Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Vintage Tea Towel Tuesday

Royal Engagement by Ulster, Irish Linen, Made in Ireland

Two things on this one:

it is the most expensive tea towel I have ever bought

(and I don't even like it that much)


how it managed to make it past quality control

I'll never know!

I'll leave it with you...what d'ya reckon?

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sometimes, when I'm taking the dog for a walk I take it upon myself to do a bit of tip pruning for the neighbours. I'm nice like that. Ahem.

Ok, while I know and you know my actions aren't entirely altruistic, I only take "bits" that are poking through fences, growing on verges etc. Honestly. 

(I know someone who used the local war memorial rose garden as her personal flower shop. Secateurs in hand, she'd sneak out while it was still dark, and fill her vases before Home Opens when she was selling her house. That's not nice is it?)

Anyway, a few days ago I spotted this growing over someone's fence

Isn't it amazing.

If you can tell me what it is, I'll send you a prize.

In other scintilating news I've been painting this

Lucy Violet's old hall cupboard. Our new pantry. I know she wouldn't mince words regarding my colour choice(!) but I'm thrilled with how it's come up.

Anyway love it or hate it, Lucy's old cupboard has had four coats of enamel paint (which is a you-know-what to work with) so it's staying.

Look at the wallpaper Lucy V lined its shelves with 

it's staying too, in case you were wondering.

p.s. you can see the original colour of Lucy's cupboard in the top pic.

p.p.s. Galit has let me know that my pilfered flower is called Hakea laurina - native to Western Australia. Thanks Galit, now I can hunt it down and hopefully grow my own. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012


"underpants for the man who likes a pouch"

vintage poster by Seguin 1950

(via the wonderful galerie montmartre)

I overheard my girls chatting this morning. Their conversation went something like this:

" I hate it when people add le to things "

" Yeah, me too "

" I mean, if they want to speak French, why don't they just f***ing speak French! "


And I thought I was so cool referring to my blog as "le blog" and throwing the word sans around! Turns out I'm just a big fat loser!

(and please excuse someone's "French" I don't know where she gets it from?!)

Have a lovely weekend x

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


This is not the weather the cuckoo likes but I do.

When I came home and found our front door mat covered in leaves it made me smile...it was days before I could bring myself to sweep them up.

A few of them made their way inside. I left them there for as long as I could.   


p.s. Just dipping my toes in...still a bit chilly round here x