Sunday, 27 April 2014


Sunday greetings from a wet and rainy south.  
We've had a relaxing weekend.  When the weather is kind in England, you have to get out into the countryside.   We were on a mission Hubby and I, to find a woodland full of Bluebells.  On our way to Stanstead House for morning tea we drove past a haze of blue.   We just had to stop and walk through the beautiful woodland with sunlight streaming down on the Bluebells.  What a beautiful sight! These Bluebells are indigenous and we can tell from the deep blue colour of the petals and the way the bells hang to one side.   Our Bluebells date back from the 17th century and are protected by Law, so absolutely no picking is allowed!

We later drove along the country lanes and came across this field of vibrant Rape flowers in West Marden, West Sussex, ...just so beautiful!

Enjoy the photos!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Easter and goodbyes

I hope you've all had a good Easter.   

This year, Easter also coincided with Honeybee’s 23rd birthday, so it was an eventful few days!    As well as a birthday celebration, Easter was even more special than previous years as my sister came to visit for six days before jetting off south of the equator to a place she calls home.

 Our few precious days together were spent chatting until the wee hours of the morning, catching up on a year’s worth of happenings as only sisters can.  We took long walks where we walked arm in arm together, our voices mingled with the sound of the seagulls and the wind.  I adjusted the seat on my daughter’s vintage bicycle and we went cycling together, something we had done last as children when we rode our bikes to school.  The highlight of her fleeting visit was to go up to London and watch Les Miserables and then have a meal out together.  It’s become our special thing we do together.  We are creating memories for our old age.  Moments like these are just so precious. 

In the meantime, the front door renovation continues.  The door has what they call an Edwardian Vertical Letter plate, which is a combined knocker and letter box all in one.  Until now I have to confess I had never heard of it before!  We thought about removing it altogether but then we were faced with the  dilemma of filling a fairly long hole in the door of about 7cm x 30cm.   I thought it would be hard to find a replacement, but I found a brand new one of eBay.  I went for a chrome finish as I thought it more modern and would look good with the light blue door paint.   We matched it up with a shiny chrome door knocker ring also bought on eBay!  I love it when I find exactly what I’m looking for!  I'm hoping to finish painting the door within the next week so I'll post some before and after pics shortly.

How do you celebrate Easter?

Tuesday, 8 April 2014


Hope you've all been having a great few weeks.  As some of you know I don’t have much of a garden but I do like a pretty flower or two.  My dilemma is whether to pick them or leave them in the pots.  If I had a garden full of tulips I’d be inclined to pick a bunch or two, but I've only a few and so I'm reluctant to pick them and leave the pots bare…so I guess I'm leaving them outside. 

Wish I had a garden full like these:

I've been looking at paint colours for the front door of the house project and thinking about front doors and what they say about us.  We tend to neglect the exterior and focus only on the interior, but as you approach a home, the front door is the first thing you see before you enter the house.  It’s a little glimpse in the lives of those who live behind the door
  A beautifully kept front door with a fresh coat of paint, clean handles and a neat entrance makes all the difference to the façade of a home.  On the other hand, a neglected front door is equally off putting.   

A grubby front door is one of the least attractive things about a home.  If you home inside is inspiring but your front door looks like it belongs to another home, then it’s time for your front door to get a face lift!  As far as I'm concerned, interior design starts at your front door.

So…step outside and turn around.  Take a good look at your front door.  What is it saying about you, about who lives there? 

  • Is your front door clean
  • Does it need a new paint job
  • Does the hardware need replacing
  • Have you brushed the cobwebs away lately
  • Does your front door mat need replacing
  • Are your windows and windowsills next to your front door clean

I regularly wipe down my front door, brush away cobwebs and windowsills just so it looks clean.   In Spring I love hanging up a basket full of flowers too, it makes such a difference and now that the weather’s changing, there’s no excuse.

Traditionally front door colours are usually Black, Red and Green and plain old white, but I wanted something a little different and I was prepared to go out on a limb if the client allowed me to…so initially I was drawn to the colour pink, but when I saw my client’s face I knew I was never going to get away with a pink door!

I then thought of the coming summer, clear blue skies (I'm always hopeful) and the fact that the house is fairly close to the seaside and focused on looking for the perfect blue for a front door.

Valspar have a great range of paint swatches so I came home from B&Q with a few samples of different blues. 

And this is the one we chose:

I chose Valspar Satin Finish Exterior paint for wood.  As well as giving it a new face, I’m adding some shiny new chrome door furnishings to finish it off.    I can’t wait to get started!  

What’s your door colour?  
Do share, I’d love to know!