Cabbages & Roses: Vintage Chic by Christine Strutt
The Paris Apartment: Romantic Decor on a Flea Market Budget by Claudia Strasser
Afternoon Tea by Susannah Blake
Preston Bailey's Fantasy Weddings by John Labbe
The Secret World of Unicorns by Pat Perrin
The Private Realm of Marie Antoinette by Marie-France Boyer
Artist Trading Workshop: Create, Collect, Swap by Bernie Berlin
Gardens of Versailles by Pierre Andr-Lablaude
Pretty Little Things: Collage, Jewellery, Trinkets & Keepsakes by Sally Jean Alexander
Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette wore to the Revolution by Caroline Webber
The Lavender Cookbook by Sharon Shipley
Bringing Paris Home by Penny Drue Baird
Pretty Little Felt Things: Mixed-media crafts to tickle your fancy by Julie Collings
In this garden: Exploration in mixed-media visual narrative by Angela Cartwright & Sarah Fishburn
Fantastic series - enjoy!
Thoughts for the Day!
"What you do and what you are is what matters"
The Ultimate Fashion Icon
Happy Mother's Day
A beautfiful bouquet of flowers for my beautiful mother
Ain't Love Grand!
Welcome to A Grand Day Out!
Welcome to my Blog - A Grand Day Out! I've started this to share with others who like to be creative, who like art, vintage chic, shabby chic, would like the magic of stories and who just like to ramble and muse about all good things - so please join me. I will be adding to my blog as often as I can - enjoy and come my blogging journey with me!!!
My first blog and I am very excited. I have been browsing blogs for a while and thought I would like to get in on the act. This blog is called A Grand Day Out and it will be musings, wanderings and chats about all good things that I like, so feel free to add any comments or musings or wanderings yourself.
So I was out in the garden sowing seeds. I've shown rocket salad and beetroot seeds today. I plan to picklet the beetroots when they have grown. I have a project at the moment and that is to improve the backgarden. For over 20 years we had several leylandi in our back garden and as everyone knows leylandi are greedy and suck all the goodness out of the ground, so now I am busy improving soil ready to put lots of lovely new plants in. Its great discovering all the plants I can grow and the vegetables - grow your own is definitely the way to go. I am so excited because at the beginning of August this year my first crop of potatoes will be ready to harvest.
Have been trawling the internet as usual for beautiful images and I have found so many its ridiculous, so I shall share a few later on. I am seriously getting into ribbon flowers and creating my own. Some good tutorials on You Tube, all seem to be American ladies - don't any English ladies share their craft with the world? At the moment I am working through a beautiful Donna Kooler cross-stitch design entitled 'Home Sweet Home'. Its great, Donna's designs are vibrant and colourful - I recommend any of her books.
Working through my writing course, hopefully getting closer to writing my first novel. I have one story that I started last year and I have come back to now, 29 pages down and several more to go. I don't want to say too much about it at the moment as I am still studying my writing course which I promised myself last year - its a New Year's Resolution that I actually kept! I have recently thought about this story again and perhaps progressing it more. Hopefully I can write a few more pages and really get the story moving. I think a good title for it is The Book Fool so watch out for this in the future as you never know it could be on the bookshelves soon and you heard it here first - if anybody is listening or reading this out there in internet land - somehow I don't think so?!?!?!?!?
Anyway, here are some pretty fabulous images of things that I just adore and thought beautiful after all that is what this blog is all about musings, thoughts and beautiful things - enjoy!!!
Have been thoroughly enjoying Monty Don's Friday night, BBC2 programme of 'Monty Don's Italian Gardens.' I never knew, through my total lack of ignorance and of never travelling any further than my front door that Italy had such beautiful, ornate gardens, some of them centuries old. The above shots are just a small glimpse of what Italy has in store for you if you visit. The next win on the National Lottery (i.e. hopefully more than a tenner!) I plan a tour of Italian gardens in the foot steps of Mr Don! The by way the book and DVD of the series are available for order on amazon.co.uk. I cannot wait to get my copies, I can watch the DVD until I get over there myself!
The Wedding of HRH Prince William to Catherine Middleton
Friday, 29 April 2011
The Prince looked dashingly handsome and the soon to be Princess was very beautiful in her bespoke designed wedding dress from the House of Alexander McQueen. Catherine Middleton is everything the Royal Princess. The Wedding watched by billions of people across the world was simply magical. The dress the Bride wore was absolutely stunning. The British Royal family now has a lovely couple hereafter known as HRH The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge - Many Congratulations from a stalwart English supporter of all things Royal.
I haven't blogged again for a while, but I was having tremendously bad laptop problems, basically my old laptop gave up the ghost - poor thing! I have a new one now and everything is working much, much better I am glad to say. I had to show you all this absolutely gorgeous cute photograph. Although the baby is cute I'm afraid its the donkey that I want to point out to you, isn't she the cutest little thing you ever saw - and lying next to the baby you can see just how small she is! Oodles of cuteness!!!