Monday, 20 April 2015

Still On Holiday Time



We are being treated to a spectacular spring so far down here on the south coast, with blossom everywhere you look, blue skies and temperatures in the low twenties/mid seventies. We've enjoyed a really magical, carefree Easter break, with late starts, long sunny days, relaxed bedtimes, time with family and friends...an empty diary and no agenda, no plans. The children had Maundy Thursday and Good Friday off school as well as the two weeks following Easter, so it feels like a we've all had a really long rest. Spring, I love you.

Mantel update (because I know you've all been worried): I picked some forsythia and kerria from my mum's garden and displayed the stems in a a huge glass vase. 


I wanted pussy willow but I'm about two months too late for that, but this looks beautiful, a tangled mass of yellow. 


Two pictures (a screenprint bought in Cornwall and my Winterwoods cross stitch) have been propped up there too. I think I like this arrangement for now.


The living room is hard to photograph - it's either in shadow or flooded with afternoon light, which is gorgeous to sit in but impossible to capture on camera. It's all angles, this room. But I wanted to try and show you how high the ceiling is. Only the attic is above this room, as the rest of the upstairs is above the other rooms. It's a funny house. And both the ceiling and the right hand of the chimney breast slope, it's not your eyes. 



We welcomed our first house guests over the weekend. My friend Abigail and her family came to stay the night and the weather behaved perfectly so that we could take them to our new favourite places. On Saturday afternoon we walked on Hayling Island beach. It was cool and quite breezy but the light was so bright and crystal clear it made your eyes hurt. I forgot my big camera but the one on my new phone is a lot better than my old one, so I could snap away quite happily.



I love the way my two fit in with Abigail's children, just getting along and playing, sharing baths, making up games.  I think there was some kind of dolly breakfast in bed scenario going on here.


On Sunday we visited a place I will definitely devote a blog post too sometime, a tiny and ancient church set in the most stunning South Downs countryside.


I'm pretty sure that old cars parked outside old pubs must be photographed. Like good sunsets and interesting clouds, it's in the blogging handbook.




I love my new local area so much, the mixture of coast and countryside just ten minutes from our house. Love it. 

Even the Sunday afternoon homework couldn't dampen the holiday feel.



I fear there may be many more balcony sunset views this summer. Sorry.


This morning, after the school run, John and I had brioche and coffee for breakfast and chatted about this and that. You see, I'm still on holiday time! I'm even drinking a beer from the bottle while I write this. 


I think it's time I came back down to earth.






42 comments:

  1. It sounds like you are having great hols. Ours are back at school/college with Abi madly trying to get A-level coursework completed! I can endure any amount of sunsets, I love them! The church looks lovely, are there still services held there? Sharon x

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    1. Yes but only once a month I believe. X

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  2. Your home and blog are lovely!

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  3. OOh it sounds so lovely. It makes me long even more for the sea and hoping one day we'll make it. Do you feel like you have settled in now?

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  4. Hey Gillian,
    Its deceptive living near or on the coast. It can feel like an all year holiday. I love how you photograph your home. I should take more of mine. It's good to remember it by. And hooray for the mantel return. I was getting withdrawals you know...
    Have a great holiday mode week!
    Leanne xx

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  5. You know what, don't come back down to earth. This way you can still enjoy it and I can live vicariously through your words and pictures. I love your living room and I totally understand what you mean about the light; my whole house is like that and I would love to share more photos of the rooms themselves but it's so hard to get good ones. I hope you have a good week and a gentle return to reality. :)

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  6. That all looks lovely.....brioche for brekkie is a favourite xx

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  7. Loving your mantle and those funky deckchairs are reminding me of my caper earlier today where I sat on a directors chair and went straight through. Need some strong fabric for those not just stash leftovers like the last time I fixed them. Jo x

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  8. Lovely colourful photos, they have such a breezy holiday feel to them! Your home is so pretty, especially that little workspace/colouring area! Also, brioche, yum! x

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  9. It sounds like a blissful break. Love the mantel. I'm (very slowly) pressing on with my Winterwoods sampler. Lovely to see your pretty wall hanging there as well. Gorgeous yellow car and pretty old pub, a blogger's find indeed. Wishing you a good week Gillian, don't feel you have to come back down to earth too soon. CJ xx

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  10. Your holidays sound lovely, I hope you can keep the holiday spirit going for a wee while longer. Yellow is such a great colour, I see you are wearing it, too. It suits you very much. Have a lovely week. x

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  11. Your living room is looking wonderful - I love the yellow blossoms against the grey walls and the print and stitching look fabulous. I do envy you living near the sea; it must feel as if you are on holiday all the time. Have a lovely week. xx

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  12. Your blog is so inspirational! I may never manage to achieve the calmness which exudes from every picture, but I'll be straight outside tomorrow morning to snip some forsythia from the garden - it looks so fresh and vibrant on your mantel.

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    1. Thank you. The chaos is always just out of shot...funny that. :-)

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  13. Now you have piqued my curiosity, Gillian, so I am wondering what is the story behind the ancient church and am looking forward to the post where you let us know. If your feet have to touch the ground after your good holidays, I hope that you find them helping you to bring the fun you had on holiday into the rest of Spring :) xx

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  14. Gorgeous Gillian, your happiness is simply oozing out of your Post. Love your new home and the living room (and mantel) looks wonderful! x

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  15. This is one reason why we seldom venture far from home - we've not actually 'been away' for years - because we live by the sea! Every day is a holiday (well, in a manner of speaking ... we are very busy retireds, helping with grandson, my writing, etc ...)
    What lovely photos ... I love toasted brioche only I find the loaves hard to find in our area, there only appear to be packets of single small brioches.
    Margaret P

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  16. Stay up there as long as you can I say! It all sounds rather wonderful and I'm so in love with how you've transformed the house so quickly. Love the mantel, it's looking much more 'you' now!

    S x

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  17. I'm loving seeing pictures of your new home. That mantel looks fab! I love the use of the Emma Bridgewater mugs too. Have a fab week xx

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  18. What a lovely post, the photos are fab!, I am on the south coast too, and it's been lovely weather! Enjoy your week! love the log burnerxx

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  19. Lovely post Gillian and I feel that you are so enjoying being back home. It comes out in your photos and your writing.Love what you've done with your living room and look forward to seeing other bits come together. Take care.

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  20. With all the hurly burly of moving you have been able to have had the most perfect stay at home vacation. Your house is looking lovely, so bright and cheerful.

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  21. Love your mantel and the energy and joy emerging from this post!

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  22. Stay up in the clouds as much as you can, you should be flying high with your gorgeous new home and friends you love visiting.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  23. Nooo! Live life on holiday time; it's so much better that way! As soon as I can I'm going back onto holiday time (when the money tree blooms once more!)

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  24. What a lovely post, I've just had a good snoop around your new home (thanks for sharing!) and it looks absolutely beautiful, it's homely, stylish and remarkably clutter free! I hope you'll all be very happy there and enjoy this spring / holiday / newness feeling for as long as possible x x

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  25. Hi Gillian, Greetings from south of Sydney, Australia where we have had some massive storms and are drenched with rain. Haven't commented for a while, but read your blog avidly! The new place looks gorgeous! Enjoy your Springtime and enjoy setling in to the new surroundings. Cheers from Elizabeth

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  26. Your mantel is looking lovely, how I love that large forsythia and kerria arrangement, bringing part of the Springtime indoors - lovely. It is good to know you are loving your new surroundings and enjoying introducing it to your friends, how I would love to live that close to the coast. Keep the holiday feeling going as long as you can. xx

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  27. Love that photo of the 3 of you! I thought it might have been warmer but see you still have gloves on, i actually had bare legs yesterday it's hair groups up here. That beach is amazing. Xxx

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  28. Enjoy the holiday time for as long as possible! The mantel is looking good but I'm sure you'll change it again.

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  29. Oooh St Hubert's, the church in the field. Beautiful little church. Have been visiting it for years & took the grandchildren there a couple of weeks ago. Are you on Hayling? We live in Portsmouth.

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    1. We're not all that far from Portsmouth, a bit more inland. We don't live on Hayling (sadly, I love it there) but it's a favourite place for walking.

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  30. Stay there as long as possible. House is looking gorgeous Lucy x

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  31. I would stay on holiday time as long as I possibly could... it sounds like pure bliss to me! I love the photo of you and John together... such a great looking couple. Your living room and mantel looks so amazing. You have such a wonderful decorating style, Gillian.

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  32. We're big fans of the Maps book here too.
    I love that your beautiful handiworks have found their place in your living room, it looks like such a cosy room. xx

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  33. Oh stay on holiday time for a bit longer!! Admiring those deckchairs :-)

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  34. So beautiful! I love your wall hanging in the living room. Such a wonderful sentiment. Your mantel looks perfect. Our forsythia is already done blooming here. I never managed to clip any of it. The kids brought in many other flowers though. Love the fabric on your outdoors chairs too! I really like the neatly arranged mugs of pencils. Is that in her room or a common room? I'm trying to figure out if we should set up a separate homework station in our house. Lastly, I bought a loaf of brioche last weekend. We snacked on it as toast and then turned the rest into french toast Sunday morning. It was so good, I was so busy eating it I forgot to take a picture of it :)

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    1. It's a funny little room just off the spare room downstairs (which is kind of a second living room, playroom and guest room) and it's a little annexe. It's long and thin but has a window onto the garden. We use one end as an office area with desk, printer, filing cabinet etc and the other is full of boxes of toys and a dolls house. Bella does have a desk in her room, but she tends to do anywhere homework either here or at the dining room table. So I can help her I guess! x

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  35. Sounds and looks like a gorgeous spring! We have been very lucky in the south indeed, so much blossom and summer plants appearing already, long may it continue! The mantle is looking very jolly indeed, love that splash of yellow! Katie x

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  36. Bella's drawing is superb. I love the dolls set up having breakfast in bed. This holiday felt almost as long as the summer break, in a good way, it went on for ages and was so warm, what a treat.
    Lisa x

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  37. Don't come back down to earth! You sound so tremendously happy in your new home, and your new area, it is just lovely to read about, and even though I only know you through following your blog, I feel so happy for you and your lovely family. X

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