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

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Three go off to the lighthouse

 Up early and in the kitchen packing a picnic and skipping breakfast as we were getting ready for a day out,the weatherman had forecast light winds,sunshine and lovely temperatures for the day and the three of us would be off to the lighthouse.

After a lovely drive through the countryside we pulled into the car park and there she stood in all her glory,i love light houses and would love to live in one,take that big light bulb out of the top and i could have a sewing room with sea views....


Imagine that.....high in the air like a bird with nothing but your thoughts and a needle,it would be lovely to pop out for some fresh air and take a stroll around the top with a nice cup of tea...a few pots out there filled with flowers and a small wicker chair.....could be nice don't you think? :) ..


The light house doesn't have time for sewing rooms and romantic notions as she is too busy looking after all the boats that pass by this beautiful rocky coastline...


Lots of rocks and huge white cliffs that gleam in the September sun and lovely rolling grass hills that make you want to run with your arms high in the air singing 'the hills are alive'...ahhh the air is so fresh here.... 


 We stood gazing and chatting a while when Steve spotted something in the distance,do you see?


Closer...ahhh good chap the perfect spot for our picnic!


I was faffing around with Beatrix when all of a sudden she barked! i looked up and could just see Steve in the distance making off with the picnic basket...



Beatrix suggested we take a short cut through the long grass but what good is a bench with no picnic? 



By the time we arrived at the bench a little out of puff all was well and Steve was sat waiting admiring the view...


The sun was so bright that it bleached the landscape or is it seascape?
 The three of us sat watching the sea and listening to the gulls flying over head as the sun warmed our backs...


A little someone gets really excited when the picnic basket is opened and she likes to try a little of everything mum and dad are having..Such a happy little friend is Beatrix..



All the benches have dedications to loved ones who are no longer with us,we always say their name and thank them for our rest....


I raised my pink picnic glass full of sparkling water and thanked our lord for all this natural beauty,the sights and sounds and for my two loves sat next to me..


When i pray i never ask him for fancy cars and luxury holidays,i always ask to just be happy and he has given me Steve and Beatrix and popped me by the sea where he knew i would smile often and i am grateful every day....

Oh look i am rambling on and Beatrix is waiting for us to go exploring....I'm coming!


Off we toddled  along the meadow as the lighthouse who was getting smaller in size seemed to be keeping an eye on the three of us....


Still watching as we disappeared over a hill and onto the cliff tops...


It was so warm walking along that it could have been a summer's day in June....



The little soil track was terribly bumpy and we tripped and laughed a few times so my camera is a bit shaky as i didn't want to fall but i thought you might like to enjoy the day too..

Press play below to join us on the cliff top....


We stopped and talked to the girls for a while and caught our breath...


As we sauntered back to the car the lighthouse came into view or had she peeked over the hill the whole time?... 


Back at Shingle Cottage eight tired legs walked up the garden path and i turned the key in the door,lovely to be home after an adventure...


Beatrix headed straight for her spot on the back of dads couch...


I made a nice cup of tea in the kitchen and Steve took off his boots and said ahhhh lovely...


I picked up my tea tray and hurried through to the front room with a farmhouse cake and snuggled up on the couch and started chatting about the day and where we going tommorow...



I hope your all well and we will see you soon on the station platform....

Won't you join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage...

XxX