It's half term here this week, so I am home slobbing about with the Little Peeps, relaxing and unwinding and generally trying to be as lazy as possible. J is home from work for the week too, although he isn't quite as good at slobbing as we are. This morning, despite the grey skies and threat of imminent rainfall, he managed to chivvy us all out of our pyjamas and out into the cool of the morning to Take A Walk. It was good actually, the right thing to do, and there were only a few spots of rain. We stopped at our favourite local bakers up the road and purchased paper bags of sweet baked treats, then walked up the hill, past the chickens, behind the castle and into the damp woodland. A stop beside the pond to tuck into those paper bags (mmmmmmmm caramel shortbread), then on up the steep steps to emerge in the open. I didn't have my camera with me or else I would be showing you pictures of twigs and green moss and waterfalls and a beeeeeautiful carpet of snowdrops. You'll just have to imagine all that, see it in your minds eye, if you don't mind.
What I can show you are the things I brought home with me. Some little twigs of sweet catkins plucked from the fallen branch of a tree. Such shocking storm damage, it was heart breaking as the tree was quite considerable in size and had been completely snapped in half. But I didn't feel bad about bringing the catkins home in my bag to make a lovely little posie with some snowdrops from my front patch and some of the bendy-droopy narcissi from my mantel. I love assembling a little posy of seasonal stems to pop into my old ink bottle, it really does give me such a lot of pleasure to do this simple thing.
I also brought home these scrumptious leafy clementines that I picked up from the market on our way home through the town. Ten for one pound, their incredible colour and fresh zesty presence on the table gave me a little heart flutter. And oh my, the taste. It's the taste of sunshine for sure, so juicy and sweet and a fabulous antidote to a grey English winter.
Mollie Makes arrived through the post this morning too. I have been a subscriber from the very first issue, but to tell the truth I am about to end my subscription as I don't always find a lot in those pages that makes my heart leap these days. It is a tad too On Trend for me, lots of cool, quirky designery people doing cool, quirky designery things. It is a bit too over-styled for my taste too, but that's just my personal opinion and I can see that it's still a very well loved magazine for many. Funnily enough, the thing I most like about browsing this magazine is the advertisements. I love to find new people, new shops, new sources of creative inspiration, and today I felt like I unearthed a diamond.
The diamond is delightfully called The Homemakery, an online shop selling yarn, fabric, haberdashery and papercrafts. This is a truly beautiful wesbite. Very visual, charming, wonderfully designed and inspiring from the start. The products for sale at the Homemakery are really scrumptious, just look at these ribbons!!!!!!!
And this wonderful bakers twine too, oh yum yum! There is so much to tempt in this gorgeous place, and it gave me such a lift just skipping from item to item, drinking in the colour and the creative possibilities. There is a sweet blog too. I love making new discoveries like this. Do you have any favourite places on the www that you can recommend? Anywhere you routinely go to when you want to feel inspired? Do share!