I am proud to live in the Medway Towns, we moved from Essex in 1999 and have never looked back. We have made many lovely friends over here and feel apart of a very large family...Medway has often bared the brunt of bad press, but that is all changing....Our kids are amongst the most interesting and trendsetting kids you would ever wish to meet and its not surprising really, as we have a major Art institute (KIAD) in Chatham, and now a new state of the art College in Gillingham!
We are surrounded in history, what with the Chatham Dockyard, Fort Amhurst and Upnor Castle, to name but a few of our wonderful attractions, we are so spoilt for beautiful places....the towns are set around the River Medway and the views are spectacular...I think sometimes we take all of our history for granted, because even in our local shopping centre's amongst the TK Maxx's and the Costa Coffee houses....if you just take the time to look up...you will see the fabulous architecture of days gone by....art deco windows, victorian statues, and gothic turretts....
Armed with a little background I thought I would feature some wonderful people and places that I have had the pleasure of meeting and seeing over my life spent in Medway over the last 10 years....I thought I would start of with Rochester....well why not! This is a lovely town and has a High Street to die for! It is so full of history.....and has typical old fashioned shops...you know the kind that are disappearing from our High Streets...they are all independant traders and family businesses all lined up along lovely cobbled streets.... ...And of course (how can we forget!) One of Rochester most famous connections is that with Charles Dickens. His family moved to Chatham when his was five years of age. After moving away from Chatham he later returned to Gad’s Hill place in Higham. By then many of his novels were published and read around the world. However, he died whilst writing his novel “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”. Many of Dickens novels included references to Rochester and the surrounding area where today two festivals are held in his honour....One of which will be held this weekend, so if you fancy a day out...do come along!
Rochester Cathedral is England's second oldest church where Its architecture is Norman and early English.....and Rochester Castle is One of the best preserved and finest examples of Norman architecture in England. The grounds are good for a picnic stop too, and is surrounded by Victorian and edwardian houses, some of which have been reported to be haunted!
...So now you can understand why We love living here! I feel that we can finally throw off the shackles that Medway was once a troubled area....we have a wonderful heritage and many interesting people, Painters, potters, artists, gardeners, designers, chefs, etc etc...Our Medway is a rose amoungst the thorns...a place where people can be themselves...Aspire to be someone....and to make a difference in the world!
Why not come and pay us a visit...check out the Rochester and Medway website :) ...And remember to come along this weekend to the twice annually Dickens Festival....its going to be a lovely weekend!
Watch this space for my favourite shop in Rochester High Street, coming up in my next blog!
Sorry I have been gone for a few days, I have been enjoying the weather and getting out there in the lovely sunshine...We have been decorating the garden! with oddments of furniture with no home, from our move....as you know not everything fitted in!
I'll bring you the pictures soon gals....there has been a downside though! I suffer terribly in the heat! every mosquito in sight homes in on me and despite me wearing as many clothes as I can suffer on a hot day! the mossies still managed to bite me at least 10 times down my legs! I think they can taste the sweet 'toffee crumble' inside my veins! LOL! Yes I have polished the lot off! Thank goodness that has gone! WHAT A GREEDY PIG I am!! hahaha! some things never change!!
Oh and as to my blood tests...everthing is A OK!...so the reason I am feeling so under the weather is probably because I havn't been eating too healthily lately! still summers here and I have managed to get hold of a lovely butler sink that I am going to grow some herbs and hopefully some salad in! so at least I'll be getting some nutrients!
Anyway I had better go...I'll be back with some more news of our 'new look' garden shortly.....I hope you are all having a lovely weekend :) Speak to you soon!...
On Saturday, when I got back from doing a photo shoot....I found a parcel on my doorstep...Oh how exciting! I love Pressie's!...and then I remembered, that the beautiful Fleur from Marble Rose emailed me and said that she had picked up a little pressie for Max!
...And look what she had bought for him!....Oh Thank you so much Fleur...That is so kind of you :) - She know's just how much we love Union Jacks and when she saw this lovely T-shirt, she instantly thought of him :)
....And here he is modelling it ...Doesn't he look handsome!
He told me to tell you how much he loves to wear it! and he really does!, some dogs cannot stand to wear clothes...but he loves dressing up!...This will also look good with his dungaree's.....
Look what arrived in the post for me on Friday morning!...Yum Yum...Someone loves me very much indeed....who could that be?....
As I opened the parcel, everyone was waiting in anticipation and everyone knew that they hadn't ordered anything! hehehe!....
Oh who would do such a lovely thing for me!....to send me my favorite Retro 'Toffee Crumble' sweets...a whole 3 kilo jar...just for me....oh who could that be?....
There are some clues!....they have also ordered some sugar free bubblegum lollies, Rosie's favourites....
And some white chocolate Fish & Chips....Freddie's Favourites...Now who could that be!!!....Yes of course it was ME! hahahaha! I love myself that much to do that!!! to treat myself! HA thing is now I feel so SICK! and have a stomach the size of Texas! LOL!
Freddie has had to hide them, so that I do not know where they are!!...I was in danger of eating the whole lot....I did think of taking them to the M & M sale....that was partly my excuse for buying them actually! Oh I could give them to all the little kiddies...that looked cute and hungry! Ha...I arrived at the M & M sale without them...I had forgot them.....what a PIG I am....Now I have a problem! What shall I do with them....there is half a jar left and I am sure Freddie has hidden them in the car!....shall I go out in my cosy dressing gown and slippers and grapple about in the car trying to find them....I could stay in the car and eat the lot! LOL!
Hmmmm Decisions Decisions! I'll keep you posted ;)
Hello my lurverlies, Thank you so much for your very kind comments on my last post, you have all really given me the encouragement that I needed and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart :) I promise I will keep you all posted, whatever I decide to do ;)
I am including quite a few items in this post, so please bare with me LOL! Right lets get started....The other day my Mum paid me the most wonderful comment Ever! (even though in her mind, it wasn't supposed to be! hee hee!)...she told me that I was sooo like my Nanny Hilda!...Now! Look at the picture below...Hilda is the gal on the left...she was the Happiest, loveable Nan, anyone could wish for! In my starving years (when I was 10 to about 15 years old my Mum put me on a diet! Eek!) and whenever we used to visit Nan in Lyson's Walk, Putney...she would pass me cakes under the table and away from the eyes of my Mum!
...Needless to say Nanny Hilda and I became best buddies, she had a sweet tooth too and we would often take ourselves off for a walk to the sweetshop and go to the park and eat cake! My Mum and her sister Joyce would often be clearing up Nan's clutter...she used to keep everything, she would throw nothing away...In her later years...we even found pot pourri in the fridge! LOL!
I also remember one time, when she was visiting us, we went for a walk to the park and her bloomer knickers started to fall down!! we were laughing so much....she took cover in a telephone box and pulled them off and rather than go home we still went to the park...but chuckled all the way there...and all the way home...I am sure she had a new found spring in her step that day! hee hee! So you see, the memories I have of her are all happy ones...I know I am a maximilist rather than a minimilist, much to my Mum's disgust! but I love it that way, I wouldn't want to be any different....I think, infact, I know, my Nan would fit in very cosily to my little cottage if she were alive today...So thank you Mum for that wonderful comment you gave me, I couldn't think of anyone else that I would rather be like.
Happy Harris aged 4 years
Right moving on...Look what I received in the post this week...yes gals, I was the 100th person to be a follower of 'Jellybelly Jellybrain' blog... well Happy and Rosie's blog banners was!, so Emma emailed me with the news and told me that she wanted to treat me and look what she made for me :) how sweet is she :) Thankyou Emma I ♥LOVE♥it...
Have you ever paid Emma a visit? If you havn't then I suggest you do pronto! she is such a funny gal...she has me in stitches with some of the things she posts about...you should really take a peek and she has the most delightful website too!.
Now its funny that my mum should pay me that compliment about my Nan last week, because I was working on a blog makeover for Victoria fromVintage TeaShe came to me wanting a complete change and a new start for her blog, she was renaming it and everything...her new blog is called Florence and Mary...she has named it after her two Nan's! Can you see the theme running through here!
...And this is how it turned out...she wanted a London vibe, as both her Nan's lived in the East End of London...We were both so pleased with it....Do take a peek and also if you would like something created similar, Please check out my blog banner blog, next door at HAPPY AND ROSIE
Right! last but not least...is the one and only Margaret and Madeleine's Sale....Yes its that time of year again...time to chuck out your sad and dated furniture and head on down to The Old Rectory Sale! to buy some wonderful vintage wares and shabby collectables.
I have been thinking about this alot lately! without meaning to blow my own trumpet, I always seem to be on the start of a trend a couple of years before anyone else...I actually remember about 6 years ago stocking Cath Kidston pieces in a boutique we owned, and people totally ignoring the pretty prints and homewares...and all because, they simply hadn't heard of her!...for me I have always bought something, because I liked it and not because, my next door neighbour had it or I saw it in a magazine!
My blog is nearly two years old now and I have been showing you all sorts of bright and colourful pictures, from my home..I certainly have the blogging bug and take my camera with me wherever I go! I can't just take 1 picture either! I have to take a few of each picture and sometimes I take two camera's with me, for instance, recently (and I will be blogging about it soon!) I went and did a photo shoot in my friend, Jane's, beautiful Antique shop. There I took my Nikon and a little Lumix compact camera and shot nearly 500 pictures of her wonderful shop!
Anyway I bet your wondering where I am going here aren't you! LOL! and really I suppose I am just writing my thoughts down here...but what with all this blogging, I have accrued 31,000+ photographs on my computer!!!!!!! HOW MANY! Yes 31,000 piccies! No wonder my computer is getting slow...once it was state of the art and now its like a slug! taking about 10 minutes to fire up in the morning!! These are some of the pictures I have found in my attempt to slowly sort them out! Its going to take forever...! What am I saying it IS taking forever! but whilst sorting them all out...and looking at all the wonderful bright colours and arrangements again, got me to thinking...would anyone be interested in a book written by me?....
Would anyone be interested in publishing me? Have any of you out there got any tips and advice, I did think of doing one of those Blurb books, but they work out so expensive...so really I am asking you gals if you would be interested in my ideas, my opinions, my decorating tips etc etc, in order for me to get the ball rolling so to speak...the Blurb idea, is probably a good starting point, don't you think? C'mon gals I'd like your advice here and also it will be a great source for others thinking the same thing!
I am sorry that I started off by blowing my own trumpet...but I have so many new ideas and thoughts, going around in my head all the time, so it would be nice to incorporate them all in one place :) stating off a few new trends...all in one HAPPY book!
Look whats happened with the Union Jack thing for instance LOL! Its everywhere now!... My idea behind that was to BIG up blighty! what with all the doom and gloom everywhere, we definitely need to hang onto our Britishness! to enjoy and be proud to be British, is what its all about...!
My flags all around the house and in the garden, have been very welcomed here in my new home surroundings! Most of the people that live here are older...they walk their dogs and bid you a good day - when you are out in the garden....they talk to you in the street...it reminds me of how blighty used to be back in the 1960's and 70's when I was growing up!...
So here we are at the end of this Post...I hope you like my piccies...please let me know if you would like to see more and if you can offer me any help and advice, I would really appreciate it!
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend gals...speak to you all soon xx (sorry if there are any mistakes in this post..I am writing it really late in the evening and I am half asleep! hee hee!)