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Sunday Sevens #119

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1. Progress in the downstairs loo is rapid and, in an effort to get the loo fitted in time for the weekend, we had to lay and varnish a wooden floor overnight so the plumber could get on with it the following morning. I did all the sawing to length and Mr. H-L did the actual laying of the floor.


2. Oh, and fit and paint the panelling, which meant getting up at 6am to put a second coat on before they returned at 8.30am.

It wasn’t decorated, but we did have a functional loo in time for the weekend when we had a houseful of guests.


3. Having been forewarned by the electric company that there would be a temporary disruption to services, it was an excuse to go out so I popped to Wells one morning. I often have lunch in The City Arms, an historic old former jail dating from the 1500s but, as it was only 9.30am, I went elsewhere for breakfast.


4. Un-dyed smoked haddock with poached eggs in André’s Café – delicious!


5. When in Wells I make a beeline for Sew Vintage in the Craft Quarter. It’s in a lovely old building – can you see the hand-cranked sewing machine on the wall?


6. It’s stuffed full of quirky décor and haberdashery items and I spend ages just browsing.


7. They sell mainly Tilda-type fabrics for crafts rather than for dressmaking, and yarn.


8. I came away with some lovely Regia sock yarn and a pattern for knee high socks – the first of my handmade presents for next Christmas!


9. I also made a stop at Wells Trading Post on the hunt for vintage 1940’s frameless mirrors and managed to find two that were just the job for my vision.


10. Back home, the electricity was off until about 7pm but that didn’t stop The Boys from playing by candlelight.


11. Cake fail – I made a fabulous carrot cake…..then dropped it on the coffee table. 

It might look awful, but it tasted amazing and didn’t put my lot off and they made short work of it!


12. Cheeky relaxing lunch out with the Mister at The Sparkford Inn before a busy-but-wonderful weekend entertaining family.


Linking up with Natalie at Threads & Bobbins, Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog post showing bits of your life outside the blog.

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38 thoughts on “Sunday Sevens #119

  1. What an ace week!! I’m drooling over your cake! If i’d not had a cheeky scone at the golf club today i think i may have had a meltdown! The olde worldy haberdashery looks a fab place, if I could buy some see through wellies I might be tempted to knit socks! And the pastry on that pie…… to die for! Looking forward to seeing your loo finished 🙂

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    • I don’t like sweet things as a rule, but this cake was delicious – if you could get past the way it looked! Haberdashery shops like this one are deceiving and there is SO much to look at. I’m thinking of taking photos of all of it as a kind of index to refer to when I want something in particular. In Venice everyone wears see-through wellies, (well, waders really) but I must see if I can get some over here – they’re perfect for showing off jazzy handmade socks! My goals for today are painting the dado rail, door architrave and ceiling in the loo so I can finally get that wallpaper up – I’m impatient to see it in situ!

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  2. Oh no, the cake! It still looks delicious though- yum! That sewing store- how quirky and lovely!!

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    • The Boys don’t care what cakes look like, luckily, and they polished it off anyway. I love quirky little shops like this as there’s something stuffed in every available space which makes it fascinating to browse through. Far preferable to the supermarket-style of craft store like Hobbycraft:)

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  3. Who would have supposed that I had a carrot cake fail this week also? Bundt pan & all!

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  4. What a great little shop!! I’d spend hours in there. In the Regency books I read, they frequently reference fish for breakfast…that is something I simply can’t get used to. Fish…for breakfast. I make the mistake of trying locs on a bagel one time and nearly lost it. Don’t get me wrong – your plate looks delicious – after 5pm. 🙂

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    • It’s a magical little shop to browse through – you notice something new every time you go. Fish must be an English tradition for breakfast as kippers are often on the menu in hotels. Of course, Kedgeree was always served up for breakfast to the Upper Classes in bygone years, and it contained smoked haddock. Great start to the day!

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  5. I love browsing in those sorts of shops. I would be in there for ages, too. I’m glad you got the loo installed. It looks like you enjoyed several wonderful meals as well. Have a terrific week.

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  6. So nice to see all those gorgeous shops you have. I can just imagine browsing there for hours.
    Good for you to make the most of the power outage, and getting so much done.
    Love the “new loo”, it is really getting there so fast. Going to be stunning.
    Weekend is around the corner again, and we have a whole 4 days to enjoy. If the weather holds I may not craft as much, but try and get as much of the good weather as possible.
    Enjoy and have a good time. 🙂

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    • Hope you enjoyed your 4 day weekend! Was it a public holiday? I quite like a power cut as it forces you to get back to basics regarding entertainment, and who doesn’t love a house lit solely by candles?

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      • Thank you. Indeed, my workplace was “closed” on Monday and Tuesday was a holiday. Got a lot of crafting done.
        I love candles, grew up as a little girl on a farm and had a generator, but candles and lamps were used often.

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  7. I lust after your smoked haddock – I bet nobody’s ever said that to you before have they?
    It’s a little easier to find here now but, when you do, it’s the brightest orange you’ve ever seen and as salty as neat saltwater 😦
    I like the way you do DIY in a pretty dress – if I ever I do any I wear one level down from my dog walking clothes which are pretty basic as I never see anybody on our dog walking route.
    Lunch looks lovely – fresh vegetable also a rarity here when eating out – but don’t The Sparkford Inn have the heating on?

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    • Undyed smoked fish is easy to find over here now, thank goodness, as the bright yellow stuff looks entirely unappealing, doesn’t it? I’m quite spontaneous when it comes to DIY and remember going round a friend’s house straight from work years ago for a quick chat on my way home. She mentioned wanting to paint her son’s bedroom while he was at his dad’s, so we did it there and then in our suits. Not a drop of paint landed on us, despite the bottle of wine consumed during the process!

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  8. Although I have been to Bath and Fromw, I haven’t yet made it to Wells, clearly time I did. Fabulaous shops. And your food as always looks amazing.

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    • You should visit Wells, it’s lovely. England’s smallest city, apparently, so easy to do in a day as everything is packed into a small space. Lots of independent shops, too, and the market is brilliant.

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  9. Bring on the girls doing DIY! Tommy Walsh but with some Kirstie Allsop class!

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  10. Sheila! I hope you are billing Mr H-L for out of time working hours LOL ??? Looking forward to seeing the little room all glammed up! Lots of delicious looking food again this week. Memorable nights by candle light for the boys, I still remember all those 70’s power cuts and sitting by the open gas oven to keep warm ;-/ Good to see that gravity didn’t spoil the taste of your carrot cake hehe 😉 OOOO I’d love a pair of those wellies and to be able to knit those socks too!!

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    • I don’t mind a bit of DIY – especially if it gets things done quicker. He often says he’ll do it another night and I find if I get up to do it, he changes his mind! I remember finding power cuts exciting as a child and, as you say, they were a regular occurrence in the Seventies, seeming to last for hours at a time. I’m definitely going to have to search for some see-through wellies to go with those socks, aren’t I?

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      • I’m definitely with you on getting into the tool box to get things done where possible, many hands and light work!!
        You must find some of these wellies, they’re amazing and what a shame it would be to do all that lovely work on your socks and then hide them…if anyone can find them, I’m sure it’s you!! 😉

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  11. The loo is coming along ! eager to see what you’ll do with the mirrors you chose. Must agree to not enjoying a fish breakfast – sorry! Bad luck on the cake, but am certain taste rated 1000%! Such a lovely crafty shop to wander around in… hope you’re having another grand week.

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    • Fish for breakfast is an English thing and you’ll often find kippers on menus over here. Kedgeree was traditionally served up to the Upper Classes at breakfast, and contains smoked haddock. The mirrors are up and looking fab! I’ll put a pic on this week’s Sunday Sevens:)

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      • Thanks for letting me know what’s in Kedgeree as I often see it included in British novels breakfasts, along with other fish. (Australians also seem to enjoy fish for breakfast.) Will look forward to your mirrors!

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  12. Great week – and I would love a pair of transparent wellies!

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  13. I can’t believe that you are already thinking of Christmas presents! You are way ahead of (probably) everybody else!
    And that shop looks very exciting!

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    • Well, knitting and crochet are slow-growing crafts so you have to start early if you want to fit in everything. Sewing is much more instant so I tend to leave those until later in the year.

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      • I know what you mean. I learned knitting as a teenage girl and after a handful of projects I gave it up because of the slow progress. And also I wasn’t any good at it… 😀 But I am glad because I can focus on sewing! Anyway, keep up the diligent work! 😉

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  14. What gorgeous shops. I’ve never been to Wells and am wondering why not? Well done on the downstairs toilet, but don’t show my hubby that pic of you with the saw or he might want me to help out with the carpentry around here.

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    • Probably because it’s the smallest city and people think there’s not much to see? I love Wells as it’s so compact and you can ‘do’ the whole city in a day – except the cathedral and Bishop’s Palace which warrant a day on their own. I tend to do the decorating and leave the construction to the husband. I only offered to saw the floorboards to length so that he could lay the entire floor in one evening, which he insisted wasn’t possible. It was – and I even managed to apply two layers of varnish before bedtime!!

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  15. Great week! The city arms looks so full of character and the food looks good too! The cake still looks appetizing even if it’s a bit flop! Have a great weekend. x

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    • The City Arms is still nice inside, even though it has been ‘modernised’. The gaols are still intact though, which makes for an interesting visit. If you closed your eyes whilst eating it, it was the nicest carrot cake ever!

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  16. I love your Sunday posts! And that Sew Vintage shop? Oh my gosh how cute! The whole town really I love it, and the character! I so need to visit SOMEday! ❤

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    • Wells is England’s smallest city although it is smaller than some towns, and it is jam-packed with history and character. I hope you manage a visit one day – you’d love it!

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  17. That shop looks amazing, I could get lost for hours in there! Looking forward to seeing that wallpaper up😃

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