Tuesday, 28 April 2009

In love with lilacs

Vases of these wonderful flowers in every room. I am so in love with lilacs. Giddy with happiness the day I returned home with them, so glad such simple things complete my life. Already a little sad that their short life will be over before long, I still smile each time I walk in and see them. What are your favorite flowers?

Things that inspire

I have been finding time to put together a few more Estate sale boxes. This is the first one and I just love the contents. So pretty like a summer garden.

Monday, 27 April 2009

thanks Dad x

A sunny four mile round trip on foot to acquire a basket brimming with beautiful lilacs. My little ipod the soundtrack to my day. Bob Dylan on the uphill stint. Fred Astaire while the ducks bobbed up and down on the lake. Fleet Foxes as the sun turns my sheer skirt transparent and Led zeppelin as I clipped the branches. Thanks to my Dad for sharing his garden with me. If only Mum was nearer I would have popped in and left a big bunch of these in a vase on her table for her. More about these pretty little flowers later. I am late again!
bye x

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Sun and lilacs

Sunny happy Sunday. The laundry is done. The kitchen is clean. The bed is made. I am leaving to walk in the sun and clip some lilacs from my Dads garden. Heres wishing you a lovely day too x

Friday, 24 April 2009

Made by Hank

Just popping my head in to say thanks for your lovely comments about my castle visit. It was such a lovely day. I just don't know where this week has gone? I hope this Sunday is as sunny.

I also had to post about these beautiful bags. All are hand stitched by Katie Henry and are available from Katies shop. Found via chelsea's blog.

I am also quite taken with the simple outfit used in the styling of these photos.

All images from Made by Hank.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Castle garden

Just revisiting my day out that was Sunday. Spent with my family at Leeds castle in Kent. Wish I was outside again today. There was blossom of all kinds. The interior was amazing. Tapestries and oil paintings. Lovely guides sharing their knowledge. A maze and an underground grotto intricately decorated with shells and sea plants. Plus a side order of lots and lots of sunshine. Wonderful day.

Monday, 20 April 2009

The curse of the peacock feather

I am not usually a believer of good luck, bad luck stuff. I have broken enough mirrors in my life to be cursed forever. I laugh heartily at my husband as he skirts round three drain covers in a row and crosses his fingers at all kinds of nonsense. I started the day with my rose tinted specs on as usual. The pretty remains of last nights dinner party in honor of my dads birthday looked so sweet on the table.

But after picking up a couple of peacock feathers on a visit to Leeds Castle yesterday and bringing them under my roof its all gone wrong.

This morning I was hopeful. The sun was shining I was up early. Planing on spending the morning with a friend and her daughters. I arrived at the bus station in good time. Reading as I waited in the warm sun for the country bus.

8.30 no bus. No sign of bus. No "sorry there will be no bus". 9.30 next bus comes. Buy ticket for specified destination. Speedily pass turning for my stop. Realise this rookie driver has no intention of even nearing the place I need to go. Disembark at next available stop before I end up in another county. Not in the mood for spur of the moment hitch hiking I desperately call upon the mercy of my friend and am thankfully collected from my roadside position.

What an idiot. The route clearly says it should take my turn. I have caught this bus many times before. The ticket named my stop. He wasn't even sorry. Left me stranded in the middle of nowhere. I feel a very bitter letter of complaint and the booking of some driving lessons coming on.

So now I am now back home and in the last photo is the innocent image of a pretty pudding, no? An afternoon treat. Pretty and delicate wisps of cream and sugar. Okay not so innocent. Maybe even decadent for a Monday. Well as it turns out. The curse continues. Most of it ended up in my lap.

Should I let down the blinds and crawl back in to bed now, or just put the feathers out?

I hope you are having a better monday?

Sunday, 19 April 2009


This was yesterday. I hope the sun comes out today too.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Nearly forgot!

Oops nearly forgot to announce my give away winner, so before I disappear for a while. Thank you for entering and . . . .

. . . . the winner is the beautiful owner of the Etsy shop Ten things. It was her comment about mexican crepe paper flowers that finally won me over. So Ten things its you!!

Drop me a line including your address at lobsterandswan[at]yahoo[dot]com

Party sign Image from Cox and Cox

A week at my table

I have three days off, so camera in hand I hope to find some lovely things.

Thanks for all your comments about my dresses. I love to hear what you think and after a little shopping tomorrow maybe I will have all the finishing touches I need. A bold bloom for my hair. Some great shoes. Arm coverage options? Maybe if I start an intensive press up regime I can go bare armed, is there any chance SJP's personal trainer is reading this : )

Happy weekend to you.

back soon.