Post Comment Love and Blogger Showcase 22-24 September 2017

Hello there and welcome to another Friday and another #PoCoLo!  Despite best intentions I seem even more behind than before but as ever I've a master plan to correct that, and if all else fails please know I will get to your post soon. If you were here last week, it was great to see you and I know there's some great posts in my reading list, and if you're new here this week then welcome, it's great to have you along.

In the past week I fell back in love with my plot (well, maybe not the weeds) and with the garden and took a day off to head to Doncaster for a whole day of crafting. It involved colouring, cutting out and a laminator and you may have already spotted the results on instagram. It was great, and a little bit indulgent, to take a day off work for this but it was good to see the Fellowes set up first hand to and to meet up with other bloggers too - look out for more on the day soon.

There were some fantastic brownies there - actually the food and hospitality were brilliant all day - but looking through my photos from the week, this blondie from Miss Friday Bakery had to be the one to share. At the time of writing this post, it was still in the wrapper - but I think you know me well enough by now, to not ask if it's still intact!

Blondies by Miss Friday

Blogger Showcase: Penny from Pebble Pen

 1. Who are you?

Penny from Pebble Pen

I'm Penny Dawinter, 19 year old student, born in Hertfordshire, raised in Kent, flirted about with Hampshire & Wiltshire before settling in Yorkshire with my gamer boyfriend, Joel. Surrey is the next great adventure! An ex-bookseller at Waterstones and avid book-blogger. Lover of life, flowers, books, tea, coffee, cats, dogs and all sorts! Too many passions and too little time! My profile picture was drawn for me at London Comic-con (and yes I actually wore the ears!), and my blog is Pebble Pen.

2. How did you discover blogs/blogging?

I read other blogs like girlxoxo and the Waterstones blog. I read a friend’s art blogs and had a tumblr account for a short while as well. I did a creative writing AS course and was encouraged from there to post on a blog regularly, but my fiction pieces were rarely ever blog post length!

3. Why did you start blogging?

I started working at a book store and from there it just flowed. I love meeting people that share my passion, and outside of work, that didn’t really happen, so I formed my book blog. It’s still got a way to go but I’m proud to call it mine.

4. What do you find most challenging?

Finding an audience of genuine people that will enjoy my blog posts. I am active on social media, replying to other bloggers posts and following them, but sometimes it just seems like I’m collecting statistics and not real people that enjoy reading and can give constructive advice to improving the blog. 

5. What is your favourite topic to write about?

Books!

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

I blog for fun, as I think everyone should, but I have goals also. I want to make a bit of pocket money from it, but have no great ambition as far as worldwide blog stardom is concerned! My goals are a few posts a month and to make the blog a little bit better every so often.

7. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

The reading part! But second best the writing part! Third best is the fantastic people I’ve met! And fourth is making the blog all pretty and stuff!

8. Have you ever attended a blogging conference?

Nope, sadly enough.

9. What are your three best posts?

1st: January 2017 Monthly Motif Challenge - Pantomime Laura Lam

2nd: Borne - Jeff Vandermeer

3rd: Romana's Freedom - M.P.A. Hanson

10. Describe yourself in three words:

Please God no.

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

Coffee and cake!!!

12. What is your idea of the perfect night out?

A meal and a few drinks with a close circle of friends that I can get excited about and dress up. Chatting and catching up with people I haven’t seen in a while. Joking, laughing and enjoying good pub food. 

13. Your perfect night in?

Me and Joel, a flawless Indian takeaway (delivered early of course and with tons of free poppadums) watching a Studio Ghibli film with the duvet around us on the sofa and the dog snuggled in somewhere too. Hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows. I also get hand-fed chocolate in this scenario too.

14. What would your best friend/OH/mum or kids say was your best quality?

Best friend: optimism and sense of humour

OH: honesty

Mum: generosity

Kids: WOW hold the phone I’m only 19 gimme a chance!

Thanks Penny for sharing your answers it's great to find out more about you and your blog, and I hope you'll find some new blogs and connections through this feature, don't forget to grab your "I was featured on PoCoLo badge" for your blog!

If you'd like to be featured in a future Bloggers Showcase then please do get in touch, our waiting list has just inched into 2018 (I know, that's scary!) but Morgan and I would love to add you to this list.

Aubergine, petrol blue and grey patterned tiles at the Ideal Home Show

After sharing the bedroom and bathroom room sets last week, this time it's the turn of the kitchen and dining room. Both of which have similarities, with deep colours, grey patterns and wood. Let's start in the dining room, where the wools have an aubergine feel to them. The unusual addition for me was the green chairs, initially I thought no, but they grew on me.

all of the roomset's features in one shot

It was the floor though that was the real winner for me - just look at those tiles. And actually it's the green chairs that make it all hang together, so it just goes to show that sometimes doing something out of the ordinary - and out of what you think your colour scheme is, or should be - makes it work.

Just look at that floor in the dining room set at the Ideal Home Show - isn't it gorgeous?

I liked the clever wood storage, close to the wood burner. I can see it would avoid arguments about whose turn it was to venture outside and get the next batch of wood for the fire!  Although if we had a wood burner, it would clearly be MOH's job, I mean... man, fire, enough said.

inbuilt wood storage that will prevent arguments about who has to go into the cold to get the logs!

You'll remember we contemplated many wooden tables and eventually ended up with a white glass table (yes, it makes no sense, but we fell in love with it), and we were also contemplating a mix of chairs and benches, so it was good to see them still around.  I liked the glass fronted storage too, and MOH renewed his campaign for new dining room lights.  I'll admit they would go in our space, with our table but I think it restricts how we could use the space, even more than our existing light.  

So he's still unsuccessful, but the room was a hit for us. And I knew if I tried for long enough I'd find a kind of aubergine he liked!

bench seating and storage in the dining room set at the Ideal Home Show

And a winner of a kitchen too

Our kitchens in this house have both been high gloss and they suit our space. This wooden unit and splash back is the closest we've seen to a kitchen that would work. I liked the nod to the grey tiled flooring behind the cooker, but MOH was bemused by the knobs that the chopping boards were hanging from, and the crockery spacers in the open draw.

Peeking into the kitchen roomset at the ideal home show

The big central island was a dream, and full of storage too. One day (I hope) I'll have a kitchen that can accommodate something like this. And a huge larder storage too.  I'm sure though my kitchen would never quite look so well put together, or as tidy, but I'm ok with that as it's a room set and not a real room...

A large central island in the kitchen roomset at the ideal home show

And everyone knows the best cooks are messy cooks, and those that use every utensil you own, right?  Well that's what MOH says anyway!

What do you think - could you live with either of these rooms, or elements from them?

Home Etc

Red and green bounty from the plot

Leaving the plot laden with produce is always good for the soul, and often good for the kitchen too. As I said yesterday I wasn't sure what I'd find on the plot, but going there before heading to the local shops was the best plan. It wasn't until I got home and unpacked our produce that I realised nature had colour coordinated my home grown fruit and veg.

There was another good handful of runner beans. They really do taste best fresh and home grown, and while we do freeze them fresh is definitely best. The frozen ones though have the most amazing smell, bringing back summer in an instant when it is long since forgotten.

Another handful of runner beans from the plot

And then there were the borlotti beans.  As you can see there were quite a few and equally as many left on the plants for another helping soon.  As I piled the borlotti beans on top of the runner beans I was amazed how many there were and how quickly they covered the runner beans.

Add some borlotti beans from the plot to the pile

But I wasn't done yet. There were apples too, the small apple tree was straining at the weight of the fruit so I picked a few to help it out. A pear from the fruit bowl added a touch of gree again.

apples from the small apple tree and a pear

And on top of the fruit, there was more rhubarb.  

And rhubarb from the plot too

There wasn't much space left on my chopping board, and I'd never thought of rhubarb as being the same colour as borlotti beans before, or apples and pears, but they are. 

That's quite a pile of produce isn't it - rewardlingly so

And we've already made good progress on eating these. A rhubarb crumble is half-eaten in the fridge, there's plans for apple and pear compote. We've eaten the borlotti beans with some pork loin from the butchers, and the runner beans will no doubt feature on our plates during the week too.

I cooked the borlotti beans covered in water with a sprig of sage, three squashed garlic cloves and three squashed cherry tomatoes. When they were soft I added some salt to the water and left them to stand for ten minutes or so before draining them, forgetting to save some of the cooking water as I planned! Then added some olive oil and lemon juice and mashed some of the beans. They tasted great and I'd cook them again this way. They lose their pink and white speckled colour when they're cooked, which is a shame, but for this harvest alone they're alwasy going to be on my growing list.

EVEN THE SAGE AND THE CHILLIES FROM THE GARDEN MATCHED THE RED AND GREEN THEME

EVEN THE SAGE AND THE CHILLIES FROM THE GARDEN MATCHED THE RED AND GREEN THEME

It's clearly a red and green time of year, and long may it continue!