I love a bargain. Recently I bought an old style glass sweet jar for £6 in an antique shop in Henley. I was struggling to think about how to use it as it’s really quite big. Then I was looking at some images on Gabrielle’s (The Green Gables) pinterest board & saw the idea to store cake cases in it. Genius! I think it looks so lovely & it means that these lovely pretty cases are out on display instead of being shut away in the cupboard. The image originally came from Such Pretty Things. There are some beautiful images here so I’m sure that I’ll be able to find tons more inspiration here.
I also bought this cute little bowl & a pretty pottery cutlery drainer from a little shop in Little Haven, Pembrokeshire. The shop contains products made locally by local people. The little pink bowl is perfect for holding popcorn, olive oil & balsamic vinegar, smarties…the choices are endless! And it’s really pretty. Lush.
A few weeks ago my OH asked what I wanted to do for my birthday. I didn’t know what I wanted to do for that but I said that I did want to go to Burford Garden Company. After a massive lie in this morning, we headed out in the car to have a look around. I’d heard lots about how lovely it was so I was eager to have a good old mooch about.
I wasn’t disappointed, especially as there was cake! After a look around the huge number of plants that they had, their lovely sheds & summer houses, it was time to cuppa. I had a lovely pot of breakfast tea served in this lovely handmade pottery (They even had soya milk available at no extra change – take that Starbucks!). After much deliberation I went for the Bakewell Tart. It didn’t disappoint. The cafe promoted local & organic ingredients and better yet, there was a separate children’s section. Much appreciated!
Their cafe was a mixture of old & new and it seems that they are really trying to branch out into something like Petersham Nurseries, which is fine with me ‘cos I loved it there! There was a lovely food section, surpassed only by their massive selection of gifts, cards & antiques.
My favourite spot of the afternoon was this beautiful antique till that had the prices in shillings! I know that I will definitely be going back for a load of lovely plants including some tasty herbs and some wonderful roses. I know that I will be taking my Mum & Sister there when they come & visit – they love a good garden centre too!
I think Christmas will warrant another visit too as I imagine that it will have loads of pretty glittery things that will need to be in my home. Phew! Better start putting some dates in the diary!
Our garden is in a bit of mess. It needs a serious overhaul & we’re half way there with combating the weeds & getting rid of plants from the previous owner. While we’re doing this, it makes sense not to plant any flowers but I cannot have another summer of a flower free garden. I think I’ve already made it clear that I love flowers!
Anyway a week or so ago I bought some lovely plants while on holiday in Pembrokeshire visiting my Mum to go into some lovely blue pots. They are finally coming into bloom & are relishing the heavy downpours that we seem to be experiencing. My favourite are these lovely margarites. They are so happy & pretty I can’t not love them. I am trying to keep on top of the ‘dead heading’ so that they continue to bloom throughout the summer. They are in a sheltered position, which is really good when you see how breezy things are out there! They smell really good & are growing really well with the Great British weather!
I am also trying my hand at something new this year – tomatoes. I have been watching & waiting with anticipation for the little yellow flowers to appear. The bad news is that after a few days away we came back to find each of the plants bent over at an unnatural angle. And I discovered that I hadn’t been ‘pinching out the leaves’! I soon remedied both of these issues & they all look good as new. The good news is that I do have some very little yellow flowers so fingers crossed that they turn into some juicy toms! They are growing really well but I can tell that they missed me while I was away!
Finally, my OH & I are doing our bit for our local insect neighbours. We have a little insect nest. And if you look really closely you can see that three little bees (we think) have decided to make their homes in it. They’ve covered it up with something that they need to make little bee babies appear! How cool is that?! I really do hope that we’ve helped the local bee population thrive. We have also been looking at plants that will encourage bees & butterflies so I was thrilled to see this post over on The Green Gables and have printed off the two lists so that we know what to plant once we have got the garden ready. For the moment I am enjoying plants like my lovely lobelia in their pretty little pots.
I’m sure everyone who has a blog will putting something about the Royal Wedding – bunting, parties, THE DRESS etc. But my post is about a very local tradition & a very local cafe. When we moved to Abingdon about a year ago we had no idea about the tradition it had of throwing buns from the top of the town hall on special royal occasions. It wasn’t until we visited the Throwing Buns cafe behind the town hall. Not only were we impressed by the tradition but we were impressed with the food, cake & coffee from the cafe. We’ve been regular visitors from then on.
Therefore it seemed only right that we go there on Friday before 4000 buns were thrown from the town hall to commemorate the royal wedding of Will & Kate on Friday. It was really busy but that didn’t mean that the quality of the food or the service slacked at all. All four of us opted for the cream tea from the special Royal Wedding menu (my mum & sister were visiting for the weekend.)It was really delicious. The scones were nice & light and there was plenty of cream & jam. It was a great way to prepare for the bun throwing. Alas we didn’t catch any buns but it was a great practice for the one next year!