Sunday, 27 June 2010


Hello friends, I have taken refuge in the garden (so sunny i can hardly see the screen), as a certain sporting event is on , and D who is not usually a foot ball fan is glued to the telly, and i would rather be boiled in oil (well sun tan cream ,damn its hot!!) than watch football..
Thought I would let you know I had a fab day on my birthday on Thursday , and share what I got up too.. Well we all went to Harrogate as a family , it was a really lovely sunny day , and after coffee in the garden and cinnamon croissants, we took the scenic route to Harrogate which is a beautiful old spar town and a shoppers Paradise, Our first stop was for more coffee.... At the institution that is Betty's tea rooms, which is a small chain of very classy old fashioned tea rooms, they make wonder full cakes, one called a fat rascal that is a bit like a fruit scone , and Delicious... a real treat ...

This is me and my lovely handsome son ( am i so proud of him or what!) sat out in the sun ( I am wearing my tesco rose special!)having a short break from shopping, he needed to recover after i spent so long in Cath Kidstons, she had started her sale on my birthday which was so good of her!!! So many things i would have liked , but i settled for some mini Stanley fabric to make Cuth bert a bandanna ( my vintage fox terrier on wheels that was my main birthday pressie), a purse and key fob, as I had bought some other cath Kidston thing from EBay... i will reveal all latter....

After visiting Toast , Laura Ashley's ,tk max , white stuff, and a fab vintage retro shop ( I try ed on a pale blue and white polka dot 50,s prom frock, ho I did love it, but it was tiny in body and length , and would not fit, probably a good job, as my prom days are well and truly over!!!

At lunch time I was treated to lunch at a great Italian restaurant called Jakes, a huge old building over three floors , great service and the food was Delicious , I had fresh tomato and basil soup, followed by sardines on ciabatta and an amazing salad, we all had the soup and we all voted it the best we ever had! they sun was pouring in ans we pretended we were in Florence!!

My son looks fed up here , but actually he was hot and starving you know how teenagers can get when they have not eaten for 30 minutes....

I found this great shop by accident ,its on station square and had some lovely, lovely things, a delight.. love the Swedish style clock, in side I noticed they sold the Danish made Maileg( Check out there website) elf's, rabbits and lovely little wooden high chairs and prams etc for there rabbits and elf's to sit in, such pretties, and you know I am getting more and more in to vintage toys, well....

My son snuck back and bought me this little Maileg pram for my birthday, Very touched by this gestures as he bought it from his first wages as he started his first job last week, He is starting six form college i Sept, and is just coming to the end of his GCSE,S. I had such a lump in my throat and said he was,nt to waste his money on me, but he did look so proud and i love it and will treasure it!!! These moments in life are precious ar,nt they?

Is,nt it sweet, with little ted taking a ride..

When we arrived home two large bouquet of flowers were waiting for me in our out building ,sent by friends, and a little parcel I had ordered from a fellow blogger and craft er, i will let you see next post..
In the evening D asked if I wanted to go out again,(AM i not spoilt?), but decided to stay in so D and Nat prepared me a lovely birthday supper and decorated the dinning room with bunting and set they table,even picking roses from the garden to decorate the table. Wont bore you with what we had, but had some lovely bubbly and a fab cake from M&S.. I had a fab evening ,but best of all spending some precious time with my boys was the best pressie....

Part of my dinning room , this room is over 45ft long and is double height at one end and was an old black smiths barn. I have not really shown you this room ,don't know why, i will show you more if you would like ? let me know. In all I had such a great day, did not want it to end,, when you have had such a great day, its hard to slip back into the next work day, but every body wished me happy birthday next day and more cake was partaken , (i dare not weigh my self!!) Can you over dose on cake, if so book me into the priory clinic!!


  1. Hi Linda, it sounds like you had a perfect birthday and were well and truly spoiled by your boys. The little pram is gorgeous and definitely something to be treasured, my daughter is the same age but no sign of her getting any sort of holiday job. Can't wait to see Cuthbert in his new bandanna.
    Ann x

  2. What a wonderful birthday treat.
    Thanks for the tip off about The Country Home time I'm in Harrogate I will have to pop in, didn't know it was there either!
    Love that Swedish clock too...
    Julie x

  3. What a perfect day you had for your birthday...and your son sounds like a real sweetie...although I know it's not 'cool' to say that!
    LOVE that CK fabric and how kind of Cath to put on a sale especially for your birthday! ;0)

    Bellaboo :0)

  4. What a lovely day out you had - HaPpY BirThdaY to YoU!
    Love the look of that shop, and that lovely doggy fabric from CK!

  5. What a fab birthday you had!! The 'boys' did you proud. I'm very envious.... everyone seems to forget my birthday!! think I will have to show them your blog...

    Looking forwrd to Thursday, did we say 'where and when we would meet? Till then..... x

  6. Happy Birthday! So glad you had a good day. Those boys of yours really did you proud. Of course we want to see the rest of your dinning room! Get snapping away immediately.