"With Pomp, Power & Glory the world beckons vainly, In chase of such vanities why should I roam?While Peace & Content bless my little thatched cottage,And warm my own hearth with the Treasures of Home."*Beatrix Potter

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Being at Home

Just a few things I have been up to in the past couple of days.

My husband & two of my boys have been out blackberry picking, so many bags have gone in to the freezer & I made blackberry & apple jam. My son bought me some Cath Kidston jam labels, so the jars are sitting pretty now on the pantry shelves. This is a recipe I use every year, it has such a strong flavour & everyone loves it.

Empty Kilner jars waiting for the beetroot to ready for pickling.

A new jumper for me from a 1940's pattern.

I started a new 1940's jumper, I found the pattern thanks to Forties Knitter, who purchased the pattern from etsy. It is called bows bows bows & I have chosen a nice camel colour with a navy bow. I found some vintage navy buttons from an antique shop in our local town Horncastle.

Here is what I am reading at the moment, I read the first book & I couldn't put it down. I am halfway through Nella Lasts Peace & really enjoying it, I have Nella Last in the 1950's sitting there waiting. I love Housewife 49 & am finding the books so enjoyable & full of idea's too.

 A little bit of baking.

I bake almost everyday, we have five hungry children here & three that have grown & flown the nest. So as you can imagine the baking doesn't last long. Brownies are a favourite & I bake bread at least five times a week. We try to not buy processed food & cook from scratch as much as we can.

This is the basic white bread I do, I also do a half wholemeal & half white one too. I love old vintage kitchenalia & use it all the time, it cooks bread & cakes wonderfully.

Vegetable Garden & Hens.

We have been in this cottage since Spring last year & with work inside & out we only managed a small vegetable patch this year. We have so many plans for next Spring & hope to make the vegetable patch twice the size.
I took a photo of our eight hens this morning as I noticed the sheep were out in the back field.
The twins planted the sunflowers & beetroot, I can't wait to pickle that.

Sweetcorn, Beetroot, Currant bushes, Rhubarb, Gooseberry bushes, Raspberries & Sunflowers.

Cleft gates we bought at Beamish Georgian Fair, they are handmade out of ash.


Sunday, 10 August 2014



This is my first post & I am learning as I go along. I have been wanting to start for a long time & have finally got some time to do it.

I live in Lincolnshire in a thatched cottage built in 1741, I love baking, growing flowers & vegetables, knitting especially vintage 30's & 40's patterns, canning & preserving, sewing, rug hooking, history & much much more. This is what I will be blogging about & of course my wonderful family & our days out & goings on.

Here are some photos of what we have been up to this year, hope you enjoy them.

Fondly Michelle

                                                      Beamish in a very cold January.
                                                          Our twin girls Kitty & Mary.
Pockley Old Hall at Beamish Museum.

                                                               Coal Miners Cottage.


                                              Twins watching Danny & Sidney ice skating.

Pockley Old Hall

                           Easter weekend spent at The Lake District.

                                                                 Lake Windermere.

Hilltop Beatrix Potters home.
Girls outside Hilltop, they love Beatrix Potter & so do I.

     My birthday weekend spent at The Georgian Fair at Beamish.

Mary on a tractor at Home Farm.
Home Farm is set in wartime, I love that era.

Pantry at Home Farm.

                                                            Cottage at Home Farm.

                                                                      Mary & Me


                                                                   Writing with ink.

Washing Up.


Cottage in the town at Beamish.
                                                                   Georgian Fair.
Kitty at School.

Home Farm Kitchen.
I love the 1940's, we could have stayed here all day.

The twins Christening with their godparents.
They were christening in the church right next door in West Ashby.
We had a garden party & the sun shone wonderfully.
I made the girls dresses.

Our eldest son got engaged to a very special girl.
This is them on the day of the Christening.
Such a special day.