Monday, November 29, 2010

Winter Wonderland

Firstly, a big hello to everyone and thank you for all the comments. I have been visiting and reading lots of blogs, but I've been so busy this last week and I must confess I've been a little bit lazy about leaving comments. When it finally reached the weekend and I was ready to make ammends, my internet promptly crashed. And well, I'm so glad that I have such a great IP provider - I'm so pleased that they make the effort to open for a few hours on the weekend and that they don't go to peices at the first sign of snow.... (Yep, that's my sarcastic comment for the day!)

Anyhoo... As everyone in the UK has undoubtedly noticed by now - it's a wee bit chilly over here! (See my local forecast courtesy of the BBC below). I thought this would give all my fellow Aussies back home a bit of an idea of the kind of weather we're geting over here. As you can see, snow, snow and more snow - with a maximum temp of 0C for the whole week! I have to admit however, I do just love the snow. This is my fourth winter in Europe and being a born and bred Aussie, snow has yet to loose the novelty factor for me. I suppose it doesn't hurt that I work from home, so I get all the good bits and can just stay rugged up indoors when it gets too cold.

After chatting with my mum and hearing about the 36C temps in Australia, I thought I should do some exploring of the wintry landscape over here, so here are a few snapshots to share from this snowy side of the world.

Hope you're having a lovely week - whether soaking up the sun in Oz or surrounded by snow in England! xx

Monday, November 22, 2010

Fleurs and Flowers

I absolutely adore the look of a beautiful old jug filled with fresh flowers! I chose these images, because to me, these capture one of my favourite looks - country style home decorating.

Vintage decor_jug with roses

French country style

Modern country decorating_white jug on chair

Country home accessories_silver engraved jugs

Ceramic jugs with flowers_country style home decor

Vintage jug with flowers

Have a wonderful week! xx

Friday, November 12, 2010

A Friday Flower

Todays Friday Flower is for one of my close friends who lost her Dad just recently to cancer. I chose daffodils as this flower is a symbol of cancer support both here in the UK and back home in Australia. I love the idea of this sunny flower representing hope.

Of course, it's completely the wrong time of year here for dafs, but this is a bunch I picked earlier this year when these beautiful flowers were in full bloom.

For more lovely Friday Flowers, don't forget to pop by and visit two of my very lovely bloggy friends, Laura at A Place for Tea and Melissa at Miss Sew & So.

I hope you're all looking forward to a lovely weekend! xx

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Winter Wish List - English Fashion Trends

The cold weather is definitely on the way and with the weather dropping to minus 3 tonight, I think it's definitely time to put together my winter wishlist....

In very English fashion, a pair of wellington boots...

English Fashion_Wellingtons at Glastonbury

A warm winter jacket...

Winter fashion trends_jacket

A long fluffy one of these...

Rowan_winter fashion trends

I'll wrap up in one of these...

Country style home decor_crochet blanket

And make sure that I snuggle in close to one of these....

Country home decoration_inglenook fireplace

Hope you're having a great week everyone, M xx

Wellington boot photo from Washington Post site

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

An Autumn Morning at Lowther Park

About 20 minutes or so down the road from where I live there's a beautiful parkland with lots of walking trails (and lots of sheep!). At the centre of this parkland lies the ruins of Lowther Park. I was fortunate enough this Halloween to spend the morning walking in the (slightly sodden) park and surrounding area.

I didn't do much else that was especially 'Halloweeny' - but I think you'll agree that the house is suitably spooky looking and the parkland is pretty amazing with all the Autumn colours (despite the obligatory English rain). Had to take these photos with my phone unfortunately, as I couldn't take my 'baby' (my Nikon SLR) with me - she wouldn't have stood up to several hours in the rain.

Happy (belated) Halloween! xx