Thursday, 28 July 2011

SUMMER FLOWERS & FRIPPERY ..........


Summer has returned to the UK once again, after a couple of weeks of rain. Par for the course here, and we take the weather as it comes. I'm out and about everyday this week so, here are some lovely summery images and some random ones to feast your eyes on ..........























                          DO IT ALL THIS SUMMER !!




images 1, 13 & 14: Lillies and Lace, 2 & 8: Are So Happy, 3 & 7: An Angel At My Table, 4: A White Straw, 5: A Cottage In The Woods, 6 & 17: Umla, 9: Better Homes & Gardens, 10: Cannelle & Vanille, 11: Fashionising, 12: Jeanne d'Arc Living, 15: Plumo, 16: Rosies Armoire, 18,19 & 20: Vintage Rose Garden.


Jackie



Monday, 18 July 2011

SPORADIC SUSSEX ..........

Having been away for a while, I am posting lots of photos. Feel free to whizz through them and just say hello in a comment ..... just to let me know that you still remember who I am !!!!


Here I am in the four poster bed in my sister's spare room ,which was all mine while our husbands were gallivanting around Spain. I was woken up each morning with a nice cup of tea and a chat with my sister.







This is the entrance to my sisters studio..........








One sunny morning, we sat in the garden and sorted through some of the old photographs of our family that we needed to share out.



This is my Dad, Ken and his sister ( my aunt ) Corice.....I love that name.



.......... and here is one of my Grandad.











We ate lots of nice food ..... above is an amuse bouche of white onion foam and ham hock ..... just one of the lovely restaurant's that we visited .....



..... and this was my starter .....  crab with gazpacho.




We went to the farmer's market  and bought fruit and veg, sea bass and crab claws .....




..... and listened to the band at the bandstand.




We went to Brighton for the day and, after popping into a few shops and making a few purchases, we had lunch at Riddle and Finns in the Lanes. Jane and Lance over at Hattatt recommended the Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell exhibition at the Royal Pavilion but, after lingering over lunch and being forced to duck into a few more shops ( haha ) we got there about 5 minutes too late and they had just let the last visitors in for the day !! We did peep into an open door ( that was guarded by a couple of  security men ) and I think that I just caught a glimpse of Vanessa's Byzantine Lady.  





We could have consoled ourselves with a couple of the above but, we resisted and had a stroll along the beach instead ( considering we had just had that massive plateful of seafood and a starter before it AND a few glasses of wine we thought that a walk by the sea was a healthier bet !! ) .....




We will have to go back for the exhibition which is on until October so, here are some images of the wonderful Brighton Pavilion which is so exotic and oriental in appearance, it never fails to amaze me..........



Built by John Nash for the Prince Regent, later King George IV, in stages between 1787 and 1823, it has the most extravagant chinoiserie interiors ever executed in the British Isles.







We both had a lovely ten days, as did our husbands, but, we are now back to our normal lives and, it has been raining for the last few days ..... typical English summer !!!!





All photos by me


Jackie