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Hand Delivered To The New Home Owners- Yippee!

Heirloom Quilt For New Home, Rocking Dog

Heirloom Quilt For New Home

“A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams” William Arthur Ward

On Wednesday evening I found myself travelling London-bound by train with Andyman and Real Live Rocking Dog. For Andyman a Thursday meeting beckoned, and for me a visit to my two lovely girls and to my sister’s family. We took the recently finished Rocking Dog quilt and Moet to celebrate a “new” house for Sorrel & Pete. London house buying has been an arduous and frustrating year long process for them, and I am so pleased they persevered.

Before the embarkation, there was the small matter of picking wild garlic. I went out on a spying mission along the Frome on Tuesday and found clumps ready to pluck. I made the decision to pick the crop early on Wednesday morning. Wednesday dawned, and with it the realisation that there had been VERY heavy rain overnight. The path was now in places under a foot of water, and hopes of picking the wild garlic were very precariously waterlogged! Not wanting to arrive in London without a crop for recipe testing I persevered on slightly less soggy terra firma. I hope Abel and Cole appreciate the efforts us sub-contracted foragers go to for providing test ingredients!

Today started with a dog walk and coffee and cinnamon buns in Hej Coffee, Bermondsey Square. Lovely to find a place that welcomes dogs through their door, serves great coffee, delicious cake and in a calm creative environment. Real Live Rocking Dog and Dougie Scott thank Hej for the Bonio’s! Real Live Rocking Dog enjoys walking (and eating!) in new places and seems to take the train and Tube very much in his stride. He’s a well travelled boy!

A quick view of the new property in Plumstead followed. Lots to do, but plenty of potential. An exciting but somewhat daunting phase for the couple. There are so many lovely things to go into the little house, but remember Sorrel that “The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it”! Ralph Waldo Emerson. Sorry Liv’, I didn’t quite get the time to see your Hackney pad. Hope there’ll be another opportunity soon. I’ll come and have a cuppa around the kitchen table and enjoy 4x over girly banter!

The remainder of the day was spent somewhat ashamedly at Westfield, Stratford with both girls. Culture will have to wait for another day! Lots of trying on, but not a lot of buying. We all especially liked Cos.

Back home now in this somewhat quieter backwater the Magnolia in the garden really is trying to send out its showy blooms. The brook has receded and I hope that today’s dog walk will be somewhat less watery, especially since it transpires I have very leaky boots!

Have a wonderful weekend and I sincerely hope that the sun shines for you!

London-Bound, Rocking Dog


Yippee!!!, Rocking Dog


Sentimental Embroidery, Rocking Dog

Sentimental Embroidery

Leaky Boots, Rocking Dog

Leaky Boots

Well Travelled Boy!, Rocking Dog

Well Travelled Boy!

Magnolia 2015, Rocking Dog

Magnolia 2015

Bit Of A Vintage Week!

Luminous Mary's Praying For A Good Home, Rocking Dog

Luminous Mary’s Praying For A Good Home

Yesterday the hot weather bought with it a trip to the Frome Independent Market. Run on the first Sunday of the month from March through to December- it is FAB”! The streets were thronging with an assortment of amazing stalls selling delicious artisan foods, plants, crafts, vintage loveliness, handmade clothes etc.. etc…

A particular favourite with me was “The Bakemonger”, selling cakes that were worthy of their own art exhibition! Unfortunately my photo’s of anything Frome are few and far between- life was chaotically busy in its quirky hilly streets.

I enjoyed catching up with Michele of Cowboys and Custard again and bought some of her delightful little “lucky bags”. Filled with vintage twiddly bits I look forward to embellishing cards, parcels etc… with this batch of frou! Andyman and I also bought some old garden tools which we are going to use to decorate our new fence. It all looks rather too pristine at the present time, and as this area is eventually going to be a productive kitchen garden (!) we felt the tools appropriate in providing a sweet backdrop.

Apart from the wonderful stalls, the shops in Frome are worth visiting. I loved a shop called “Seed” selling beautiful jewellery, pottery, scarves etc…Whilst at the top end of the town there was a shop called “Life of Riley” with a cornucopia of eccentric junk.. loved the enamel bucket lamp shade! Meanwhile next door there was a TRULY fabulous vintage clothing emporium “Donna May Vintage”… yummy!

I’d have loved more time to browse, drink coffee, listen to the live music and to continue enjoying the buzz of this delightful market town. Oh well here’s to September!

Earlier in the week I visited Bradford on Avon, not a million miles away from Frome and there chanced on a lovely vintage clothes shop called Frank and Elsie.
I was hoping to finally get to Mr Salvat’s for coffee, but alas he was at market according to his sign! I love the rather Dickensian appearance of Mr Salvat’s door and hanging sign. I will need to come back on another occasion to acquaint myself with Mr Salvat and to sample his wares! Mr Salvat does appear to prefer his quill pen to the web- so no snazzy pictures of his breeches, garden or edible offerings.

Two very pretty towns both with historic links to the wool and weaving trade and both thriving with proudly independent shops and markets. Hallelujah!

Plastered!, Rocking Dog


Life Of Riley, Rocking Dog

Life Of Riley

C&C Lucky Bags, Rocking Dog

C&C Lucky Bags

Vintage Twiddly Bits!, Rocking Dog

Vintage Twiddly Bits!

Frank & Elsie, Rocking Dog

Frank & Elsie

Pom Pom Hat, Rocking Dog

Pom Pom Hat

Drat! It's Wednesday!, Rocking Dog

Drat! It’s Wednesday!

Dickensian Coffee, Rocking Dog

Dickensian Coffee

Good Knocker, Rocking Dog

Good Knocker