All posts filed under: Granny Goose

In a nutshell: July

Life can’t always be perfect, but we can still look for something small that makes us happy. It may only be a fleeting moment, but it’s precious. #JustOnePerfectThing So, how was July for you? It was a very busy month for Grey Goose – crammed full of being a Granny Goose, gardens, lunches with friends, a local music Proms, a weekend in Alnwick and other delights. It’s fair to say that the weather has been a little disappointing in the UK – especially after that glorious heatwave in June. It was certainly more puddles than picnics. But despite the downpours, there is still beauty and perfection by the barrow load. Which is the whole point of my new #JustOnePerfectThing. I’ve come late to Instagram, and after wondering what all the excitement was about, I’m fast becoming addicted to the camera on my phone and the skills of talented photographers out there. I love the pinky-purple hue of all these photos – lavender was clearly the colour for July on Instagram. Top row: @hellomistermagpie / @sky.larking Bottom row:  @topknotsanddaisies /@edinburghgardendiary I can’t wait to …

In a nutshell: May

I can’t believe we are nearly into June. There have been cool days and oh so hot days, but May is my fav month full of freshness and green, and optimism. May was a jammed packed month of diary entries, but I managed some quality time being Granny Goose and quite a lot of foodie outings. Wellbeing: My bad back continues, but thanks to Matt the physio, its improving…slowly!! It’s an age thing! Three top tips from a cardiologist: Eat real food, Keep moving, Reduce stress and learn to relax – as does being in a close nurturing relationship, benefits the ageing process!! Hmm, a few things to work on there next month. My Garden: Blooming and gets greener by the day. I’m having battles with slugs and greenfly. I believe the greenfly are loving showers of diluted washing up liquid. It’s a pleasure in life to watch May produce a show of alliums and the first roses. Eating Out in Yorkshire: Tried and tested The Olive Branch in Selby – good quality Med food. Sunday …

Reinvention: Sewing corner

Years and years of sewing in the dining room or at the kitchen table, getting everything out, then having to put it all away (even when the project wasn’t finished yet) — never having a sewing room of my own, finally changed recently when I had an oak work surface and cupboards fitted creating a sewing corner. I am still having fun deciding on knobs for the cupboards. And as it is a dark corner, loving this lamp. It’s upstairs in my office and now filled with fabric, my sewing machine, sewing baskets, the scissors I never use for anything but fabric, my pin cushions, everything in one place. I can get out my projects now and just leave them out until they’re done! When I was young, all of my “creative ways” went into sewing. I remember being perched on an armchair, next to my mum who showed me how to knit; or how to sew, on the old black Singer that was always up in the corner of our kitchen; how to crochet, …

The best things I bought this year

Hoping you all had a gorgeous Christmas and are looking forward to the dawn on 2017. As you may have noticed from the title, today’s post recaps some of my favourite purchases of the year. This has been a difficult year in many ways, being unwell and all that, but I have appreciated even more the chances to get out and about and also to just enjoy being at home. If we’re talking from a wholesome, cost per use, enjoyment perspective then it’s got to be my membership to The National Trust. I’ve enjoyed a few trips to Fountains Abbey, Beningborough Hall, and Goddard’s in York which was the home of the chocolate family, Terrys. I have enjoyed the gardens which are beautiful and provided me some inspiration. And of course, the tea shops. The plan is to next year tick off some more National Trusts. From a completely selfish perspective (because there have been some very boring practical purchases this year, along with lots of lovely things for my new grandson) something that has …

Autumn:Winter:Baby

Moving from autumn to winter has happened in one week, in my garden anyway. It was comforting to bring indoors the very last rose of the year. And then there was a visit to a Christmas Fair at Harewood House that gave me some inspiration to move the outdoors – indoors. I met Bert Blankers, a delightful Dutch guy who is also a bulb specialist, who fuelled my enthusiasm to bring some greenery and life into my house for winter. So let’s watch these ‘paper whites’ brighten up my hall in the run up to Christmas. I remember the traditional amaryllises that in Christmases of old you would buy for the aged Aunt who had everything. Well, I have bought myself a white amaryllis bulb, so there is something else to water, nurture and watch over the next few weeks. Black tulips bulbs were on offer, so these are now planted in the garden for a spring surprise. And I have a few more exciting events coming soon……Greygoose family, and her gosling have a new …