"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

Saturday, 28 May 2016

May at the Cottage


May brings a beautiful abundance of fresh green shoots & leaves to our cottage garden. Each month of the year has their own beauty but I love the month of May the best of all.
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The garden is scattered with cherry, apple & pear blossom. Each tree awaiting the lovely fruits which will hang from their branches. How truly blessed I feel when you see this blossom each year, nature is a marvelous thing.
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Blue Tits are all around the garden bringing their pretty gentle song. Baby rabbits are back hopping around again, they are so sweet to see but we need to make sure the fence around the vegetable garden is secure.
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Lilly of the Valley, Violets, Lilac & Cowslip are flowering in the garden, the smell of May is heavenly.
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Cottage days are filled once again with weeding & planting up the vegetable garden.
The children find such joy in planting seeds & seeing them grow.
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Ma's Plain Cake
This is a recipe I use again & again, it is a 6 egg mixture & makes a lovely large cake.
The recipe is in Ma Larkin Perfick Cooking.
This cook book is on of our family favourites.
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We have had so many special moments since my last post.
We became Grandparent's for the first time.
Meet sweet Charlotte, how wonderful it was so hold her.
This little girl brings such joy to our lives.
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Another tea cosy finished inspired by the colours of one I saw at the James Herriot Museum.
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The twins celebrated their 7th birthday at the end of March.
Time flies, they are turning in to little ladies.
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We had a new addition to the cottage last month, a 1947 Aga.
It cooks like a dream & keeps us beautifully warm too.
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Lambing is now over in our village farm.
There were so many beautiful little babies born.
We were so lucky to be asked to watch as some were being born & Mary was amazed to be asked to pull a lamb out.
Mary is the type of child to just get stuck in, maybe we have a little James Herriot in the making.
This is Mary's lamb.
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We love to walk the lanes & fields around our village.
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Some beautiful magazine's I found from the thirties & forties.
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A selection of cakes using these vintage pre war recipe booklet's.
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Beautiful Bluebells in our cottage garden.
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Early Spring morning at the cottage.
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The twins making Yorkshire Scones.
They love to get involved in the baking.
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I finally finished this 1930's Bow Scarf, it had been sitting at the bottom of my knitting bag for a while.
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Our scullery & sweet George.
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Making London Buns.
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Recipe.
Beat 3ozs of sugar & 2 ozs of butter to a cream. Then add 2 tea spoons of melted Golden Syrup. Add an egg & beat well. Then add 4 ozs flour, 2 tea spoons of ground ginger, 1/4 tea spoon of soda, 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar & 2 tablespoons of milk.
Half fill little patty tins & bake for 15 to 20 minutes in a moderate oven.
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Off to a 1940's event a few weeks ago.
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Blue & white Forget me Nots in the garden.
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Kitty is rarely without flower's.
Apple Blossom.
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Some vintage finds.
I can't wait to use the 1950's picnic hamper.
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A birthday cake for Danny who turned 15.
He asked for chocolate cake with fresh cream & chocolate treats on top.
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Spring blooms in the cottage garden.
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Making Maids of Honor.
These are little jam tarts with a sponge topping.
Line little tart tins with shortcrust pastry & put a small amount of jam in them  I used homemade rhubarb jam.
The beat 2 ozs of butter with 2 ozs of sugar, 1 egg, 2 ozs of self raising flour & 1 tsp of almond essence.
Put a small amount of this on the jam & bake in a moderate oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
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Homemade rhubarb jam.
Our rhubarb has grown so well, it has been going in to all sorts of recipes.
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Baking a sponge cake together.
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Here is the girl's cake all decorated for tea time.
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A country walk last weekend through the church yard next to the cottage.
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& then a ride out to a party in our 1930's car.
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Thank you to all my dear readers for all their comment's, I have read them & am very sorry I have not replied to them all.
There has been a few things going on these last few months regarding our sweet Kitty.
We have decided to full time home school from September as we feel that would be best for the girls.
I hope everyone is having a beautiful Springtime.
Fondly Michelle
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55 comments:

  1. So nice to see a new post from you Michelle!
    Your new Granddaughter is beautiful, congratulations to you all.
    My daughter Kittie used to love to help our local farmer with the lambing when she was younger. Spring is a wonderful time of year isn't it.
    As usual your pictures are a delight to look at. I always enjoy reading your blog.

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  2. What a lovely glimpse into your home and life!
    I will be praying for you as you begin home schooling your girls! I have been home schooling for almost 23 years, so I know the blessings and challenges. Lots of love!

    Heather, a.k.a sweetpickle02

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    1. Hello Heather,
      Thank you for your kind words. You have to follow your heart sometimes.
      Love your IG account. Xx

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  3. Sigh. Pure bliss gazing at all your lovely photos!

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  4. You certainly gave us a wonderful glimpse into your amazing home and your life. Congratulations to you all on the wonderful baby, she is adorable. The wonderful feeling of becoming a Grandparent can not be beaten. Some wonderful baking you are an inspiration. Hope all goes well with homeschooling. Take care.

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  5. I was so happy to see your blog post today. The photos that you share are good enough to be published in a professional magazine. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

    Full time home schooling for the twins will I am sure be nothing but a benefit and a positive experience.

    Congratulations on sweet baby Charlotte (you don't look old enough to be a grandparent) enjoy.

    Hugs from across the big pond.

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  6. Thank you.
    I just know it's the right thing to do, that's after many sleepless nights. Xx

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  7. Lovely to see a new post from you. Congratulations on the new arrival, our first grandchild arrived yesterday but it will be a few weeks until we can see him. Your girls are looking lovely as always but I didn't realise you weren't home schooling full time already. I hope it goes well, if I were a mum of school age children I would certainly be doing it.
    Lovely cakes too. since we moved and with Col so poorly I just can't get back into baking mode - but I really should!
    Enjoy your summer

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    1. Hi Sue,
      I've not been on the internet much lately, I must catch up with your blog.
      Hope you are enjoying your new home. Xx

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  8. Well done for coming to a decision, we are still agonising over it!! Will you home school all your children? Blessings xx

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    1. Hi Anna,
      They went full time this year but it hasn't gone well with Kitty. She ended up with a hospital appointment because of movement and eye flicking she was doing. It has turned out to be Tics due to stress and nerves. She doesn't want to go to school and cries so much. It's boring too for both girls, they are very uninterested in what they are learning and that is not a lot. I feel so much better now we have come to a decision. The older children are coming to the end of secondary school so we won't do them.
      Hope you come to a decision soon. Fondly Michelle

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    2. Hi Michelle, I haven't commented before but I wanted to say that I home schooled my two youngest children, my daughter coming out of school at 7 and my son never starting. I have never regretted it and neither have they! Daughter is 29 now and my son 23. Both are happy in their lives both working and personal. My daughter had dyslexia and just never thrived in the class room even though it was a very small village school. I joined education otherwise, a very good and encouraging group. I still have the friends that helped me over twenty years ago. I am sure they will love their new life out of school and learning their own way! Debs

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    3. Thank you so much Debs, I just know we are doing the right thing. Now kitty knows she's not going back all her symptoms have gone xx

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  9. A long wait but a beautiful post. I so look forwards to all your lovely photos etc. I do hope Kitty is doing okay now.
    Please could you say which pattern you use for the lovely tea cozy?

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    1. It's a 1940 pattern I found on EBay, it's a photo copied one that makes 6 designs. Xx

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  10. Such evocative photos. My grandma used to make Maids of Honour, how we enjoyed them!
    As an ex teacher who used to homeschool certain children, I feel you are doing the right thing. You can givee so much more personal attention

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    1. Thank you so much for your support. I feel more settled now we have come to a decision, home school is not set up I find as well as in America. Xx

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  11. I've missed you, Michelle. Your charming posts always make me miss beautiful England. I adore your new AGA! How lucky to have found such a find! Your baked goods always look wonderful.
    Your little grand is beautiful and I love the sweet photos of her. I do hope you are at peace about your decision for your children. Our hearts always know what is best. Have a wonderful evening. ♥

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    1. Yes so much at peace thank you.
      Hope you come back to England soon.
      Fondly Michelle

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  12. It's always such a inner joy, a delight, a true gladness to enjoy a post of jours, my dearest Michelle, you have the ability to make me live the past, your time, and it's a thing I love so, so much, I'm so very grateful to you for this, sweet friend !
    Congrats on your new born, I wonder your deep joy and thank you for all the photographs about your Springtime you shared, they're all so wonderful !

    Hope you had a lovely week, I'm wishing you all my best for your days to come, sending my dearest love to you

    Dany

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    1. Thank you so much Dany,
      Enjoy this beautiful Sunday.
      Fondly Michelle

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  13. Such an enjoyable post, Michelle... Loved it all but especially your scullery, the chocolate cake, the twins and congrats on your darling grandchild.. oh and your Aga.. I would so love to have one but we don't use them here in Canada.. Hardly anyone does but I found one can buy one but they are sooooo expensive... Have a blessed weekend and enjoy... God bless.. xo

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    1. It's wonderful to cook and bake on Faye, there is a big market in reconditioned old ones in England.
      Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
      Fondly Michelle

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  14. Hi Michelle, So nice to get a new post from you. I always enjoy them thoroughly. I do hope little Kitty is o.k. Your little grand baby is beautiful. There is nothing like a new baby. How lucky you are to have an Aga. I have always loved them.
    take care
    Hugs

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    1. Thank you Mary,
      I am so pleased with how the Aga cooks.
      Enjoy your Sunday. Fondly Michelle

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  15. Your home and gardens are so lovely! You always bake so many delightful treats! Thank you for sharing your recipes, I may have to try one soon. : )

    Your little granddaughter is beautiful! I love the name Charlotte.

    My mom decided to home school me when I was 9. It was a wonderful experience. I am so very grateful she made that decision. I hope you and your daughters enjoy this special time too.

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    1. That's wonderful to hear Sarah, I feel more settled now we have come to a decision and can't wait to start. They can learn now enjoying the things they like. Fondly Michelle

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  16. I've just spent the past couple of days working my way through all of your past posts and they are so wonderful. Your lovely home & garden, all the incredible recipes, plus your amazing photos - such a joy - thank you so much and congratulations on your first grandchild - may she bring you much joy & happiness.

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  17. What a lovely post Michele. I do enjoy your writing and photos. Charlottle is beautiful and being a Grandma is the best! I do hope Kitty is OK and that homeschooling works for all of you. Mom knows what's best for her children!

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    1. Thank you Julie,
      Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Xx

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  18. I enjoyed reading my way through ALL your posts last night as my husband watched football on the TV. Your baking of tried-and-true recipes, and the involvement of your daughters was a delight to follow. And now a grand-daughter too!! I hope they live near enough for you to be active in her life too? Thank you for such a delightful glimpse into your lives.

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    1. Thank you Virginia,
      They live just under two hours away so not to bad. Yes we hope to be active Grandparents. Auntie Kitty and Auntie Mary think she's wonderful xx

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  19. Hello! Just came by via Sue's blog in Wales.
    I'm so glad I clicked on the link, might never have found your lovely blog!

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  20. What a beautiful spring you are all having! Thanks so much for the recipe too, I will have to try that cake! We all have a bit of a sweet tooth around here :D things have been very busy around your house! Always love to see what you are baking and making :D

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    1. Thank you Heather,
      I hope you are having a lovely Spring,
      Fondly Michelle

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  22. Hello Michelle

    So glad to see you post again but so sorry that Kitty has had a few problems. I think you are doing the right thing in the long run. My aren't the girls getting all grown up and Charlotte is gorgeous; another little blessing. Love the Aga - very jealous though as it is on my wish list. One day. The weather has been lovely here the past few days and the elderflowers are starting to come out so I shall have to go gathering to collect the heads for elderflower champagne, elderflower wine and elderflower syrup. I also have a recipe for Hawthorn blossom wine that I would quite like to try too. Everywhere looks fabulous when the blossom is out but I do feel so for those with hay fever. I am itching to get my beehives but I dare not as the elderly neighbour has a bad heart anyway and I think he would panic if the bees came home en-masse. Its lovely to have had you pop back - for me your blog reminds me of how my Nan's was when we were growing up something precious and undefined that I hope you never lose.

    Take care Michelle

    Tricia (aka Pattypan)

    x

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    1. Thank you you very much Tricia, I loved hearing you talk about Elderflowers, we have lots. Fondly Michelle

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  23. Such a lovely post Michelle! May is a beautiful month, I do agree! Your granddaughter is a lovely wee bairn isn't she - I am sure she will bring you many, many hours of joy. You are such an inspiration for baking and all things vintage. I always look forward to your posts and your Instagram snaps. I am sorry to hear of your Kitty's troubles. I do hope things sort themselves out. All my children are grown now, our youngest is 20. I wish home schooling was an option here in Canada back then - I would have done that hands down. Much love, Dianna

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    1. It's not as popular here as it is in America but it's growing.
      Thank you for your kind comment.
      Fondly Michelle

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  24. I love your blog it brings such sweet things to my mind and heart. Congratulations are your sweet granddaughter. Happy June to be with love Janice

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  25. Congratulations on the safe arrival of your lovely new grand daughter, she is beautiful. It sounds like you have made the right decision in home schooling, they will learn so much more in a lovely home environment than in the test based and stress filled overfull classrooms that seem the norm at schools these days. It will be hard work but so worth it for their health, happiness and learning potential.

    Lovely glimpses into your home and baking again, thank you. I have printed off the Maids of Honour recipe, it is years since I made them, making my Lovely Hubby some will be a real treat. Take care. xx

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  26. Hope your husband likes them.
    I know in my heart schooling the girls ourselves is the right thing to do. Xx

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  27. Lovely post again Michelle I've missed your posts . Congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter she's beautiful . I'm glad you decided to homeschool if I had those years again ( my youngest is 10 ) I would do the same schools are full of tests and cramming everything in to the school day my daughter loves school and tells me what she's enjoyed each day but often says we didn't have time to finish this or that , pictures half painted and even crafts not completed really sad. It's not the teachers fault , crowded classrooms and government tests , reports and forms . You will give much valued one to one ( well two!) time and attention learning through things that interest them. A good decision .i look forward to seeing some lovely pictures as they learn. Xx

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  28. I purchased a little cookery pamphlet off book depository and when it arrived I loved it and thought it was something you might like to know about. It is called Favourite Country Soups. It cost $5 Australian with free shipping, so probably about £2 for you. It has 34 soup recipes and lovely illustrations of different English country villages. It is new but has a lovely vintage feel and look to it.

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  29. Good to see you have posted...lovely photos as usual...congratulations on the arrival to your family of little Charlotte. I hope now you have made the decision to homeschool full time things will improve for Kitty. x

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  30. Hello, your garden and all the cakes look beautiful, what a happy and creative life you lead. I discovered your lovely blog last week and can't stop reading it!

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  31. Hi Michelle,it's my second comment on this post but I just had to tell you that I made your fruit cake recipe today and it turned out lovely! Such a nice, moist cake with a fine crumb. I substituted wild blueberries for the sultanas. Thank you so much for sharing one of your wonderful recipes. Hugs, Pat

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