Tuesday, 3 March 2015


Bringing a bit of Spring into the house is always welcome, especially when it is in the form of the scented narcissus.. Bridal crown....lovely.

 Motivated by the impending Spring, I have been having a big change around in the house and the pull for stripped pine is strong... A year ago this would have seen the paint pot....

An old pine dresser base, found in a barn, now drying out after years of neglect.

Two cupboards either side of three graduated drawers.
Simple panelling on the doors and sides.

To say it has been a little ravished by woodworm in the past is an understatement, the top and parts of the base have tunnels in the wood as opposed to holes....
However, long since gone and now given a good soak of fluid to make extra sure, the signs of age are still there making it an attractive, worn, country piece.

It will be staying for now until I fall in love with something else... The beauty of antique dealing I suppose.

Continuing on the old pine line....

A neat brass locking handle sits well on this lovely glazed cupboard.
Perfect for crockery in a kitchen with plate restrainer lip on the shelves and cup hooks underneath.

I would love to keep this but unfortunately I have no where for it.

Talking of new things and a move away from furniture, another birthday hit me. 
Lots of lovely presents and lots of Labrador themed cards of course and my favourite is this one, from a couple with a wicked sense of humour!


And....another new thing for me was a visit to the beautiful Northumberland coast to meet a friend, Christine, who has a cottage right on the beach. 
The weather was glorious, beautiful sunshine, a little breezy, but the skies were so blue and the miles of sandy beach so clean. 

The dramatic outline of Dunstanburgh castle in the distance...

Miss Ottie was in her element!

She never stopped running, even on the way back to the cottage. Meeting other dogs and finding another black lab to play with made for one happy dog.

Christine rents out her cottage which is a dog friendly, two bed roomed, Northumberland stone barn conversion with Northumbria coast and country cottages. 

Courtyard Cottage.....Dunstan Steads, Embelton, Northumberland.

The views are stunning and the farm buildings delightful.

I think I need to book in and recharge my batteries....

Julie x