Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Evenings and mornings...

We've been having some beautiful sunsets, but no shepherd's delight in the mornings - it's all grey and damp round here at the moment, with mist magically swallowing up everything beyond the garden walls.

I took the first image at 11pm on Monday night, and Mr Drookit took the second one this morning at around 6:15am.

Left the house yesterday and found everything festooned once more with dewy spiderwebs. I know they must be there all the time, but it always seems as if the spiders have made a special effort to take advantage of the effects of the weather.


There's still colour to be found, out and about - and it's interesting seeing this tree (right) from yesterday, as I don't even remember there being a blue sky...

And the log store was filled up! There's already a substantial dent in it, so we'll see how long it lasts...

Friday, 6 December 2013


It's really starting to get chilly around here, although we're fortunate not to have suffered the storms and flooding of other parts of the country. My niece has been here for the week (she's off to London for the weekend, and is back again next week) so we've all been hunkering down in front of the wood-burner in the evenings, only venturing out of the front room if absolutely necessary! She's studying for exams, but we took yesterday off to head into Lavenham for a wander, and lunch.

We went to Munnings tea room in the Crooked House, same place we took some friends last time. Carrot and orange soup, enormous warm cheese scones, cheese and chutney on the side... Delicious.

Not the Crooked House, just one of several others...

The sun came out just as we arrived, so we ambled around quite happily, and I tried to sound knowledgeable while trying to remember anything we'd been told when Mr Drookit and I took a guided tour of the village a year or so ago.

We even wandered past the house where Harry Potter was born (well, in the films!) which I didn't realise until I got home and checked!
Harry Potter's 'birthplace'. No, really!
The famous Suffolk Pink looks as if it might be usurped by this beautiful orange/yellow wash (also featured on the Little Hall in the top picture).

Waiting for the bus to go home, with 10 minutes to spare, a chum stopped and offered us a lift, so we ended up being home five minutes after the bus would only just have left the bus stop. A little bit of Hogwarts wizardry must've rubbed off on us - excellent!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

December already...

Time just seems to be flying past at the moment, and with the promise of 'stuff that must be done' looming (buying, tidying, making, etc) it feels as if the clocks are speeding up even more... Outside, the leaves are still looking gorgeous but the berries are starting to take over as the 'colour interest'.

Indoors, we still have pumpkins dotted around the house, waiting patiently for me to either get on and paint them or just put them out of their misery.

Off to St Peter's the other day for another vintage fair organised by Juniper Flowers, and then to my favourite shop in town, AG Lifestyle, which I'd happily move into.

AG Lifestyle is just across from Waitrose, and five minutes stroll to the train station, so it would make an ideal home... but for the lack of a bed, and pesky customers trying to buy everything when you're trying to have a quiet cup of tea and a custard cream.

I received this postcard from my sister-in-law and niece, from an exhibition of Frida Kahlo's work at the Musée d'Orsay. Beautiful painting - I like the stylisation of Kahlo's work very much and this painting demonstrates that particularly well. Inspiring. My lovely niece is coming to stay tomorrow, so I will make sure she tells me every detail of the exhibition!


Okay doke, off to start a veggie stew/soup/something or other, with all the lovely veg* bought at the farmers' market the other day, before Mr Drookit gets home from his bike ride.

*Romanesco cauliflower looked particularly lovely - not sure yet what to do with it, but I'm sure it will be interesting!