Wednesday Wants: More for the garden

Whilst I was looking for garden tools for last week’s Wednesday Wants post, I came across so many other lovely gardeny things that I just had to write another post about some of the things I’ve found! As I mentioned, we’ll soon be moving to a new home, and as we’re finally buying (yippee!) we can really make it our own and invest some real effort into the garden. There’ll be lots of planting and re-arranging I’m sure, but I’d also love some pretty furniture and other things to go out there….hence this list!…..

I just adore festoon lights, and I’d love to drape them all across the garden for evenings outside.

I can’t wait to get back into composting again….and this composter has to be the cutest out there. I’d love to have bees too, so I’d have to be careful not to confuse the two!

I am *always* losing track of time in the garden, so I very much need a big clock out there to remind me!

I love to watch the birds and plan to have lots of places for them to nest and feed. I love the copper roof on this feeder, which is nice and open so I can see what they’re doing, but they also feel safe out of sight of bigger birds above!

I’ve always wanted a cast iron garden furniture set and I think it will work perfectly in our new garden (and look stunning sitting on the Yorkstone terrace!). This set features a lovely long table, perfect for barbecues and garden parties, as well as a parasol for those of us who burn easily! The chairs come complete with super comfy pads, and are even stackable!

I’m just imagining sitting there, gin in hand, with the smell of the wisteria in the air…..I cant WAIT!

Ems x

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Wednesday Wants: tools for my new garden

Well I think most of us enjoyed a rather nice show of sun last week. And whilst it’s not quite as exquisite as it was, the rumours of a coming heatwave and the recent memory of blue skies and warmth have me thinking of being outdoors.

There’s the added factor that with our impending house move, I’m starting to think about our lovely new garden. I got really into my gardening when we had a rather large outdoor space to tend to in Hitchin, but knowing we wouldn’t be in this house for long I’ve not really invested any time in the garden here. I can’t wait to get my hands on my very own, ‘forever’ garden though, and that’s got me thinking (as I do) about shopping for exciting things to help me make it beautiful…..

OK, so I already have a little Haws watering can (in a pretty powder blue), but I think this copper one is rather special. It is said that you can improve the quality of water by bringing it into contact with copper, so this can is sure to help my plants along. Plus it’s really shiny and pretty. Just because it’s for the garden, it doesn’t mean I have to be *completely* practical!

And because I’m aiming for some pretty impressive boarders as well as smaller pots, I’m going to need something a little heftier to help me water in bulk. This nine litre galvanised can with copper trim has a top and a back handle, to help feeble little me pick it up and dispense the water more easily.

And keeping with the copper theme….The PKS bronze (aka copper and tin) tools are made to last a lifetime. The Castor trowel has a smooth beech handle and pointed, heart-shaped blade. The sharp edge and scoop shape make it a most practical trowel for general weeding and planting. And yes, again, isn’t it pretty?!

I’ve never really gone in for more specialised tools before, but I have to say that something to help me with those tricky bits of stray grass and weeds would be a God-send. The PKS Tabit weeding tool is specifically designed for lifting perennial weeds such as creeping buttercup and small clumps of grass without disturbing the surrounding plants. The pronged point gets underneath the roots, then using the rounded underside you can lever the interloper out!

Er, yeah, so I’m really into copper right now. Anyway, I love to label pretty much anything that stands still long enough. I’m the proud owner of not one, but four label makers, and so it only seems fitting that I get to label the garden too. These copper ‘Tee’ labels by Burgon and Ball are easy to engrave using a ball point pen, plus the copper helps to repel pests such as slugs. Bonus!

I’ve always bought cheap secateurs in the past, which is a total false economy as they don’t last long at all. There’s also the issue of my feeble little hands, which really struggle with pruning, but I’ve found that a pair of ratchet pruners could help me immensely. These ones by Darlac have a slim profile, perfect for my small hands, and the squeeze/release action reduces effort by up to a third. And they’re gold. Gold.

Not all pruning requires such hard-core toolage though, and for the more delicate plants, dead-heading and flower arranging, these mini snips look great. They work like embroidery snips and come in a handy pocket size, perfect for well, keeping in your pocket!

I bought a kneeler to use in our last garden, and used it precisely once.  The problem is that you have to move it around with you, and I’m so forgetful I just ended up leaving it behind each time I moved. Plus I usually have my hands full whilst gardening, so something that’s actually attached to me sounds like a much better idea! These leather knee pads are made in Shropshire from carefully selected British leather, and feature a soft lining to cushion your knees as you work. They are attached to an elasticated velcro band to make them easy to get on and off, as well as fit anyone (even me with my chubby knees), and are built to last a lifetime.

And on the subject of forgetfulness, if I got a penny for every time I lost my tools in the garden, I’d be able to afford to pay Monty Don to come and work for me full time. Enter this tool pouch, which you wear as a belt around the waist so you always have your most-used tools with you. I’d keep my nice bronze trowel in the main back pocket and my secatuers in that handy pointed pocket at the front.

 

Whilst shopping I also came across lots of wonderful non-tool things for the garden too….so perhaps I’ll share those next week!

 

Do you have a garden? Do you have any tips or recommendations?

 

Ems x

 

 

Something from the weekend, and my “Not Cross Bun” recipe

Did you have a lovely Easter break? I certainly did! It was just wonderful to have a four day weekend, especially with the gorgeous weather.

We spent Good Friday baking…..a coconut flour chocolate cake which I’ll share with you later in the week, and also some yummy ‘Not Cross Buns’ (my version of Hot Cross Buns!). I was rather pleased with them and thought I’d share the recipe with you, as they’re too delicious just to have around Easter!

Not Cross Buns (Hot Cross Bun) recipe by Under a Glass Sky

Ingredients:

  • 250g strong white bread flour
  • 250g plain white flour (we used gluten free)
  • 125ml warm water
  • 125ml warm organic semi-skimmed milk
  • 5g powdered dried yeast
  • 10g salt
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 1 medium free-range egg
  • 50g organic butter
  • 75g sultanas
  • 50g mixed peel
  • 50g dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp orange liqueur (or orange juice for a non-alcoholic version)
  • 2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • Syrup for glazing (we used the syrup from a jar of stem ginger, but golden, maple syrup or even honey are fine too)

To Make:

  1. The night before you want to bake, pop the fruit in a shallow bowl with the orange liqueur or juice and soak overnight
  2. Ideally in a food mixer, combine the flour, water, milk, yeast, salt and sugar in the bowl and fit the dough hook. Add the egg and butter and mix to a sticky dough. You can of course do this by hand, although it will be a bit more work!
  3. Add the dried fruit and spice, then knead on low speed until well mixed. Again, you can do this by hand, but flour your hands as the mixture will be sticky!
  4. Now cover the bowl with cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for about 1 hour.
  5. Next, ‘knock back’ the risen dough and divide into 8 equal pieces. Shape into rounds and dust with flour, placing on a floured baking tray before covering again with cling film and leave to prove for about half an hour. You can now pre-heat the oven to 200°C/Gas Mark 6 so it’s ready when your buns need to go in.
  6. Once ready, bake the buns in the pre-heated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, then remove and place on a wire rack to cool. You can brush them as they cool with the syrup to create a nice golden-glazed finish.
  7. Serve them warm if you like, or split and toast before smothering in butter!

Not Cross Buns (Hot Cross Bun) recipe by Under a Glass Sky

 

On Saturday we took the short trip into Harrogate with some dear friends. We first visited Baltzersen’s cafe which is on Oxford Street. It prides itself in its offering the best Yorkshire-sourced ingredients prepared with Scandinavian inspiration. The space itself is charmingly Scandic, with simple furnishings and quirky trimmings. I ordered the Lapskaus, a Norwegian lentil and root vegetable stew, which was super. Adam went for the soup of the day, and our friends chose from the sandwich menu, all of it looking yummy.

After that we explored the wonderful Royal Pump Room Museum which exhibits the history of the spa town, as well as some other interesting bits and pieces….there’s currently a small collection of small temporary exhibitions, including ‘The Clothes We Wore’, ‘Inside the Victorian Jewellery Box’, and ‘A Town At War’. It’s well worth a visit (only £4 entry for adults) although you can sadly no longer taste the healing waters that made the town what it is, due to health and safety precautions!

Finally we made the necessary pilgrimage to Betty’s Tea Rooms for coffee and cake. Well, in my case Champagne and cake! We took a lovely table in the Montpelier Bar (which I love as it reminds me of the cafes in Vienna, and you don’t have to queue so long as for the afternoon tea rooms!) and I decided to make the most of it by ordering a Moutard Rose (one of my all time favourite Champagnes) as well as the miniature patisserie selection. It was all delicious as usual and our friends enjoyed their first visit there too!

That evening we all ordered a take out back at our place and Adam made us a few cocktails whilst we watched a Liam Neeson action/thriller film I forget the name of!

Harrogate: Betty's, The Royal Pump Room, Baltzersen's, by Under a Glass Sky

On Sunday we had a leisurely breakfast with our house guests, then went for a lovely walk up on Baildon Moor, which overlooks the village we’re moving to in the next few months. It was such a glorious day and we became even more excited about the impending move….not least on Adam’s part because there are ice cream vans stationed at the car parks there!

Baildon Moor, by Under a Glass Sky

On Monday we drove up into North Yorkshire to meet more dear friends in the pretty village of Leyburn. We had a very nice pub lunch then went on a charming five mile walk to a nearby waterfall. We couldn’t believe the weather (I had taken my big insulated coat, which got left behind in the car!) and were all very eager to get a cup of tea and some cake back in the village at the end!

Leyburn, by Under a Glass Sky

On the way home we stopped off at Brymor, which is a wonderful dairy and ice cream cafe not far from Middleham. I opted for a sugar cone filled with raspberry and pineapple ice creams, which were just divine! Adam chose the elderflower and St Clements flavours which were delicious too. The perfect way to end a splendid weekend!

Ems x

 

Wednesday Wants…. Iiiiiiiit’s snoooooowiiing!!!!!

Yeah, so I’m a bit excited about the snow. I love snow. It’s magical and festive and fun and beautiful. Snow, snow, snow, snow, snow.

I’ve been out in the snow (being a dog owner means going out, whatever the weather) and although it’s not fallen thick enough here to build a snowman or anything, I still loved wrapping up warm to go out and stomp about in the lovely stuff. And because it’s not so heavy that we’re snowed in, and I don’t have to stress about driving anywhere or getting to anything important, I can continue to get excited about the snow….and, being me, I do this by way of shopping!…..

HAMAX LILLEHAMMER RODEL MAXI WOODEN SLEDGE

Hamax, Lillehammer Rodel Maxi Wooden Sledge, £130

I am firmly of the belief that sledging is an activity for grown ups. Not only do you need to be careful and responsible (*cough*) to control a sledge safely, but children don’t have nearly enough weight to them to make the most of it. Enter the Hamax ‘Lillehammer’ maxi sledge, which you can find at Simply Piste and order on NEXT DAY DELIVERY!

This is a super practical sledge which can be folded up neatly to carry along to your nearest snowy hill. It has steel runners for excellent, er, slippiness, AND it’s big enough for two to sit on! It looks exactly like a sledge should in my opinion, a classic design that says you’re not messing about. None of this slipping around on a bin liner or baking sheet nonsense!

Dress Your Own Snowman Kit

Dress Your Own Snowman Kit, £9.99

The last thing you want to be doing when your hands are numb with cold and your feet are frozen into your wellies is to have to scout about for accessories for your snowman! But fear not! The ‘Dress Your Own Snowman‘ kit will mean you have everything to hand when the snow starts falling. The kit includes a soft filled material nose, five black buttons (two to use as eyes and three to use on his chest), a red felt scarf and a black felt hat, all in a nifty bag. Indomitable spirit not included.

Arctic Force Snowball Crossbow

Arctic Force Snowball Crossbow, £13.95

I’ve been fancying myself as a crossbow pro ever since I started watching The Walking Dead. Daryl is easily the coolest character, and not least because of his choice of zombie-beating weapon. And I know he’d approve of this snowball equivalent from Arctic Force. It has a trajectory of 60 feet, and boasts adjustable arms for a more accurate aim. The easy pull mechanism will ensure you’re fastest on the draw, so really your opponents won’t stand a chance.

Wrap up warm folks and enjoy the snow if you’re lucky enough to have it!

Ems x

 

Something from the weekend: Exploring, macaroons and autumn leaves

This weekend saw some more adventuring for us….we decided to check out nearby Harrogate to see what it has to offer, and also look at some potential areas for us to live. It took us just shy of half an hour to drive there this Saturday, and there are LOTS of lovely shops I’m happy to have nearby (but not TOO nearby!). We wandered around the town centre for a while, I made a stop off at M&S (in need of new undies!) and we browsed some of the other shops, including a charity shop where I found a lush Jaeger coat for just £15! I think Harrogate is a good contender to keep us!

Me wearing Boden at the Royal Pump Room Museum in Harrogate

We made a mental note to come back and explore the Royal Pump Room Museum and Turkish Baths soon, and then finished up at Bettys….that seeming the right thing to do on our first trip to Harrogate! We actually have a Bettys Tea Room just fifteen minutes away from where we live in Ilkley, but Harrogate is where it all started and so we opted to have lunch in the gorgeous Montpellier Bar there.

Adam at the Montpellier Bar at Bettys Tea Rooms in Harrogate

First we ordered two of their Viennese style coffees, which are made with their own roasted beans, steamed milk, honey, cinnamon and fresh whipped cream….absolutely delicious! Then we chose the soup of the day (sweet potato) which came with huge hunks of crusty home baked bread, and the smoked salmon which was absolutely divine on the home baked wholemeal bread. The ambience and service was just wonderful, and very much reminded us of beloved cafes in Europe. We’ll be back!

Coffee Vienna at Bettys Tea Rooms in Harrogate

Before leaving I just had to pop into the shop, where I bought a pretty box full of macaroons and a Yorkshire Rarebit Scone to take home….we scoffed them all with a brew as we relaxed in the afternoon!

Macaroons from Bettys Tea Rooms in Harrogate

Macaroons from Bettys Tea Rooms in Harrogate

On Sunday we drove just ten minutes away to Golden Acre Park to walk the dogs and meet up with some local friends. It’s a beautiful park anyway, but with all the autumnal colours bursting forth it was all extra special! We wandered all round the park before taking a pit stop at the little cafe for hot chocolates and red velvet cake….well, we had worked up our appetite by then!

Cooper the lurcher in Golden Acre Park in Leeds

Hunter wellies standing in autumn leaves

Gold and red leaves in Autumn at Golden Acre Park in Leeds

The view from the open air cafe at Golden Acre Park in Leeds

On the way back to the car we took a turn around the lake and the little bit of remaining model railway…the park had been a very early theme park in its Victorian hay day…I wish I could have seen it in all its glory!

The old model railway at Golden Acre Park in Leeds

The lake at Golden Acre Park in Leeds

In the afternoon we did some more exploring, taking a drive around some more of the areas we’ve been looking at houses in. Then we walked at the beautiful tarn near Adam’s parents’ new house, popping in to say hello to them on the way back. I’m loving walking at the moment (at least when it’s dry!)…the trees look stunning against the blue skies, and there’s something about this time of year that makes me want to be outside, despite the chill.

Hope you’re enjoying Autumn and had a great weekend too!

Ems x

Something from the weekend: Treasure hunting, archery and more gardening

I do love it when the weekend starts early, and it certainly did this week! My dear friend Vixie came to visit Hitchin on Friday and we happily spent the entire day moseying around together! We hit the Antiques and Collectables market hard…spending hours there in fact! Then it was to the local vintage shops and charity shops until we were all shopped out! We both came away with lots of fabulous treasures and it was so lovely to catch up with her.

On Saturday morning we took a drive out to Chick Sands for a lovely long morning walk with the hounds….it was a beautifully crisp and bright morning and I do love exploring that place! Once home we scoffed belgian waffles for breakfast and then I spent some time in the garden, readying it for winter!

In the afternoon we set off to nearby Knebworth where we were having the first archery lesson of our beginners course! The course was a gift for Adam’s birthday and lasts four days. It’s with a great local club called the Green Dragon Bowmen (how cool is THAT?!) and they shoot right out front of the stunning Knebworth House. We started with a warm up and then the very basic techniques, just shooting at paper plates to begin with! After tea and biscuits we carried on freestyle shooting, with some great teachers who are members of the club. We had an amazing time and soon saw some progress….as well getting rather achey to boot!

We spent the evening relaxing in front of the telly, watching Buffy after a naughty dinner of pizza….a much needed rest after the day’s adventures!

Sunday morning saw another lovely walk over at Radwell, then it was back home to do some housey things before heading back to Knebworth for our second class. We progressed to proper targets this time, and further away too….my first few arrows didn’t even make it far enough, let alone hit a good place on the target! Still, with more help from our great teachers, we carried on progressing, and by the end of the day Adam was looking like a proper archer and getting some really impressive shots!

It had rained on us during our lessons so we were keen to warm up back at home with a cup of tea before heading back out again to walk the dogs. Adam’s Mum had been gardening for us whilst hound sitting so it was great to see what she’d been up to too! We now have a large new flower bed to play with, and soon will be able to grow veggies there!

Our afternoon walk saw lots of pretty rainbows and great skies, then it was back home to indulge in a take away curry as we were too shattered to cook! It was more vegging out after that, then very soon to sleep after a super tiring weekend!

Ems x

Something from the weekend….Foraging, gardening, making and treasure hunting

I had such a lovely weekend! The weather really does help of course, and all the sunshine hours make such a difference!

I spent a lot of the weekend gardening….the front garden has been transformed after many hours of hard work and is benefitting from having been totally dug over and filled with plants! I can’t wait to see it all bloom, although I guess I have to wait til Spring for that. Still, it looks better already and has tidied up the front of the house no end.

We did some great foraging too…..we picked loads of blackberries and elderberries from the local common, as well as some sweet pea pods and honeysuckle berries I’ll be planting for next year. We also raided the back garden, and came back indoors with stacks of apples, more blackberries and greengages too. There is a medlar tree that is also looking rather full, but I think we have to leave those a little longer before harvesting them.

We spent an absolute age rinsing the elderberries, plucking them off their stalks, rinsing them again and then bottling them….I hope it’s going to be worth it! We made one bottle of elderberry schnapps and one bottle of spiced elderberry liqueur….can’t wait to try them! I made jam from the greengages, and it was probably my most successful yet….it tastes yummy and is the perfect consistency so I’ll have to share some tips soon!

As is traditional, we also visited the antiques market on Friday and the car boot sale on Sunday….I picked up some great treasures to use at the wedding and the place was really buzzing in the fine weather. It was also the crafts and  farmers market on Saturday, and we dawdled around there awhile, spotting some great new stalls too.

Other than that, it was a weekend of domesticity, relaxing, cooking endless amounts of marrow, walking the dogs and watching more Buffy. Bliss!

Here are a few photos from the weekend…..

Ems x

Catching up: July

I can’t believe it’s August already….it seems the summer is going by in a flash! July was just as much fun as June though, and it finally felt as though the real summer weather had arrived….

It all started with a most amazing wedding weekend up in Yorkshire. Two of our friends were getting hitched and rather than settle for just one day of frivolities, had planned an epic Wild West Weekend! We drove up on the Friday and dressed up Western style for the pre-wedding party, ate fish and chips for dinner and then went to bed in our very own Tipi!!!

Breakfast next morning was a lush barbecue, then we set about some sun bathing and a few jobs to set things up before we donned wedding attire and the lovely humanist ceremony took place. The whole thing was outside, which was made even more splendid by the astonishingly good weather. It was another barbecue for supper, as well as a bouncy castle, sumo wrestling, gladiator jousting and a live band to dance to. It has to have been one of the most thoughtful, personal and unique weddings I’ve ever been to (which is A LOT) and I just loved every minute of it.

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July was the month for DIY and gardening…..I wanted everywhere to be as pretty as I could manage in time for our Engagement Party, and built two picnic tables (which also got painted white and had chintzy covers and cushions made specially for them) as well as getting the garden as colourful as possible! The party went wonderfully and it was gorgeous to have so many friends visit us to celebrate….even if it was a whole six months on from the actual engagement!

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With the warmer weather came lots of lovely long dog walks, with lots of lovely wildlife to be found along the way too…..

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The Hitchin Duck race took place in town and we went down to see them off…..it was a slow race though so we listened to the ending from the garden some twenty minutes later!

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Above all else, July was for spending time outdoors and enjoying the lush weather……

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Hope you’ve enjoyed the summer so far too!

Ems x

Something from the weekend….a picture-worthy few days

I’m always snapping away on my phone, truth be told, but this weekend seemed to give me more in the way of picture opportunities than usual. It was indeed a lovely weekend, filled with fun but relaxation too. Anyway, I thought I’d share my instagram feed by way of summing it up…..

Friday night started the weekend with cocktails, as it always should…..

…..we played Guess Who…..

……and then Adam beat me at Triv!

Saturday began with a lovely long dog walk……

…..we headed to Barton Springs for a nice change…..

…..and the sun shone for us rather splendidly!

We found a darling little tea room and gallery for lunch…..

….where they serve an epic Hot Chocolate…..

….and yummy tea on quaint mis-matched china…..

…..as well as lush lunches like the stuffed mushroom on toast that I went for!

Once home we set about hanging our new treasure, the huge antique map of London that looks rather marvellous on our lounge wall…..

….and after that it was an afternoon of snoozing as it all got too much for my boys!

Another lovely walk on Sunday morning, this time at the stunning Chick Sands woods….

….I love all the little dens people have built there!

After a yummy breakfast of Staffordshire Oatcakes (the last left in the freezer after my Mum’s visit!) we pootled around the market and car boot sale, where I picked up some little treasures….

…..and where my favourite stallholder gave me this incredible menu from the 60’s!

We finally took the tour of the museum opposite where we live in the afternoon….

….and took part in a Victorian lesson where we had to practise reading parrot-fashion…..

…..did maths in old money on slate….

….and worked on our handwriting with a dip pen!

The rest of the day was more relaxing, eating and watching of Buffy. Bliss!

What did you get up to?

Ems x

Blog Every Day in May: A Day in the Life

“Tell us about your typical day. Or maybe do a photo diary of what you are doing on the hour every hour for 12 hours. Or you could sum up what you did today.”

I’ve been fancying doing one of these ‘Day in the life’ posts for ages, but the truth is, there is no typical day in my life, and so I was worried it’d all come across a bit odd! One of the things I love most about having given up my ‘day job’ and moving out of London, is that no two days are even remotely the same, and I get to pack in all sorts of things I love doing!

I do admittedly have little bits of routines….I walk the dog in the morning and afternoon….I like to do house work on Fridays so the place is nice for the weekend (although it doesn’t always pan out that way!)….and Sundays usually start with a lie in and end with an early night! But, lest I bore you to death with my Friday house working activities, I thought I’d share a sort of ‘best bits’ version of my day….all things I do get up to, but not necessarily in the usual spirit of a blow-by-blow ‘A Day in the Life’….

NB. All times are very *ish*

7:00 am 

Wake up….often naturally but sometimes with my alarm or Adam’s. Before the clocks turned I was waking up wonderfully naturally at a rather respectable 6:30am, but since then I’ve been struggling to drag myself out of bed!

7:15 am

After using the bathroom, I often just sling on a coat and walking boots over my PJs to take the hound straight out for a walk. It always feels a bit of a drag to begin with, until I see his bright face and wagging tail, all excited, and once I’m outdoors I love it. We walk most mornings at the Priory grounds near us….there are lots of public pathways in all sorts of different routes through the farmland, and Cooper loves to meet his dog friends there and run about like a crazy. We sometimes get picked up by his Grandma Liz (Adam’s Mum!) who might take us to the nearby common for a change, or will drop me off at the office I work at sometimes then walk him with her two dogs over at Letchworth or Willian. I do love our walks together at the Priory though, just the two of us through the morning mist, or across the deserted fields listening to the sky larks in the blue skies above us.

8:15 am

Once home, and after the habitual ‘welcome home’ doggy biscuit, I prepare Cooper’s breakfast (he still needs feeding up so he gets two large meals a day!) and then make coffee and cereal for Adam and I. We have intercom phones in the house because it’s a bit rambling, so I call Adam on the kitchen handset to tell him it’s ready. He’s already been working since I got up, so it’s a nice little break for him and we chat for a little until he goes back up to his home office.

8:45 am

After breakfast I shower, get dressed in proper clothes and put on my makeup….even if I’m going to be home all day, I still at least do my eyebrows and put mascara on. If I’m off out anywhere special I’ll make an effort to look nice, but otherwise I just wear what’s comfy and practical!

9:00 am

And so to work! I do go into an office in Letchworth once or twice a week to work at the local CVS. I love working there as I get to do so many varied things (I plan events, help with publicity and communications, and am currently overseeing the new membership process) and I get to drink LOTS of tea and chat to all the lovely people there.

If it’s not an office day though, I’ll often spend the morning in my studio at home, working on orders or creating new stock….I adore my studio and it feels like such a luxury to have a space of my own to work in. This week I’ve been working on a miniature sculpture for a bride and groom getting married in Texas….I love working in miniature so it was great fun!

There’s usually a tea break or two during the morning, when I’ll stretch my legs to the kitchen, then take a cuppa up for Adam. The hound usually follows me about, although of late he’s been settling upstairs on the guest bed in order to catch the morning sun!

11:00 am

I’m often popping into London for meetings and what have you, and yesterday for example I made the journey to East London to take some stock to a new pop-up shop some friends are opening. I also often take stock to more local shops, who sell some of my hand made jewellery for me….I love doing it this way as I don’t have to store the stuff at home and once they sell, all the money is mine rather than having to pay Paypal or anyone!

This morning though, as it’s a Friday, all three of us popped to the market for a wander. Fridays are my favourite at the market, as it’s Antiques and Collectables day. There are always loads of brilliant stalls, some with expensive antiques, some with wonderful thrifty finds, and some full of really random stuff! I love a mooch about there, and it’s nice for Adam to get away from his computer screen, not to mention how much Cooper loves a sniff about and getting lots of fuss from other shoppers! I often buy things from the market to sell online on my vintage Etsy shop, or we buy pretty things to make our home nice.

12:00 noon

We have lunch quite early, for no reason other than we like our food really! So at around noon I start making us something….often a nice soup from scratch, or if we’re being naughty like today, a cheese toasty! Cooper gets lunch too at the moment, a nice big Bonio biscuit, as he needs some more flesh on his ribs! We eat at the kitchen table like at breakfast, and usually I’ll have the radio on in there….nearly always tuned into Gold FM, my favourite!

1:00 pm

Back to work. This might consist of more work in the studio, setting up my mini photography studio in the dining room and taking pictures of my stock to list on Etsy, a little blogging, or some house work. This week I’ve been enjoying spending a little time out in the garden though in the afternoon, just slowly tidying things up, weeding, water the pots, and throwing a ball for the hound (who doesn’t ever bring it back, just runs around the garden with it like a crazy).

Whatever I’m doing is usually punctuated by more cups of tea, and visits to Adam’s office upstairs, as well as lots of fuss and cuddles with the pupster.

4:00 pm

I think I love the afternoon walk even more than the morning one in some ways. Maybe because it’s often a little longer, or we see more people and dogs, or maybe because Adam usually gets to come too. Again, we’ll often walk at the Priory, although we have a different route through the ‘burbs and some playing fields for when it’s raining, to avoid the mud! I often take lots of photos on our walks, as the surroundings are so stunning. It’s so wonderfully relaxing!

5:00 pm

Again, we eat early….I set to work on dinner. Favourites at our house are Butternut Squash Lasagne, Cowboy Meatballs and my rather wonderful Chilli (even if I do say so myself). I usually cook as I have more time on my hands than Adam does, and he enjoys a rest after being in his office all day staring at data! He is however in charge of cooking certain meals, especially if I’ve been out for the day, so he will often make his amazing Spaghetti Carbonara!

We eat at the kitchen table again, unless we have guests, in which case we might eat in the dining room. Cooper has his dinner too at a similar time, or when I’m cooking ours, and if we have a pudding he gets an extra treat!

7:00 pm

After dinner it’s ‘sofa time’ which is Cooper’s second favourite time of the day! He gets to snuggle on the sofa with us whilst we blog, plan stuff, or do other computery or internety stuff. Then we’ll usually watch a bit of telly….although we don’t actually watch ‘live’ telly at all, preferring to watch series on DVD all at once! We are currently making our way through the X-Files….we’re on season seven at the moment….although we do sometimes watch a little anime in between, like Azumanga Daioh or Magic Users Club.

9:00 pm

We are usually pretty early to bed….we love our sleep….so at about nine we take Coops out into the garden for his last ‘spend-a-penny’ and then he races upstairs for his bedtime Chomping Chew! I think this is his favourite time of the day…he LOVES his chews and seems very happy to settle down on his bed for the night once he’s had it!

We then tend to read in bed, play computer games (awful at bedtime I know, but I never find it hard to get to sleep!) or do more internety stuffs. Now it’s lighter in the evenings though I want to get back into the habit of knitting or crafting something to wind down in the evenings.

10:30 pm

After brushing teeth etc. we settle down in bed, and as I’m very lucky that way, I nearly always fall asleep within a couple of minutes….and there I stay for my nice solid 8 to 9 hours beauty sleep, until it all starts over again for a brand new day…..

Ems x