Saturday, 7 February 2015

Captured moments

Over the last week or so there has been a bit of this and a bit of that going on.  Here are a few moments to share!


When I was at Basildon Park two Wednesdays ago - I am so far behind with things - I noticed something that to my horror I have never seen before!  Can you see the initials in the middle panel of this gate.  They are RI which stand for Renee Iliffe.  She was actually the second Lady Iliffe and this gate was the entrance to her rose garden.  I have walked through this gate so many times I cannot tell you, but never saw her initials before.  I have already pointed them out to someone else.  Another little thing that I have discovered.


I also snapped these two old lead water tanks, they are used as herb planters now.  Aren't they just amazing.  The work that has gone into them, for something that was just to hold water!  I think they are beautiful.  You can see the date on the one on the right is 1765 - yes, that makes it 240 years old this year!!  Isn't that an incredible thought!


There was also a chance to snap some pictures of these prints that are in a corridor that is never seen by the public.  I don't know how this area was used in the past, but it is sad that no one can see it now.  You can share it with me though!  The pictures are cut out and then glued to the wall and are more often seen in "Print Rooms" than odd corridors!


Now, these pictures are not of the beautiful Basildon Park.  Oh no.  I caught up with my best friend earlier in the week, and having seen her I was reminded of her often said remark that my house is like an interiors magazine.  I tell her - repeatedly - that it is because I clean like mad before she comes round.  Not sure that she believes me.  I can be honest with you though and share some messy moments can't I!  See, it isn't all lovely interiors and neat and tidy here! Ahem!!  A trip to the charity shop is in the offing me thinks...


Finally there has - of course! - been some crocheting.  I am going "off list" and not doing things that are on my WIP list.  After the computer debacle I needed to do something familiar and calming.  Surely it is better to self soothe with crochet than a lot of the other things that I could do!  This bowl/basket is coming along well.  I love the yarn - Sugar n Cream - from our holiday last year.  I am also making another one in some different yarn.  No idea what I will do with either of them, but you can never have enough baskets - can you????


Oh, and you will of course noticed that I have been playing around with making some mosaics. It is a fun thing to do isn't it.

That is about all that I have to catch up on right now.  This weekend will be - yawn - housework I suspect, but I want to go to Ikea and look for some things (you can tell from the pics that housework is needed!).  My February Mantel is finally done after some fiddling around and a little purchase.  Once I get some photos I will share!

Hope that ya'll have a good weekend!

Amy

43 comments:

  1. Lots of finds including collages. Great pics and a homes not a home with out a bit of clutter.

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  2. Love love those water tanks they don't make things like that any more that's for sure.

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  3. Isn't amazing how we can pass or look at something so many time and never notice a detail...? Our mind isn just amazing I am glad you noticed now and all the other details... It is just amazing. Love the crochet basket, so very cute.

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  4. The gate and the lead planters are beautiful...so much work gone into them. It's funny how we all tidy up like mad when we have people coming round...I'd love to be someone that didn't worry about the mess and just welcomed people in whatever state the house was in....not got there yet though! I still go round tidying, dusting vacuuming etc! I'm worn out by the time my guests arrive! Your basket is beautiful. I love the yarn. Crochet is very soothing. I'm knitting a hat in a similar yarn at the moment. Have a great weekend (not too much housework!) X

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  5. Thanks for sharing these lovely pics of the Basildon treasures - what a privilege that you get to see these hidden prints too. Happy hooking & happy housework - and a trip to Ikea usually brings happiness too 😊
    Have fun,
    Xx

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  6. I agree with you, Amy- you can never have enough baskets. That's what I always say to my husband when I come home with another charity/vintage shop bought basket. Of course he disagrees..Lovely things from Basildon Park, full of intricate details and history. I wouldn't have noticed the initials at the gate if you didn't point them out. Have a great weekend! X

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  7. Those lead water tanks are absolutely gorgeous aren't they. And well spotted on the gate, how lovely it is. I agree, you can never have too many baskets, I'm on the lookout for a project, maybe I'll settle on a basket, wel shall see. Wishing you a good weekend too. CJ xx

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  8. I think interiors magazines would be better off for a few Sainsbury's bags left about. And look a lot more homelike.

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  9. The initials are really pretty and fit right into the gate. I wouldn't have noticed them either! Basildon is so pretty.
    I love your crocheted basket. It looks so pretty!
    Thanks for sharing your clutter - we all have it!

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  10. A trip to Ikea and buying a basket sounds lovely to me.. Housework is always there waiting but buying something new helps me to want to put it all to rights.. smile.. Love your photos.. Such beauty..

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  11. The wrought iron work in the gate is beautiful and the initials are so well hidden I'm not surprised you didn't notice them before. I love the hidden corridor and the paintings on the walls- like the colour of the walls too. It must be a fantastic place to work, full of inspiration. Love the shots of your house- all homes have messy, lived in places don't they? Have a lovely weekend xx

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  12. I love that gate ... now I want a wrought iron gate with MY initials in it! I wanted to ask you what episode of Downton was shot at Basildon? I thought you said it was the Christmas special of Season 5. My husband just bought Season 5 for me, and I couldn't remember what you told us (and I'm too lazy to do a search of your blog). Everyone's house gets a little messy just coming through the door. My entryway gets road salt, slush & snow coming in on all our winter boots, so we have to keep it tiled with just a simple mat to give you a dry spot to stand while you remove your boots. The salt leaves lovely white stains on the tiles ... never ending wiping up with a towel & floor mop! Love that basket you're making! I have a similar yarn in cotton called cottage something or other. I really like it too. Snow today and tomorrow again ... we're staying put by the fire later today to have pizza and movies. My poor daughter said it's snowed every day this week and she's ready for it to stop any time now (she's further north than we are). Right. Must get moving now! Wendy

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  13. Oooooh crochet baskets....what a great idea! Why haven't I made any...? **makes mental note** I love that you are still making discoveries at Basildon, the intrigue of these places is so often in the tiny details here and there. i get told my home is immaculate too - same here - just some hasty tidying before people arrive and I always aim to keep the hallway clutter-free as its the first thing anyone sees. Just don't open my cupboards....! X

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  14. Nothing like visitors to make you get your house in order. I even had my windows washed by a professional this past week with visitors coming next Sunday. Have a lovely weekend, Amy.

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  15. So, decals aren't a new thing! Thanks for the behind the scenes view.
    If my house is messy ,I blame the cats!
    Jane x

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  16. Really like your baskets. I have yarn and a pattern and plan on trying to make one.

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  17. Homes are supposed to have untidy bits! That's my excuse anyway. Hope you have a great weekend. x

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  18. Those planters are just beautiful!! I love your honesty in how your house really looks much of the time - I can relate!! Lol

    Crochet baskets are a wonderful idea!! Have a lovely weekend dear Friend. xo

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  19. What a great time to come visit your blog, Amy. That gate is fabulous!!! WOW, the initials - so cool.
    Yes, on the baskets, need more baskets to hold more yarn to make more baskets, IMHO.

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  20. It's amazing how much work went into even the most simple everyday things back then. It's another reason why I love antiques. They are beautiful and functional.

    My house is so messy right now.... I really need to do something about that, but my excuse is that it's Saturday lol

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  21. I love that yarn you are using. I'm usually calmed and soothed by crochet much better than chocolate, lol, but I've been having a difficult couple of weeks and for once crochet hasn't helped.
    I think we all go mad cleaning when friends come round. I' m quite a neat freak at the best of times but if someone visits I go crazy. I get very upset over silly things like cleaning behind the cooker , I mean that's just plain silly. It isn't as though Im planning on showing her behind the blooming thing. Have a lovely weekend

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  22. Lovely photos ! Oh a bit mess here and there never hurt means you live for the moment lol ! Thanks for sharing , have a good day !

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  23. I know why you never have noticed the two initials on the gate, "R & I"...
    Those are also the initials of my husbands' name and mine, and for yéars I have been trying to create a nice monogram with those 2 initials, (to have embroidered on towels and linen and stuff) but it always seems to end up in some curly "forms" where the letters just are not very legible.. Wrong letters for a monogram ;-)...
    Ps - I love your baskets ! Lovely yarn !

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  24. Beautiful gate and planters!!!! And, you can never have too many baskets. Hee hee. blessings ~ tanna

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  25. A nice, varied, post. Made me smile. Love the lead planters - though they remind me of a coffin I saw in St Albans. Mrs Britain and I realised a little while ago that the only time we give the house a good clean is when we're expecting visitors. Don't tell her I told you, will you?

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  26. The water tanks are beautiful and so is the gate, how lovely to have ones initials woven in to the design.

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  27. Lovely collection of find! I really like the wool you are using, those baskets look great!

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  28. Gosh, you need to come and see my house this evening if you think housework is needed! I like the idea of crochet baskets... like I need another project!

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  29. Sometimes I have to pretend that I have guests coming just to make me do the housework! I agree, you can never have too many baskets and your crochet ones are gorgeous. Have a happy weekend. x

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  30. Thanks for sharing those wonderful pictures of Basildon Park, one day I want to visit :) And I clean like a maniac too before people come! Looking forward to seeing the baskets, I love the yarn! xx

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  31. Hi Amy,

    Loved seeing the photos of Basildon Park and the beautiful old gates and the water tanks with herbs.
    The crocheted baskets are lovely and like your variegated wool.
    Happy weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  32. I'm sure your house is just fine...I get too fussy about mine, too. Besides, a trip to IKEA is a lot more fun than doing housework. ;-) Love your crochet baskets...you are right, who can't use more baskets? They are pretty and useful for holding just about anything. Those lead water tanks are amazing.

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  33. Those lead water tanks are beautiful. In 1765. this area was pure wilderness. The First Nations people were the only people in this area till the mid 1800's. We have such a different history. So much of your history is still present for everyone to see. Interesting!

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  34. I think all houses have untidy corners, I know mine does! The constant ebb and flow of family life leaves debris everywhere. Love those planters, it seems there was more time then for people to make everything beautiful as well as functional. X

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  35. Lovely collection of captured moments, Amy - I love the lead water tanks:)

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  36. Well, I'm another who only has a really good clean when company is expected. Life is too short to do housework every day! Those gates at Basildon Park are beautiful and so interesting: the RI is quite carefully disguised, so it must have been a delight to suddenly spot it. The lead tanks are indeed attractive. I hope they were lined, lead being poisonous and all. As for the prints on the walls, they are absolutely gorgeous, and what a shame the public can't go to see them. I would love that in my house :) Happy crotchet, and we all need a Sugar n Cream basket in our lives, imo.....xxxx

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  37. I love photo collaging too - a bit too much!
    Wish I could crochet - those baskets would be top of my to-make list. Maybe this year...
    Have a lovely week :)
    S x

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  38. Wow, it's fascinating to see behind-the-scenes at BP, although I confess that it's been a while since I even came to see the bits that we ARE allowed to see.

    As for your home, if you think that's mess, um, well, just don't look in the direction of my house, OK?

    Finally, I agree that you definitely can never have too many baskets... mostly to put craft projects in... so then, you'll need to start some more craft projects to put in them, right?

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  39. I really like the lead tanks as planters. The lobster on the left one is interesting to me. I wonder how they handle lead tanks when they pot plants in them. Do they have to wear gloves or protective clothing? It strikes me that I don't know whether lead is dangerous for adults to be exposed to, only children.

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  40. I had to look hard for those initials. My brain doesn't sort things out quite so easily at times. :) We won't talk about messes or cleaning. I keep putting things in piles and moving them around. Haven't cleaned in a while and since we had a dusty day, no sense in doing anything until it clears, right! Simple crochet is always what I choose to do. I need calm moments each and every single day. ha! Best wishes, Tammy

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  41. I fell in love with the lead tanks, they are gorgeous. I am loving the crochet baskets, and totally agree you can never have too many.

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  42. The water tanks are amazing! What I would do for 2 of those for my patio!!! And the basket you created is gorgeous Amy!! My goodness! You are whipping things up that are just inspiring! Here is to a spectacular week! Nicole xo

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  43. Love that gate! And your crochet looks very nice and soothing! You'll soon find something to use the new baskets for.

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