Sunday, 9 June 2013
Blue skies and a rather bright orb in the sky have been celebrated here with lots of leafy walks ...
Young Minnie is sporting her very jaunty new Summer look... Gone is the hairy hound and in her place is a slinky skinny Minnie.. so much cooler dahling!!
It is hard to believe that it is nearly a year since we moved to this pretty village on the edge of the Wiltshire and Somerset border ..
Any visit to the great metropolis.. the nearby city of Bath.. makes me feel ever so slightly jittery.. Too many cars.. too many people. I feel much more at home with the chattering of Sparrows and the traffic of the Swifts that race overhead...
I relish the peace and endless beauty of this place as it changes every day and offers a serenity that I have never known before....
Though I have not exactly signed up to Jam & Jerusalem as part of my initiation into village life, I have made some lovely friends and enjoy the teasing banter amongst the various folk in the local shops. Wanting to contribute something to our new community, The Vintage & Handmade fairs have added a new venue to their roadshow... and this coming weekend, June 15th, will hopefully bring a flurry of interest when we hold a vintage jumble sale in our local village hall...
Posted by Cowboys and Custard at 10:15 pm
Friday, 22 March 2013
Despite a prediction of climatic gloom delivered by the nice weather man on television last night.. the show will most definitely go on! Tomorrow we will be piling the tables with vintage goodies at the Rangeworthy Village Hall and welcoming visitors from 10.00 a.m until 1.30 p.m.
Put on your thermals and come out for a nice cuppa and slice of something delish and a good rummage amongst mountains of vintage jumble wares. Something to warm your cockles this chilly weekend!
Posted by Cowboys and Custard at 2:17 pm
Saturday, 16 March 2013
Another grey and distinctly damp day has dawned again and all thoughts of dusting off the deck chairs or wielding a trowel in the garden, still seem a long way off ..
I was keen to unveil the beautiful stone walls that surround our small garden and provide a wonderful stage for some good old fashioned favourites... climbing roses, Clematis, Honeysuckle and anything else that I can persuade to grow vertically that can earn it's keep with some pretty blooms.
I am afraid you will have to make do with last year's pictures when the garden still showed some signs of life and new plants had been planted with hope in my heart that they would flourish.
Posted by Cowboys and Custard at 10:11 am
Sunday, 10 March 2013
Saturday, 16 February 2013
On Saturday 23rd February 2013 at 10..00 a.m sharp.. the doors of Chipping Sodbury town hall will open once again to The Vintage & Handmade Textile Fair for another jolly jamboree of fine vintage and handcrafted wares. Tables will be piled high with a colourful and mind boggling collection of vintage Hungarian linens from Beyond France, pretty and practical haberdashery from Donna Flower, funky silver jewellery from Hazel Sutton, beautiful hand-bound books from Mud Rabbit, finest antique textiles from The Washerwoman, Sallie Eade and Geraldine Shepherd and many many more wonderful stalls. There will be oodles of quality vintage merchandise all comfortably housed in this attractive venue. Do come along if you can and join the happy throng.. and take the weight off your feet and purse with lashings of tea and yummy cakes all provided by the wonderful W.I ladies. Doors close at 3.00 p.m Be there... or be forever wishing you had!
Posted by Cowboys and Custard at 7:38 pm
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
I have just turned my head to glance out of the window.. and lo.. it is snowing again.. and don't we just love it.. well yes we do!!
Last Thursday night after retiring for bed with a head full of weather reports.. I slept fitfully.. as a child would on Christmas Eve anticipating the excitement of the morning ahead. Some time around 3.a.m I dreamt that I woke up to a grey city with rain soaked pavements.. and feeling some relief that it was only a dream.. I peeked through the curtains, only to be bitterly disappointed that the landscape looked pretty much the same as the night before.. i.e No snow!
At 8.00 a.m I was delighted to wake to a pristine scene outside.. Snow.. and lots of it!
For Minnie, the experience of snow was nothing short of hilarious to witness.. the snuffling, snorting and romping in the snowy wasteland of the hills around our home kept us all amused and delighted.
I am sure this talk of weather is all a bit passe now.. but we at Cowboys & Custard just love the stuff... well most of us... at least.
Posted by Cowboys and Custard at 3:54 pm
Monday, 31 December 2012
Wishing all of my blog followers, friends, family and four legged friends.. the best of times in 2013!
Posted by Cowboys and Custard at 1:50 pm
Monday, 24 December 2012
Well here we are again on the eve of Christmas and I can hardly believe a year has passed since the last Christmas eve.. and oh what a year it has been!
We had earmarked just the right spot for the Christmas tree to stand, down to the last bauble .. but then the arrival of our four legged friend somewhat scuppered our plans as to have a tree with all of the trimmings...
1 playful cat + 1 delinquent puppy + Christmas tree + fairy lights = Disaster!
So we have had to compromise with other sparkly decorations hung around the place and everything vaguely chewable, elevated to new heights!
With the fire lit.. the mince pies warming in the oven and tummies rumbling.. we are ready to welcome another Christmas day!
From all of the 'Custards' and Mr Pickles and Minnie the Minx.. we would like to wish you all a
Happy Christmas and a very good year to follow.
Wishing you warmest wishes of the season.
Posted by Cowboys and Custard at 4:43 pm
Monday, 26 November 2012
The last four weeks have been a steep learning curve for our family.. and may I say.. our long suffering Mr Pickles. Minnie the Minx has got all of her four paws firmly under the table and has transformed our every day lives as we once knew them. If Minnie is not busy chewing an illicit toilet roll.. she is chewing an illicit vintage teddy bear snuck from my office, or chasing a weary cat around the house or barking at the hoover for having the audacity to make a louder noise than herself. Minnie is certainly not a mouse.. and it has to be said.. she is a small dog with a whole of lot of attitude and a massive character.
Whilst juggling card orders in the run up to Christmas and trying to craft some festive sparklies for The Vintage & Handmade Fair I have been attempting to keep some kind of order and equilibrium with our dear little girl .. no easy task. Every box of vintage fayre destined for next Saturday's fair, has been elevated to a safe shelf or table where Minnie can't get her muddy little paws on them.. It has been a lesson in patience, cunning and persistence as we are both as stubborn as each other when it comes to staking a claim to a vintage toy.
I hope that all will be safely packed and priced and ready to take to the fair by Saturday 1st and if Minnie isn't careful.. she will be the fairy on top of the tree at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall next weekend.
If you want to find that extra special vintage or handmade gift for this Christmas.. for your loved ones or just yourself then put on your warm hat and coat and come along to our Christmas Fair and get into the Christmas spirit next Saturday.
Posted by Cowboys and Custard at 8:39 pm