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My post today is a bit like an episode of Sesame Street, as it’s brought to you by the colour orange.

It’s another dull start to the week so I’ve been seeking out a little cheering colour and there is none more cheerful than the colour orange.

I have mentioned before how much I love orange flowers in the garden and there are still a few out there shining like little jewels. The weather has been so mild with no frost yet at all so the nasturtiums are still blooming their little hearts out and my window boxes are doing well too!

I also have a lovely bunch of peachy orange peruvian lilies on my dining room table, I do love fresh flowers in the house at all times.

The contents of my craft basket have an orangey tint at the moment and my long time work-in-progress autumn blanket also has its hint of orange (really must finish it)!

Even part of my lunch is orange today, I didn’t need the spoon to eat the orange, it’s part of a set that I brought back from France and I just thought it looked good, artistic license!!! ;)

I’m actually wearing an orange scarf today as well but sorry no selfies!

It’s only 34 days until the shortest day and 44 days until pre-spring, the brighter days are coming and I’m just doing what I can to get myself there!

Have a great week! :)

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Oh my goodness, today is one of those days that reminds me why I do not like this time of year, I really don’t think it got light at all today, roll on pre-spring!!!

I have received some happy mail recently and I thought I would share it today to try and brighten your day and mine!

First up some beautiful sunflower cards sent to me all the way from Australia from my lovely Facebook friend Terry of Terry Cards. So very thoughful and so very welcome. Terry does all her own photography, you can find her on Facebook here where she shares her lovely images. Thanks Terry, sunflowers are my favourite flowers and just the tonic for a grey day.

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I have shared some of Beth’s from The Linen Cat’s gorgeous makes here before, I do love her creations. When she posted these lovely birds on her blog recently, I just had to have one. Beth’s packages are always lovely to receive. You can find her fabulous work here and here.

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Now another lovely package which was a joy to receive was this one from Debbie of The Crimson Rabbit. I ordered the little blue rabbit star for my daughter and the red one for me, amazing, aren’t they!! You can also find Debbie on Etsy and Facebook. Do check out Debbie’s shop to see her beautiful creations!

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This is little Monty Mouse the creation of Sue McLearie of Paws by Sue McLearie. I first spotted him on Sue’s Facebook page and knew I had to have him.

Monty has been printed on to a transparent sticker so that you can place him wherever you want.

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And here he is happily living in the skirting board in my craft room! Cute or what!

So hopefully I have provided you with some new places to visit and maybe tempt you away from your pennies, it happens to me all the time.

So what have I spent this dismal day doing?

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Well I have baked some wheaten bread and cinnamon roll scones ( recipe can be found here).

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And I have also been making my ‘Christmas Girls’, excuse the photo, blame the grimness!!!

Have a great week, fingers crossed for some more brightness!

Thanks as always for dropping in. :)

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At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

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Summer is still hanging on in my garden, bless it.

You can see by the poor drenched sweet pea though that we had quite heavy rain last night!

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The cosmos continues to bloom and it looked beautiful in the morning sunshine.

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I just hope these little cosmos buds get to open before the first frosts!

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There are still nasturtiums………………

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……………..and fuschias!

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However there are many signs of autumn, most of the leaves are now off the trees.

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There are lots of berries!

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And most of the Black-Eyed Susan’s are now just black eyes!

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Summer bedding is making way for autumn flowering plants!

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Inside, the dresser in my craft room has a little autumnal display but…..

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……on my desk, I’m preparing for some winter crafting!!!

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Work has begun on the Christmas bunnies!

Thanks as always for visiting, I really do appreciate it, thanks also for all the bunny love in my last past!

Have a lovely week and a great November. :)

Derwen Collage

So here we are almost at the end of another month again…unbelievable!

The Autumn Girls have all been finished and I’ve had a lot of fun dreaming up their outfits and names.

This first little lady is Derwen which means ‘oak’ in Welsh and she has a lovely little oak leaf button fastening her cardigan and oak leaves and acorns all over her dress.

Athena Collage

In mythology, an owl traditionally represents or accompanies the Greek goddess Athena and this little Athena has lots of owls for company!

Forest Collage

Forest has so many little trees all over her dress that she really named herself.

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My little hedgehog girl has been named Tiggy after the most famous hedgehog ever, Miss Tiggywinkle.

Breeze Collage

I just love the fabric that Breeze’s dress has been made from, it has little images of leaves being whipped up by the wind and washing blowing on the line, oh and some little white bunnies too! Just pretty little pictures of a breezy day!

Woody Collage

Woody has lots of little woodland critters all over her dress and a cute little squirrel to fasten her cardie!

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And last but by no means least this is Teasel who has a dress covered in little teasels.

The ‘Autumn Girls’ are being listed in my Etsy shop on Wednesday 29th October at 10.00pm (GMT). GMT again, I much prefer BST!!!

Wishing you all a lovely new week and thanks as always for dropping by! :)

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October has generally been quite a good month so far, yes we have had a few blustery wet days but there have been lots of lovely autumnal days and it has been very mild. On Saturday we were out and about without coats in a very pleasant 18 degrees!

I have managed lots of garden time, tidying up summer bedding and planting bulbs for next spring, one afternoon last week I planted 65 bulbs mostly tulips and some crocuses too, my shoulders and back weren’t that pleased with me the next day though!!!

I also have planted up my pots and window boxes with lovely little pansies and violas, heathers and cyclamen to see me through the dark days until springtime.

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Inside I’ve been making sweets from the lovely book ‘Sweets Made Simple’ by the wonderful Hope & Greenwood, I’m sure many of you in the UK watched their fabulous TV series.

Last week I made some Cinder Toffee and the previous week I made Coconut Ice which unfortunately didn’t get photographed before it was all eaten. There is so much more in the book I want to try.

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I’ve also been autumn bunny making, I’ve not quite finished them all yet but I hope to have an autumn bunny parade to share with you all some time next week.

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I would like to thank all of you who left comments on my two French posts, I’m so glad you all enjoyed having a look around those two marvelous homes with me.

As a little thank you to all my very loyal blog friends I decided to have a secret giveaway.

I brought back some lovely Provençal lavender from the Marche de Fleurs in Nice along with some lavender soap with a giveaway in mind, I’ve also added a little spool of lavender spotty ribbon which although not from France looks lovely along with the other two items.

So if you left a comment on either French post you were entered into the draw and if you left a comment on both posts (thank you) you had two entries.

So with every entry being allocated a number and the random number generator used the winner of my secret giveaway was Simone!! I’ll get it posted off to you soon Simone.

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Thank you to all of you who take the time to pop by here and leave a comment, I really do appreciate it!

I just wish I had a bag of lavender for you all!

Wishing you all a wonderful new week. :)

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The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild was without a doubt the highlight of our recent trip to the south of France.

The villa was designed and built between 1905 and 1912 by Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild (1864–1934) who was a member of the Rothschild banking family, Béatrice was married to the banker Baron Maurice de Ephrussi.

The Baroness filled the mansion with antique furniture, Old Master paintings, sculptures, objets d’art, and an extensive collection of rare porcelain.

I’ll take you for a little tour of inside the villa first!

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rothchilds ceilings Collage

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The villa is situated on the Cap Ferrat peninsula with outstanding views of the Mediterranean on either side but the most amazing thing about it are the gardens. The grounds are divided up into various gardens each one beautiful.

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Spanish Garden

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Florentine Garden

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Stone Garden

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Japanese Garden

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Exotic Garden

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Rose Garden

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French Garden

My favourite garden was the French Garden, it was beautifully laid out with it’s musical fountains, I could have sat there forever!

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Such a wonderful place, how amazing would it have been to have lived there!!

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