To you all, thank you for your company and your time

Friday, 1 April 2011

Country Living Fair

Hi all, just bobbing by - its weird I have a free afternoon this afternoon, and because I have been very tied up with work this last few weeks, I am finding it hard to wind down - do you know what I mean?  I actually thought - free afternoon what shall I do?  Nuts I know, but anyway I have decided to sidestep the obvious like wash the kitchen floor, catch up with the ironing etc.  "I know" I thought, "I'll blog" so here I am!  After this I am going to take my mum out for a cuppa and a stroll round the shops, sadly she can't walk too far at the moment as she is waiting to have a second knee replacement. But we will spend some "quality Mother and Daughter" time together. 

Last week I managed a day out with a friend to the Country Living Fair - bit of a contradiction this because to get there I have to leave the country and face the busy crowds of London and the dreaded Tube, I was hot and flustered by the time I got there and didn't feel very "country" at all.  Still a nice cup of coffee and a scrummy cake soon solved that and several hours were spent wandering around the stands.  Vintage is still huge and quite a few crochet items are surfacing too.  It did make me think "I could do that" you know make a few blankets etc and sell on a stall - imagine selling something that you had crocheted - I would be over the MOON! 

The Spring Fair guide is a useful tool to have, because now that I am back I can look up the online shops and have a serious browse.  I am always too careful when I am at these Fairs - The little Devil on my left shoulder says "buy, buy, buy" and the little Angel on my right shoulder says even louder "just look, just look, just look!" In the main the little Angel wins, but the little Devil won with these two items

A sweet little jug with hearts on, love, love love ♥  Of course this isn't for me oh no, ...... its for the... Camper, hubby never minds if I buy stuff for the Camper ♥

The next item is for me, to make me feel like a domestic goddess!

An Apron!  Haven't had one since I was a little girl. The hearts on this one called out to me - and I find myself wearing it most frequently!!! Sadly the domestic goddess thing is yet to materialise! This is from Susie Watson Designs, check out her website  here she has some scrummy things to tempt you.  I also got some supplies from the Jam Jar Shop, I got my jam making stuff from them last year, they have a great online store and deliver super fast.  So I was quite good really wasn't I?

Tuesday evening of this week Hubby and I popped up to London to meet and feed our youngest son on his birthday. He is at Uni up there, so we met him at the O2 arena and fed him steak (a rare treat for a poor student!)  then he pootled back to his mates and we got the Thames Clipper back from the O2 to the London Eye.  High speed boats, some with coffee shops on (sadly we picked the one without - darn it) but London by dusk and night, I am going to show you these photos, some are a little blurry because of the motion of the boat, but you can get a feel for London at night.

 As dusk fell, even the industrial area took on a softly lit aura.

O2 from the Water

View to Canary Wharf

London Bridge
 It was much better than going underground!

Before I head off, thank you all so much for such positive comments about my Daffodil pastel painting.  I am going to use the Be Creative challenges to develop my art and maybe collage, anything that I don't usually do.  Why don't you join in?

Have a great weekend.

Speak soon xx


  1. Anything you crochet would sell well. You do it so well. But will your hands stand up to it?
    London by night is lovely. How lucky you are to have it nearby so that you have the best of both worlds. We have learnt to use the buses around London rather than the tube - you get to see the sights more that way. I really want to cruise up to Greenwich when we are there next.

  2. I was in London on holiday this time last year. I had to stay extra time because of the volcano ash. The country fair sounds great. I love your mug and I like the look of the little chicken hiding behind it. Thanks for the little tour on the Thames. One of my favourite places was Richmond. I can't wait to get back. Maybe next year.

  3. I tried to get a comment through last night, but had to reset my password. I thought I'd leave to today, so fingers crossed this will go through!
    Kim it looks as though you enjoyed the show. Nice goodies there I see. I love hearts. My rings wedding and engagement are all hearts and my wedding cake was too. something about them!
    Your trip to London was great too, I've enjoyed looking at the photos. Nice to see your son too I should imagine. Bit weepy on the way home? I think the last time we went was to see Grease years ago with the girls.
    Thanks so much for your kind comments on the Royal Wedding Blanket. I'm really pleased how it turned out. A lot of work though!
    Love Suex

  4. ooh thank you Kim! You're very kind over on SIBOL.
    Watch out for Kates Blanket shes assembled for SIBOL! PROBABLY TOMORROW.
    Hugs Suex

  5. Thanks so much Kim for the kind comments. yes both blankets came up really well! What fun! 61 can't believe it.
    hope you had a good weekend,
    love suex

  6. Wonderful photos of your trip. I like to look at London, but I wouldn't want to go there myself. Sounds like you had a lovely time with your son, it's more special when they don't live at home.

  7. What a delightful trip and fun posting. You need to come around blogland more often we are missing you.