The Little Witch from Elves & Fairies by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, 1916.
For the first time in many years I am not dressing up for Halloween. I don’t have a party to go to and I haven’t spent many months deciding on a costume. And I really don’t mind.
Now let me say I love dressing up. LOVE it. But this year I am quite happy to stay at home and watch trashy horrors. Maybe it’s a sign of getting old. Or maybe it’s just because at heart I am a bit of a witchy woman anyway. Not the evil, warts and eye of newt sort. I’d like to think the more glamorous sort. I have numerous black lace and silk dresses. And I don’t leave the house without black liquid eyeliner.
Last I celebrated Halloween in New York and had a fabulous red velvet dress for my Queen of Hearts costume. (Halloween in New York is truly fabulous and should really be experienced once in a lifetime.)
But a witchy woman costume will always be my outfit of choice… with or without a broomstick.
Hot witchy-poo lady. Image via We Heart it.
Happy Halloween weekend. Do you have loads of exciting things planned? I don’t and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s been a bit manic and I’ve been a very bad blogger of late! But things seemed to have calmed down a bit. Well slightly. For the next five minutes anyway.
Here are some pics from our day trip last weekend to the lovely Petersham Nurseries.
Despite the fact that I loathe the colour orange and am not really a fan of anything pumpkin related food wise, I loved the wonderful displays of gourds at Petersham Nurseries. The bell jars were my favourites.
I highly recommend a trip to the nurseries for lunch, tea or even just for a look around. We had a lovely lunch and I came away with a very beautiful Maidenhair fern that is sitting in front of me as I type.
After a quick visit to Columbia Road flower markets to get some big blousy pink roses there seemed nothing better to do on a rainy, dreary Sunday afternoon than visit Liberty for afternoon tea.
I am a big fan of Burleigh’s black and white willow pattern. I quite fancy the whole dinner set for everyday use. My old china is just too fragile.
The coffee cake was delicious, although I can still feel the clotted cream clogging my arteries.
Here are some more photos taken on my recent weekend in Bruges, staying at the wonderful B&B - Bread & Butter. You can see my last post about our weekend away here.
Belgium chocolate for breakfast? Yes please! Fresh melon and peaches, cheeses, pastries, homemade museli and yoghurt was all served on gorgeous mismatched china, including Zara home, Wedgewood and hand made pottery pieces. Multigrain and rye breads were served in mini wooden boxes. A giant glass jar of homemade museli sat at the end of table. All glowing golden in soft candlelight, it looked like it was straight from the pages of an interiors magazine. We sat down to a gloriously beautiful feast each morning. Breakfast at my work desk is just not the same!
The resident cat was a bit shy but would sit safely on the other side of the doors to the back garden and watch us drinking our coffee through the glass.
This is unfortunately the only shot I have of the amazing vintage wallpaper that was in our loft bedroom.
I couldn’t resist adding another shot of the bath tub.
We had amazing perfect blue skies.
We spent many hours getting happily lost in the winding cobbled streets along the pretty canals, fuelled by the delicious breakfast and strong coffee at the Bread & Butter.
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