"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

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Springtime In England

Hello Dear Readers
I thought you all might like to see a little update of what has been happening here in the English Countryside.
In February we spent a truly beautiful break away visiting our friends in Somerset.
We stayed in their beautiful old English thatched cottage & spent each day with them, it will be a little holiday that will always hold a special place in
my heart.

Our first view of Lilac Cottage when walking in, it is such a pretty & restful place.

The twins bedroom at Lilac Cottage, Hinton Saint George, Somerset.
We have never been to such a beautiful holiday cottage.

We missed George so much but there was still a cat at Lilac Cottage.

Last month the twins turned 9, time is flying by far to fast.
They decided they would like a homemade Afternoon Tea to celebrate.

Kitty deciding what she fancies.

They choose a sponge cake for their Birthday Cake with strawberries & cream.
Daisy made these beautiful tea bag biscuits & other treats.

The birthday girls.

Still little girls at heart.

Our Easter Table.
All of our children came for Easter Sunday & our two little Granddaughters.
It was a very special day with all the family together.

A family photo taken on a day out at Stratford Upon Avon a couple of weeks ago.

I am sorry it has taken me so long to do this small update but due to homeschooling, health issues & trying to live a more simpler life it just hasn't been possible.
Wishing all my dear readers a very happy Springtime.
Fondly Michelle


  1. No matter how long , Its always a pleasure to read your blog , Such a beautiful cottage too and the afternoon tea looks so delicious xxx

    1. Bless you & thank you xx

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  2. I'm always delighted when you post. I don't mind the gap between posts just so long as you post occasionally. What a lovely birthday tea : )

  3. So lovely to see you today, Michelle, and to read all about your recent happenings. The afternoon tea looks so nice!

  4. How lovely to have a little catch up. Hen's Cottage is gorgeous isn't it :-)

  5. It's always a joy to read your lovely blog. I'm so happy that you and your dear family enjoyed such a wonderful holiday. I wish you all the blessings of spring. Pat 🌷

  6. Lovely seeing this (even though I saw it on your Facebook page earlier). What a wonderful holiday and that cottage was so "you". All that baking must have been well received as it looks SO tasty.

    I hope that your health issues are sorted soon and of course, home schooling has to come first, but your posts are always eagerly awaited and greatly enjoyed.

    1. Thank you very much, I'll try & post more often.
      Fondly Michelle

  7. I love reading your blog post. Hope health gets better soon

    Julie xxxxxx

  8. Life and all it's complications does have a habit of getting in the way of what we'd really like to be doing. Good to hear about your families journey...those girls are rocketing upwards! x

    1. They are growing too fast.
      Yes they do but I won't let them beat me.
      Fondly Michelle

  9. Hi Michelle,
    I found your blog a couple of weeks ago and I can honestly say it has changed my life! I have rediscovered my love of baking thanks to you (my family are thanking you a million times over!!). Also I am trying to live a more simpler life - thanks to you again. On this subject you may like the: https://down---to---earth.blogspot.co.uk/ blog which is another favourite of mine.
    I just want to say a huge thank you for showing a glimpse of your wonderful life. I love your beautiful cottage (which looks like something out of a Miss Read book!) and most of all your delicious looking baking :)
    My cookbook collection is now growing and in the summer I will try and make some jam for the first time - thank you again for the inspiration.
    I am now working my way through your Instagram account and savouring every picture and word!
    I hope your health issues get sorted out soon.
    Thanks again
    Eve x
    P.S have you got a spare attic room that I can move into?!!!

    1. This makes my heart sing to hear this Eve, I'm so happy for you.
      Fondly Michelle

  10. The girls coats are lovely!

  11. I am overjoyed finding your blog again, after some computer issues here. Lovely family & home and always a glimpse of England too. Thank you so very much Michelle. I do hope you your health has improved, and you are able to continue your blog as time permits. Your twins are adorable! Best to you & yours.

  12. Such a joy to visit and catch up with you. Belated Birthday wishes to your girls. The afternoon tea looked amazing, what a wonderful treat. Do glad the family were able to get together for Easter. Take care.

  13. Your lifestyle is inspriring. I love a simple life! I hope you feel better and resolve the health issues. Best wishes and prayers. ❤️❤️��❤️❤️

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