Friday was a great day. The shop was busy with new customers and some regulars popping in for a chat and a gift.
The best surprise was an unexpected visit from our fellow blogger,Julie(THE CLOTH SHED) and her husband.
It was so nice to meet these lovely people. They were my first visitors since I started my blog.When they introduced themselves ,I felt a certain panic ,like the one you feel when you answer the door after a crazy weekend to find your immaculately dressed mother-in-law waiting to be asked in and served tea in the Aynsley china.
After a chat and a laugh, Julie left with a souvenir; a lovely original French La Poste mail sack.
The afternoon brought the dreaded snow so I shut the shop early and came home to a wonderful, roaring log fire and my favourite candles scenting the air.
Everything under the pristine cloak of snow looks so enchanting; so calm and clean...Although it has almost all melted by now, it was great to enjoy the nicer side of Winter.
This morning there was a definite thaw in the air and the rising mist began to free us from the clutches of the earlier frost.
The light wasn't good but if you look closely you will see the man's loyal companion at his feet.
As you turn the corner your eyes are fixed on another beautiful work of art; a startled deer. Its hard to believe that its made of metal.Each strip is shaped so skilfully that it gives an impression of being merely leather.
Back home, I continued to snap away.
Although it'll be a while before these get used, I've started getting my enamel containers together ready for planting up with Primulas, winter Pansies, ivy etc. They look fantastic en mass on a prominent wall. Will try and show you when in place.
Inside I've been giving myself a bit of a colour boost.
It was love at first sight with these cosy bed socks, and they go so well with my new bed linen. To be honest, neither the socks nor the 'brave' patterned bed linen are my style (I'm more of a simple, understated girl really) but sometimes you just have to release the imp within and go wild, and where better to do that than the bedroom!
I could not resist the shape of this plate at a fair last year. Its very old with an amazing dark blue glaze in the pattern.
The beautiful bowl is relatively modern but it complements the plate with its fantastic Cobalt/Ultramarine blue glaze. The designs , which are not very apparent in the photo, are typical of the Turkish decoration technique.
Every girl likes a nice scent. This is a mixture of mine and my Better Half's. The colours work well together here too.
...ending with Liam, bathed and smelling sweetly.
Wishing you all a good evening.
Stay warm and in touch; I love reading your comments.