Tales from the Sea Garden

Tales from The Sea Garden

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Friday 30 July 2010

Not long now.......

Not long now till 'Homespun' on the 8th August... if you haven't already, go to the Homespun Fair blog and check out the list of all the exhibitors who will be coming to sell their wares. This cheeky chappy will be found on my stall, alongside some vintage homewares and vintage clothing. Can't wait to see what everyone else will bring!

Last night I so enjoyed looking at Niki's blog from July 7th where she was installing a new cupboard in her kitchen, and consequently ended up shifting just about every other cupboard in the house to make way for it! Going through her lovely home she gave us tantalising glimpses into these cupboards and her wonderful collections of shoes, hats, china, brooches...........So I have decided to follow her lead and show you all a few cupboards of my own.

Later I will take you into the kitchen, but first.................

I found this little cutie at the Shepton Mallet antiques fair a few years back and decided that I just couldn't sell it. I keep jewellery inside the two little drawers, and some of my growing collection of flower corsages and a couple of pairs of tiny leather baby shoes in the main part. Are you familiar with the photographs of the pioneer Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron? Some of her amazing portraits can be seen in the background. She often depicted scenes from the poems of Tennyson using friends and servants as models. At an exhibition of Cameron's original photographs held at the National Portrait Gallery a few years back I was thrilled to see her interpretation of a scene from the poem 'The Gardener's Daughter' by Tennyson, a poem I have always loved. Her images are hauntingly beautiful and very romantic.

You can just make out a double page from an early edition of Kate Greenaway's Birthday book, with a little rhyming ditty for each day of the year.

Along the back wall of my studio sits a large Cornish dresser (Cornish because it has drawers underneath the glazed half instead of an opening cupboard).

I used to just keep my crockery and special glasses in here, but since the dining room became my sewing studio, all kinds of haberdashery effects have found their way in......

I haven't consciously arranged everything in this cupboard, it tends to evolve of its own accord as and when I acquire some new (old) piece that I just can't possibly part with......

Have you discovered the gorgeous wool shop in Islington called 'Loop' yet? Although I haven't knitted for some years now I just can't resist buying a few hanks whenever I go in there.

Bits of French lace and silk pastel ribbons, and more fabric corsages.......

A collection of hatpins

One of my pressed plant collages

Go and take a look at Viv's latest blog. She has been making wonderful brooches out of suspender attachments like these:

Mine are still awaiting a lightbulb of inspiration to go off in my head! (The said lightbulb is put there to inspire me to get inspired)

I love old tape measures don't you? I use this one regularly, as so many things are still given in inches these days.

Now onto the kitchen! Last winter I had the great pleasure of ripping out the last of the hideous fitted cupboards that ran along the side wall. The sink was moved to its new position at the end so that I can now actually reach my window, and the cooker fitted nicely where the sink used to be. Not an easy kitchen to work with as it's long and narrow, but oh so much nicer with old free-standing cupboards.

This cupboard holds my everyday range of plates and bowls and mugs. Most of the pieces pictured are made by a great potter called Peter Swanson. The delicious pale blue glaze comes from Japanese Knotweed of all things!

My other kitchen cupboard houses the dried goods in canisters such as sugar, pasta, couscous, peppercorns, herbs etc. and also my more special china plates and cups and saucers, mostly vintage of course!

I keep nutmegs in this little bird pot by Judith Rowe.

This beautiful jug that sits in the mixing bowls was given to me by my grandmother. On a label inside she had written, 'My great-grandmother used to keep her gold sovereigns in this jug'. So that means it belonged to my great-great-great grandmother.

Hope you've enjoyed the tour of cupboards! I love to see what creative people surround themselves with, so please let me see inside some of your special cupboards sometime!

The other day when I was sitting at my work table, I suddenly heard a rumbling outside. I thought to myself, I know that sound, and I just had time to grab my camera and open the door.....

and sure enough a stonking great steam roller came thundering by at quite a fair old lick. Not long after the noise came again........

it's not everyday that not one, but two shiny steam traction engines pass right outside your front door! (I wonder how they managed to negotiate those wretched speed bumps....) x x x

Sunday 4 July 2010

Trevoole Farm Garden

Last night at Jane's birthday party Sue Dove told us about this amazing garden that she had visited that afternoon, and so today Jane, Ian and I set off to see it for ourselves. It was open over the weekend under the National Gardens Scheme. The weather was not on our side alas, rather mizzly (typically Cornish), which meant that we couldn't sit on the wonderfully decorated tables and chairs artfully arranged around the garden. But it didn't hamper our enjoyment of the place one bit, for it was truly enchanting.............

In the 'patchwork potager' there was a rather ingenious use of old stairway banisters, and a fence of vintage cloths.

An outside 'lounge' with growing plants embedded into the armchairs

An old Morris with comfy mattresses for a lie down when the backache from digging gets too much

Meanwhile in the cosy summerhouse, tea and homemade cakes were being served

in vintage china cups of course!

A mouthwatering display of cakes and scones

Jane, Angela and Sue enjoying the atmosphere

Everything on display was vintage, beautifully and thoughtfully arranged without being predictable, and above all it felt homely

Turn a different corner and another delightful arrangement greets your gaze

Beth and Travis who own Trevoole Farm use the old farmhouse as a holiday let

The attention to detail inside is wonderful, a real home-from-home

Just look at the laundry room - all those vintage fabrics!!!!

The little back garden is delightful with palest pink roses overhanging the patio

and a table and chairs for dining al fresco

This is Beth at the entrance to her shop housed in one of the old stables

Yes, there is a shop selling vintage things as well! Can the place possibly be more perfect?

I don't think so........

Angela succombed to temptation and bought this green kitchen dresser

And I bought some of the lovely pottery; a jug, a mug and a cute little collander. The lovely lady who was manning the shop was actually holidaying in the farmhouse, and stayed on a few extra days to help out!

Angela having a slight panic about how much she's spent!

The old stable's cobbled floor and rough walls really give the shop a uniquely rustic air, I loved it!

Beth and Travis keep a few pigs in this sty, but unfortunately they were all asleep and out of sight

Another lovely outside seating area

This is the barn where Beth and Travis live, and they were very kind enough to let us nose about inside.....

A plethora of beautiful vintage fabrics everywhere, and I admired the way they had kept the barn's rustic character

The larder!

The laundry room!!!!

The wonderful homely kitchen/come sitting room

They have gone to such trouble sourcing all the authentic fittings

It is truly the most inspiring house and garden I have ever seen; I am still reeling from the visual feast for the eyes. I do hope you have enjoyed looking around too.