Friday, 31 August 2012

Gran's chair

After many years of treasuring and determinedly hanging on to my great grandmother's chair it has finally found its place.

It's a funny little chair, very low to the ground. What's known as a nursing chair, I think. It used to sit by the fire in her kitchen and was the perfect cosy spot, in the corner behind the kitchen table, next to the toasting fork and below the cat's head string dispenser. 

I can't bring myself to remove the layers of its history. The varnish on the arms is dulled and worn from years of use. The original layer of striped canvas is beautiful, and the golden 50's fabric is in great condition.


Knowing that my Gran stitched the shot silk cover together, however badly, makes it impossible to undo. I think I must have inherited my sewing skills from her!

In my old house it was in the living room, under a ceiling that was 10 feet high, and when I sat in it I felt like Mrs Pepperpot!

For the last year it's been in the garage, getting damp and feeling unloved. And now! Our gorgeous new garden room has given it the home it deserves.

Vintage cushion covers from a charity shop fit perfectly and it's great to see it back in use. 

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Olympic yarn bombing

To complete our 'not quite camping' weekend we had a rather wonderful day in Saltburn.

It's a fantastic seaside town at the best of times but in recent months it's been further gilded by the appearance of an amazing bit of yarn bombing!

The range of sports they'd covered was just amazing! Here are some of our favourites.

A huge "Thank you" to whoever is responsible for this - you put a huge smile on our faces!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Not quite camping...

Due to the awful weather predicted for the Bank Holiday weekend we decided not to go camping, as planned, but have a 'not quite camping' weekend at home.

This involved having a campfire, cooking outside, toasting marshmallows and sheltering under 'canvas' in the garden. 

It also took in the Wensleydale Agricultural Show, with its strange animals...

Splendid vegetables...


And glorious combinations of the two!

We also loved the tea table - especially the prawns!

And the amazing Lego Olympics!