Post Comment Love and Blogger Showcase 24-26 February 2017

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This week it's been a busy one in Greenwich as there's been more filming going on. This time for series two of The Crown. I haven't seen any of the actual filming, or any of the stars, not that I'd know who to look out for, but it is amazing to see how they've transformed one of the Old Royal Naval College buildings into the inner courtyard of Buckingham Palace, and then a couple of days later return it to normal.

One lunchtime I did pop along and admire one of the vintage cars, you see that inner petrol head is never far away. And just look at the reflection of the trees in the highly polished bodywork.

Blogger Showcase: Neha from I Heart my Life

1. Who are you? 

I'm a passionate blogger and avid reader. My blog, I Heart my Life, consists of different niches; it doesn't specialise on a specific one. I write mostly about things that resonates with me, like inspiration, motivation and universe stuff. Last year, I released a small e-book on "7 Keys to Happiness" which can be downloaded from my blog. 

2. How did you discover blogs/blogging?

I love reading. And, when you read a lot, you start to write. This is what happened to me.  A friend of mine introduced me to the world of blogging and that was it. 

3. Why did you start blogging?

Once I stepped into that world, I just couldn't stop. It has become my passion and part of my happiness now. 

4. What do you find most challenging?

The most challenging part about blogging is how to make sure your readers are enjoying your articles. Because if they are not, then for whom are your writing? 

5. What is your favourite topic to write about?

I like to write about what inspires and motivates me.

6. Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals?

I have my own blogging goals!

7. Have you ever attended a blogging conference and if so, what did you think?

No, I haven't. 

8. What are your 3 best posts?

1. They said I am Weird & Stupid. But am I really?

2. The Day I realised my Growth

3. Feeling Lost? Get Yourself Back!

9. Describe yourself in three words!

Adventurous, curious, positive.

10. Are you a tea and biscuits or coffee and cake person?

I am a tea and cake person.

11. What's your idea of a perfect night out?

My perfect night out is going to a restaurant I never went, experiencing new food..let's not forget the wine.

12. Your perfect night in?

My perfect night in is with my book and my wine. 

13. What would your best friend/OH/mum or kids say is your best  quality?

My best quality is the ability to stay positive in very bad situations. 

Connect with Neha here:  Twitter  -  Instagram  -  Google+

Thanks Neha, please grab your "featured on Blogger Showcase" badge.

A treasure trove of crockery

On a recent visit to Norfolk dad told me about a place he thought I'd like, but would say no more. On Sunday morning instead of pottering around the garden we got in the car and headed down to Snettisham, a few miles along the A149. We stopped at an old industrial building which I knew previously used to be a carpet shop, and had then turned into a cafe and I was intrigued.

Even more so as we headed to the cafe, and hoping for a large iced bun, my hopes were high. There wasn't an iced bun, and instead of going into the cafe we headed upstairs and into a space full of curiosities and no doubt lots of families own histories.

The place was full of bays of all manner of items, big and small, but what stood out for me was the amount of crockery and kitchenware they had. Today I'm sharing some of those photos, most of the items are what would be classed as mid-century modern and I'm sure it's the kind of place where new stock is arriving all the time, so for me it's definitely a place to keep an eye on.

colourfully patterned tea cups, saucers and plates

I was amazed by how many different sets they had, as well as how many different designs. The jewelled coloured cups, and black saucers, caught my eye, but I wasn't sure about the circular patterns on the side plates. Black featured quite a lot I discovered, in roses too.

A stack of china with a black rose

It was absolutely the type of place to be inspired, and somewhere I'll be heading back to when I hope next time I'll be less overwhelmed and more prepared, and perhaps pop in with something in mind. I mean, this colander, apart from being used in the normal way would be ripe for an upcycling project, wouldn't it?

An old-fashioned colander

And then I saw these mixing bowls and almost squealed. They just remind me of cooking at school and were just as heavy as I remembered.

old-style mixing bowls which instantly reminded me of cooking at school

Next I discovered a dinner service whose simplicity appealed to me. I spent a bit of time trying to consider and convince myself that the serving dishes would match our Greenwich Denby set and would be perfectly fine to buy as some extra crockery for those dishwasher-is-full-there's-no-plates-left kind of days.

blue patterned serving bowls
milk jugs and more bold patterned crockery
A bold patterned coffee set

But I failed at the time and looking at them again I think they might, well apart from the mustardy coloured lids (the same colour as the saucers above), but now I've given it more thought they'd tone with the chairs wouldn't they?  

So I think I've convinced myself and might well be leaving with them if they're still there on my next visit - thanks for your help, that's much appreciated.

Next up was a tray of old cutlery, which is always an interest, and I'm always on the lookout for old teaspoons and cake forks. Because that's normal, right? Well, ok maybe not, but I've got this idea that if I collect pretty vintage tea sets then at some point I can hire them out, but for that I'll need teaspoons, cake forks, tea strainers and cake stands too. It makes perfect sense now doesn't it...

A trayful of cutlery

This next set reminded me of an aunt and uncle, who I'm sure had their front room decorated in very similar colours. All blues and purples and all very seventies, and perfectly normal at the time. Unless, like us, you went for the brown, orange and yellow colour scheme instead.

tea cups and saucers galore

Ah, yes, more serving dishes. I've clearly a need for more in my life. These have a more natural look to them, and definitely won't match in the same way the ones earlier will, but I quite liked the tulip design. 

Tulip patterned dinnerware

I'd clearly found the more sedate end of the display as these were up next and I think have a timeless quality to them and would easily slip into everyday use.  Although with just one side plate to the four bowls and four dinner plates I feel it's a little unbalanced.

A stack of neutral dinnerware that has a timeless feel to it

But moving onto some more classics, bone handled cutlery. I loved these, just look at the detail on the blades of the fish knives, and the presentation box. Definitely swoon-worthy, and *almost* enough for be to be less fish-phobic, but not quite. Now if they'd have been teaspoons and cake forks, it would have been a different story!

a set of bone handled cutlery

And to finish, a design that I was very taken with. At first glance I saw Christmas trees, I think it's the shape, but looking closer it's clearly not Christmas-related at all, and is the type of design I could stare at for ages trying to work out where it was and imagining all the times we've sat on the side of a river and watched the world go by.

A pretty scene on a couple of side plates

As I said before, definitely somewhere I'm going back to. I've been back once already so far, to show MOH something completely different, a wooden chest that I've got my eye on for our spare bedroom. Before we got to Norfolk again I'll be measuring the space I have in mind for it and trying much harder to bargain with them, as by then if it's still there they'll have had it a while. And if it's gone, I'm sure there'll be something equally lovely to consider instead.

If you're near Snettisham on the A149, stop off at The Granary and prepare to be amazed.  But don't buy a wooden chest, or I'll be after you!

Home Etc

A look at dad's garden in winter

And the weekend we visited Norfolk it felt like the depths of winter, we were unusually unlucky with the weather experiencing sleet and snow and rain.  Not quite the Sunny Hunny weather we hoped for, or indeed experienced the year before but I guess that's how it goes sometimes. Braving the garden felt exactly that, brave, but as I looked it was clear there were starting to be signs of Spring.

I couldn't help but be drawn to these cheery primulas who'd pushed their way through a bed of mind your own business, a favourite "filler" plant which gives me hours of giggles as MOH calls it old nonsense when prompted for its name. No, I've no idea why either, and it still makes me smile.

primulas surrounded by mind your own business
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The pink primulas clearly are a lot more sensible and aren't putting up with any "old nonsense" and sticking to soil and a few wisps of grass. There were bulbs-a-plenty in other parts of the garden. Some in tubs, which were stuffed full of leaves and others planted in raised beds in a more orderly fashion.

A bucket full of bulb growth
Bulbs growing in a more orderly fashion in dad's norfolk garden

Both of these raised areas of bulbs are visible from the house and will no doubt bring a welcome blast of colour once they start to flower. In the photo below you can just see that some early crocuses are starting to flower and will bring a different layer of colour to the garden.

these bulbs are a bit behind the others but will still fill this bed with colour when they flower

By the kitchen window the spring bulbs were already making their presence known, it's a sunnier part of the garden, so it's not surprising to see these daffodils more advanced. The white blobs in the photo below are a smattering of snowdrops, which if I'd have looked closely at before then maybe we wouldn't have gone on a snowdrop hunt to Blickling...

In a sunnier part of the garden some daffodils are already close to flowering

In the vegetable garden, the rhubarb is showing signs of life and dad's broad beans are doing much better than mine. That's mostly because mine are still in conservatory and not in the soil at all, but I've still some time to get them started.  I'm currently in that "shall I, shan't I" phase, and shan't is still winning, but I'll need to get going soon. My hesitation is that once I start I want to go full steam ahead and the weather isn't quite ready for that yet.

Broad beans almost five inches or so hight

Close to where dad grows his vegetables I spotted these leaves. I think they have a simple white flower to them, but don't know what they're called, the leaves though seemed to be enjoying the weather and were growing well. Their lushness was refreshing to see, and at some point I'll try to remember to show you their flower, and try to work out what they are called.

Lushness in leaf growth
canes being enveloped by the lush green leaf growth

On the porch the geranium was still going strong, and if anything a little parched from its sheltered position, but nothing a quick drink wouldn't solve. I'm sure this one, will still be going on our next visit.

Quite the hardy geranium, and still going strong

So mostly green at the moment - but a lush green at that - and not too much colour yet. But with definite signs of spring, and blasts of colour, to come. Let's hope it doesn't take too long to arrive.

Are you seeing hints of spring yet in your garden?