Happy New Year to you all.
It's certainly been cold hasn't it? I know you mounties in Canada are reading and thinking how feeble we Brits are (it's true, we are!) but we don't get snow very often and we do like to make a song and dance over it! We've actually been devoid of snow here in the capital until late last night. We woke up to a smattering this morning but have had steady snow fall all afternoon. The view from my den is rather nice, tucked inside all cosy and warm, thank you very much!
Today's post is a bit of a mixed bag really, just a bit of a catch up, to be followed by showing you some crafty goodies and pressies over the coming days. Got to get back into the groove and all that... Where were we then, what seems like a life time ago?
Well, we spent a lovely, relaxing Christmas in London, the furry friends were very pleased about that, lots of napping in front of the fire for them. They were so desperate to be near the warm they even deigned to share the flump for the first time ever! Now there's a sign that this is the coldest Winter for thirty years.
We shall disregard Mr HH's comment that it looked as if there was a mythical two-headed ginger beast on the flump!
Jacky-Ginge does prefer a lap if he can get one and has worked out that the Munchkin tends to spend more time sitting than the grown-up members of the household and indeed, in the run up to the big day (and after!) there was a fair bit of snuggling in front of the fire.
The Munchkin and I did venture into the West End for a nosey at the Christmas lights and for a promised trip to Hamleys (aaarrrggghhh!!!) Luckily, on the way to Hamleys, we spotted the new Anthropologie store and so in we went for a little mooch to see what all the fuss is about. It's certainly quite whacky inside. I was most interested in the basement where the homewares are situated.
A giant suspended whale. Why yes, of course, just what you would expect.
It's styled in a very eclectic fashion, shall we say. Some items weren't my cup of tea at all but there were some lovely things too which had me understanding some of our American friends' love of Anthropologie. Sadly, the stuff was pretty darned pricey.
The array of tea towels was fab! Don't snigger now, tea towels can be fabulous, you know! These beauties were all appliqued and embroidered and I deeply lusted after some but at £22 they remained on the shelf (they would certainly have to be "display tea towels"!) I came out empty handed with promises to go back in the sale.
These pot holders were lovely too but fell into the oft-uttered "I can make one of those" category!
I enjoyed a browse of this book, which I think is Australian, and has gorgeous recipes for cakes and bakes inside all with beautiful vintage styling. (Edit: Ooops, sorry my Kiwi friends! the book is in fact from New Zealand.)
The Munchkin was very good in Anthropologie as he knew a certain shop, whose name begins with "H", was just up the road! We enjoyed the window displays and mummy thoroughly loved the five floors of toys and games, obviously. Especially when it became apparent we had been in there for so long there was no time to go to Liberty!
Once Father Christmas had been and we'd had a few days rest, off we headed for the country, with the obligatory stop at a steam railway en route, of course (The Watercress Line in Hampshire).
Sadly, I then have to report that I succumbed to the dreaded cold lurgy and spent most of the next few days roughing it on the sofa, kept company by granny blankets, eiderdowns, the "Darling Buds of May" dvd (superb, or should I say, perfick!) and errm, cupcakes.
Feeling sorry for me, Mr HH helped out in the kitchen and made...a raspberry jelly. Hmm. The best jelly ever. Honestly.
Ok, he's quite cute!
The Munchkin, meanwhile, was determined to keep out the chill and it was difficult to part him from his new dressing gown, a pressie from the folks up North, despite the fact that it is for age 9-10!
Being the stoic creature I am (either that or the DVD and cupcakes ran out?), I managed to lever myself from the sofa for a day in Lyme Regis on Saturday. Well, it was a stunning day, freezing, but bright sunshine and clear blue skies. The pastel coloured beach huts along the front looked gorgeous as did all the beautifully painted quaint little houses, really the perfect photo-fodder for blogs. So I took a picture of this to share with you? Errm, well someone (could that have been me?) left the camera switched on so the battery died and errm, had also failed to pack the charger. Ooops! That's why I am so pleased you have such good imaginations, my friends! I did enjoy Lyme but I don't think the shopping is up to much. My beloved Bridport, Totnes or Ludlow are all infinitely better in my opinion. But for scenery, well it's pretty darned spectacular on such a day.
Back soon with crafty things and present-y things, ooh goody! Phew, I'm glad I'm back in the bloggy groove...