Friday, 11 April 2014

Five Happy Things

This has been a rather busy week with lots going on, but not an awful lot being achieved! Although I managed to conduct some much needed closet management, giving away a large sackful of clothes to a local charity. Now I have a little space I can add a few key spring pieces...anything nautical, floral and pastel here I come! 

These are my favourite things which have made me happy this week...
Beautiful pink cherry blossom
The Royal visit to New Zealand has been fantastic so far, with stunning outfits from everyone, but especially the Duchess of Cambridge. When the fresh faced Royal family arrived in Wellington, Catherine was resplendent in a Catherine Walker dress and coat with a Gina Foster Seaford pillbox hat to complete the beautiful ensemble
My first sighting of a Red Admiral butterfly this year 
I smelt these three-cornered leeks before I even saw them! They are a member of the onion and garlic family, sharing the same fragrance and flavour. They are delicious in omelettes, salads and pesto

I love Fleetwood Mac, yet cover versions of their fantastic songs are usually a bit of a sacrilige, but this cover by Dana Williams and Leighton Meester is absolutely beautiful

What has made you happy this week?

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

April Showers Outfit Inspiration

April showers are in abundance, but at least this means we can look forward to all of the pretty flowers blooming in May! 
In the meantime there are lots of lovely things to wear during the downpours. I am particularly smitten with the Hobbs Mac which has rather conveniently just entered their mid-season sale! 

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Five Happy Things

The weather this week has been rather topsy-turvy with sunshine and showers staggered throughout each day. This has resulted in the garden and the fields behind our house thriving, which is wonderful. The hydrangeas and lilacs in the garden have so many buds, I can hardly wait for them to bloom and the rapeseed in the fields is now almost hip height. I am so happy that spring is now in full swing! 

These are my favourite things which have made me happy this week...

Nothing beats English strawberries at the height of summer, but these pre-season Spanish ones are actually beautifully fragrant and delicious. They will be perfect for tomorrows Mother's Day pavlova
Delicate white muscari 
Beautiful Poppy
 This pretty new scarf from Crew Clothing which was designed in association with Plastic Oceans, a charity dedicated to resolving the problem of plastic ocean pollution 
New magazines 

What has made you happy this week?

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Lunch at Bill's in Islington

After walking around the Country Living Spring Fair all morning we had worked up quite an appetite. Luckily my sister Brooke knew just the place to rest our weary feet and re-fuel for an afternoon of shopping on Regent Street
Around the corner from the Business Design Centre is Bill's, a fun and charming restaurant serving  simple scrumptious food 
They also a have deli style shop hidden within and the shelves are filled with delicious homemade and artisanal delights 
The restaurant is decorated with colourful, vintage and quirky pieces
A refreshing glass of elderflower cordial helped to wash down the fish fingers and crispy lemon squid we shared as a starter 
As soon as we saw it on the menu we knew both had to have the fully loaded hamburger and it was fantastic! 
 Bill's was a feast for the tummy and the eyes, and I am already looking froward to my next visit!

Monday, 24 March 2014

Country Living Spring Fair

On Saturday my darling sister Brooke and I went to the Country Living Spring fair in Islington, London and we had an absolutely fabulous time. We wandered around the light and airy Business Design Centre at a snails pace admiring the beauty and craftsmanship of the delights on offer.  
I had to have one of these sweet little velvet strawberries from Chloe Antiques & Interiors
These beautiful dried flower wreaths were ever so tempting, but I feared they would be crushed to smithereens in the hustle and bustle  
The sweet chicken, chicks and Dachsund have all been lovingly needle felted by the talented Lisa
Pretty pastels
Charming silver jewellery cast from foraged treasures found on the beach made by Fay Page in the Scilly Isles
Lovely bee lampshade by L&S Interiors and vintage textiles by Chloe Antiques & Interiors
Terrier themed kitchen essentials and luxurious wool picnic blankets at the Plum & Ashby stand
Handmade wooden treasures
I am now regretting not buying a few of these beautiful bunches of lavender and wheat...hopefully there will be some more next time! 

Friday, 21 March 2014

Five Happy Things

This week has absolutely flown by and I must admit I am rather pleased! Mostly because I have been looking forward to the weekend. Tomorrow I am spending the day with my darling sister and we are going to the Country Living Spring Fair in London. It has been far too long since my last trip to the capital, so it would be a terrible shame not to take in the sights and the shops whilst I am there!

These are my favourite things which have made me happy this week...
Pretty pink roses 
 Poppy making a new friend 
Fluffy Willow catkins bursting with spring 
Colourful beach huts
The Line Of Duty finale aired this week and it was absolutely fantastic. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend this thought provoking conspiracy drama

What has made you happy this week?
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