Monday, June 22, 2015

Wild Flowers in an Abandoned Graveyard

Rob, Brock and I often walk to the abandoned grave yard at Kirkconnel on the Sprinkell Estate, Eaglesfield. Apparently there was a medieval village with a church here at one time. There is now just a ruined mausoleum and lots of 18th century and newer grave stones.

There is an easy walk to it along by Kirtle Water, a small river with views of fields of sheep, lovely old trees and, at this time of year, wild flowers. We were also lucky enough to spot a swarm of bees!

Please click on any photo to see a larger version.

 The remains of the mausoleum in the background.

Lots of the grave stones have these rather morbid skulls/heads on them and other symbols of mortality.

The last photo is of Brock, taken back in May on the same walk.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Portinscale Walk, Cumbria

Rob, Brock and I did a walk from Portinscale near Keswick in the Lake District. We headed from outside The Chalet Tearooms towards Ullock and then along the Newlands Beck until we got to the bridge, where we retraced our steps. You can go on up to the pub and back along the road to Portinscale, but we preferred to walk by the water on such a hot day.

 Heading along a country lane just beyond Ullock; distant mountain views

Hawthorn bushes just coming into blossom
Brock takes a quick rest on a bench overlooking Newlands Beck

 A sheep farm

This is the point at which we turned round - sheep guarding a bridge!

 Rob's photo of water in the Newlands Beck - very David Hockney

 Here I am standing in the Newlands Beck - not much water in it

We ate lunch afterwards at The Chalet Tearooms. They allow dogs inside and out. Since it was a hot day and there was a space on the shaded verandah, we sat there. The building is nice, with large windows and lots of wood. The menu has breakfast items until 11 am, lunches such as soup, sandwiches, salads etc. There are cakes and scones for morning and afternoon coffees/teas.

We both had jacket potatoes with cheese and beans, plus coffees, a mineral water and an apple juice. The bill came to £21.50. There was lots of food on the plate - pretty good - the beans could have been hotter. The salads included two items containing gluten, which I had forgotten to ask them to leave off my plate. There was a strange mixture of little gems and roasted squash with a bitter/sour/hot flavour. The lettuce had gone brown from the heat, and neither of us liked the taste. There was beetroot cous cous, half a pointed pepper stuffed with another type of grain and the usual lettuce, cucumber and tomato. The coffees were very good. I would eat there again as it is convenient for the walk.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Vintage Black Glass Buttons

I have listed some buttons from my own collection on Ebay - all with the start price of just 99p per lot! Please click on the link at the end of the blog post to go to the items for sale.

To see all my items for sale, please visit my Ebay shops LoveButtonsHQ and jkw_fire_horse

Auctions for the buttons shown above finish on Sunday 7 June 2015 at around 7.00 pm BST.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Red and Blue: A Folksy Gift Guide

Two of my favourite colours, and great for adding a striking Summery touch to your home decor. Here are some of the items I found on Please click on the link below the photo to go to the item for sale.

Driftwood Doorstop, £29.99 from Reclaimed Time

Nautical Coaster Set, £12.00 from Kayleigh O'Mara

70s Fabric, Red, White & Blue Cushion Cover, £21.50 from Retro68

Ceramic Lidded Pot, £22.00 from mecki allen

Red, White & Blue Wall Hanging, £125.00 from me!

See the full Red & Blue Pinterest Board here! It has 37 items on it.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Kippford Walk, Stone Creatures and Lunch

[Rob's photo of a heart-shaped fern emerging]
 Rob, Brock and I went on a favourite walk of ours today, from Kippford to Rockcliffe and back. There is a circular walk through woodlands full of bluebells and ransomes, at this time of year, to Rockcliffe and back along the shore path, with views over the inlet, the mud flats dotted with picturesque boats, to the next peninsula with its woodlands and hills.

[Brock on the beach at Rockcliffe: the half-way point]

There is a garden on the return leg, where someone makes strange little stone creatures out of rocks, pebbles, found items, teddy bears' eyes, and sometimes teeth. There are always a few new ones to spot.

We decided to try a new place for lunch: The Mariner Hotel, Restaurant and Bar We sat in the beer garden with Brock. There were quite a few tables available outside, with good views over the marina. There is plenty of indoor seating in a conservatory, for when the weather is less clement.

We ordered orange squash, mineral water and two portions of the vegetable curry with rice (Rob had half rice/half chips). It arrived fairly quickly, and was a good-sized portion. It was tasty: quite mild, English-style curry, with a fruity/spicy flavour; plenty of chickpeas, sweetcorn, greens (chard, I think), red pepper and onion. Rob said that the chips were very good, too. The bill came to just under £20. The choice was a bit limited for vegetarians apart from the curry, (mainly cheese-based dishes: macaroni, salad, or panini). But at least there were two gluten free, veggie choices: the curry and the cheese salad.


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