Thursday, August 27, 2015

New Home :)

Well here we are - safely moved into our new home in Devon. The move has gone well, we were out of every box after two days. The only thing left is to hang pictures. The one thing that has NOT gone according to plan is our internet connection. Do you know how much we as a modern society use the Internet? ALLOT I tell you. So much of the information I need and use at my fingertips is attained by using the Internet. 

If I need directions on how to get somewhere - Internet. If I need to find out about things and places around my local area - Internet. If I'm having a problem with my broadband, my provider tells me to log onto their website - err, flawed thinking there batman!! If I have a problem with my broadband then OBVIOUSLY I wont be able to access your website!! Grrrrr.

Anyhoo - today I have popped into my husbands hotel to hook up to his wifi and do a little catch up post. We have an Open Reach Engineer coming out tomorrow morning so hopefully {fingers crossed} we will be all hooked up tomorrow afternoon.

So a few snaps of our garden...

This is taken from our top patio off the dining room and the kitchen. Both these rooms have glass sliding doors or glass double doors so the sun just streams into this side of the house all day. 

Off to the right we have the shed and the summer house. More detailed pictures to come of the summer house and little pond in front of it, these are just some quick snaps I took this morning to give you a feel for our new place.

This little path leads down to the summer house, pond and bottom entertainment area. The garden is really well structured, all it's going to take from me is maintenance and adding my own pretty spring bulbs and summer annuals - and of course plant up the veggie patch each spring.

Two things that I left behind in my last garden that made me sad where my apple trees and my Hydrangea bushes. But guess what...

A beautiful BIG Hydrangea - one of 3 in the garden and...

an apple tree! :)

Two such simple things that make me happy. Another thing is that from the top floor of the house we have the most incredible views across the village and onto the rolling farmland beyond. In fact I can see the fields from the back garden two. This morning I noted that there was a flock of sheep and a few cows in the fields. The trees that surround our house are deciduous so firstly, that makes me happy because it means that autumn is going to bring a riot of colour right on my doorstep and secondly I will have uninterrupted views over the countryside during the winter months.

Moving onto our first visit to town - which is adorable, picturesque and very English BTW. Pictures to follow, but there is an amazing river that winds it way through the town...

As you walk around you find yourself crossing it and re-crossing it on lovely stone bridges.

I'm really looking forward to exploring everything over time and showing you all this beautiful little part of Devon.

On the schooling front...

We are back to lessons next week Tuesday so this week I have been doing a bit of prep. This particular planning session was a bit of seasonal planning for September. I'll post my plans over the weekend for you to have a look at if you're interested. I still have a few areas to cover and one or two more things to get the school room set up - which again, I will share with you in September sometime.

I will love and leave you for today, we are just going to grab a quick light lunch and then we are off to see the Enid Blyton 'Magic, Mystery and Midnight Feasts' exhibition at the Plymouth City museum :)

See you back here very soon...

Monday, August 10, 2015

Before The Move

It's not long now! We have exactly one week before we watch our belongings get loaded up and head on down to Devon. It's all getting quite exciting in a bitter/sweet kind of way. 

I've had a lovely friend from South Africa staying with us since Wednesday last week - she left this morning- what fun we had. We did lots of touristy things of course, visiting some lovely National Trust properties...

taking walks and watching the girls ring at a young ringers even they had on Sunday. I haven't seen them ring in over a year and I have to say I was very impressed with how well they are doing. Watching them has really reinforced the need to get them into ringing in Devon - I don't want them to give up such an awesome interest! If you want to see what ringing is all about here's a video I took of them on Sunday...

Here are a few shots of the bells and the amazing view from the top of the tower...

Around here we are seeing hints of Autumn ALREADY! Eeep - how can that be?? I will be interested to see if the same hints of the approaching season are evident in Devon. 

I have to dash - the girls are ringing tonight and I have to get them fed before they go :) but before I go I thought I would show you what my eldest daughter did for me...

she made my crochet hooks all pretty :)

Blessings to you all...

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Well Hello!

After a week of running back and forth from home to hospital we are now all at home together again and it feels good. DH came home on Saturday afternoon and is recovering nicely. Every day brings us another 'normality'. Last night it was DH being able to move onto his side instead of lying on his back only and today we managed to get out for a cup of tea and slice of cake at our local garden centre.

One thing about spending long hours visiting at the hospital was that I was able to get allot of knitting done. I finished my Remembering Sunny Days Socks using the Hermione's Everyday Sock pattern. I absolutely love this colourway, sadly when I went to see if I could buy another ball of this yarn from Wool Warehouse not only was it all sold out but I see that Cascade has also discontinued it :( A couple more pairs are called for as my current ones have given such good service over the past 5 years and are looking rather stretched. Of course there is no way I'm throwing them out - they will have to fall to bits before that happens! but a bit of sock restocking has to happen :) I'm still in the process of deciding which pattern to tackle next.

July brought about a Blue Moon - did you catch it? If you don't know what a Blue Moon is it is when a full moon occurs twice in one month. I'm sure you can guess that this does not happen often - once every 3 years if I'm not mistaken.

Shop News:

My daughter has been very busy making more Polymer Clay paperclips for our Etsy Shop. I just love the detail in her work. I've fallen in love with every single set and of course want to keep them all ;) but - no - into the shop they must go.

Over the past rather hectic week I have really enjoyed the short intervals of time that I have had to sit in my conservatory. My feeder has been frequented by many feathered ....

Ahem! - and some furry friends.

My absolute favourite feathered character has been this little fellow...

he is the tattiest little blackbird I have ever seen but he merrily hops about gathering worms. He's ever so busy and very focused on his task. I just adore him!

I've also really felt allot of peace as I gaze across the fields from my conservatory. The view is just amazing - I am going to miss it. I love seeing our little churches steeple peeking through the tops of the trees in the distance.

*sigh* Life is lovely :).

Anyhoo - time to wrap up this little catch up post. Hope you are all having a lovely week. Will pop back very soon.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Such is Life...

Posting might be a bit scarce this week - DH is (unexpectedly) in hospital with horrible gallstones. If you've suffered from them you will know how debilitating they are. He is set to have his gallbladder removed sometime this week so my place is with him.

Wishing you all a wonderful week and I shall see you when I do :)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Of Hearth and Home...

I have accepted that this year I will not be preserving my own personal harvest :( so I'm doing the next best thing ; buying in-season fruit and veg and processing it. There are some great pick-your-own farms and farm stalls close by to our new home in Devon so I have penciled in a few trips to these farms/stalls to bring in a different sort of harvest this year :)

In the mean time however, necessity calls. I mentioned a couple of posts back that I had opened my last jar of homemade chutney a few weeks ago. Sad that it is the last jar but WOW - it's the best jar so far! 7 months of the chutney maturing and I realize that the longer it sits in the jar the better :)
So - two batches of chutney were canned this past weekend. 

Caramelized Red Onion Chutney - I only got 3 jars out of this batch.

...and Peach Apricot chutney. I got quite a few jars out of this batch - 9 in all. I found some great DIY chalk board type labels on Pinterest. I love the simple, rustic look that the labels give. Happily my grocery cupboards are once again well stocked with chutney. There's something quite satisfying in seeing all those pretty jars filled with your hard work lining the shelves.

On the needles: a pair of socks, one down and half way through the second sock. I love hand knitted socks - there really is nothing like them. I have a good few pairs but some are getting old and worn so I need to restock the sock basket :)

In the past I have used the same simple sock pattern which get's kind of boring, so I am on a mission to try new sock patterns. This one is Hermiones Everyday Socks. For this particular pair of socks I have omitted the pattern and simply used stockinette stitch. I felt that the yarn was so pretty that I didn't want the pattern taking away from it's self-striping design. 

So a productive creative week at Moor View Cottage and hopefully more creativity to happen over the weekend :)