20 Jan 2020

Gardening indoors and outside


At the moment the plants around the house and in the garden have become even more of a delight since we're unable to go out except for medical appointments when someone takes us. The indoor hyacinths planted last Autumn are a lovely sight although one of them is pink when I had pick out two Delft blue from the basket of bulbs at the garden centre.  The blue has a stronger fragrance than the pink and yesterday matched the blue sky! The pink schlumbergera flowered over Christmas. It was one that Mr P had split from the parent plant which is growing in a hanging basket.







The recent days have been cold with frost during the early mornings, but taking a look around the garden it was good to see a little colour from the miniature irises, crocuses and pansies as well as other signs of Spring.
Thank you for your visit and I hope you have a pleasant and peaceful week,
Linda :)

14 Jan 2020

The David Mellor Design Centre, near Hathersage, Derbyshire

It's a week since Mr P had his hip replacement surgery and he's now back home and although early days in the recovery process he's doing fairly well. Thank you for your kind comments and good wishes.
Today I'm looking back at the days when our daughter D was staying with us and we went for a drive into Derbyshire and visited the David Mellor Centre which has a café, a kitchen shop, workshops and a permanent exhibition of quality cutlery and other products of national importance designed by David Mellor and currently his son, Corin. We spent quite a time looking around and buying some items for ourselves, family and friends in the country kitchen shop.  The small café was busy on this New Year's Eve day so we decided to go to a local inn instead. I'm sure we'll be back as it would be good to take visitors who are interested in general design, cooking and kitchen items and I would like to go on a workshop tour. 



the café and other buildings at the centre


The purpose-built Round House Workshop designed for David Mellor by Sir Michael Hopkins.  It's built in the local gritstone and is set in an area of natural beauty. Visitors can take a tour to see the highly skilled cutlery making process.
David Mellor was born in Sheffield and trained originally as a silversmith. Due to his international reputation for product design and manufacture he won many awards.  Corin Mellor has now succeeded his father as Creative Director continuing the tradition of innovative design work in this specialist field.


The Design Museum exhibiting David and Corin Mellors' work.











We found the above exhibits interesting such as the church commissions especially those for Sheffield Anglican Cathedral and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Daughter D was interested in the car as 1966 was her birth year.


Exhibits of the public signs, seats, the national traffic light system, street lights, mail box, litter bins in the grounds of the Design Centre that were all designed by David Mellor are still in use today.


the country kitchen shop







Thank you for your visit!

31 Dec 2019

Looking back, looking forward, and living in the present moment

Hello everyone.  Thank you for your Christmas greetings.  I hope you had a good Christmas.  We are still in holiday routine here with further family gatherings happening over the next few days and into the new year so I'm posting a look back at my year 2019 with photos of times out-and-about or in our garden.


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December

Here are some collages of our Christmas family occasions.  We shared in the cooking of the roast chicken and trimmings at our daughter M's home and then at our home (when our son and family came for the day) and there were vegetarian options as usual followed by puddings and sweets of home made Christmas cake, Daughter D's delicious Pavlova meringue ring and the traditional Italian panettone with Prosecco wine or limoncello.  Beno, the family pet, has grown again since we saw him a few weeks ago and he's still as gentle as ever and, of course, much loved.




We shall make the most of being with our daughter before she goes back home and we hope to get out into the countryside whilst the weather is good and before Epiphany when Mr P goes to have his surgery.  Our local daughter will be taking a few days holiday leave from work to help us during that time.  I shall now take a blog break from posting, but I shall continue to read your blog posts and catch up with your news.  As always, thank you for your blog friendship over the years.