Thursday, 26 May 2016

Cragside, tantrums and oodles of tulips

terraces at Cragside yellow and red tulips
It was a scorching day and we headed to Cragside in Northumberland which is a huge National Trust Estate, a Victorian delight and it really is massive. The walk over to the formal gardens had the dogs panting and a small child whinging. So much so that at the garden gate he erupted into the meltdown point of no return and I left him with his daddy and a rucksack of snacks. Ha, ha, off I skipped for some carefree mum garden viewing....until I realised I could still hear the crying across the tulip terraces. Cragside clok tower pink alpine plant Cragside house NorthumberlandReunited with the dogs, thank you National Trust for allowing them into here, I looked around at the formal planting - lots of pink daisies and perennials ready to burst into life. terrier dog and flowers pink and red flowers Cragside formal Victorian garden Orchard House glasshouse Cragside lime green plant wooden hut In the hut of tantrum by the gate of despair.in the glasshouse In the Orchard House of happy mother looking at figs and hoping the terrier wouldn't cock his leg up.deep red tulips Tulip inspiration, I must buy lots of tulip bulbs for autumn for patio pots and planting in the flower beds, I'd love a trough of them at the allotment too. tulip terrace tulip pots yellow climber Italian terrace Pink and yellow are a favourite combination of mine. pink and yellow primula fan trained fruit tree bellis in pink and maroon The Loggia Cragside red tulips A bit happier heading up the steps and tears wiped away - nothing a bag of crisps and a biscuit won't cure. Normally he loves the gardens but ah well, another time. Kids eh?garden dancing
Joining in with HDYGG?

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Little coastal cottage

holiday cottage Coastal cottage charm - turquoise painted wooden chairs and a spotty oil cloth tablecloth with a welcoming lemon drizzle cake. Fun artwork of dogs on their seaside holiday and vintage lolly signs. dogs by the sea artwork cottage kitchen Lots of lovely seaside details like the whale chalkboard and fish decorations, cool look grey wood panelling as splashbacks and a cosy feel in the living space. Vintage granny blankets for cosying with a book and bookshelves filled with holiday reading material. coastal cottage kitchen coastal cottage living space Swedish horse decoration Fishy prints in the book nook and nautical details like a ship in a bottle and lighthouses - trinkets you can find in holiday gift shops and charity shops. Blue and turquoise are the main colour theme throughout the cottage, blue patterned curtains and sea blue accents in the bedrooms. fish print lampshade cottage style cottage bedroom submarine art
 I love a coastal cottage as they give so much inspiration and whilst on holiday I picked up some new home items to take the theme home, a bargain wooden seagull was my best buy from the tourist information shop.cosy cottage interior Hurricane lanterns for the salty nights with a tea light flickering.coastal cottage Finally, not coastal but I love the bright, cheerful bird mugs that I've seen for sale in a garden centre. They looked great on the dresser in the cottage and given that the garden was full of birds everyday, it was a nice touch to this cosy place we stayed.pretty dresser with mugs

Saturday, 21 May 2016

The friendliest port

Amble Port The port of Amble in Northumberland, just up the road from our holiday cottage and the start of our exploration of this beautiful coastline. Amble is on the estuary of the River Coquet and is known as the 'friendliest port'. It's quite a small place but for a stroll to see harbour life I recommend stopping here if ever you are up in Northumberland. On one side there are views across to Warkworth Castle and in the other direction Coquet Island where the lighthouse and puffins reside. Puffin cruises A circular walk on the pier gave us excellent views and a breezy chance to create some space for the gorgeous ice creams we ate later from the harbour village where there are some cute food and gift shops in little wooden pods. A lovely mixture of new development and traditional fishing town. Fishermen were out repairing nets and we passed many crab pots - the dogs enjoying a good sniff and LB looking inquisitively. walking on the jetty Amble the friendliest port old pier One of those great places for photographing bits and bobs with lots of texture which pleased me.lobster baskets pretty yellow and blue boat fishing net lines view to Coquet Island terrier eating his ice cream Even the dogs had ice creams - vanilla whilst we had blackberry and licorice, strawberry cheesecake and tiramisu. Actually the best ice cream I've ever had (Spurreli's) and I wish we had been able to go back for another before going back to Cheshire. The town is pleasant with a tourism info/gift shop that I bought some nautical bargains from and the floral town square is a good place to sit and watch awhile. Amble town square Lots of interesting things to look at with LB and he was very enamoured with the cheeky seagulls following a couple eating their chips. We missed the Sunday market but I'm told it's a must do for its fresh food and vintage bargains. Fortunately just out of town by the marina was a brilliant antiques shop selling things for the home, books and toys that I recommend having a browse around and then buy scones from their cafe. So that's the first stop of the holiday and being blessed with blue skies was a bonus. Next stop will be Warkworth for the castle......Amble, Northumberland

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Thursday, 19 May 2016

How does your holiday cottage garden grow?

cottage garden view Last week we stayed in a holiday cottage on the Northumberland coast and I was so pleased that it had a garden to potter about in since we had the dogs with us and LB likes to explore outside. The view from the kitchen window was very pretty and with sparrows busy visiting the bird feeders it was relaxing to stop there with a cup of tea and watch for a while. woodland garden planting The back garden was on two levels and then had a little blue gate separating the lawned area where daffodils circled an old tree and the grass grew longer for a naturalised look. peeping out the garden door flowering quince coastal garden pulmonaria One of the focal points was a grand bug hotel that was perfect for helping separate the two gardens and making a home for creepy crawlies. garden bug hotel naturalised planting around a tree peach tulips purple hebe bug hotel wooden sign sunlit fence The dogs enjoyed sniffing around and it was comforting to have a secure garden for them and LB who ran around burning off energy after our day trips. I loved the herb filled sink by the back door and used the mint and chives in some cooking - must look out for a vintage sink to do similar with back at home. On the look out for a bird bath now too as it was really amusing to see the birds splashing around, especially a huge round wood pigeon that more or less displaced all the water whilst he fluffed and ruffled about. sink planter of viola and herbsJoining in with How Does Your Garden Grow? at Mammasaurus.