Tales from the Sea Garden

Tales from The Sea Garden

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Snowdrop

I took a walk along to the old bridge that crosses the estuary at Ruan Lanihorne this afternoon....

In the woods the walls are smothered in moss.

 Amazingly beautiful close-up.....

By the time I reached the church there wasn't enough sun to read the sundial on the wall, alas.

Behind the little spring a carpet of snowdrops....

Back when I was a student and visiting a friend in Oxford, a lady stopped me in the street and asked if I would care to read some of her poetry. Her name was Zoe Peterssen, and I still have the two simple handmade books of her poems which she entitled, 'Whispers from Nature'. I cannot pass these pretty white maids now without recalling to mind her words:


She bent her head
and to me whispered,
whispered softly and gently:
"pay me some attention"

The Snowdrop

 My walk began in sunshine and ended in rain, but the kind of rain that is soft and gentle as it kisses your cheek, and sends little circular waves of ripples in the puddles.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Today was like summer in February......I flung open all the doors and windows to let the warm sunshine in, shook all the rugs outside and started spring cleaning!

 Then before I opened the shop this afternoon I took a stroll down to the sea. Portscatho's very own pizza hut, 'Tatams', was open for business......

they serve the most delicious stonebaked pizzas three evenings a week (Thurs/Fri/Sat) and Sunday lunchtime, and bacon rolls on Sunday mornings. I recommend!

After closing I took a last look at the sea

Those waves just keep rolling in...........

Saturday, 7 February 2015

The velvet on this 1950's boudoir chair has faded to almost dove-grey now, but just imagine what it was like when first made, in this electric sky-blue!

The papering of the walls is still going on....and on....and on.....

A new acquisition is this wicker basket on wheels, designed I think to keep baby things in. The inner 'tray' which is ruched with a dainty rosebud fabric lifts up to reveal a lovely lined interior, the rosebud fabric again appearing in the base.

These little leather shoes are the most gorgeous colour aren't they! I've put one of Angelica's shoe painting cards next to them.

A few Valentine's Day cards; one an original Victorian fold-out card and the other two are replicas of cards from the 1920's which I make. The little boy in the combinations is picking the petals off a daisy, and underneath it reads, 'she lufs me, she lufs me not....'

The blushing girl with the pink bow is saying, 'I ain't nobody's sweetheart yet'!

 This necklace by Louise Taylor-Bowen is made from dyed vintage lace with pretty pink pearls and shells stitched on.

Happy Days everyone!  Spring is coming!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Thank you all so much for your useful and diverse comments on the matter of the old wallpaper. The shop is still in a state of transition at the moment, and I am still undecided about whether to cover it over or not. Once I have finished collaging the other walls I will get a better idea of how the room will look as a whole.

I recently came across this lovely stash of old stamps,

many of them bundled up in lots. Some of the Victorian ones have snippets of writing on. They will come in very handy when doing more collaging. 

I am just open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the moment, so if you fancy a stroll by the sea or lunch in the pub in Portscatho one of these cold Spring weekends (Yes, Spring comes early here) do pop by and see what's new!