Monday, 31 October 2011


Happy Halloween everyone!

kids + chocolate + sweeties = noise

Mwaa ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Sunday, 30 October 2011

stationery porn........

oh i do love a bit of beautiful stationery and pattern
and these feed my addiction wonderfully!

stripe and field

Friday, 28 October 2011

It's friday!

Well half term is nearly over and the cheeselets are still 
having far too much fun 
(and not a drop of homework has been done......mmmmm).
At one point yesterday I had SEVEN kidlets running amok armed with an ipad filming themselves (all apparently downloaded onto youtube - great as there were piles of ironing, dirty washing and the remainders of a week's worth of kid clutter around the house, well that won't win me any interior design points will it!

Today my large-haired eldest has his second round of allergy testing.  The first lot alarmed his consultant as he tested positively high for 12 out the 14 he had.  Today he has 15 more, including lots of nuts, fish and shellfish.  Poor wee thing.
So here's a picture of something 
to cheer us up a very foggy autumnal day.
Happy friday lovely peeps

Thursday, 27 October 2011

blown me away........

(no pun intended!)
Whilst wandering through Pinterest (I seriously have an addiction), I stumbled upon this most beautiful installation of 2000 dandelion clocks by german artist regine ramseier

Absolutely stunning! 

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

out and about - saltburn

we went up to see Mr Cheese's parents at the weekend
and had a stroll on the beach at Saltburn.
There were lots of brave souls windsurfing (brrrr!)
We took the cliff lift up to the top, as it's quite a steep climb
and we were feeling flush.
It was a crisp, sunny, autumnal day and the sea air was wonderful.
We ventured on to Whitby and had fish & chips for lunch
(well it's rude not to!)

Saturday, 22 October 2011

too much to do!

You know when you've promised to do lots of things,
thinking you'll have time and then when it comes to 
getting it done life gets in the way and all the 
hours in the day slip away.........
This shall be my new mantra 
(and I shalt not go near pinterest for a week - yeah right!)

Friday, 21 October 2011

it's a bit chilly.......

so because lovely dawn over at pop-i-cok has succumbed to a little puppy (and my isn't she a cutie) and my kids are on and on and on and on and on and on about getting a pooch, here are little lovely hot wheaty bag warmers.
(they doesn't need taking for a walk!)

Thursday, 20 October 2011

christian the lion

A few weeks ago I was told this amazing story about Christian the lion.

Back in 1969, when it was still legal, Australian John Rendall and his friend Ace Berg, bought a lion cub from Harrods.  His name was Christian.

He lived the high-life and was regularly seen in the back of a bently cruising down the Kings Road.  He spent his days lounging in a furniture shop and gained admiring and terrified glances from passers by.

When he grew too big for their apartment and the cost of his care became too much, they decided to release him back to the wild.  Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the film Born Free, met Christian when they visited Rendell and Bourke's furniture shop and suggested they seek the help of kenyan conservationist George Adamson (who with the help of his Joy, had released Elsa the lioness back into the wild).  They agreed to take him to his compound in Kora National Reserve.

A couple of years later they decided to visit Christian at the compound.  Adamson warned them that he probably wouldn't recognise them after so many years.  However after a cautious approach, Christian bounded over to them and smothered them with hugs and kisses.  It's such a wonderful heartwarming reunion.

See it here youtube
images via daily mail and google

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

a little bit of what you fancy........

I had a frustrating day of computer nonsense at work!

And I'm off to the see my surgeon at the Royal Free now.  
Too much going on in my cheese head.

So here's a little bit of Mr Newman to brighten up your morning.........swoon!

via the lovely blog pelincha pelincha

Monday, 17 October 2011

wonderful wire sulptures

These wire sculptures are just wonderful.
Check out the whole collection here de beaux souvenirs

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Come on Wales..........

And we were singing hymns and arias,
Land of my Fathers, Ar hyd y nos

They'll be singing today.

(Hell they're even flying the Welsh flag over 10 Downing Street)

thanks to Chris Evans for making it a Welsh week, I especially loved the male voice choir and harp playing (oh and the Tom Jones songs, obviously!)

Friday, 14 October 2011

jo pond jewellery

This work by Jo Pond has left me speechless!
All absolutely stunning.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

grass art - ackroyd and harvey

These amazing large-scale works of living art by
ackroyd and harvey are mind blowing.

I love everything about their work.
read more here this is tomorrow.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

art from buttons

Aren't these just fab?
They have been created by british artist, jane perkins
I love an old button or two.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

money trees

Whilst on a trip up to Portmeirion a few years ago we stumbled upon a tree trunk with a couple of coins hammered into it. We added our own coins and made wishes, without really knowing what it was all about. It seems this tradition has grown and now there are several trees adorned with coins.

The legend of the Money Tree states that coins that fall from it, are wishes that will not be granted. Many people believed that by making offerings to these various spirits that in turn they would be granted wealth, happiness and love.

Long may this odd little ritual continue and we will add to them when we next visit.

bob reid
empty james

Monday, 10 October 2011

etsy love - teeny furniture

love love love these little things

Friday, 7 October 2011

stitching with julie arkell

Whilst sitting in a dark hole earlier this year just after my dear mum passed away,
I booked a course with the lovely julie arkell at west dean college,
and last weekend i attended the
'objects of curiosity, making, patching, stitching and darning'.
It was so relaxing and creative!
After a lovely dinner we sewed till 10 o'clock making a fabric daisy.
The following morning we were eager to get stitching and made a buttercup, heartease, ragwort and a poppy.
There was deep concentration, laughter, coffee and biscuits, the apple fair, stitching, fabric envy, lunch, more apples, chat, lost needles, a heatwave, sewing, darning, rifling through a vintage suitcase of Julie's precious fabrics and apples!

It was a wonderful weekend, thank you Julie for your patience
and immense creativity, thank you fellow stitchers for making me
laugh and sharing what was a special weekend.

And a BIG thank you to lovely Karin for a comfy bed, glass of
wine and a catch up too x

(oops I seem to have picked up a course brochure and Julie has several
more weekends coming up.......)