Saturday, 21 March 2015

Spring Time

Hello,i hope you are all well?

We have had a lot of chilly cold days enjoying the warmth of the  coal fire...
 But also some lovely sunny days where we have been able to work in the garden hoeing the flower beds and adding a lovely mulch of farmyard manure to give all those herbaceous perennials a good feed after their long sleep through Winter..
All tidy and ready to grow...down by the picket fence a large hydrangea has been moved and the bed prepared for larkspurs and cornflowers in shades of blue,white,pink,mauves,purples and carmine pink...it's so good to be out and about in the garden making plans,moving plants and sowing seeds...
 It is also lovely to have washing blowing on the line under blue,blue skies.....
Our picket fence has had a clean and three fresh coats of paint in a very pale grey white which looks lovely against the green laurel hedge,you can see the before and after below...
 The  lavenders by the picket fence have had a liquid feed and they should green up in the next week or so...can you see Beatrix  coming to see what's going on?...

The crocus have burst into colour and so have the egg plants which is really early! the lupin leaves are really starting to grow....
 Snowdrops have enjoyed the warmth of the sun...
 Here come the daffodils and it won't be long before the rhododendron flower too...Our garden is starting to wake from her deep sleep...
 Out and about on our drives we have noticed Spring is here,hedgerows are turning green with tiny green leaf buds,Beatrix loves to loll out of the window and feel the breeze in her hair...
 The farmers crops are starting to grow...just look at the sky! 
 Daffodils were everywhere on this afternoon's drive,lovely little golden faces all facing the sunshine...
 So lovely and bright and cheery along the hedgerows...
 We passed a flock of guinea fowl chattering away....
 We passed baby Spring lambs too basking in the warmth of the sun...
I saw something from the corner of my eye running on the left hand side of the road,do you see him?
We stopped the car and he was good enough to pose for a picture,a March hare...Spring is here...
We saw a pair boxing in the field but i wasn't quick enough to capture a good picture...if you have never seen them there is a lovely film here from youtube 


 After watching the match it was time to drive home and light the fire... 
We are going to be up early in the morning and moving wheelbarrows full of gravel ready to dig a large bed to be filled with old roses,foxgloves,lavenders and climbing hydrangea....
 Before all that shoveling and digging we are going to have a good nights sleep...awww it looks like little Beatrix has started before us :)

Will you join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage?
XxX

Monday, 22 December 2014

Christmas Dreaming


Hello again,are you all ready for Christmas?

We are nearly all done here at Shingle Cottage ...

White Christmas was on the television this afternoon and i hummed along as i covered my little Christmas cake in marzipan and snowy royal icing,later i trimmed the kitchen with glass baubles and trimmings...it was a lovely way to spend the day.

The fire is crackling in the room and pink candles along with fairy lights are twinkling and sending out a lovely glow....

The  Christmas tree all dressed in white and gold with snowy flocked wreaths hanging from the mirror...

A decanter of brandy to warm you by the fire for when you come in from the cold...


 A little spooly doll tops the tree made by my lovely friend Niki of Nostalgia At The Stone House
  

A decanter filled with red wine so it can breathe for when Steve gets home,he is all that is missing from the picture.

Beatrix can't stay awake for long when the fire is burning....i'm guessing a few of you would snuggle up next to her ;)


 A Christmas swag of greens lays across the mantle piece and the brass has been cleaned all ready for Santa Claus.


 Coal fires give such a warm cozy glow....


Dusky rose,green and gold baubles,roses and frosted mistletoe among the fairy lights...


Pink candles tucked inside too....


A lovely old chair filled with feather cushions by the fireside to warm your toes and dream a while...


I always dream of a white Christmas every year....that would be the loveliest present for me...


Large snow flakes slowly swirling down....


wrapping everything in a blanket of white...


Oh dear i started dreaming too...are you still awake or did you nod off with the heat from the fire?


Shall we pour a brandy or a glass of red wine and bring out the mince pies and Christmas cake?.....oh wait  look! little Beatrix is still Christmas dreaming....

I think we should toast to a very Merry Christmas and then join her don't you?

Merry Christmas!!! 

Will you join me next time for more tales and goings from our place and yours Shingle Cottage?
XxX

Monday, 8 December 2014

The Train Ride




Hello again...i have been away some time haven't i?
I am sorry about that,some times life can get a little busy can't it? i promise not to be away so long next time and  i hope you are all well....

In my last post i told you about the day we went to the lighthouse in early in September.....well the very next day we were out on the open road driving through the countryside on a beautiful and hazy sunny day....


To an ancient market town called Pickering in North Yorkshire...we love Pickering and have visited many times,its a beautiful place to spend the day but we wouldn't be spending our day here today....


We bought a little  sweet tooth fix as we hurried through the town...


Crossing over the road to the train station....


Onto the platform....so pretty how it is all painted and dressed to look like long ago.....We bought our tickets and climbed aboard....


We found a cabin with a sliding door and made ourselves comfy.... 


Popped our picnic hamper up on the luggage rack......


Checked we had our tickets handy to be punched by the inspector...so cute how Beatrix had to have her own ticket...


Here she is waiting for our journey to begin.....



Choo choo as we  pulled out of the station,i love this part and get so excited :)....


Out into the light and countryside as we thundered along....CHOO!!! CHOO!!!!! the whistle blew! ahhh we were in heaven...

Past woods of broad leaved trees,Christmas tree woods,purple heather moorland,rivers,people gardening,pretty cottages,an old lady waving from her cottage garden,fields of cows and horses flicking their tails...It was like being in the railway children....




I filmed this from our cabin window,it was wonderful seeing the train winding before us and it is so romantic travelling by steam train,press play and click on  youtube to the bottom right to watch it larger,enjoy the journey x



We reached Grosmont station and alighted from the train,so fresh and pretty in turquoise and white....


Isn't it wonderful?...lots of benches to sit and watch the world go by....


We sat and looked at the pullman carriages...they have pretty lamps on the tables and you can book to have lunch aboard as you travel the countryside....do you see the house peeking behind?



This house......it was lovely and had the prettiest porch around the front door,roses in the garden and wisteria climbing the walls....


The benches were being painted and a few had been sat on! thankfully ours was dry and my picnic hamper matched beautifully....


We sneaked off and found a bench on a quieter part of the platform and had our picnic....


It wasn't long before our next train came into view.....

Lots of steam and chugg,chugging as it came to a halt.......


All aboard for Levisham station......



Levisham station had a beautiful cottage with roses growing round the windows....


A closer peek..i love the sash windows and porch don't you?......


The train travels to Goathland station too which was in the first Harry Potter film,the train we had boarded was an open carriage and this dapper gentleman in a cute hat kept peeking over Steve's shoulder and making eyes at Beatrix.....



We travelled right through to Whitby,after being in the countryside it was magical to see all the boats suddenly appear and Whitby abbey on the hill in the distance,you know the one from Bram Stokers Dracula....


You can see the abbey to the left on top of the hill....we didn't hang around after dark just incase...



After a lovely day it was time to go home....Choo! choo! chugg chugg chugg chugg....

we traveled home in a cabin with a lovely fun couple who were visiting from South Africa,they were here visiting their daughter,we  laughed so much with them and Sharon if you are reading,yes i thought it might have been your parents ;)


It was lovely to see all these pictures again writing this post,i hope you enjoyed our train journey...

Will you join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage? 

XxX