouse and had our very own little tower....sat there with morning coffees and sun downers overlooking Blakeney harbour.





A walk around Blakeney....which is full of prettiness!!




A visit to Burnham Overy Staithe....very much loved by Crumbs...water...mud...balls... Then on to trendy Burnahm Market.




We became regulars at the wonderful Stifky Stores - their coffee is just perfect!



Morning Walk over to Wiveton Hall....





The reason why we had chosen North Norfolk this time of year....a Birthday Party!! The birthday girl had rented a cottage, Church Cottage in Morston - a lovely time was had by all in a very beautiful setting....!!!




Back home just in time for the annual Chelsworth Open Gardens in out neighbouring village...I seem to take the same pictures every year....:)



SORRY about floods and floods of photos!!!

Next: July!

Love 

Nicola x