Thursday, 14 May 2020

My favourite things . . .

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These are a few of my favourite things.  Maybe some of them are yours also!  A few of the things which catch my eye, inspire me, pluck at my heart strings, make me smile, intrigue me or that I just plain enjoy. I hope that they will do the same for you.     



Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales where scenes like this are around just about every corner  . . .  





Piglets . . . baby anything really  . . . 


  


The sound of a clock ticking  . . .  



Baskets of fresh line dried and pressed linens  . . .  does anyone else love ironing linens that have been line dried?  The smell is phenomenal. 


  

The melody of a song thrush  . . .  I could listen for hours . . .  




Kettles that sing  . . .  




Any day with wall to wall sunshine is my favourite day  . . . 


  


Washi tape  . . .  especially botanicals  . . . 



Its the small things in life that matter most of all  . . .simple joys and pleasures. 



Porridge with fresh fruit  in the morning  . . . 


  

Has anyone seen the cat?  

  


My sister's recipe for Stove Top Mac & Cheese  . . .  




Old books with beautiful covers  . . . old books period  . . .    



  

The poetry of John Keats  . . .  did you know he was only 25 when he died? 



Leather oxfords with laces  . . . 


  

Curtains made from tea towels  . . . . 




Hand crocheted coasters  . . . 




Bunting  . . .  any kind  . . . 


   



Anything to do with tea or tea parties  . . .  





Garden swings  . . . . 

And those are my favourite things for this week  . . . 

A thought to carry with you  . . . 

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In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Pork Chops with Oven Roasted Applesauce  . . . 


  
Have a wonderful Thursday and don't forget! 
 
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And I do too!   
 







13 comments:

  1. We just loved the series All Creatures Great and Small...and part of that was the beautiful scenery!! We have watched it many times in fact!! And laughed and laughed in some places. Animals are naturally funny so of course, they do make us laugh!!
    John Keats sure crammed in a lot in his short life...and my brother that the drunk driver killed also crammed in so much in his only 20 years too!! The kid of people we feel out of breathe just watching all they do!! I think there is a huge drive in some, and often they are gone so young...must be there for a reason.
    Elizabeth xoxo

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    1. That is one of our favourite old series also Elizabeth. The scenery, the storylines, the animals, the slower sweeter way of life. It all appeals. So sad to read your brother was killed by a drunk driver. :-( I think if we pack as much as we can into each day then we have lived our lives worthily. I am a Jack of all trades Master of none kind of person I fear. xoxo

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    2. Certainly nothing wrong with being a Jack of all trades...that is me too!! But I think in cooking anyway you are a master...and a way better artist than average too, for that matter...it seems GOD gives some talents to each of us...sometimes maybe even just for our own enjoyment!!
      Thanks for your sadness about my brother. It was a long time before I was not bitter...and I still miss him a great deal. He and I had similar raising...and thus more in common...it is obvious that I really had next to nothing in common with the other 2 brothers who have forgotten I am alive. But I have come to believe that it was for MY best interest that they went away. I have learned you can wish others well from a distance. I am grateful for the good folks in my life...you know when you loose someone so needlessly, well, for any reason really, it will forever alter the path of your life and that of your family. ONE DAY however, none of that will matter anymore...at least we have that to look forward to!!
      Elizabeth xoxo

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    3. Thanks Elizabeth. I don't imagine it is very easy to get over a loss in such a needless way. Drunk drivers are so selfish. ((((hugs))))) Yes we will all be reunited with our loved ones one day. What a glorious reunion that will be! xoxo

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  2. When I focus on what matters, my faith, family and friends, then everything else falls easily in to place.

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  3. yes loads of same things to like!!!

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  4. Elizabeth..we think the driver that killed my 5 yr old sister had been drinking too..but it's information that was perhaps erroneously passed down to me..or I erroneously remember a detail..that is untrue.I know a stop sign went up shortly after:(

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    1. My sympathy to you too, as we know first hand how impacted such a loss is to a family!! I hope your family, as mine has, takes comfort in the next life!! Alcohol is such an evil thing...yes, others I love do drink some, but for me it is not an option. I have never been able to do that, for to me, it brings back my loss!!
      Elizabeth xoxo

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    2. Monique I am so sorry for your loss. What a tragedy. ((((hugs)))) Incredibly devastating. Your poor mother. It is heartbreaking to lose a child. You don't expect it at all. xoxo

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  5. You always have such fun things to look at, ponder and realize you love most of them too. I do love the sound of ticking clocks; it comes from my childhood visits with my grandmother.
    I do love fresh linen from the clotheslines and the smell when ironing them. No one irons much any more.
    I love hearing the birds sing and I haven't heard a kettle on the stove for a long time.
    I do Sunshine and thrive better when it is shining.
    Oatmeal cereal is a favorite of mine.
    The Cat photo is the best. I haven't had Macaroni and Cheese for a long time.
    I do love old books and we have a number of them.
    The Curtains and Coasters are adorable.
    Loved looking at it all!
    Sending prayers, love and hugs!

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    1. Thanks LeAnn! Love, hugs and prayers to you and Roger and the family! xoxo

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