Summer Days 2015

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A quick change of clothes after work and we head off to the seafront 5 minutes away. Cold drinks, skimming stones and the sound of the gentle waves. Our summertime happiness.

A Royal Visit

My lovely man recently took me on day trip to visit Hampton Court Palace. Hampton Court has really fond memories for me as I used to go there a lot as a child. I’m also a sucker for anything to do with history – especially palaces!
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The colour of summer

One of the best parts of summer for me are the poppy fields on the outskirts of the city near Falmer. Usually in about June the carpets of red are visible from miles around.

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Celebrating the first day of spring

First day of spring 2013

I don’t know about you but it seems as though this winter has gone on forever – I don’t think I’ve been able to feel comfortably warm since about October last year! I’m even past caring whether hot-water bottles are cool or not (mine’s in the shape of a penguin, in case you were wondering!).
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Merchant and Mills, Rye.

All photography © Heather Elizabeth Wilkinson 2013

Merchant and Mills first came to my attention when I was given their sewing book for Christmas. Although I’ve not attempted to make anything yet, I was completely won over by the beautiful photography and contemporary utilitarian designs – classic pieces and not a hint of chintz to be found.  In Merchant and Mill’s own words ‘We are here to urge intelligent, independent women to buy traditional patterns and dress well by their own hand.’ 

I was chuffed to bits when I found out they’d opened a branch in nearby Rye, and I couldn’t resist popping along for a little visit. 

The store itself is a design-lovers dream, exposed brick-work, old mahogany cabinets, boxes of buttons and pins, rolls of sumptuous fabrics and the most gorgeously branded, if not a little pricey, products. They very kindly allowed me to take a few quick photos in the shop so I thought I’d share them with you.

Take a peek at their website here

Quiet Time

The days are finally starting to get longer again. That makes me very happy indeed. I keep waking up early though, normally about an hour before I actually need to get up, and just as the birds are starting to stir.
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Snow days


The snow is falling heavily in Brighton today. It’s the kind of day when you want to be snuggled up warm and cosy at home with a hot drink, a warm blanket and plenty of nice things to eat. Funnily enough, that is exactly what I plan to do!

I hope you’re warm wherever you are.

All photography © 2013 heather elizabeth wilkinson

Looking back on 2012


Rather than pinning my hopes on the year ahead, I often feel it’s important to reflect on the year that’s passed and what I’ve learnt from it.2012 has been a mixed year for me, but I’ve learnt a lot, both personally and professionally. I’ve enjoyed growing the blog and all the new people I’ve got to know ‘virtually’. Blogging has also brought me a lot of opportunities, which I’m really grateful for.Thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings over the year – whether you’ve been a regular follower or just drop in from time to time – all visits, comments, mentions and tweets mean so much to me and are greatly appreciated.

Whatever your plans, I hope you have a wonderful festive break, and I’ll be back cooking, photographing and blogging in 2013!

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