This Week


Thursday, 24 July 2014

Okay, so I'm a bit early with my 'This Week' post. But I have a very good reason. We're going off on holiday in the morning! Whoop! I cannot wait as I've had this trip booked since February and I've been hoping that the weather would hold as we are camping.

So these are the highlights from my past week via my Instagram feed:

^^ There is always so much planning for a camping trip isn't there? I realised that we needed some new bits and pieces for the tent so Harry and I have been running all round Leeds to buy sleeping bags, melamine and an Aeropress coffee maker. I'm really trying not to use too many online sellers for items I know I can get in my own city. Independent stores need our business and all the ones that I've used over the last few days have offered service above and beyond what you would get online or in a chain. New Orla Kiely melamine came from the always lovely Harriet at Chirpy. I love how Harriet decorates the steps up to her store and this enamel jug full of flowers made me smile.

^^ Fabulous service, great food and coffee. And those lamps! This is the Cup and Saucer cafe in Chapel Allerton, Leeds. There are so many good cafes in Leeds but this is one of the best. It had such a chilled out vibe too.

^^ Hot weather days give me major wardrobe headaches. I have very few things that I can wear that keep me cool. But one of my standby outfits is the vintage Mexican dress I bought in Glasgow a few years ago. I love the bright blue colour with the intricate embroidery and I get asked a lot where I got it. They do turn up on Ebay and Etsy fairly regularly and they keep you cool in these soaring temperatures.

^^ Finally, I'm packing for my holiday. I'm taking lots of Falcon enamelware and melamine. I can't wait to fall asleep under the stars. We're staying in a wildflower meadow and the weather forecast is looking good. I can't wait to try some local food and drink in the sunshine!

Hope you all have had a great week too. And many thanks for all your fantastic comments and messages about my son's room tour over at The Owl and the Accordion. If you haven't seen it yet, then  you can go check it out here.

Back soon. x

Bloggers at Home Guest Post


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Hi there! I was thrilled to be asked by the lovely Vicky over at The Owl and the Accordion blog if I would show my favourite room in my home. As my bedroom and living room are in a constant state of being decorated (think years!) I found myself looking at my son's bedroom. It has always been fun to do as he has gone from baby, toddler, child and now pre-teen and each stage has required different beds, desks, wardrobe size etc. Now it's all about comic books, video games and geeky technology. But still that's pretty fun to work with! Anyhoo, go check it out here. x

This Week


Monday, 21 July 2014

Hello! How are you all? Happy and healthy I hope and enjoying the summer sunshine.

Our week has been quite bonkers. We've had so little time to just chill out and instead we've been rushing from place to place. Obviously work has played a part in this but coupled with it being end of term and Harry's final week of primary school, it's been a bit of a whirlwind. We've had leavers' assembly, prom (I'm so glad I have a boy, parents of girls beware, it's all cocktail dresses, high heels and make-up!) choir concerts, fish and chip parties ( Harry had the vegetarian option) and there have been a lot of tears at saying goodbye to a school he has been in since he was two years old. He went to playgroup, nursery and primary there so it's a huge change for him. I, on the other hand, am thrilled at not having to do the school run anymore or make packed lunches ever again! Today was our last ever day and it's been very emotional too. There have been many tears.

Anyhoo, here is a little catch up from my favourite Instagram images this week:

^^ A quick trip to the Nature Reserve to take in some fresh air and enjoy all the butterflies buzzing around the buddlejas.

^^ The wildflowers were also in full bloom and the pink scabious were particularly beautiful. Back home I had cut some of my own garden flowers - scabious, buddleja, veronica, vintage stocks and gaura. I popped them into a little cup and sat them on the dining table. The scent was intoxicating.

^^ Blue details. My vintage teapot filled with the stunning flowers from my Coreopsis plant. Such a simple, delicate head but so pretty.  And as it's been so hot it was time to get my vintage Mexican dress out of the cupboard. I love the colour along with the bright embroidery.

^^ Yesterday I made some Salted Caramel Fudge as a leaving present for my son's teachers. I'm not a huge fan of presents for teachers and often don't bother as some years I have found the teaching sadly lacking. But when it's been a good year, like this one, I felt it important to make a little something to say thank you. And what says thank you more than fudge?! So I popped some in a gift box and kept a few pieces back for my own personal use!  Recipe is from here if you want to check it out.

Have a good week all. Thanks for reading and a big welcome to all new readers of Little Birdie. x

This Week I have been:

Reading the new issue of Lionheart magazine.
Coveting the new collection from Toast. Especially this tunic.
Eating Red Lentil and Beetroot Burgers. Surprisingly delicious as I'm not a fan of beetroot but am trying to like it!
Daydreaming about sitting on a clifftop. Only 4 days until we go on holiday.
Watching the finale of Orange Is the New Black. Please come back soon, I miss you.

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