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Dress For Royal Ascot 

As usual, I made myself a new dress for Ascot this year – to read all about the slightly rushed experience (I made it the day before!) just click on the link below which will take you to the full blog post over at Minerva Crafts.

Burda 6869 Dress For Royal Ascot


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Sunday Sevens #127

I’ve been largely offline for about a month, so here is a Sunday Sevens at last!

1. No.3 Son sang in Wells Cathedral alongside 14 other schools. As you can imagine, the acoustics were incredible.


2. I used this cheerful knit fabric from Minerva Crafts to make a bikini cover-up in time for our holiday.


3. New pair of metallic Birkenstocks and a fresh coat of nail polish, also for our trip to Spain.


4. Family photo in Mojacar Pueblo, Andalucia.


5. This year, a couple of good friends joined us on holiday. Here we are having tapas outside Bar La Cinta, a typically Spanish bar.


6. My favourite photo of our holiday. A private villa means swimming at midnight is allowed! We are so lucky to have an Auntie who lives somewhere so fabulous. In fact, we’re going again next month:)


7. A spontaneous day trip to London the day after we flew back home. I couldn’t resist trying on these Jimmy Choo’s but my budget wouldn’t stretch to the best part of two thousand pounds!!


8. I “settled” for a much more reasonably priced pair of Louboutin’s instead.


9. I made a batch of cupcakes for the school fair…..


10…..and eight jars of marmalade, which sold out in less than twenty minutes!


11. School fair selfie. Note the bunting which I made for our wedding four years ago and is still going strong. It is constantly in demand for parties and fetes, and I’m happy to lend it out as it’s lovely to see it being used.


12. One of the parents spent two days making this amazing cake which was raffled off for the school. 


13. I picked the last of the Elderflowers to make some cordial. It’s a wonder of nature that those delicate little flowers transform into the most delicious taste of Summer.


14. The Boys sporting their very different styles at the same disco!


15. We painted the outside of the newly rendered house ourselves. The first coat was a bit too light, so the second coat was a couple of shades darker. I think I’m happy with it.


16. I cast on my third pair of Christmas present socks.


17. Breaking in my new Louboutin’s just as the hot weather hit the UK and cooling off with a g+t in the garden.


18. No.2 Son eating the biggest onion rings known to mankind!


19. Plenty of home baking has been going on as usual. Not that this one lasted long – two friends even invited themselves around for coffee so they could finish it off!

20. There were a few long lengths of this gorgeous embroidered silk on eBay and I just had to buy them. I reckon they’ll make stunning curtains in our future b+b.


21. I made some cooling Mojitos whilst hubby cooked supper one evening.


22. As the heatwave is predicted to continue, we put the pool up for The Boys, despite protestations of “We’re too old for a paddling pool now!”

They’ve hardly been out of it all week:)


See Threads & Bobbins for details of how to join in with your own Sunday Sevens.

If you’re in the UK enjoying some unusually high temperatures, here’s hoping it lasts all Summer long!


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Sunday Sevens #126

Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series started by Nat at Threads & Bobbins whereby you show seven photos of your life outside of the blog. 

In theory.

This week is a combination of three weeks worth of photos, ‘cos I seriously haven’t had time to organise many blog posts lately, and there are considerably more than seven photos so you might want to get a cup of tea before you start!

1. We have been having a lot done on the house over the last couple of months, most of which I haven’t yet blogged about…..does a wall of mirrors in our en-suite and Koi Carp in the cloakroom ring any bells?

We’ve also finally got around to having the massive extension at the side of the house rendered, which meant bacon sandwiches and endless cups of tea for the plasterers.

2. We also had the builders in to put a new roof on the old downstairs bathroom, which is now a sun room. I know, I know, I haven’t blogged about that yet either! The old concrete tiles were replaced with slate ones to match the rest of the house.

3. I’ve done quite a lot of sewing, starting with my trusty old leggings pattern. I made these in brown leatherette.

4. This top was made in one sitting too.

5.  I made this dress  in a bright floral linen.

I just need to get Mr H-L to take some photos of me wearing them, then I’ll blog them all.

6. The Boy’s school asked for contributions for a stall at their Summer fair, so I’ve also been making things for that. These are handbag tissue holders.

7. There was enough of the same fabric to make four wash bags as well.

8. I bought a large piece of blue canvas for £1.00 from a charity shop a while back and used this, together with the remnants from the dress mentioned earlier, to make six little storage pots.

9. I had a little leftover oilcloth from a previous project, which was just enough to sew a quick shopping bag.

10. We had friends round for supper so I spent a whole afternoon making a decent meal for them.

11. Home serves as both office and restaurant for Mr H-L!!


12. It’s not been all work and no play though, and we’ve been out a few times.

13. We found a new coffee shop in Sherborne that does “Bloody Good Coffee”.


It was – and the chocolate brownie wasn’t bad, either. They serve half-slices, which is perfect for someone without a sweet tooth but, despite ordering “Half a brownie and two forks”, we still struggled to eat it!


14. Spot of lunch whilst shopping for a new kettle with a friend in Sturminster Newton.


15. Said kettle – the old one developed a leak. Mr H-L likes this one because it has lights and makes a beeping noise. Men!


16. This was just after a quiet, relaxing facial – not easy to take a selfie in these conditions!


17. After collecting a friend from hospital, we had lunch at Summer Lodge in Evershot.


17. Sewing classes are still going strong.


18. We found this little cutie in the hen house one morning.


19. Couldn’t resist a cuddle!


Sadly, the chick didn’t survive the night:(

20. Our friend is a new Artisan cheese producer – if you come across “Renegade Monk” in the future you must try it.


21. Just as we were looking forward to Summer, Winter made a late appearance in the form of a prolonged hailstorm.


22. A lovely Thai lunch at The Old Bakehouse in Castle Cary with Mr H-L.


23. The latest addition to our mug collection by Wrendale Designs. I just love the illustrations!

24. And finally, to end on a high, this is No.3 Son working the dance floor like his hero Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing. Enjoy!


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Re-fashioned Cashmere Jumper

To see what I did with this shapeless, holey old jumper, click on the link to head over to the full blog post on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network: – Cashmere Jumper Transformation


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Wedding Anniversary Mini-Break

We made a conscious decision to spend as much time as possible together after Mr H-L was ill a few years ago, and going away for our wedding anniversary every year is part of that. This year, we chose to stay in England and booked Wilton Court in Ross-On-Wye, close to the Welsh border, a five star Elizabethan hotel dating from 1500.


Being a good husband, Mr H-L insisted on the best room, so this was our bedroom for three nights. All low beams and creaky floorboards, it was lovely and cosy and very hard to force yourself out of bed in the mornings – good job breakfast was served until 10am!


Situated right on the banks of the River Wye, the views from our room were breathtaking. Watching a pair of swans fly in and glide on to the water in absolute synchronisation was a treat. That’s out hotel, just right of centre.


A bit of a grainy mirror selfie on our first night, but you get the idea. We made it even more special by dressing up to the nines every night for dinner – I actually took three different frocks so I didn’t have to wear the same one twice!


Suffice to say that the food was incredible – here are a couple of the starters, just two of the many dishes we devoured over the course of three days.


Venison and Black Pudding Scotch Eggs – wow!


Mr H-L’s shirt matched the flowers at breakfast the next morning.


We decided to leave the car at the hotel and explore on foot after breakfast. It was just a twenty minute walk into Ross-on-Wye and, luckily, the rain held off all day for us.

This notice made me laugh – not much of a display to boast about at the moment as the flowerbeds were totally empty!


How’s this for a tiny front garden to make you look twice? Pink cushions and matching pink gravel.


There is lots of interesting architecture in Ross, if that floats your boat like it does mine. All fascinating stuff – and this pub had a huge piece of art outside the front in the form of a fish sculpture.


No, not the crumbling walls of ancient city walls at all – this was built in the 19th century to look like ruins!


If you like browsing through antique and vintage shops, you’d love the ones in Ross. ‘Elizabethan House Antiques’ was the perfect building in which to house antiques, being over 500 years old itself.

Yep, that’s me about to go inside as the Mister quickly hides his wallet.


On the first floor, the floors and walls were all over the place. Can you see how the window is leaning out? It’s not just the camera making it look that wonky – it really does lean that far from upright.


A glass of fizz and a prawn cocktail at ‘The Royal‘ was all we dared eat for lunch, knowing that we would be having three courses for supper.

Relaxing in the library back at the hotel. It’s a small room with not much natural light, but doesn’t the black make it feel cosy as opposed to gloomy?


Champagne and canapés before dinner. Well, there were canapés, but we’d eaten them at this point!


The following day Mr H-L drove us forty minutes to the other side of the county to visit the Chase Distillery as he’s a fan of their gins and vodkas. It was a Sunday and he hadn’t rung to see if they were open. 

They weren’t.

So we headed to Hay-on-Wye instead, a town we’d been planning on visiting anyway. Of course, we had to sample the cider and fizz in a local pub, as well as the pork scratchings!

As we’d saved ourselves for dinner again by not having lunch, we were ready to demolish all that was laid in front of us that evening, including these five local cheeses.


A record, even for us, to each have five different drinks on the go at the same time!!


Heading back on Bank Holiday Monday, we took the scenic route following the River Wye and stopped to explore Tintern Castle, which is actually ancient monastic ruins dating from around 1100.

In order to delay going home for as long as possible, we picked The Boys up and took them out for lunch with the family.

The Boys recently decided that they’d like suits “Like Daddy’s” – how cute?!


This was just a starter!!


No, I’m not bored of champagne yet:)


Finally, it was back to normality on Tuesday…….but just for a day!

Our actual wedding anniversary was on Wednesday, so Mr H-L insisted on taking me out to Holbrook House for lunch on the day itself.

My red dress has been out a lot this past week.


More amazing food and a wonderful way to end a fantastic few days.


Or so I thought, until we got back home to find these on the doorstep.



I assumed they were from the husband, but it turns out he was as surprised as me to see them sitting there.

On reading the card, we found out that they were sent by the jewellers from which my darling hubby had bought me an incredible anniversary present.

If you love watches, then you’ll know what was inside this iconic green box.


I’m one lucky lady, that’s for sure!!


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Sunday Sevens #125

A bit late with this week’s Sunday Sevens as we’ve just come back from a few days away. Linking up with Natalie at Threads & Bobbins who thought it up initially, Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series showing seven-ish photos of your week outside the blog.

1. The Bluebells are at their best everywhere now, covering shady wooded areas in a glorious carpet of colour.


2. May is the month for Wisteria in England and it is beginning to flower on many a house locally. These are just a few I snapped whilst walking the dogs earlier in the week.




3. Lighter and sunnier evenings mean that riding is more fun for The Boys.


4. Ali from Thimberlina put a pic on Instagram of a really pretty top she had made. I tracked the pattern and fabric down and ordered it straight away!


5. Our Ascot Ladies’ Day tickets arrived! Now I’ve got to start thinking about making a frock….


6. The only crafting I’ve managed this week is this crocheted lily for a young lady called Jenny who is terminally ill. She requested crocheted flowers for her coffin and the IG community rallied around immediately to make her final wish come true, pledging flowers with the hashtag #aflowerforjenny.


7. Mr. H-L took me out for breakfast to ‘At The Chapel‘ on Friday as the start of our weekend away. Then we picked The Boys up from school and dropped them at my brother’s before driving on to Ross-on-Wye – more about that in a separate post.


Hope you had a good week – in fact, I’m just going to sit down and catch up on some blog reading now to see what you’ve been up to in my absence. Ta-ta for now!


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Sunday Sevens #124

1. We took The Boys to Yo Sushi in Bath and they loved it. We got through 23 dishes between the four of us!


2. Packing suitcases for The Boys school trip ….. spot the stowaway.


3. The Boys are in the same class at school so were both going away on a school trip for the week.


4. Mr H-L bought me these glorious tulips to prettify the coffee table in the lounge.


5. I figured there would be a lot more time for relaxation without The Boys around, so I treated myself to some long overdue new slippers.


6. Hubby booked us both in to the spa for the day where we also had a couple’s massage and lunch. I didn’t take any photos, so this is one from their website.


7. Fifi is in season and Tess is confused – hence the bald patch appearing on Fifi’s back!!


8. We had a nice quiet dinner á deux in Matt’s Kitchen. Just a guy who opens up the lounge in his house three nights a week as a restaurant.


9. Isn’t it cosy?


10. A friend came around for lunch and I was feeling creative. Just in case you can’t tell, the main ingredients are Sea Bass on Dauphinoise potatoes.


11. We had to pick No.3 Son up a few hours early from his school trip so that he could take part in the football county finals. They came third out of the whole of Somerset!


12. Afterwards, we took them for lunch out at Tambourino Village to celebrate.


13. The next day, The Boys had two friends round for the day so we had fun making pizzas for lunch.


14. They ate every last scrap and were very pleased with their efforts.


15. After lunch, The Boys went out to play and we sat down to watch ‘Déja Vu’ – I’d forgotten what a good film it is. I managed to finish the first sock of the second pair I’m making as Christmas presents, and cast on the second sock. Yes, it is a little long on me as they’re for someone with bigger feet:)


Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series whereby you share sevenish photos of your week. Linking up with Nat at Threads & Bobbins.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!