"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

Monday 9 March 2015

Early March at the Cottage

Spring has really sprung here in our small village, the sun has been shining & now the work begins in the garden. How good it feels to be outside working & getting close to nature after the Winter.
The snowdrops are covering the ground all around the village, a beautiful green & white carpet, so graceful & delicate. They grow like they have done for many centuries a pure tender little flower bringing joy to all of us.
New life is everywhere, buds are bursting in the hedgerows, daffodils are nearly in flower & the grass is springing back to life.

We had strong winds one day last week & one of the huge Rooks nests came down, such a large pile of twigs on the lawn. I felt so sorry for the birds & was hoping it was an old nest no longer used, there was no sign of eggs.
The rooks home at the end of the garden.

Spring has come to the garden.
We have spent a couple of days clearing & cutting all the dead plants back.
The children love to be outside, it is wonderful to hear them playing in the garden.

Little flowers tucked under all the dead leaves which we have been clearing.

The rhubarb is really sprouting now.
The last few days sun has made so much come on in the garden.

Flowering under the Rose of Sharon.

Such a bright colour for this time of year & so wonderful to see it.

Last week we had a day out at Hemswell Antique Centre, it is the largest place for antiques in Europe.
I found a few treasures.

Cinnamon Flop.
This is an Old Amish recipe I have been making for many years since our first trip to Lancaster County.
Our children love it, it is a favourite birthday breakfast dish.

All baked & warm ready for Sunday tea.

My wonderful old Singer sewing machine with knee switch.
Sewing up the girls little knitting bags for Easter.

I bought a Child's Wartime Cook Book a few weeks ago, Sidney chose to make the Bacon & Leek Macaroni from it.
This is a wonderfully easy recipe & very tasty.
We have Andy's parents coming in a couple of weeks so Sidney is going to make this for his Grandparent's.
We enjoyed it with cabbage.

Sidney turned twelve last week, he chose a chocolate marble cake for tea.

My first long sleeved jumper.
I have only knitted one jumper before, so every pattern is a learning curve for me.
I do love the vintage patterns, this one is a simple double rib design.
Daisy chose the deep red wool, I could not make my mind up.

Our new house keepers cupboard.
We found this cupboard in an antique shop in our small town, we had been after a cupboard for books since moving here & this one was perfect.
The shelves are not perfect inside, they are very old which makes me love it all the more.
I have so many books, some from my child hood that have been read by our children.

Some of my many books in there new home.
My old Famous Five books are in a back row as the girls are not old enough for them yet, the younger Enid Blyton books are near the front.
It is wonderful to have so many of my books all in one place.
We still need to make more shelves though, we do love books.

One of my Grandma Betty's paintings.
This one is of the Norfolk Broads.
Since moving it did not have a home as we have very little wall space, this new cupboard has made that possible.

There is even more business at our cottage as the the twins have their sixth birthday in a couple of weeks.
We like to give each of our children one large party so there is lots of  work to be done for the girls party on the 21st of March in the village hall.
Thank you my dear readers for all your lovely comments, I love hearing from you.
Happy Spring to everyone.
Fondly Michelle