Friday, 15 June 2018

Home is where the heart is .....



This years escape was a much needed one. 
With all the care and concern around my mother-in-law, 
we both longed for the peace and tranquillity England always brings us.

At the beginning of this year I had subscribed to a monthly embroidery kit of the Stitchery 
from the lovely Nicki. 
Sadly there hasn't been much time to finish even the one of January, 
so this was the first thing to pack and a good excuse to take this lovely Basket along with me 


A sunny crossing brought us from Hoek van Holland to Harwich


After some detours (wrong directions from Airbnb) 
we arrived at our first cottage greeted by my favourite flower 


And this was our stunning view for a whole week at the Barn in the wonderful Shropshire Hills   


With at the back 'our own Bluebell Wood'


Having beautiful nature on our doorstep, we didn't have to go far for the stunning views
 I often see on the many Instagram accounts I love to follow.
So after a very short drive, we arrived at Cording Mill Valley to take in the lovely scenery
 and its inhabitants on our walk to Long Mynd







The next day we went to the lovely market town Shrewsbury 


After some shopping we had a lovely walk at The Quarry Park


And ended our visit with a drink with a view on the river Severn at the river bar The Boathouse Inn


We were so very lucky with the weather, so perfect conditions to unwind at the cottage
 that really felt like home. 

Mugs and Hanging Bottles both available on our Website

Enjoying the lovely garden


All the blossom in the orchard 


Accompanied by this one


We also made a tour through the beautiful landscape 
and visited some little towns in the area 


Including the lovely small market town Bishops Castle where 
we had such a lovely conversation with 
a very friendly gentleman about the love for England.
I couldn't have said it better as he did .... 'it gets into your soul'


On our last day in the Shropshire Hills, I saw this beautiful photo on the account of the lovely Nicola and 
just had to visit this spot, especially as it happened to be very near to us


It appeared to be the perfect place after some distressing news from the home front.
 We had a lovely walk and eventually sat down and soak up the 
wonderful views at Lyth Hill





After a fabulous week in this beautiful area we left for our next stay
 in West Sussex escorted by this one


On our way we had a stop at Hogben Pottery to collect new stock for the Shop and
took some lovely new designs home with us.
Personally I'm in love with this gorgeous Rosebud Mug 


Always looking for a rural location often makes it quite a task to find the cottage, 
but after (again) another detour we found our second 'home from home' .... Post Office Cottage


Which happened to be a real home to spend time with the rest of the family
who would arrive the next day


And with some lovely old features, like this hatch in the door 
which is the entry to the utility room


The very large but cosy kitchen where we spent most of our time 


And had celebrations, with my husband and middle son both 
having their birthday during our holiday 


And again a wonderful view, this time on the South Downs


Living the dream with my 'own Stove' for a week and doesn't seem my Basket 
also completely at home 


With the arrival of two of our boys and my sister-in-law and husband the sight seeing had begun,
with first the lovely city Brighton



Because already being here a few years ago, of which you can read all about here  
I had several spots in mind I wanted to show my family.
One of them was the Royal Pavilion





One very happy mum, showing these two around in this wonderful city 


Being so near, a walk at beautiful Petworth Park was also 'a real must',
 loved being the guide of the day again




Making the most of this one still likes to be in a photograph with his mum





Next stop was the lovely village Tillington


To celebrate the sixtieth Birthday of my husband with a meal at The Horse Guards Inn


Being so often in this beautiful area it already feels like home. So a walk at Black Down was 
something I really wanted to share with my family. 
It's already such a happy place and now even more being there with them, more happy memories made ....



Introducing them to my 'favourite bench'


Boys will be boys



Admiring the view of the Temple of the Winds




Time really flies when you're having fun, because before we knew, it was
already time to go home again. 
I really tried to save this view on our way back to Dover 




At home, not quite ready to face real life again, the garden gave us such a lovely welcome.
This is my favourite spot at this time of the year with the Mock Orange in full bloom, 
of which the scent is really divine 

You can find the Tablecloth Lace Crochet on here

Since we've been back the temperatures are wonderful and 
we're living outdoors the most of the day

You can find the Jane Hogben Strawberry Bowl on our Website


And like every time when there's new stock, I couldn't help myself, and just had
 to keep some of these lovely Mugs with the gorgeous new design to myself


Trying to keep that holiday feeling alive with a recipe from the Country Living Magazine 
I made for the first time while being on holiday



You can find the Embroidered Tea Towel here

Another lovely new item I took home with me and you can also find 
on our website, Jane Hogben Greeting Cards


Having still a few days off after returning from our break, I also had
 some time to do some 'faffing' inspired by this image I found on Pinterest 


With an abundance of flowering Alchemilla I had enough material to make this wreath


As long as you don't bind it to tightly and don't hang it in full sun, 
it will take some time before it will dry nicely


I love how it turned out in this heart shape, because isn't it just home where the heart is.
I think I've got two homes by now ....


Enjoy the weekend!

Anita
~xo~

4 comments:

  1. You have been to some beautiful places and your photography is excellent, you look lovely too. Brighton is one of my favourite places, I love the Pavillion grounds too and can never get enough of the beach. Bluebells look wonderful and I thought your first picture of the sheep scampering off was delightful. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Aww ... thanks for your lovely comment! Xx

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  2. Wow, such a wonderful holiday, with your pictures it looks just perfect! I love the UK, traveled there a long time ago (Yorkshire, beautiful), I would love to travel beyond London and other cities and see much more of it, the husband is not so keen...... so maybe your beautiful pictures can help a bit in that respect. Lovely to see your family and congratulations on all the birthdays. Is your family of Indonesian descent?

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  3. Hi Phyllis, it really was the perfect holiday (especially being surrounded by family this time)
    My husband (whose parents are indeed of indonesian origin) wasn't also that keen at first. But now also loves the country and its inhabitants, so there's still hope ;-)
    I have to admit, being daily on Instagram, I've neglected 'Blogland' shamelessly. Only just discovered your blog and going to have a read right now! Anita Xx

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