"With Pomp, Power & Glory the world beckons vainly, In chase of such vanities why should I roam?While Peace & Content bless my little thatched cottage,And warm my own hearth with the Treasures of Home."*Beatrix Potter

Friday 5 September 2014

A Beautiful Day's Outing Before School Starts

Part One.

We had such a beautiful day for our day out to Beamish Living Museum, we always love going there & the sun truly shone for us on Tuesday.
I had made raspberry muffins the day before so we left at 7 o'clock & had breakfast on the journey.
                                                    Raspberry muffins & tea bread.
We always take a picnic when we have days out & with five children I need to bake plenty. Daisy was painting at the other end of the table.

We were there at just past 10 o'clock & were so glad to get out of the car. Beamish has old trams & buses to get on but we decided to walk to the 1900's Town our first stop, the fresh air was lovely after being in the car.
Kitty & Mary outside a little hut on the walk to the town.
I wonder what they were talking about.

We arrived at the Bakers first & they were in the middle of making tea cakes. They have a shop next door where you can buy bread & cakes they bake.

                    Next stop was Jubilee sweet shop, they were making cinder toffee.

The twins outside Annfield Plain Co-op which is the grocer's, they do enjoy going in all the shops. A lot of the building's & inside's were moved from other places in England to here, Annfield Plain is in County Durham. The girls love watching all the demonstrations & get quite involved in them, you are not so shy when you are five.
Inside the grocer's shop.
All the bags of tea, sugar, lentils & other food item's were in different colour bags, this way to help people that could not read.

I love all the old tins & packets.

To go back & shop here.
The till was made in Dayton, Ohio.
Beautiful old buttons & threads, I have some similar from my Grandmother's sewing box.

Kitty's looking at her next pair of boots. Oh I wish you could buy the displays, she loved those boots.

Inside the hardware shop.
There were household goods sold here.
There was so much beautiful china, oil lamps, candles in here.

This is a cottage in Ravensworth Terrace, a row of houses in the town.  They were making chutney in this kitchen, that is on my list to do next week.

                            Kitty in one of the bedrooms, she could have stayed the night.

I loved these outside one of the cottages.

This is the nursery bedroom in the town. The twins stood here for ages talking about what toys they would like, we have a lot of antique & vintage toys at home that they play with.

A beautiful cast iron range.

We have a cupboard similar to this one, it all felt so homely.

One of the trams picking up people in the old town. Here are two of our boy's Danny & Sidney.

I took so many photo's so I will do a few posts about Beamish. There is a beautiful Georgian Manor circa 1825, a 1940's farm & a Victorian coal mining town to come.
We have a new member coming to the family a week on Sunday, a little kitten.
We are trying to think of a name for him.
Thank you all for your lovely comments.
Fondly Michelle


  1. Hello Michelle
    I have wanted to visit Beamish for such a long time. It is too far away from where I live for a day trip, but one day I hope to arrange a short stay in the area.
    I really enjoy reading your blog and looking at your delightful photographs.
    We seem to share very similar tastes. Tasha Tudor and Beatrix Potter are great inspirations to me and I love old fashioned things.
    I am so glad I found your blog.

    1. It was such a long day for us but we love it so much it is worth it. We have stayed in a travel lodge near there a few times, that helps with the journey & a ticket lasts all year.
      I am so glad you are enjoying the blog.

  2. Looks like you had a lovely time. We shall have to join you one day!

    1. Yes we did have a wonderful time, we can't wait for you & Ellie to join us.

  3. I truly enjoyed this visit to Beamish Living Museum and cannot wait for the next parts! How wonderful, and full of wonder, it is to be five and not shy in such a place of exploration and learning. ~~~waving~~~

    1. Hello Deborah,
      Thank you for your kind words, the twins get involved in everything at the moment, having younger siblings helps the older one's do things that they wouldn't normally do.

  4. Oooooooo (in a winey voice) I want to go!!!!
    Wonderful pictures!! Kitty and Mary you look so LOVELY in your dresses, (and Mommy too)!
    Thank you Michelle for another great post!!
    Many many Blessings, Linnie

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    2. Hello Linnie,
      I hope you enjoy the other posts of Beamish.
      Fondly Michelle

  5. It is hard to distinguish your kitchen from the recreated one! It was nice to get a glimpse of your other children, too. You have such a lovely family. As for the new kitten. How about a Beatrix Potter character?

    1. We have gone though all the Beatrix Potter books but he is a boy & there is just Tom & Simpkin. Thank you for your kind words.

  6. I would love to be there, to visit Beamish Living Museum !!! But your house is beautiful, as is your family. Beautiful post dear Michelle. A kiss from 'Italy.

    1. Thank you for your kind words Mirtilla.
      Enjoy your day in Italy.

  7. Your daughter's dresses are lovely! Did you make them? Looks like a wonderful day out.

    1. They are vintage Laura Ashley dresses, one belonged to our daughter Daisy when she was little & I managed to find another one.
      Fondly Michelle

  8. My little 8 year old daughter loves dressing "old fashioned". I'll have to keep my eyes opened for vintage Laura Ashley dresses for her. They are so very pretty!

  9. So glad to have stumbled upon your blog! Lovely post--I do love all the old-fashioned things, what a delight:-)