Teacups & Box Files

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http://fantastic-ideas.com/category/uncategorized The blossom on the peach tree is beautifully blooming. This little lovely lives in our conservatory, and last year bore us two juicy fruits which Adam and I shared, half and half, just incase one was better than the other! I am hoping it’s going to put some real effort in this year and there’ll be fruit for everyone!

go to this website 2014 02 21 winnie and mojo bed

We went to see an awesome band on Saturday night. The highlight for me was when the hardcore, screaming, frenzied vocalist stopped between songs and said, ‘Hello Karen! Are you alright Karen? Are you enjoying yourself Karen?!’ There was a small bit of ‘Karen!’ chanting and then they carried on! Totally surreal, most embarrassing, really fun! My friend Derek said it was clear proof that I am utterly fabulousÂ… I like that, that would be my favourite explanation in most situations!

The band are called The Projectionist, they hail from Cambridgeshire and will rip your face off with their music! You’ve been warned, now check them out!

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From hardcore metal bands, to super sweet treats! Have you tried Speculoos? I think it is my favourite thing. I describe it as caramel biscuit butter and I eat it straight from the jar! I love this stuff on pancakes, but I reckon I am going to have to come up with some proper Speculoos recipes soon!

2014 02 19 eggs flour jam drawing

I have been super busy working on a film project with a group of 12 awesome young people creating a mini documentary to promote Youth Services. It has been such fun, I’ve made some great new 10 year old friends. Part of the film is going to be animated, so we drew some pictures of things that represent the activities they do together.

2014 02 19 tractor workshop ADAS

I got to explore some old DEFRA buildings earlier this week too. This is a tractor workshop and I LOVE it! Does this remind you of a bad theme pub?!
2014 03 04 South Holland Open Exhibition Breakfast Time Mo Teeuw 02

Back in January I was one of three judges on the panel to select the work for the South Holland Open Arts Exhibition. This is the third year I’ve been involved, I know what I like when it comes to art, but I really enjoy selecting work for other people. We had a wonderful crop of submissions to pick from, and I felt this was the best year yet.

2014 03 04 South Holland Open Exhibition Edward Wheatley The New Girl
Unfortunately I missed the private view, but I popped over to the South Holland Centre to have a look at the selection and see how it came together once hung on the walls.

2014 03 04 South Holland Open Exhibition Ian C Cox Sunken Track

I wasn’t disappointed. I do think this is the best year yet and I even skimmed through the comments book to validate my opinion with those of the hundreds of visitors – yes, there was an overall consensus.

2014 03 04 South Holland Open Exhibition Valerie Tyler Winter Penny Hill

I was equally happy when one of the artists arrived to show someone around. I couldn’t help but overhear their enthusiastic conversation as I walked ahead of them. I’m often amused by earwigged chatter. I wanted to close my eyes so I could fully tune in to his talking, but that would have been a bit weird when viewing visual arts! My favourite bit was when he stood before his own painting and exclaimed, “You can see the freedom of expression!”

That particular artist doesn’t feature in my favourites selection, but for some other random reasons, these ones do. I’ll let you decide what you think of them…

2014 03 04 South Holland Open Exhibition Steven Williams Everymans Faith 01

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2014 03 04 South Holland Open Exhibition Jerome Hunt After the Rain 02

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2014 03 04 South Holland Open Exhibition HM Kempton Going For Gold 01

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From the top:
Mo Teeuwe - Breakfast Time (detail).
Edward Wheatley - The New Girl (detail).
Ian C Cox - Sunken Track.
Valerie Tyler – Winter, Penny Hill.

Steven Williams – Everymans Faith.
Jerome Hunt – After the Rain.
HM Kempton – Going for Gold.

2014 02 20 rocky visit hare arms pub stow bardolph carpet colours

Rocky came to visit. We explored my favourite church and had lunch at The Hare Arms. I do love the carpet in their conservatory – great colours, that turquoise, yellow and coral combo – nice!

Do   you remember when I helped Rocky to take a picture of her bag in London last month? It was for a competition, and she won! Not only did she receive a chunky leather travel bag, the company were so impressed with her submissions that they asked her to do some product shots for them. So, she hot-stepped it up to our house to use it for her shoot.

2014 02 19 vintage box files ADAS

I picked up these beautiful vintage box files last week. They are about 40 years old. The Dymo labels have made me very happy!

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We’ve been cracking on with the DIY, again! The carpet is on the stairs and the hall floor is varnished. All of this has been fuelled by  white hot chocolates and pancakes. We’ve now got a small extra repainting job to do in the kitchen where Adam got over zealous with his flipping skills and stuck one on the ceiling!

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One of the lovely young people I work with gave me a small stash of vintage teacups. I came home the other night to find them on the doorstep, it was a heartwarming surprise. We are pirates, hoarding and sharing the best and most random treasure.

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Hannah and I went for a wander around Stamford and looked at pretty things. We dressed for practicality and 90’s grunge. I like how this colour coordinated householder has also matched their refuse sacks to their window box.  That sounds a bit weird, sorry about that!

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Hannah got me a Kinder Surprise, and surprised I was, to find something I actually wanted inside! The last good thing I found in a Kinder egg was a small clear plastic chicken (the ghost chicken) with the number 6 on it’s chest and a tiny yellow dice inside. That was most useful.

2014 02 26 stamford kinder kitty and kittens in japan book

I picked up this amazing book ‘Kittens in Japan’  for my friend Emma from Letterloves. It’s supposed to be a surprise. SURPRISE Emma!

My Favourite Church & The Magic Cupboard

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This is my favourite church; one of Norfolk’s hidden gems, Trinity Church in Stow Bardolph. Everything there is beautiful to me. I don’t think I could tire of visiting this place. For such a small village this really is a very opulent church. I’ve explored here with my camera for a feature on Shutter Hub, have a look, there are more images and words!

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This place is full of awe and wonder, there is even a magic cupboardÂ… or a terrifying cupboard, whichever way you look at it.

As the large mahogany door creaks slowly open, you are greeted by the top half of Sarah Hare, created from wax, dressed in red silk, staring sternly, warty and wondrous! This wax effigy from the 1700’s is a true rarityÂ… I bet you are relived to hear that!

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Trinity Church is in Stow Bardolph, near Downham Market, West Norfolk. It’s right next door to Church Farm Rare Breeds Centre, so after you’ve frightened your friends with the wax woman, you can pop along and pet a lamb. Ah, calming!

Pretty Things & The Projectionist

2014 02 16 knitted pork products 01

Mum has been knitting again. This time its a wonderful array of knitted pork products for Pirate Sam to throw to the crocodiles. I was slightly embarrassed/very proud when the lady in the post office asked what the parcel contained!

2014 02 16 garlic bulbs

We’ve been cracking on with the DIY and working hard. Adam is in Brussels this week (hopefully bringing me back a crate of Speculoos) and I’ve been busy working on a film project,  eating biscuits and drinking tea.

2014 02 16 dried flowers african violets

I love flowers when they dry naturally, these are from an African Violet plant my friend Bethe gave me years ago – I am so proud of this plant and it’s ability to survive!

2014 02 18 fpl judging teapot dents 01

Today has been particularly hectic but fulfilling. Apart from getting some super awesome post of the smelly variety this morning (good smelly, not bad smelly!) I also popped out for tea (and a cheese scone) with Elaine and Leanne, and we spent several hours selecting the winning entries for the Fenland Poet Laureate Awards 2014.

I’m very proud to have founded the awards back in 2011. (If you are interested you can find out more here!) Lots of people took the pee when I told them my concept, but then I won a Clore Poetry and Literature Award and they stopped being so mean! Ha ha ha! We can read, write AND drive tractors in the Fens – in your face, haters!

Today we picked the winning poem, which means we now know who is going to follow in Elaine and Leanne’s footsteps. It’s exciting. We picked a winner winner!

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2014 02 16 knitted pork products 01

Mum has been knitting again. This time its a wonderful array of knitted pork products for Pirate Sam to throw to the crocodiles. I was slightly embarrassed/very proud when the lady in the post office asked what the parcel contained!

2014 02 16 garlic bulbs

We’ve been cracking on with the DIY and working hard. Adam is in Brussels this week (hopefully bringing me back a crate of Speculoos) and I’ve been busy working on a film project,  eating biscuits and drinking tea.

 

 

 

 

2014 02 16 dried flowers african violets

 

I love flowers when they dry naturally, these are from an African Violet plant my friend Bethe gave me years ago – I am so proud of this plant and it’s ability to survive!

2014 02 18 fpl judging teapot dents 01

Today has been particularly hectic but fulfilling. Apart from getting some super awesome post of the smelly variety this morning (good smelly, not bad smelly!) I also popped out for tea (and a cheese scone) with Elaine and Leanne, and we spent several hours selecting the winning entries for the Fenland Poet Laureate Awards 2014.

I’m very proud to have founded the awards back in 2011. (If you are interested you can find out more here!) Lots of people took the pee when I told them my concept, but then I won a Clore Poetry and Literature Award and they stopped being so mean! Ha ha ha! We can read, write AND drive tractors in the Fens – in your face, haters!

Today we picked the winning poem, which means we now know who is going to follow in Elaine and Leanne’s footsteps. It’s exciting. We picked a winner winner!

2014 02 18 fpl judging milk dents 03

 
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Recently I shared a favourite bedtime drink,  Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Milk,  and today I thought you might fancy trying something different. It’s a sweet and soothing bedtime drink inspired by a distant memory.

The best rice pudding I ever ate, was in Rajasthan, India. At the top of a mountain, in Neemrana Fort Palace, (an awesomely magical place, built in 1464) my spoon slipped into  the silkiest, sweetest, most delicious pudding I have ever tasted. It’s something I will never forget. 

I don’t think anything could match that pudding of perfection, but the flavour of this drink is the closest I can get and it makes me think of a wonderful trip to a beautiful place.

To 250ml of milk add 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg, the seeds of one cardamon pod and 1 teaspoon of honey. Heat, stir and enjoy.

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If you ever get the chance to visit Neemrana Fort Palace, do it. Seriously, look at this place!
2014 02 16 knitted pork products 01

Mum has been knitting again. This time its a wonderful array of knitted pork products for Pirate Sam to throw to the crocodiles. I was slightly embarrassed/very proud when the lady in the post office asked what the parcel contained!

2014 02 16 garlic bulbs

We’ve been cracking on with the DIY and working hard. Adam is in Brussels this week (hopefully bringing me back a crate of Speculoos) and I’ve been busy working on a film project,  eating biscuits and drinking tea.

2014 02 16 dried flowers african violets

I love flowers when they dry naturally, these are from an African Violet plant my friend Bethe gave me years ago – I am so proud of this plant and it’s ability to survive!

2014 02 18 fpl judging teapot dents 01

Today has been particularly hectic but fulfilling. Apart from getting some super awesome post of the smelly variety this morning (good smelly, not bad smelly!) I also popped out for tea (and a cheese scone) with Elaine and Leanne, and we spent several hours selecting the winning entries for the Fenland Poet Laureate Awards 2014.

I’m very proud to have founded the awards back in 2011. (If you are interested you can find out more here!) Lots of people took the pee when I told them my concept, but then I won a Clore Poetry and Literature Award and they stopped being so mean! Ha ha ha! We can read, write AND drive tractors in the Fens – in your face, haters!

Today we picked the winning poem, which means we now know who is going to follow in Elaine and Leanne’s footsteps. It’s exciting. We picked a winner winner!

2014 02 18 fpl judging milk dents 03

 
2014 02 23 peach blossom 01

The blossom on the peach tree is beautifully blooming. This little lovely lives in our conservatory, and last year bore us two juicy fruits which Adam and I shared, half and half, just incase one was better than the other! I am hoping it’s going to put some real effort in this year and there’ll be fruit for everyone!

2014 02 21 winnie and mojo bed

We went to see an awesome band on Saturday night. The highlight for me was when the hardcore, screaming, frenzied vocalist stopped between songs and said, ‘Hello Karen! Are you alright Karen? Are you enjoying yourself Karen?!’ There was a small bit of ‘Karen!’ chanting and then they carried on! Totally surreal, most embarrassing, really fun! My friend Derek said it was clear proof that I am utterly fabulousÂ… I like that, that would be my favourite explanation in most situations!

The band are called The Projectionist, they hail from Cambridgeshire and will rip your face off with their music! You’ve been warned, now check them out!

2014 02 19 speculoos jars 02
From hardcore metal bands, to super sweet treats! Have you tried Speculoos? I think it is my favourite thing. I describe it as caramel biscuit butter and I eat it straight from the jar! I love this stuff on pancakes, but I reckon I am going to have to come up with some proper Speculoos recipes soon!

2014 02 19 eggs flour jam drawing

I have been super busy working on a film project with a group of 12 awesome young people creating a mini documentary to promote Youth Services. It has been such fun, I’ve made some great new 10 year old friends. Part of the film is going to be animated, so we drew some pictures of things that represent the activities they do together.

2014 02 19 tractor workshop ADAS

I got to explore some old DEFRA buildings earlier this week too. This is a tractor workshop and I LOVE it! Does this remind you of a bad theme pub?!