Friday, 31 May 2013

Bluebell woods

It's very much the time for bluebells and wild garlic, and the smell of this is everywhere.
About four young deer came along when the rain stopped, and took me by surprise!
Luckily they didn't notice me and carried on playing in the bluebells...
How was your week?
Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Now is the month of Maying

Figs & Rouge balm ♥ New handkerchiefs ♥ Nars Turkish Delight ♥ Actual Turkish Delight! ♥ Nip & Fab's Mango Smoothie butterNew hair combSwing dresses!  

Things I'm looking out for this month... I received the Figs & Rouge balm and Mango Smoothie not so long ago by GlossyBox and have already run out of both! F&R do an amazing multipurpose balm and the little tin is too cute. The body butter doesn't actually smell much like Mango to me, more a fruity candy scent I've been using as a handcream :D
Also here, new handkerchiefs as I lose them so easily! They also look nicer to carry around than bits of tissue, especially for someone who seems to have permanent hayfever. Hair comb needed for making hair look somewhat decorative. I am loving these swing dresses since the weather got warmer. (Please stay warm.)
Nars Turkish Delight is a recent addition to my wishlist and I'm saving up my pennies! In the meantime I shall make do with actual Turkish Delight... hehehe.

What have you been looking out for this month?
Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Hello baby

Last week I found my lovely Leo had got run over. He's been my best friend since I was ten, and I miss him waking me up in the mornings. It's so sad when this happens, it's so common, I still can't believe it. 
Since, I have had the pleasure of acquainting with this little cat. I can't expect him to ever replace my Leo but making a new little friend is helping a bit.
Saturday, 18 May 2013

"Lord, Miss Elizabeth! did you walk here?"

I did, a good five miles on foot along the old road, grown over with ferns and lady's smock. Everything has greened out over the past month, despite the drizzle! I love being able to walk from one town to the next, especially when it's not along the main road. Sometimes it's nice to get away from noise and cars and often there's not a soul up here. There are many shortcuts across the fields but some are hardly used so the stiles are really grown over. 
These old walls are collapsing inwards - it makes me wonder how horses and cart could've scarce fitted between them. There's a stone slab that interrupts it - where they used to put the milk urns - and hawthorn 'bread and chesse' in the hedges. Nice to imagine how things were over a hundred years ago, I wish I could go back and take pictures!
...  especially, as now great care has to be taken to ensure the avoidance of electricity cables!

(title quote courtesy of Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice)

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Spring garden

Yesterday was a miracle because it actually wasn't raining! 
Although chilly, we had many sunny intervals and it was more pleasant to work in the garden than the house. Glad to see quite a few rhododendrons out, seeing the bluebells off.
Gardens are nice because you have a sense of time standing still, nothing to interrupt the age old cycle of planting, growing, harvesting. Not that there are many vegetables this year, as the deer come over the wall and eat everything! We still have cabbages though, and some broccoli. Lots of apple blossom!

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Flyaway hair

My day today was spent tying my hair in to knots, quite literally. I decided to try my hand at hair braiding; I'd like a neat way to keep hair off my face at college - and I love these Victorian/Edwardian styles! It puzzles me how they used to do their hair so intricately in those times, without hairspray or bobbles, just ribbon and pins! 
After several dismal attempts I finally managed to do half a decent braid... I'll keep practicing a bit each day - I'll promise you some picture tutorials!

 For thick hair, mid-back length:    1. Part hair in a Y part  2. Braid back section and wrap in a bun impossibly low on the nape of the neck.  Pin.  3. French roll the side hair and twist until it folds back on itself.  4. Pin this over the top of the bun, hiding the straggly hair ends  5. repeat for other side and lay the twist over the top of the first twist and pin.
Admittedly, this is much harder than it looks - 
I may need a great deal more hair pins before I manage to get the hang of it. Extensions might also be a good idea if you hair is thin at the ends like mine, you can shop quality women hair wigs at NewhairBuy

Cho would like her hair doing too svp!