A few short weeks ago, I mentioned that something rather exciting had taken place at our cottage, remember? And so as the title suggests, today's the day that the magazine in which our little pad is featured has gone on sale on newsstands. Eeek!
A copy came through over the weekend, we raced back from the SVR on Sunday night to devour it and see that the team at BBC Homes & Antiques magazine have done a pretty fine job on the article.
I think some of the photos are a little pale but it was such a rubbish day weather wise and the cottage a bit on the dark side anyway, that the shots are actually quite remarkable. The cottage is full of all sorts of vintage goodies we've collected and the photos capture all the lovely detail.
I've only shown a few pages from the article, of course you can see the whole thing in glorious technicolour between the pages of this great magazine (August issue). This is their "vintage special" edition so there is much to drool over. You will probably learn a few things about us as a family if you read Katie's kind words and maybe have a chuckle as I did, at seeing in print my confession as to my obsession with eidys, age 10 (and more)!
I'm happy to say that the photos in the article are a very good representation of our home. It's always pretty sick and span because I am a bit of a tidy freak and as we do not live there all the time, we have the luxury of keeping all our other hoarded junk back at home in London! But it is most firmly, a real home.
Pretty flowers were drafted in, some roses from the garden, lots of cakes and scones baked, much dusting done and finally, we donned some of our fine vintage clothing but essentially, the cottage is as you see it. The H&A team made the odd little adjustment, moving a few books, teacups or vases of flowers but all the main items are exactly where they always live.
We were lucky to meet up with our photographer Bill, in the pub the night before the shoot where we had a good old chin wag over a delicious meal and a few sherbets. He and the ladies from H&A were a pleasure to work with and though I can say it was a long and even quite tiring day, it was also enjoyable. The weather was not good and we spent quite a while in the garden waiting for the sun to peep out from behind the clouds!
The team have been kind enough to let us have some of the shots from the shoot, some of which made it into the mag, some of which didn't as Bill took literally hundreds.
Some shots took time to stage with the aid of a tripod and lighting and so on but in between, Bill was wandering with his camera taking some handheld detail shots which I must say, I really like.
I hope you enjoy the article and a little peek into our lives if you get your mitts on the mag. For us, it really was a day to remember. Our thanks to Bill, Katie and Kirsty and to all those of you who have been in touch with kind words having spotted the article already, you eagle eyed bunch!