Saturday, 19 September 2009

things I'm loving in September.................

:: the logs have arrived, one and a quarter tonnes of them which took 3 hours to wheelbarrow through the house.............oh the joy of terraced house living. Let the fires begin!

:: having the lights on and the twinkling glow cast on our wine glasses from the fairy lights in the kitchen.

:: finally enjoying the fruits of our labour. Having these few sunny September days has meant that our tomatoes are finally edible, boy have we been patient, but the wait has been worth it.

:: still being able to enjoy our little garden, be it bouncing, eating, crocheting or tea drinking.

:: the colours of pencils and crayons. I've found that having them to hand in the kitchen means that the children are drawing much more than before and the added bonus is that I love looking at them in all their colourful glory in their pots.

:: my new two wheeled wonder. An early 40th present (ok, so it's a whole year early but who's counting). My lovely old Raleigh will be wheeling it's way up North to my little sis who can use the bike seat and it's been replaced with this beauty. I'm in love, this bike will be with me forever more, just got to wear the saddle in!

:: a new shelf in the porch. A simple thing really, but it's given a home to the lanterns which have been languishing on the kitchen floor for years. The drill has been in use quite a lot here recently, updates to follow.......

:: sitting in the garden today and noticing that amongst the dead strawberries, holiday buckets and other bits of crap my auricula has flowered unexpectedly.
:: moving a shelf from the kitchen to a new spot above the piano to house my ever expanding collection of wool, passing by and catching a glimpse of that colour in the corner of my eye, makes me happy................sad but true.

:: summer holiday puppet shows, an idea nicked from a friend. Kept them entertained nicely for about an hour and a half, a wooden spoon for each of us...........now to be found languishing in Jack's bedroom. Oh, and the dirty feet .................love 'em!

:: quiet lunchtimes once again, enjoying an impulse buy from the bookshop.

:: welcoming back Ian from a 150 miles in a day bike ride to raise money for Macmillan nurses, link here at just giving. Well done you, don't know how you did it but we're so proud of you!

Back later in the week, see you all then.................

36 comments:

SWEET MARY said...

I want to dive into each and every one of your pics. I also want that bicycle !

Hollace said...

Makes me happy to be alive, too!

Sarah said...

What lovely photo's - great idea with the shelf and wool!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

VintageVicki said...

Lovely pictures - love your bike too (am a fellow cyclist). Amazing what treasures you can fit into those baskets :)

French Knots said...

What lovely photos, perfect snap shots of family life. Walking past the colourful shelf of wool would cheer up my day too!
Love the bike!

Faye 'Country Chic' said...

Hi Julia,
Love the bike and all your lovely photographs. We need to order our winter supply of logs but we are in the process of the doing the bathroom... infancy stages so to speak. Once we are in full run and the bathroom is sorted I will think about getting the house ready for Autumn, relaxing in front of a log fire is bliss!
xFaye

Rubyred said...

Hello Julia, oh my word thats a lot of log moving! Love the photo's and the wool stash, very colourful! The Auriculas are so pretty!Well done to your hsband, thats AMAZING! Bet he was saddle sore!
Have a great week!
Rachel x

Kristy said...

Ooh your new bike is lovely.Is it vintage or new? I 'm the market for a new bike myself and that would be perfect.

Floss said...

What wonderful photos - I was happy to note that my mum has the jug featured in your lovely heading photo! I love your new bike. We have enough logs for the first half of the winter (Ben spends all year collecting people's fallen trees so we are off to a good start from his work in 2008...). The French January storms this year mean that wood will be cheap or free for next year too!

Kim said...

I love every photo! I'm envious of all of that firewood -- I can't wait until it's cold enough for cozy fires!

Brenda said...

Just found you. I love your color! It's not sad. If it is, I'm one pouty girl. For I have color all around me. Love your bicycle and basket.
Brenda

mollycupcakes said...

Wow Ian, well done you. I bet your bum's saddle sore now lol and could do with a bit of nursing.
Loving everything in this post Julia the colours are fabulous. Brightening up a late gloomy night here.
Hope to get to see you at the next handmade and vintage fair sweetie. And i need to know what wonderful fabrics you have for the wedding bunting. I know it's sometime next year but hey there is nothing like prepeared.
Lots of love,
Catherine x

retrorose said...

What a beautiful bike and I love the wool too. My husband farms so we get a good supply of logs each year as there is always something somewhere that needs cleared. Where we are living at the mo (whilst the extension is being done) has no proper fireplace so I'll have to wait until Christmas to get back to a real fire. You just can't beat them can you?

Ticking stripes said...

Lovely post and lovely photos - particularly like the lantern shelf idea!

bellaboo said...

You're on my blog list now.Very inspiring and creative posts and lovely photos too.

Bellaboo

6p00e54fd23b4e8834 said...

OOOh snap I got my pashley about a month ago and loving it I have even just done my own tinkering and adjusted the gears & breaks...big smiles wobbling down the hills!!huffing and puffing on the way up rx

Suzie Sews said...

so lovely to catch up with you. Oh man, your photography is fabby.

Yep lots of lovely eye candy

Garden Girl said...

wow- loving the new wheels! Think you should pace yourself, but maybe a trip to Bishops Cleeve for a coffee and a catch up? Would be uphill on the way back though...ouch!Best get that saddle worn in first. Now tell me, how many times have you put your crochet into that bike basket? Or filled it with vegetables?Hmm? Have you taken it to t'market yet?
x

Frances said...

Hello from New York,

It is grand to see a new post from you. Have to admit that my busy work-a-day life has been cutting into my own ability to create blogs.

I am so glad to see what you've been up to. See so many interests that we do share.

Best wishes.

prettyshabby said...

oooooh lovely bike! I love two-tone ones.. (I have an american style retro one lurking in the garage that I really need to get back on one of these days!)
Love that shelf too, funny how little shelves can make such a difference sometimes.
Well done Ian for that mammoth bike ride, I imagine the word 'chaffing' has cropped up a few times after that epic journey!
have a lovely weekend x

claire said...

lovely post thank you xxx
drooling over your bike - tis gorgeous :)
I'm just sat with a coffee discussing our log delivery with my husband, whilst flicking through homes and antiques that just came through my door .................................................. ;) xxxxxx

tinyinc said...

what a fantastic use of a lovely shelf unit and a superb way to show off your lovely yarns. Clever storage......

the homely year said...

Such lovely photos...so enjoyed looking at them all!
Margaret and Noreen

Hen said...

Hi Julia,
There I was yesterday evening, flicking through H&A and who did I see? Great article, your home looks fabby.
Hen xxx

Curlew Country said...

You're famous!

I've just read H&A magazine and drooled over all those divine pages of your lovley home. What a gorgoues pad Julia, it really is a charming, warm and friendly house -well it certainly seems so.

Lovely to see and hear more from you and now I've seen your front door I'm afraid to say that I may just turn into a stalker, pop down to Chetlenhamn and track you down so I can mug that fantastic bike off you. What a thing of beauty! Hope you have many happy trips on that.

Have a super week.
Stephx

Lesley (Notesfrommydays) said...

the article is fab and shows off your lovely home you must feel very proud! also probably a bit surreal to see your home in a magazine I would imagine :-)
Lesley x

funkymonkey said...

I've just read the article in H&A. Your home looks beautiful and so individual - gorgeous!

Tracey

serendipitylovesnewyork said...

Hiya, how does it feel to be famous? Congrats on a fab article, you and the house are 'gorgeous' ...Claire xx

Susie's country cottage said...

I've been looking at your blog for inspiration for some time because your home is so lovely...hope you don't mind. I bought Homes and Antiques mag today and was flicking through it in the shop and whose home should I see but yours. I spotted it straight away. Congratulations on your magazine spread. You have a gorgeous home.

LissyLou said...

just got homes and antiques - your home is lovely!! xx

Attic24 said...

jjjuuuullllliiiiiaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!
How FABULOUS to see your beautiful self and home in H&A, you both looked fantastic!!

Was wondering if I could put pics on my blog of the mag spread, would that be ok, I've got a post about Home-style lined up and do love-love-love your home very much.

Hope all is well and happy in your world, and that you might be skipping through Blogland a little more lol...no pressure, but i MISS YA when you're not around!!!
lucexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

prettyshabby said...

well lady..you kept that quiet!! I dont need to tell you your house is gorgeous...you know it's my all time favourite already, even to the point of having it's own photo file on my computer!(ooh hope that doesn't sound too freaky-stalker-ish)but I just had to say, it was really nice to see my all time favourite blogging lady and her beautiful house in print!
x

OhSoVintage said...

Add me to the list of people who have been admiring your home in H & A.

MelMel said...

Hello!

Your house looked so pretty in the mag....well done on being featured!x

The Cottage Girl said...

Love the snowman and snowdog photos!

rachael chatoor said...

Inspiring, such beauty! Thank you for that moment in time.