"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

Thursday 21 December 2017

Autumn & Winter Memories


Dear readers,
This year has flown by & since taking on the twins schooling I am struggling to find time for writing the blog. I plan to write again in the New Year but in the meantime I have just done a post of all the memories we made as a family since late last Summer. We spent many days in the North of Yorkshire & also some wonderful short breaks to Stratford Upon Avon & Birmingham.
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In August once again we went to Woodhall Spa 1940's weekend with our 1939 Wolseley Ten.
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Kitty enjoying the little carousel.
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Mary winning Best Dressed 1940's Child.
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They were so pleased we were able to fit one of their vintage prams in the car.
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A jumper for Kitty made following a 1940's pattern.
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Visiting Askrigg in The Yorkshire Dales.
Askrigg is where All Creatures Great & Small was filmed, here we are standing outside Skeldale House home to James Herriot, Siegfried Farnham & Tristan Farnham.
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The beautiful Aysgarth Falls in the Yorkshire Dales.
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Sewing some dresses for the twins.
I love how they choose their own fabrics & ribbons now.
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A day out & picnic at Clumber Park with family.
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Sweet Charlotte at Clumber Park play area.
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The weather was beautiful.
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Stratford Upon Avon
Anne Hathaways Cottage
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Mary discovered a love of Shakespeare
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We travelled to Pickering in North Yorkshire for a day out in September.
Pickering is a lovely market town with a beautifully preserved steam railway.
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The twins in their handmade dresses.
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In October it was Pickering Wartime Weekend, it was lovely to revisit this beautiful town & to meet up with some friends we met online.
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Here I am wearing original clothes from the 1940's.
The coat is dated to the end of the war.
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There were so many wonderful people dressed in 1940's clothes for the weekend.
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Meeting new friends.
We finally got to met up with Helen & Andy from @henhousehomemade.blogspot.com 
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Here we all are at the end of the wartime weekend.
We will remember 2017 for making such wonderful new friends.
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A weekend away in North Yorkshire.
We visited the Treasurer's House in York for the first time.
This is a National Trust house with a beautiful city garden near York Minister.
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A beautiful cupboard in the kitchen of the Treasurer's House.
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In the garden of the house in York.
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Visiting York National Railway Museum.
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& then a day in Beamish to round off our weekend away meeting another wonderful friend for the first time. So many happy memories to remember 2017.
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Little Charlotte, she is growing up into to the sweetest little girl. We are overjoyed as Amy & Dan are expecting another child next year, our third grandchild.
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Autumn nature walks around our village.
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In late November we met up with our friends we first met in Pickering for a weekend away.
We visited The Black Country Living Museum on the Saturday & then the Birmingham Back to Back Houses on the Sunday, we also managed to fit in some crafting lessons from Helen at the hotel.
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The twins at the 1940's house at The Black Country Living Museum.
This was the first week of the museum being decorated for Christmas.
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Kitty in one of the Victorian cottages with a handmade Christmas tree.
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1930's Christmas Tree at the musuem.
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They have a small town in this museum & each shop is stocked with beautiful vintage & antique items.
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The two Andy's enjoying a Mince Pie.
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Here we all are at The Back to Back Houses with our wonderful tour guide.
These houses are wonderful & are set in different era's.
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It was a hands on museum so the twins could play away until their hearts were content.
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In December we went to Gunby Hall in Lincolnshire, the hall was all decorated for Christmas.
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This years theme was a White Christmas.
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These dresses were simply stunning, they were all made out of paper.
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Such a magical dining room at Gunby Hall.
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There were so many handmade items made by the staff at Gunby Hall.
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Playing with the snow machine.
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                                            A day out for Christmas shopping & afternoon                                                                                                          tea  at Betty's Tearoom.
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Our first time at betty's.
It was such a special day out, Daisy was with us too & we all felt very festive.
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Betty's Christmas window.
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I started a Sourdough adventure this October thanks to the support of a friend.
We very much love Sourdough & I can't wait to try all different types of Sourdough bread.
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Christmas is starting to creep into our cottage.
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A sunday teatime, our first with the Christmas Tree up.
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The twins are studying the Second World War so they made a wartime recipe for a Christmas Cake last week. It was made with stewed apples rather than eggs.
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My mother turned 80 this December so she had a family party.
Here is Andy with our cute & cuddly Tilly our second Grandchild.
It is not often that all of our eight children are together so we made sure we took lots of photographs. ~


Our four wonderful boys.
Everyone is growing up so fast.
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& our four beautiful girls with me & my mother & sweet Charlotte.
How truly blessed we are to have our wonderful family who we love so much & are so proud of.
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Everyone all together apart from little Tilly who was sleeping.
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We have been married 27 years this year & we have filled those years with so much love & of course our children who we love dearly. Our family keeps on growing which brings us the greatest joy & love, we are so proud of all our children & their beautiful families.
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Myself & Tilly.
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The Christmas Cake is all iced & ready for Christmas Day.
I love using these vintage cake decorations that we have had many years.
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The dining room all decorated for Christmas.
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The heart of the home, it will be a busy heart over the Christmas period.
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Vintage Christmas decorations.
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We have just made up some of this Butter Biscuit dough for the children to make Christmas Biscuits.
This makes a lovely buttery biscuit.
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9 oz softened butter
5 oz icing sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1 egg yolk
13 ozs of plain flour
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Beat the butter & sugar together until it becomes pale & fluffy.
Add vanilla & the egg yolk next, then stir in the flour.
Chill the dough or you can freeze it.
Roll out until it is 1/8 inchs thick, then cut with Christmas shapes.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 190 oc, 375 of, gas mark 5.
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Enjoy.
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Homemade Christmas Crackers forties style.
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Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to all my dear readers & their families.
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Fondly Michelle










48 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos and a beautiful family

    Julie xxxxxxx

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  2. so nice to see what you have been doing....it looks like you have all had some wonderful memory making trips out
    Tilly

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  3. Wow, lot of wonderful memories made. Now that we have moved Gunby hall will be missed this year. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for the new year. Hope all goes well with the birth of your new grandchild, they are such a joy.

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    1. I think this was the best display Gunby Hall has ever done, it was a record for Christmas visitors for them. Merry Christmas to you too. Fondly Michelle

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  4. I have enjoyed this glimpse into your summer and fall. You and your family have visited so many lovely places and I am sure you have made some sweet memories too. I especially enjoyed the pictures of your entire family. What a blessing to be sure!

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    1. Yes such a blessing.
      Happy Christmas Sarah to you & your beautiful family.
      Fondly Michelle

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  5. What a delightful post. You have been to so many interesting places and I'm sure the girls learned so much by being part of things.

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    1. They are always learning bless them.
      Merry Christmas xx

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  6. Oh how I have missed your posts! A glimpse into your world makes me so much more determined to continue my journey into a vintage lifestyle. I know it gets hectic, and even if it's only once in a while, please continue to post. Your blog is so full of gentleness and peace in a vey hectic and crazy world.

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    1. I will & thank you very much.
      Merry Christmas xx

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  7. Thanks for the updates and wonderful photos! You HAVE been missed!!!

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    1. Thank you so much.
      We are just making biscuits.
      Merry Christmas xx

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  8. Thank you so much for the update. As others have said, you have been missed but I can see how busy you've been. Merry Christmas to you and yours in a wintery UK from me here in sunny gloriusly warm Australia

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  9. What a wonderful post! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family from Nanny Anny in Canada.

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  10. Happy Christmas to a lovely family. xx

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  11. A lovely update to round off a busy and productive year. Nadolig Llawen ~ Happy Christmas
    ~~~Deb in Wales

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  12. A wonderful photographic round up of what you and your lovely family have been up to over the past few months. So much wonderful family time together 😊

    A couple of your photos match the ones on my last blog post, the Black Country Living Museum is looking beautifully festive isn't it.

    All the very best to you and your family for Christmas and the New Year. Xx

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    1. Isn't it a wonderful museum.
      Merry Christmas Sue. xx

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  13. How lovely to celebrate together. Have a wonderful festive season. x

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  14. I was so excited to see an email announcing your new blog post. Even though I know you were busy, you amazingly put a wonderful collection of heartening items together for all of us! Merry Christmas from Virginia.

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  15. It was so lovely to read your blog post today Michelle. I loved all the photos you shared of your activities and your lovely family. I hope you have a blessed Christmas holiday and I wish you all the best for the New Year! Hugs, Pat

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  16. Lovely to see your beautiful photos Michelle. You have all been very busy.
    I wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and a wonderful 2018.

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  17. We love north yorkshire , Pickering and Moulton oare our favorites , We live a few miles from the black country museum and visited it again in the summer , It's always a pleasure , Such beautiful family photos , Merry christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family xxx

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  18. Thank you for posting again - it was wonderful to see your latest post. Happy New Year when it comes to you and all your family.

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  19. Lovely pictures. Happy and Blessed New Year's to you and your family.

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