Notting Hill and a classic anedote

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Not just a great film…….  which Mr Gascoyne and I quote lines from all the time.

These are just a few of our favourites quotes:

” I enjoyed the movie very much. I was just wondering, did you ever consider having more horses in it?”
“Well, we would have liked to. But it was difficult, obviously, being set in outer space”

“Yes – happiness isn’t happiness without a violin-playing goat”

“Whoopsidaisies!”

“Can you adios those dishes and take out that trash?”

“Right. It’s not a classic anecdotes, is it?”
“Not a classic, no”

“Well, you tell me which bit you liked most.. and I’ll tell you if I enjoyed making it”

It’s a lovely (if expensive) bit of London, its houses painted in sugary sweet, pastel colours and Portobello Road famous for its antique shops and market.

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Front of house gardening

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The blue plastic that had been protecting the garden from the local cat community was removed and I was ready to get planting.
My plan, a very loose one, was hardy annuals (mainly) in purple and orange.
The bean canes have been planted with Sweet Pea “Blue Velvet’ and Purple Cobaea scandens. They are surrounded by a mix of Lavender Munstead, Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’, Eschschoizia californica ‘Orange King’, Salvia Viridis and Calendula ‘Indian Prince’

I covered the plants with pea netting, to provide the necessary support as they grow, but also to protect them ‘hopefully’ from my furry neighbours!
I also like to give the local slugs and snails a celebratory beer, rude not to.

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No more chickens

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This weekend we said goodbye to Gladys, our one and only remaining hen. As chickens are social creatures, we felt it wasn’t ideal for Gladys to be on her own anymore, so we were delighted when we found her a lovely place in the country to retire, with lots of other chickens, quails and ducks for company.
We received a photo and a message from her new owner, assuring us she had quickly settled in her new home.

We intend to give the run and Eglu to friends who are planning to keep some chickens, and the space will become garden again.

Brick Lane is just Hunky Dory

hunky dory vintage.jpgLondon’s Brick Lane not just about amazing restaurants and bars, it is a perfect place to wander about taking photographs and browsing in the vintage shops and market.Flea Market resized (Twelvebears-MacBook-Pro.local's conflicted copy 2020-08-20)Brick Lane in London’s East End has lots of graffiti covered buildings.
I loved this door, with the stickers and weathered paintwork framing the urban artwork. etsy ready

The shed like building in the photograph below, is an interesting vintage shop selling all sorts of retro bits and pieces. 2 Secondhand Brick Lane 8x8 (Twelvebears-MacBook-Pro.local's conflicted copy 2020-08-20)
The vintage market is full of great vintage inspiration.

Boots and camera merchandise and prints available at Society 6
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Tea for the Queen

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Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
“Do you think the Queen knows all about me?”
“Sure to, dear, but it is time for tea.”
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Quote from When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne.

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