Thursday, August 14, 2014

An Ache There Is No Drug For

After a 3 1/2 year battle with cancer my partner of 30 years, Harvey, passed away at 12.10am on Tuesday 22nd July. My life will never be the same. He was surrounded by me our children and slipped away peacefully at home. 

We sat with him for over a week, laughing, eating, drinking and crying. He died a happy man and for that we are all thankful. Nurses and carers came each day and their compassion and support was beyond description. 

We gave him a send off that he would have totally approved of. His coffin was topped with an arrangement made to look like a wild flower meadow and his signature Black Fedora Hat that he always wore. 

As you can see by the Invitation (above) it was a celebration of his life and was full of tears and much laughter. We held the celebration in the local Village Hall and it was attended by over 200 people. Our granddaughter Georgia, who is a singer songwriter over in LA recorded Smile by Nat King Cole and sent it over to be played. Her beautiful voice held a cry that was evident to everyone and tissues were being passed around furiously.
Our son provided a garden bench and everyone was asked to write a message on it. 

The plaque says it all about the man it was for. He had humour in bucket loads. The bench now sits on the green outside our cottage for all to enjoy.
Our grandchildren all wrote messages for their Granddad and hung them from balloons which they let off from the hill opposite the Village Hall. What a beautiful sight that was. 

The Village Hall, our friends and community all pulled together to provide food, drink and support to make it a day to remember and we cannot thank them enough. 

Now I am left with an ache that there is no drug for, only time will take it away. I am not making any hasty decisions just letting time slip by as I adjust to my new life. With the support of our wonderful family, friends and community I will do this, as Harvey would have expected me to.  


Friday, June 20, 2014

Paris Plus - A Medieval Fair

Paris Plus - A Medieval Fair
We are just back from a week at our daughter's home. She lives just outside Paris. This time we decided not to do Paris the city but visit some of the beautiful towns and villages that surround it and am I pleased we did. On Sunday we visited a beautiful medieval village holding it's annual Medieval Fair. No expense spared they laid on an amazing event all for free. The bar (above) being a perfect example of their attention to detail.
Paris Plus - A Medieval Fair
Every authentic tent contained an artisan showing their skills to eager pupils.
Paris Plus - A Medieval Fair
They dispayed and sold their crafts

Paris Plus - A Medieval Fair
When lunch time arrived the local women had set up a kitchen in the town's market square, under cover and what a fabulous cover it was. It was lovely to get out of the sun.

Paris Plus - A Medieval Fair
The food and wines were amazing. We got 4 huge plates like this for 26 Euros. Even the bread was homemade and delicious.
Paris Plus - A Medieval Fair
The programme was beautifully crafted.
Paris Plus - A Medieval Fair
The Gooseherd brought his flock out for a walk around the town.
Paris Plus - A Medieval Fair
And the day was rounded off with a jousting display.
Paris Plus - A Medieval Fair
 Our little granddaughter 3 year old Tiana had a wonderful day and
Paris Plus - A Medieval Fair
the whole event left us with some beautiful memories. Isn't that how it's supposed to be?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Off To Paris

Off To Paris
Flying to Paris in the morning. Can't wait to see this little monkey. I shall be reporting back with all things French.
Off To Paris



Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The Stanegate Scarecrow Trail

The Stanegate Scarecrow Trail
A Straw Dog and a Speed Cop (love the hairdryer in his hand)
 There's a group of villages not far from my home and every year they have a Scarecrow Trail, each year the entries get cleverer. This year I managed to stop and photograph some of them. Enjoy and if you want to see more then visit The Stanegate Scarecrow Facebook Page.
The Stanegate Scarecrow Trail
A Fallen Jockey and a Spaceman

The Stanegate Scarecrow Trail
A Hunter and a Ship's Captain

The Stanegate Scarecrow Trail
A Pole Dancer and a Smoking Granny

 
The Stanegate Scarecrow Trail
A Scotsman in the Wind and a Vicar

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I Love a Sack Dress

Sack Dresses by Horses Atelier
There's something about a sack dress that just appeals to me. It's a sort of mini version of those gorgeous 1920s dresses that hung loose and gave women freedom for the first time. This gorgeous selection is from Horses Atelier
Sack Dresses by Horses Atelier

Sack Dresses by Horses Atelier

Sack Dresses by Horses Atelier


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Turning Japanese, I Really Think So

Japanese designer Mitsuhiro Konishi
Coffee Scoop
I love the juxtaposition of materials used in this collection of hand hammered steel and smooth brass cutlery and utensils by Japanese designer Mitsuhiro Konishi. All available online from The Shop Floor Project
Japanese designer Mitsuhiro Konishi
Dinner Fork

Japanese designer Mitsuhiro Konishi
Dinner Knife

Japanese designer Mitsuhiro Konishi
Spoon

Japanese designer Mitsuhiro Konishi
Punched Scoop

Japanese designer Mitsuhiro Konishi
Punched Serving Spoon

Japanese designer Mitsuhiro Konishi
Teaspoon

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Henderon's Home & Garden - A Melrose Gem

Henderon's Home & Garden - A Melrose Gem
I thought it was about time I shared one of my favourite shops with you. Henderson's Home and Garden is situated in the gorgeous little town of Melrose in the Scottish Borders. Not a million miles away from me. We live ony 12 miles from the Scottish border.
Henderon's Home & Garden - A Melrose Gem
A beautifully curated shop full of new and vintage pieces. This shop wouldn't look out of place in Paris.
Henderon's Home & Garden - A Melrose Gem
Weathered planters, baskets, candles, rugs, well I could go on and on but why not just visit their website where you can actually purchase these items as they have an online shop. How cool is that?
Henderon's Home & Garden - A Melrose Gem

Henderon's Home & Garden - A Melrose Gem
I was blown away when I visited the other day and noticed for the first time that their staircase is made from scaffolding poles and glass panels. Now that's clever.
Henderon's Home & Garden - A Melrose Gem

Friday, May 16, 2014

Non Conspiracy Orchestra

Non Conspiracy Orchestra
I just love this Tumblr page. Non Conspiracy Orchestra has the most amazing collection of pictures. Screen licking good. Take a look. A wonderful place to visit when you need to be inspired.
Non Conspiracy Orchestra

Non Conspiracy Orchestra

Non Conspiracy Orchestra




Non Conspiracy Orchestra

Non Conspiracy Orchestra


Non Conspiracy Orchestra

Non Conspiracy Orchestra

Non Conspiracy Orchestra