Bluebells & a Best of British Giveaway...

It's MAY! Alice was 3 yesterday...I can't believe that time passes so quickly, but there it is! She had a wonderful day...a new bone...a long walk with Paul...a stretch out in the sun...and lots of cuddles in the evening. Dog heaven!
Walking with her is always a lovely experience but, now the bluebell woods are in full bloom, it's almost too beautiful to imagine...

You may get a little bit of it's beauty from these photos...but I wish I could lead you through the sun-dappled beech woods...listening to the birds and the cuckoo which is now here for the's bliss.

It has been a good week to be British...the Royal Wedding on Friday was a wonderful, happy event that united us all and showed the world that when we do pomp & tradition we are never outshone! I wanted to celebrate with you - and what better way than with a giveaway?

I wanted a Best of British theme...and as so many of us love Emma Bridgewater & Cath Kidston ....I choe a couple of things from them that I hope you'll love!

First...this gorgeous Limited Edition Royal Wedding Teatowel...

which I loved so much that I bought one for myself too! And next, I found these little treasures...

sweet little pearl buttons from Cath Kidston. So many of you are brilliantly creative that I thought you'd find a good use for these...if not as buttons then maybe in some jewellery project? I can think of lots of ways to use them (and I don't even sew!!)

To be entered into the draw for these, just leave me a comment on this post...anything you like! And I'll pick a name next Sunday 8th...hopefully it will be a lovely Mother's Day surprise for one of my Aussie, NZ, Canadian or American followers....or perhaps just a cheerup for a Brit feeling a little flat after all the celebrations! Whatever, I hope you'll enter....

It's been a hard end to the week darling Dad was rushed to hospital again yesterday morning. Some of you may remember that last April a similar thing happened. His heart is not wonderful and it was another major scare. But he came through last time, and it looks as though he will this time too...but it takes it's toll on all of us in different ways and leaves us all shocked and shaken up. We're visiting him this afternoon, and hopefully he'll be back at the farm very soon - where he belongs and always wants to be. We all love him so very much and can't bear to imagine life without him in each time his mortality is exposed, it's a little more difficult. If love could make him well, he'd live forever!

Hoping you're having a wonderful weekend.....xoxo


  1. Oh my gracious so sorry to hear about your dad--I know how heart wrenching that can be but at least the prognosis is good and hopefully he'll be around to give you quite a few more scares and all the good stuff too.

    Happy birthday to Alice--I don't know if you saw my twitter happy bday wish to her--it was Boo's birthday as well. They are astro twins (except for the year). Can't believe he's 10.

    And finally, all the blue is beautiful. So enchanting, I'm sure if you look down a few fairies and pixies will be plainly visible. And oh yes, PICK ME. I think that would be an excellent choice. Gotta love my complete lack of bias!

    I'm just off to bed at 5am and hope your Sunday is lovely and filled with a sense that all is and will soon be well for a long time to come.

  2. "If love could make him well, he'd live forever!" That is beautifully said, and so very true. I am so sorry to hear about your Dad falling ill. :(
    I do recall about the same time last year, this happening. I AM happy to hear that it looks like he will be okay. Wishing your Dad a full recovery and hoping he is back at the farm very, very soon. So sorry you had to go through this.
    On a happier note, happy 3rd birthday to Miss Alice. You are a sweetheart. Wishing you and your family nothing but happiness. Enjoy your visit with Dad today. I know how special he is to you all! xoxo

  3. I'm so sorry to read about your Dad. He seems to be a very resilient fellow. My Dad was precious to me too. He lived to the great age of 93.
    I love the fields of English bluebells and remember them from when I visited in 1963 at the tender age of 23 :)
    What a stunning wedding! London looked amazing, the pageantry was wonderful and the bride and groom beautiful.
    Hope you've had time off to recover from all the baking!
    Have a great week,

  4. Oh, dear Rachel, I was so very, very sorry to hear of your dad's medical problems and I hope he is much better soon!! Give you mother a hug from me!
    On a happier note, Happy Birthday to sweet Miss Alice. She is so darling in those beautiful woods! How lucky you are to live near such a lovely place!
    Wishing you a good week ahead, filled with warm days and warm hugs for all you love! Love, Sherry xoxo

  5. Oh my goodness Rachel---what memories that evoked from my own life! I lost my dad when I was twenty and it was about 6 years of in and out of the hospital with his heart. It runs in the family (sadly) and all 6 boys (his brothers), except one, died before 52. My dad was 45. I do hope he is able to pull out and recover and I loved the expression if love could make him well he'd live forever. Sometimes I believe it's nearly true!! Happy Birthday to Alice---how wonderful!! She is a little darling! Please do NOT pick me---I feel very fortunate to have won Susan's recent prize; I'd love for someone else who has not won recently to receive a prize. I will say a prayer for your father this week and for you as you deal with the fear in your heart right now. Love and Blessings,
    Joann xoxo

  6. Sending prayers your way for your Dad......we are going through the same thing with my Dad right now. He spent the weekend on a heart monitor :(
    I enjoy your stories about miss Alice. I have a Wire Fox Terrier too! His name is Sir Oliver Winston and his Daddy came from England! He is such a joy, but a little on the naughty side. I read your post about Charlie and Alice and told my husband we were not even going to try another dog with Oliver. I can see him being very bossy.
    I love your blog so much! I have always wanted to visit England and now when I read your blog...I get to in vision being there through your beautiful pictures.
    Love, Shannon
    p.s. We loved the Royal Wedding and even had a special dinner in honor of the occasion :0)

  7. Happy belated Birthday to Alice! :)
    Bluebells are so unbelievably gorgeous... and your photos affirm that further!
    Although I'm American, I did enjoy watching the Royal Wedding (as I'm sure all different countries did); Kate's dress was beautiful... certainly a fairytale come true!

    My prayers and thoughts for your father's recovery ♥

  8. It's been a week of real ups and downs for you, very emotional! Sorry to hear about your dad, hopefully he will get better soon and have some time to enjoy the bluebells and summer sunshine. Happy birthday to Alice. Does this mean that she is 21 in dog years? A big birthday then. The wedding was fabulous. I loved all the red, white and blue. The traditions, the pomp (very British word). I was glued to the whole thing x
    Thinking of you, take care, Helen xx

  9. Rachel, I hope that by the time this posts, your beloved father will be on the mend enough to be at home. My mom at 76 last year, had valve replacement and double bypass..she feels so well now...but, it was frightening to watch her being wheeled to the each day with purpose...let loved ones know the depth of your love for them...enjoy life! You share yours with some amazing people..and Alice! Happiest Belated B'day wishes to your precious, devoted one...thank you for sharing the bluebell woods..well wishes for Dad!xo
    Laura Jenkins...laurabjenkins

  10. I am so sorry to hear about your father. I hope he's on the road to recovery now! It's so hard to imagine that the people we love most won't be here with us forever. Thinking of you and sending your family prayers for healing.
    The bluebells look amazing and I wish I could take a stroll with you and the doggies! Maybe some day!

  11. I am so sorry about your father, Rachel. Thoughts and prayers to you and the family.

    I enjoyed "strolling through the woods" with you. Miss Alice is sure to have enjoyed her extra special birthday treats.:)

    Our cat, Shadow, celebrated his 19th on April 14th!

    May the week ahead be without complications for you.:)

  12. I'm thinking of you and your dad.

    Gosh, thank you for the reminder. Dudley will be 9 tomorrow, and I keep forgetting his birthday! Must get him a little treat.

    oh, I'd love to go in for your comp. I've yet to buy any commemorative stuff. On her blog, Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic showed a really beautiful Asiatic Pheasants plate for W & C that she bought in Liberty. I'd love to get my mitts on that. It's really lovely. Trying to persuade Bill to pay a visit to The London (as gorgeous girl calls it!), but thus far he says no!

    enjoy the bank holiday. will be thinking of you and hoping your dad is home soon. xxx

  13. Dearest Rachel,
    Spoke to Dad last night, home safe and sound thank goodness! Thank you for the lovely bluebells, and Happy Birthday Miss Alice, she doesn't look a day over 2! The Royal Wedding was a triumph made me wish I was home with you. Although I wouldn't have been in those crowds for anything, even a dance with Harry! Love love love xxxxxxx

  14. My dear Rachel,

    I am so sorry to learn of your Dad's is scary, but he is strong and has so much to live for. Please give your Mom a huge hug and tell her I'm thinking of her too.

    Happy birthday Alice, cute old gal. Your sister is right, she doesn't look a day over 2.

    Love across the miles,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  15. I have fond memories of the Bluebell Walk that I was able to enjoy in England last year! So sorry to hear of your father's Dad just turned 84 on Easter Sunday and there are always health "scares" although, he has been really lucky...
    Wasn't the Royal Wedding so beautiful? I enjoyed it so much! Loved the video of the vicar turning cartwheels down the aisle...I felt like doing that myself!
    Thanks for a great giveaway! Kay


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