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

Winter & Spring 2014 - A Catch Up

HELLO!!!

Are sleeping blogs revivable?

I have been thinking about starting again since the beginning of the year and have finally decided to give it another shot. As a sort of catch up, this is what has happened at September Cottage these past few months......

Have also been debating whether to switch to English. As I am writing on an English key board, this might make things just that tiny bit faster for me....but then again I have been enjoying writing in German as I hardly ever do it anymore... So - this one is in English, another one might well be in German, mood depending....You don't mind, do you?



JANUARY...

...started healthy. The book "I Quit Sugar" came out and I got bored with it very, very quickly...


Frosty winter morning impressions... sadly, we saw not many of them at all. Winter, really, was a bit wishy washy....


Isn't this a cozy kitchen? Cathy, owner of The Boule-in (more later), brought spring indoors early by setting up lovely French garden furniture by the Aga and adding lots of fresh flowers.




 FEBRUARY

I LOVE parsnips!



When I came across this Parsnip Soda Bread recipe, I just had to try it...DELICIOUS!



A huge plus with not having a proper winter....the terrace was enjoyed early on....



MARCH

I belong to a gardening group -The Suffolk Gardener's Guild - sounds very serious, dosen't it? They are a very friendly and sociable bunch, one does not need to know all the Latin plant names to be allowed in:). All outings begin with coffee (and often there is lunch too) - The first visit of the season was a trip to Angelsey Abbey, Gardens and Mill near Cambridge -VERY inspiring!


As much as I enjoyed the gardens and the history of the place...I LOVED the house and the story of it's very eccentric owner, Lord Fairhaven...

Lord Fairhaven loved to entertain, he also loved routines and strict time keeping... As a guest one would have been served a Salty Dog - apparently quite unpleasant (gin, grapefruit and salt) - and at 8pm sharp everyone would make their way down to the dining hall, where dinner would be served at precisely 3 minutes past 8  - it takes 3 minuets to get from the drawing room to the dining hall... I love little stories like this! Our tickets asked us to present ourselves at the front door, ready for the house tour, at 11:03.... :)



At the end of March, The Boul-in, right here in our village, opened it's gates for it's "Printemps" exhibition - the first one this year. This, over the past few years,  has become something to look forward to 4 times a year...



Lots of lovely French things...




APRIL

Hydrengea Love! When I lived in Germany I never liked Lidl much ...now, here in the UK,  I LOVE it  - and I have found, their flowers and plants are not to be sniffed at! £6.99 for this lovely hydrangea! You also get a glimpse of a beautiful, handmade Hydrangea cushion and the latest addition to my little picture collection - cushion and picture both by the very lovely and talented Kate Nicole, take a look here! And the beautiful frame came from here...



Crumbs is having THE most AWFUL time, no one plays with her, no one walks or cuddles her 24/7, so all she can do is snooze in the April sunshine and dream of beaches, balls and Bonios....




And then, one sunny Saturday, we went to explore a new beach in Essex...the beach even came with it's own balls - perfect!!!! See! HOW difficult was that!



Cutting tulips from the garden, one of the joys of spring!





MAY

I love kitchen gadgets and unusual, interesting - and in some cases - totally unnecceasry kitchen utensil, baking tins etc... I might see something, read something and then think 'Oh, I would love to do that'....This happened with the Ebelskivers pan...I got all excited, found it a home in a kitchen cupboard and then...nothing... I cannot remember why or how but suddenly I had to give it a go...and OH!, HOW good are those little doughy, cakey things - maybe not a bad thing that I had forgotten about it for a few years..... Have you made them/tried them?




Garden impressions right at the very end of the month - I love a spring garden!



Well - and that was my winter/spring....I will be putting Summer together next.

With much love

nicola x

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Petersham Nursery, Richmond, London

Ihr Lieben!

Ein kleinlautes "HALLO' und 'es gibt mich noch..." - manchmal kommt das Leben einfach dazwischen.... und wenn das so ist, dann blogge ich gerne in Gedanken....

Wenn dann endlich Zeit ist, dann passt es oft nicht mehr...so auch ein wening mit diesem post - da ist noch Frühling auf den Fotos - aber der Besuch in Richmond war so schön, ich kann das einfach nicht vorenthalten...

Petersham Nursery ist nicht gerad mal um die Ecke von Suffolk, aber die lange Fahrt hat sich gelohnt! Es gibt dort viel schönes für das Auge und den Garten,  die Sinne und den Magen...




Meine 'Lieblings-Abteilung' - all diese WUNDERvollen dekorativen Teile...



Dann tolle Töpfe, Statuen, rostige Gartentische, Planzen, Blumen etc...





Und wenn dann der Hunger kommt...gibt es entweder das Restaurant...(was sehr gut ein soll)


Oder das Teahouse....das ist so ein bischen self-service und man sitzt dann in wunderschönen alten Gewächshäusern an alten, klapprigen, tollen Tischen...





Und dann der Garden Shop...ohh die Qual der Wahl!




Bitte BITTE - solltet Ihr in Londond sein - UNBEDINGT hier her kommen (es gib auch eine website, die ist aber leider nicht so schön) - und Richmond ist sonst auch einen Besuch wert!

Dieser Besuch hat mir so viel Lust auf Garten gemacht - wir waren in den letzten Wochen richtig fleissig, aber davon bald mehr....

Lieber Gruss von

Nicola x