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A couple of weekends ago Mr Rigg and I, dog-less and fancy-free decided to take a day trip to Erddig house, a National Trust property near Wrexham that is renowned for its portrayal of the upstairs downstairs life. It is a truly fascinating and beautiful place, one that I would recommend for a day out.
As well as the house, there is a lovely garden and stables with working horses, but I wanted to share what I was most interested by, which is the ‘downstairs’ quarters and the plain country living that I think is so beautiful. There was only one ‘upstairs’ room that I liked enough to photograph, and that was the nursery and adjoining (if I remember correctly!) bathroom.
You enter the house through the sculleries and kitchen, which happened to be full of things that I have collected from car boots sales – I should have very much liked to have a ‘supermarket sweep’ if given the opportunity!
Last weekend I went to Paris with my little sister Izzy – she turned 18 this year and for a long time I’ve wanted to do something special with her, and Paris at Christmas was what I decided on. We went on Saturday and came back late Monday evening, we stayed in a sweet little apartment B&B in the 18th arrondissement on Boulevard Ney.
Highlights from our trip were sitting on the metro when a man with a guitar and amplifier began to play ‘What a wonderful world’, sipping hot chocolate at dusk outside Sacre Coeur and soaking up the Christmas atmosphere, and wandering through the organic market on Boulevard Raspail.
More details on what we ate and where to come, but for now, here’s my Paris at Christmas…
Best hot chocolate – chocolate on a wooden spoon stirred into hot frothy milk…
Now this is all a bit misty-eyed and looking back at the ‘good old days’ through rose-tinted glasses…but I’m totally in love with the recent BBC series of Just William.
I love everything about it. The beautiful vintage kitchen where Mrs Brown makes the family a decent breakfast every morning. I love what the boys wear and I love what the adults wear. I love that the children always look smart even when muddy and grubby.
What I especially love, is Mr and Mrs Brown and the way they ‘deal’ with their children and teenagers emotions. I aspire to be a mother like that one day. Ah…to dream…
I have had a lovely weekend. After travelling back to Cheshire with the little sister, I have…
- Played with the bunnies and taken lots of photos of them
- Made a scrummy summery vegetable barley risotto – topped with crispy bacon bits for us and veggie sausage for the little sister
- Gone to the carboot and come back with a new dress, some charming old books and a glass jug
- Been to see the new Twilight film Eclipse with the little sister and felt like I was 16 all over again (Taylor Lautner is SO yum)
- Come back to reality (although Taylor Lautner is still SO yum) and washed the dog
- And made my favourite tomato spaghetti
Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend too!
Not food, but another of my loves - vintage things. So I wanted to share this find anyway. A vintage style Post Office cabinet – how lovely is this, and all those handy cubby holes! Available from The Allotment Shop.
Last night, with the weather still balmy, we ate outside. I made a simple dinner from a recipe posted by The Pioneer Woman which was her Mexican Layer Dip.
Yes…this was our dinner, not a snack. It was easy to prepare, delicious to eat, and not a lot of washing up involved. The recipe is here – the only tweaks I made were making my own salsa rather than The Pioneer Woman’s pico de gallo recipe. I used tomatoes, red onion, lime juice, coriander and some seasoning.
It looked pretty and tasted delicious, so if you’re tempted do try it out! The photos also feature my newly acquired vintage tablecloth that I found at the carboot on the weekend.