Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoy your visit and leave with a smile! Love Thea x

Saturday, 27 July 2013

My Little Bicycle *~*



My lovely daughter knew I longed for a bike, but there was not much chance of me affording one


A few weeks ago she rang me up and told me she had been on eBay and bought me something...
so you can imagine my surprise when she wheeled this little beauty out of her garage..

I have repainted it a bit with metal paint ..strapped on a basket I found in the C shop with an old leather belt...
So today was the first day I went for a ride around the reservoir...I loved it


So in the afternoon feeling a little saddle sore I sat in the garden and read my new book...


It's so beautifully written, it's about the lonely existence of a light house keeper and his new wife and then the childless couple find a baby washed up in a boat....the start of so much love and heartache

Then I picked this perfect rose ...


to make some crystallised rose petals for cake decorating...

This is the first time I have attempted these ...




There, once they have dried I shall store them away for a baking day!

Thea xx


Saturday, 20 July 2013

A Walk Among the Rocks and Legends...




 Last Sunday we decided to take a walk (7 miles..are we mad)  up and along the Roaches a rocky outcrop local to where we live, we have been to the rocks many times but have never walked the entire length..

So walking boots on..hat, sunscreen, bottle of water and packet of Cheddars packed in to backpack we set off.

Up and up we climbed ( can you see the rock climber at the top)


Looking back across to the reservoir in the heat haze...


Across the Staffordshire countryside ...

Getting higher now ..peeping past the ancient weathered rocks..

Looking across to the Peak District in Derbyshire...

Magical stones...

Doxys Pool.. home to a mermaid but she was hiding today...

We start to walk downward towards the woods...

One last peep through as we descend...

Back down now.. and on the track to Lud's Church...

I had read about this place but had never been to it before
The church is in fact a deep chasm on the hillside above Gradbach in Staffordshire.



 As soon as you enter you understand why this incredibly atmospheric location has inspired so many legends. Apparently many visitors find the atmosphere too overwhelming and won’t go any further than the entrance.

I felt an overwhelming sense of calm and serenity,  as I walked between the damp moss and fern clad walls..looking up at the ancient twisted trees growing out above and wondering what secrets they hold.

There were many tunnels..ledges and steps to follow



 But my youngest son who was with us was ready to leave, I think he got a bit spooked by it all

So back on our way home,,,Fin and I shall definitely return

Thea xx

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Special Summer Afternoons*~*

It is such a lovely thought to have afternoon Tea in the Garden without having to worry about the weather..




So I filled a vase with Nepeta and baked a lemon sponge cake...





Tilly found some shade....




We painted the little shed this week...






Summer in the garden where mother nature plays her tune....

First vase of sweet peas...very late this year but well worth waiting for...

Thank you very much for your sweet words,, Amelie Rose is home now with her so very proud Mummy and Daddy

On her way home.....
Love Thea xx





Friday, 12 July 2013

A Little Ray Of Sunshine*~*

I have been a little bit preoccupied this week...meet Amelie Rose ..a tiny new little ray of sunshine
She was born on Wednesday after a long 36hour labour,  daughter to my eldest son and a his wife, Amelie is there first child and they are so so happy,
So as you can imagine there has been lots of worry and lots of tears and lots and lots of smiles..So I am a Nana again and I love my two little Granddaughter's too bits
Back Soon
Thea xx

Friday, 5 July 2013

Sweet Summer Days...

The summer has arrived...


We have a new garden arch ...bargain half price jobby that I have painted... just waiting for something pretty to threadle itself upon it.

Tilly chilling...... watching the bees...

Roses are smiling...



The Peonies are looking blousey...
The garden has sprung into life...









Now as the heat of the day fades...


I sit down with one of these...and drink in the sounds and scents of a warm July day, surrounded by a little bit of magic
Thea xx