Wednesday, 31 August 2011

A weekend to remember


Some details from a weekend I'll never forget - our annual Family Weekend when my Dad's side of the family all catch up together in Wales. We;ve all just had a magical time catching up with one another and celebrating my Dad's impending 60th while staying in the most gorgeously furnished cottage with all our cousins, so much fun!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Seeing blue

From vivid greens to wide acres of blue. Summer sure does have a good way of reeling you in! This pretty blue plate helped us carry part of our lunch to the garden today - was super tasty :-)

Sunday, 21 August 2011

In the garden

We spent a bit of time in the garden yesterday. If you're a local reader from Australia isn't it so very green! I dug up beds in preparation for planting a lovely greeny white hydrangea and Dad chatted with the gardner about the rose bed and how to stop the sheep in the field behind from grazing on them!

I also found a bit of time to shell peas for a traditional English garden pea salad with greek yoghurt mint dressing, yum!

Happy to hear you're enjoying this little tour of England. I am still posting on Aussie time as that is the setting for the blog so some of you might be getting this a bit early date wise sorry for any confusion! Also, I'll be putting up loads more photos on flickr soon so watch this space.

Postman Pat territory

Beautiful cottages, red telephone boxes, union jack bunting (seriously, its everywhere!) and fields and fields of hay bales. Just like the England we all know and love.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Flowers, food, family and friends

The four big 'f' words in our household which bring equal amounts of joy. It really is great to be home and spend so much time with the ones I love. Although it's hard when you live and have the other part of your life (career, home, friends, other half's family) the other side of the world it's still an adventure and makes me appreciate things a lot more.

I feel like Dorothy coming back from the Land of Oz (no pun intended) returning home. :-)

Friday, 19 August 2011

Wild beauty

Isn't this just the most beautiful sight? I think I spent about close to an hour photographing these beauties. Lush, lush, lush! My Mum thinks they might be a wild flower mix which you can buy over here - does anyone know if you can buy them in Australia? I love the poppies, cornflowers and daisies, so pretty!!

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Summer time

I have to say not much can beat England in summer. It really is something else. I haven't been back home since I started Cornflakes and Honey so I'm a bit snap happy at the moment in the hope you can enjoy it as much as I am.

Here are some hay bales in the fields not far from us. I love cow parsley and have seen so much along the verges I just had to pick some to put in vases. I know I've picked dead ones but I really think they look great in a clear glass vase.

Will be back tomorrow with some amazing wild flowers I saw on a walk today, sad but true - I think I'm in love! :-)

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Friends reunited

Here she is my little gorgeous bundle of fur. It's so wonderful to see her again. She's actually just by my feet right now trying to steal my attention from writing this - but I have a sneaky suspicion all she want is some food!

There is a big nasty tabby cat that lives next door that she's scared of so she;s spending most of her summer time just sleeping indoors or spying outside trying to get a glimpse of the naughty big betty that causes her so much grief! Anyway it's a bonus she's spending so much time around us and not chasing mice and rabbits outside.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

From an English country garden

One of the many things I've missed being away from home is the countryside and beautiful flowers you can just find in the garden (I say find, my Mum has planted quite a few things!) Here are some we picked yesterday sitting in some vintage pots (I may have to take these back with me) of mine in my bedroom window sill. They really brighten up the room.

Where the heart is

Sorry for the long absence but can you guess where I am? I'm so happy to be home!

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Pretty enough to eat

Simple and easy - that's how I like to cook, hehe. So when I was at the garden centre and saw all these potted pansies I had a brainwave for a cake I was making. Decorating took 2 minutes (cut and washed the flower heads with lots of water) and my cake looks so pretty now, I don't know if I can bare to ruin it.

While pansies are edible these ones will be spared/saved to float in water with some candles later - I'm such a girl, lol!

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Birthday girl

One of my best friends is turning 30 today but she's all the way away in Oslo, Norway. So big birthday wishes honey, so wish I could be there! She just recently told me she's expecting which is super exciting!! x

Tuesday, 2 August 2011


Since food is on the brain, how delicious do these apples from Bluebell look? Good enough to eat I reckon!

Monday, 1 August 2011

Need more greens

There has been a lot of entertaining in our little household of late and it has meant that I've fallen off the wagon with my good eating (I can hear my friends saying 'what good eating?' but I'll just ignore that!) Chips, cheese, olive oil, ice cream, lots of wine and champagne. I guess that's just winter dining for you!

Today there are going to be many more greens on my plate that's for sure. Funny that I am filling my home at the moment with lots of lush green tropical plants but not my plate!

Hope you all had a great weekend? I'm sad mine is over but already planning the next which is making me smile. x