Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tuesday Treasures

 Le Manor
Here is a sneak-peek at the project we have been working on for a couple of months. 
 It will be known as the 'Manoir des Poulets'! (Manor house of the chickens)

A distant glimpse of the Manoir des Poulets
This leads me to one of my treasures which is my chickens - which, I hasten to add, I do not have just yet!
Plans were afoot, they were, they were afoot, were the plans, to collect said birdies on the weekend but - BUT - there was drama! He who never gets sick - got sick! Now when he who never gets sick, gets sick, it is usually a real doozie and this time was no exception. So there were raging temperatures, relentless pain hither and yon, anorexia, parasthesia, lassitude etc. All of which made the trip to collect said cute, fluffy, feathered insinkerators / egg machines impossible.
Now, the Manoir is not finished. So this is another slight hiccup in the whole 'fridge overflowing with eggs, cakes, lemon butter, chocolate mousse etc' plan. Sounds messy I know but I'll bet you would accept an invite when my fridge is oozing with it's bounty.
Ohhh - Okay here is a closeup - Like I said it isn't finished. There is balustrade - YES balustrade and windows to go in yet.
When it is finished; which should be any day now, or would be if he who has retired wouldn't insist on *going to work every now and then; I will post pictures of the whole wonderful building process.
Having made *that sound like something I am averse to I feel I must clarify that the times when he who has retired goes to work are simply heavenly. A weeny story -When I was very recently married, a woman, my age now, confided in me that her husband had recently retired and that she had married him - "For better or worse but NOT for lunch!" At the time I didn't really know what she was talking about but I do now!
When the girls (chooks) are finally here I will post their pics and profiles. I will photograph them until they scream for me to stop.
Thanks Melody for your Tuesday Treasures. 
Please take a look at her blog: The House on the Side of the Hill.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tuesday Treasures

Hi Everyone, I didn't have to think hard today to come up with a Tuesday Treasure hosted by Melody. It's been ages since I posted and since then I have done the last of the unpacking and found this beautiful antique Christening mug.
The inscription reads: 
Presented to 
Joshua Henshaw
XIII AUG: MDCCCLI (13th August 1851)
by his 
Uncle Joshua.
This baby Joshua was my G G Uncle. He had no children so the mug was left to my G Grandfather, John Henshaw who was baby Joshua's brother. The mug was then left to his son Herbert Joshua Henshaw and then my father Herbert William Henshaw. Dad gave it to his firstborn grandson (my son) as his own son (my brother) died at the age of 8 in 1960. 
Phew -- Long story -- Got it all?
As part of this Treasure is the place where it is kept along with all of my beautiful china and glass collection (well, most of it anyway)
This double bookcase was built by my DH, as was the whole house. 
There is still to be a large white mantle around the fireplace.
Here are some of the goodies on my shelves. Some are very old and some are very new. 
Some I bought off ebay(is that corrrect grammar?) and others were handed down to me.
A few books have made it onto the shelves too hehe. They are bookcases after all.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

I'm Back!

Today I met with some old friends and made some new ones at The Patchwork Teahouse in Warburton.
It was a fabulous day. I could hardly tear myself away but would have been alone if I had stayed much longer! Haha -
Our 'Blogging lunch' was specifically to welcome Michelle Ridgeway to 'the south'
Marina, Tracie and the gorgeous Melody
It was delightful to have the wonderful ambience and creative inspiration of The Patchwork Teahouse as the backdrop for our wonderful get together.
The guest of honour - Michelle (sorry about the glare)
We lunched sumptuously followed up for some of us with sweet yummies. After lunch the shopping began with all of us (I think) taking home a little treasure or two.
Our beautiful tags, handmade by Michelle and 'birdie' buttons by Tracey Bormann
Michelle had made us all dear little hand stitched tags and also gave us painted wooden 'birdie' buttons. Aren't they just beautiful and so special!

It took me just under 2 hours drive each way but was well worth it. Thank goodness for my Sat-nav!
The drive was actually quite beautiful, through forests of Mountain Ash and spectacular tree fern encrusted valleys - all of which were sparkling in the winter sun as it trickled through the canopy.

Thanks girls for your company .. AND ..
Thank you Melody for organizing our lovely day
Bronwyn xx