Jack Valentine

Growing up in Norfolk I had no idea that I was one of only a lucky few that got to take part in a Valentines day tradition.
Talking to friends that have moved into the area recently, I’ve discovered that Jack Valentine only visits the children of East Anglia.

When I was little “Jack” would wrap individual chocolate bars in newspaper and throughout the evening, he would knock on the door and run away, leaving a sweet treat on the door step. While I fully believed that Jack Valentine was of the same stature as Father Christmas, he proved a sprightly fellow and my brother and I never caught him. Laughing and running between the back door and the front door was almost more enjoyable that eating the chocolate, it’s one of my most vivid childhood memories and I’m happy to say that Jack Valentines continues the tradition in my house.

Red wrapped gifts from Jack Valentine

However you celebrate Valentines day, have a good one

Shelley

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Dragged back, kicking and screaming from a summer hiatus.

Summer seems to have come to a crashing end and thoughts of Christmas are not helping.

I’ve just started organising this years Handmade Christmas Fair which will be held in Wymondham Arts Centre, Norfolk on Thursday 6th December. We will open from 5pm and free admission.


I’m hoping for a fine selection of locally produced artworks, gifts and decorations. Participating artists, makers and further information will be listed here;

http://www.facebook.com/HandmadeChristmasFair

The fair will be open as part of the Wymondham Dickensian evening so there will be plenty of other events taking place in the town centre to make a fun night out.

Happy September Everyone.

Shelley

Garden shed !

If ever a garden shed deserved an exclamation mark it was this one

Stumbled across last weekend during Bawburgh Open Gardens. It’s an ancient monument, a folly which was part of the Bawburgh Hall Estate, and yes it really is used as a garden shed.

I love other peoples gardens.

Bawburgh is so pretty, the photo above is of the old post office.

I hope you get to enjoy the great outdoors.

Shelley

Open Gardens, the appreciation of other peoples hard work.

It was Wymondham’s Open Gardens last weekend, an annual event that I love. For a small fee which goes to charity you get a map and gain admission to lots of truly hidden gems. There were around thirty gardens included this year.

I’m not a great gardener, or even a good gardener, but I pride myself in being able to appreciate the ability in others.

I’m attracted to white flowers and the green veining on these is beautiful. I think that they’re Scabiors but feel free to correct me, I’m always open to being educated.

Silver Birch is another love of mine, and this group of three planted in a flower bed really glow despite the lack of sunshine.

The garden below is my favourite. The photograph above was taken from the bottom of the garden, combine that view with moss covered brick steps, meandering grass paths through billowing boarders, and all of it just the right side of left to it’s own devices and I’m smitten.

Mm mm, I wish I was there now.

Happy Gardening, be it your own patch or someone else’s, enjoy.

Shelley

Jubilee Family Fun

Busy busy busy, I’m organising a free creative event for children to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee on Saturday 2nd June in Wymondham, Norfolk.

Made the posters, drawn a stamp outline complete with the Queens head for colouring in, and now I’m sitting here at 1 in the morning making paper crowns, It’s mad that I find this fun, or should that be I’m mad?

I hope that what ever you’re up to you enjoy the extra long weekend.
Shelley