Antiques & Antiquing, Delicious, Inspiration, Lifestyle

The easiest recipe in the land

These days I am concentrating (quite) hard on abstaining in an effort to look ‘fabulous at forty’ which is on the horizon. It ain’t easy and I am alway looking for shortcuts while trying to enjoy those simple pleasures in life (like, for example, a cheeky glass of chardonnay in the sunshine )

So I heard rumours about this bread and decided to give it a go last night. It could. not. be. easier.

 

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I took a 500gr tub of low fat natural yoghurt and emptied in a bowl, then filled it twice with organic porridge oats and poured them in, a teaspoon of bread soda and I grated some cinnamon (optional). mixed it all together, poured it into a greased loaf tin and chucked it in the oven at 180 for an hour.

and that is it

have just had a slice with my sister’s gooseberry & elderflower jam and a cup of tea

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Deelish!

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Photographs & Styling by me

Spring blossoms from down the road

butter dish from Industry Design

teaspoon from an antiques shop in the mountains

knife from my Granny

plate by Judith Rowe at Made in Hastings

napkin from Cabbages & Roses

jam dish by Hilary Jenkinson at Crannmor Pottery

metal tray from Avoca Mount Usher

bud vase from Petersham Nurseries

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Inspiration, Interior Style

Harbour Blues

All those hues drawn from the harbour and the changing colours of the sea can be reflected in your interior…..

 

painting tongue & groove panelling a pale turquoise

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a deeper blue on painted floorboards

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a John Derian bedroom – photo by Martyn Thompson

 

 

painted teal walls – making a strong statement

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image from Acoustic Garden

 

Highlighting period woodwork in softer smokey blues ….

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Arne Maynard’s house – image from the Interior Archive

 

or in a more subtle way painting one piece of furniture…

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teal tiles – very apt in a bathroom

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image via OWI

 

or the watery blues can be displayed with coloured glass like these antique soda siphons and bottles

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paint your stairs this cool blue

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a suggestion of seaside living with this textured blue bedspread

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this blue throw from Avoca has all the colours of the harbour and can be ‘thrown’ on a bed or a chair or hung as a wall hanging…

 

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if you have acid soil and therefore blue hydrangeas, it is a simple way of introducing blues in natural way

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as always you can use artworks as a way to introduce decorative colour to your room, like this etching by Niall Naessens 

 

 

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available through my Home Curation Service

 

 

 

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DIY, Floral & Gardens, Inspiration, Interior Style

Making an Entrance 1

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I am lucky enough to be a volunteer gardener at the world renowned Mount Usher Gardens (or maybe they are lucky to have me and my sunny disposition, I don’t know). I work alongside the Head Gardener Sean with Minnow & Max (his two jack russels) in tow. Then there is Emma, Graeme, Noel and Si each with their own talent & passions that they dedicate the Gardens. It is hard to believe such a small number of people are caretakers to such an expanse of stunning natural beauty.

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Anyhow I will write about the gardens themselves and all their glory in a separate post, today I want to write about our new entrance in to the gardens. Some industrial buildings have been lying empty for the past few years – commercial space that had become unused since the ‘downturn’.  It was a sorry blot on the beautiful landscape of the courtyard at Mount Usher which is tended to by Sean and his team. Here we have the garden restaurant, and the fantastic garden shop – which is where I buy all my plants and pots and any gifts I am ever buying for people – I could not do without it, there is also a handy Avoca deli for artisan foodstuffs and Strawbridges which is great for home  items,  especially good for tablecloths as well as furniture. I digress… up to now the entrance to the finest example of William Robinson’s way of gardening was a small (but beautifully simple) gate. Now Avoca have cleverly incorporated that empty building so it has become a more befitting entry to the gardens that lay ahead – with a nod to the history of the gardens

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Ros, Avoca’s talented and tireless stylist has created an airy space with museum style cabinets full of historical paraphernalia to peruse, including a lovely tribute to head gardeners past and present….

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They have also made use of the existing stove and added some apt decorative touches throughout …

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We are enticed to enter the gardens with style –  with the use of paint colours that sit so beautifully with the greens of nature,  simple wainscotting and recycled windows…

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Old fashioned …in a good way…. well worth a visit.

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