Saturday, 15 January 2011


This last seven days have been bliss.. I have been taking a weeks holiday from work ,a much needed rest to recharge my batteries and just breath... and have time ,those of you who work full time will know exactly what I mean, don't know just how many times I utter the words I don't have time..... well this week I did .. I had a stay cation is that the right word when you have a holiday at home?
We are hoping to go to France and possibly Cornwall latter in the year ( fingers crossed) for a proper holiday, but this week i didn't make plans ,I just did things as and when, I pottered in the house, rearranged things , I don't know about you but I always think the house looks rather dull ,colourless after the Christmas decs come down, so I have been craving colour, don't know if you remember my post about buying these mirrors at a car boot in the summer ,well I managed to get them up at long last on the newly decorated walls of the dining room , i am rather pleased with them and I will look out for more of these this year as I would like to add to the group..
I love fresh flowers (don't we all?) and treated my self to theses again to bring colour into the house ...

think they go well with my vintage red enamel candle stick

Do you rearranged your things , regroup, I think it makes you look at thing with fresh eyes ,just before Christmas I bought this lovely Nursery set by the saintly Cath from where I work ,We sell bits of Cath Kidston , the egg cup was broken by a customer ,so I got it at a bargain price, ad of course you know i wouldn't be able to resist as its got my fave little dog on..

Bright yellow ans so cheery ..

I also fell for this vintage style french chocolate sign, which I bought from a little vintage /interiors shop called NO 8, which has just opened in Thirsk, North Yorkshire , it has fab things , I had gone over to have lunch out with a friend , and this little shop beckoned me in... just had to have it as it goes so well with my other sign..

I know I have showed you my kitchen before,but saddo I am I wanted to show you my new kettle( our old one went bang, things don't last as long as they used to don't you think?)

Its a morphy Richards and though it had a retro look, well its been put to work a lot this week keeping supplied with a stream of Earl greys, As I have put my feet up and read my book ,i have been reading this biography of the Brontes for weeks now and I spent some guilt free time engrossed in their world

its a very scholarly read rather monumental , a meticulous book which looks into the life of the Brontes , but for those with a love of there work and worlds ,
fantastic, I could now appear on master mind, with no passes and a high score!!

So what else have I done with my precious week, I have become a lot more chilled, almost as chilled as my cat Malachy who was fast a sleep in this positions...

Spent time with the furry babies, having cuddles and naps between all that tea on the sofa,,,
But have also had the pleasure and luxury of meeting with Friends for coffees , some for lunch and some for dinner, I have been to York twice( to meet up with different people)Harrogate , Easingwold, Thirsk and many other destinations in Yorkshire.. so you see I did leave the sofa..

I also had a trip to the beautiful world heritage town Durham , its a fab university city, and we saw a wonderful procession of 100,s of mortar and gowned students entered the cathedral, had a fab lunch and visited a great shop with the wonderful name of Mugwups , which you can find on saddler street, this shop sells gifts etc , but upstairs it has wonderful cloths ,Noa Noa, sandwich, Darling, and the Irish Avoca range, which are just so lovely and different ,but a bit pricey, but to my delight there was a 70% sale on the odd item , so as it was my holiday and rather cloudy and grey outside and my thoughts turned to summer and I bought this yummy top..

Pale blue dotty with a sweet brooch with Celtic writing ,

Ideal for my proper holidays and I was chuffed as I had wanted some thing Avoca for ages. This week has flown by , but I do feel refreshed , recharged ,connected to my civi life again ,Its hard getting the work /home life thing balanced isn't it, felt I was getting off balance a bit , but I am ready to jump on the tight rope again ho yes I am, until next time lovely friends, x x .


  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful week and a much needed rest. It is lovely to enjoy pottering round home, I do the rearranging thing, I'm always tweaking!! Love the picture of your dog and cat snuggled up.
    Jo xx

  2. I'm ALWAYS rearranging things in our house..I love it! Poor Mr Boo must think he's come home to the wrong house sometimes! Love your kitchen...and all your finds.Glad you had a lovely 'staycation'. :0)

  3. I think a stay-cation is sometimes even better than a holiday - no pressure whatsoever. Sounds like a lovely week xx

  4. What a lovely, restful week you have had and some great days out. Glad you enjoyed it.


  5. Oh, sounds like a fab, relaxing week - well done! I've got that kettle in black - cool, isn't it?! I envy you the top - it's lovely! Abby

  6. What a lovely week you've had. I love Avoca but it's very pricey, so lucky you for grabbing a bargain. Louise

  7. OOh you came to Durham! I have never been in that shop. Too small for a pram as are most nice shops!

    Sounds like you had a lovely week. x

  8. Your week off work sounds fab, busy but relaxing. It is so good to re-charge after the Christmas rush. I too have just had a week off and I feel ready to face the world again. The answer to you question..I am from Northumberland. Enjoy your week back to work.
    Denise x




  10. Sounds like a lovely relaxing week off. love the photo of Malachy :)

  11. Oh I love Avoca, Glad to see you had a lovely week off, Love Helen

  12. Hi Linda,
    You have certainly made the most of your time off. Re arranging, re grouping, pottering and generally faffing about sounds good to me!
    New College, Durham this Sunday 23rd if you can make it....
    Julie x

  13. Charming blog...a great sense of time and place

  14. Mmmmm...think I would like your last week!

    Loving your blog - and your mention of The Bronte sisters reminded me of a time we took our (much younger then) boys to Howorth and on the journey told them all we could remember about their lives. As we parked the car a little voice said "those girls sound great, can't wait to meet them"! How disappointed they were....

  15. Hello, I've just come across your blog and thought I'd say hi. I've just started writing about my secondhand and vintage finds and have been looking for other people in the uk who do the same. I love your tulips and enamel candle holder - I'm waiting for a blue and white one I just won on ebay. I think it will live in my bathroom. How lovely to have a week off - I don't work at the moment but do have 2 little boys so would very much appreciate some time to myself!

  16. A well deserved vacation from work. Love your cheery kitchen!

    I think you are so fortunate to live within easy driving to such wonderful historical places. I am so crazy about those old English towns and the architecture that goes with them.