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Sunday, 1 March 2015

February::March


I loved February - there was so much that was good about the month. I have been inspired by so much.
* The highlight of the month was our trip to Harry Potter Studios - so amazing.
* February was the month of love. I adored the posts on the Seeds and Stitches blog by the beautiful Davina and Hannah. Loving yourself should last younger than a month methinks...
*We have booked to go to The Good Life Experience in September - I am so excited by this. I was disappointed not to be able to go last year and am looking forward to joining in with all the fun this time.
*I cooked this  - a recipe I found on Jen's blog 'Little Birdie'. If you don't know her blog you really should take a look. It is one of my absolute favourites and I am always delighted to see a new post pop up. The cake by the way was delicious.

And so to March - the month of Spring and more light. There is St Patrick's day to look forward to and visits from friends as well as time in the garden and spring walks...so much to look forward to!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Scenting the Home




I wrote about scent in the home at Christmas. I saw a beautiful picture of pot pourri recently (pintrest? facebook? I really can't remember.). Anyway I thought I'd have a go. I love lavender - not just for the smell but also the colour. I love that faded blue and the beautiful green of the bay leaves. I added sprigs of rosemary and star anise - all favourite smells.

If you recognise the pot pourri mixture please let me know - I would like to give the original maker credit; the smell gives me such pleasure.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Harry Potter


A major highlight of our half term was a trip to The Harry Potter Studios. A trip to the studios was Finn's Christmas present - we gave experiences rather than things this year.
I have lived with Harry Potter for at least 12 years - Erin was about 9 when she first discovered the boy wizard and he has been in our lives ever since. We dressed up to go to watch the first films, queued at night to buy the latest instalment and discussed for hours what we thought would happen in the next novel. It has bought us so much happiness and Harry's appeal has been equal for our boys as well as our girl. Both privately and professionally I have used the Harry Potter books to kick start a child's reading. There are those who have been snippy about this series but the truth is that these books draw children in and they are actually magic. Yesterday Finn spent more hours reading than he did on his iPad - voluntarily - that alone is magical.
The tour is also magical - set after familiar set is breathtaking, What stunned me most was the work that went into the films. Everything was created to make a whole world, newspapers, advertisements, cereal boxes, books, posters, files on desks, paintings, labels on bottles - anything you can think of. In my next life I want to work in the graphics department on a major film and make up newspapers, just saying.


Or work in the make up department.


Or dress sets...


Every book in Dumbledore's office was created from an old phone book covered in leather and given individual titles. Such amazing detail.


A detail of the potions lab. Every bottle had handwritten labels, distressed to look old.


Hagrid's cottage.


Death eaters were here...


This statue  was amazing - it, like all the paintings in the films, was created by artists. Honestly if you saw this in a city square you would not think twice. The level of artistry was a constant source of amazement. I will never ignore the technical awards at ceremonies like the Oscars ever again.


Hedwig - the actual Hedwig (well one of the four used), I was starstruck and I don't mind admitting it.


Prosthetic. Amazing.


Diagon Alley

Honestly I haven't been paid for any of this - I genuinely think that the tour was one of the best days out I have had ever. Go, but go when your children are fans, they will experience real magic.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Snowdrops










Saturday saw us head off in search of snowdrops. We have lots of beautiful places near us but we fancied somewhere new and so headed down the M5 to Newark Park. We love a National Trust place in our family and we are slowly ticking them off in the book.
There were certainly snowdrops - I love those brave, beautiful little flowers and the fact that they signal that spring is well and truly on its way. When we arrived there was even spring sunshine and we ran around the grounds, took in a game of crochet and breathed in that cool, fresh air.
As is so often this time of year the sky darkened and we headed off inside to warm and wonder. I took a lot of pictures of windows - I didn't realise until I got home and looked through my pictures. I think I was drawn to the wonderful views.
On leaving the house the weather had taken a dramatic turn for the worse - hail soon covered us us and the ground with white. We made a mad dash for the car but determined that we would return in the summer.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Relaxing



I have spent the half term relaxing. We simplified everything right down. We have found an excellent mix of days out, small trips, tidying jobs around the house and slobbing on the sofa. There has been much drinking of coffee and tea, a spot of crochet, cooking and reading. What bliss!