Friday, 20 November 2009


This is the usual scene on Friday mornings as I return from the shops. Bags and bags of shopping - and these are just the things I can't get when we do our big shop at the supermarket. At least the bags are cheery and never fail to provoke comment from other shoppers or assistants in the shops. This morning's comment was from a pretty young lady selling copies of The Big Issue and yes, she was right, they are pretty. It sounds very silly but they do make the shopping trip a little more enjoyable. Fridays usually follow a particular pattern and I can't wait to get home and put the kettle on and sit down for a few quiet moments with a magazine before the shopping is put away.

I couldn't resist buying these pretty little lights today and think they look mighty fine wrapped around the wirework heart on the kitchen door. The only problem is that it does look a bit Christmassy - and the C word isn't allowed around here until December. Never mind, they make the kitchen feel cosy and I like cosy.

However, last Friday didn't follow this familiar pattern - I went somewhere posh! Can you remember my post about a special day in the spring when I spent a lovely day with friends at Coughton Court? Well, we've sort of had our Christmas outing early! None of us enjoy the usual work dos at this time of year. Restaurants overbook, there are large, rowdy crowds and the food is usually inedible. We decided that we deserved to be thoroughly spoiled and we certainly were - here at Brockencote Hall. Sadly, it wasn't snowing whilst we were there

it looked more like this

We all put our glad rags on. Do you like my velvet coat? It was it's first outing and I really enjoyed wearing it.

We were looked after so well and felt so pampered, no wonder this Friday feels very routine. I've got a couple of thank yous to make today. Firstly to Vicki at Anglesey Allsorts for the wonderful buttons and lace she sent me.

And also to Hannah at Lou Lou Loves Vintage for her lovely giveaway. The chocolate coins didn't last long Hannah - but I'm still enjoying the other things!


Sal said...

Hi there!
I don't usually start Christmas until Dec..but the V&H fair got me so in the mood!

I love the buttons!
Have a great weekend ;-)

Devon Dumpling said...

You are very welcome, Tracey!
Love Hannah x

Andi's English Attic said...

I have a wire heart hanging in my study and recently I was thinking it looked a bit cluttered with the pics and drawings on it. Then I saw yours with the hearts hanging there. I like it. I feel a metomorphasis coming on! xx

Pipany said...

Hello Tracey. Good to see you back. What a lovely pamper day and yes, I love your velvet coat. I think pretty bags make shopping a bit special too and as for fairy lights, I think they need to be around all year - just add even more for Christmas! x

Felicity said...

i love your tea cosy, sis you knit it? and the giveaway presents look fab! fliss xx

jo said...

Love your velvet coat and I wouldn't mind doing my shopping with those brightly coloured bags.


Rosie said...

You coat looks very warm and glamorous. You've just reminded me that I bought that red christmas bag from Tesco last year - I must get it out again now we are in December:)