Friday, 11 July 2008

Down the A38; Woodpeckers... and an award !

I visited Ashburton yesterday and came home with more than I went with, as usual ;-)

A gorgeous French writing bureau. I think the paint is Farrow and Ball 'Skylight'.
It can house a few odds and ends until I decide what to do with it.

Odds and Suds also had these lovely large trugs for sale. Ideal for my Lavender.

Of course, talking of Lavender... Sarah's Lavender Box is right next door!
I couldn't resist the large terracotta pots! I do so love terracotta pots. Better still, they came with the geraniums. I didn't really need them but..they WERE the lovely large old ones after all!;-)

If you come to Devon, you must visit Ashburton!
So many treats in such a small place!

Talking of garden tonight was full of activity. I looked out from the kitchen window and saw THREE Green Woodpeckers (one was in the tree whilst this was going on).

To see the adult feeding its young, was such a treat!

And at the bottom of the garden..

I had to take these through the window so apologies for the quality!

Finally...thank you to Twiggypeasticks for this award, tonight!

I am going to pass it on to :

1. Ally Boon

2. Leisa

3. Bobbie Lynn

4. Simone

5. Mary

(OMG , do I need to get back into Mary's good books! (Since I said Torquay was a 'dump' and then made it worse by giving the impression that she lived there during Victorian times.. huge blogging apologies Mary ;-) LOL

Have a great weekend everyone ;-) Sal


Alison Boon said...

I am speechless, well not quite. Thanks for the award, my first one. I fell in love with the bureau myself so it's just as well I live in NZ or I might have been tempted to haggle for it myself.

Bobbie Lynn said...

Thank you for the award! You are so kind and it is an honor to be mentioned on you blog. I have enjoyed reading your blog. Great photos of the Woodpeckers, love to sit and what the birds in my garden. Now that is a perfect container for a lavender plant a very cottage feel. Thank you once again and have a wonderful weekend.

Simone said...

Thanks for the award Sal. I have never had one before. I don't suppose I'll put it up on my blog until I start blogging again though! I love the French Writing Bureau. I have always loved writing desks. The more compartments and drawers the better. How exciting to get woodpeckers in your garden!

JuicyFig said...


Thanks for the comment - love your blog!
I live in the country, and the only time I have EVER seen a woodpecker was visiting my Aunty in london!


galant said...

Love the little bureau ... I even recognise one of the booklets, the one titled "Devon - Visitors' Guide and Country Handbook" as I have a copy right next to me as I'm telling you this!
Margaret Powling

maria said...

Hi, I was surprised to see your name whilst blog surfing this evening as I bought some fabric from you on e-bay in the past.
I love the photos of your garden, it is beautiful.
I stayed on a caravan site in Ashburton on a school trip when I was nine!

carolyn said...

Congratulations on your award.

April said...

Hi SaL

I've just given you this award as well!!

April xx

Cowboys & Custard said...

Yes indeed.. Ashburton has much to offer and all in a confined space..
We tried to book two nights at the Agaric restaurant there in August but alas fully booked.. I look forward to exploring it some more when we stay in October..


Ragged Roses said...

I loved Ashburton when I visited it, such a good place. Love your new bureau. How wonderful to be able to have woodpeckers in your garden, you're very lucky.
Thanks for all the 99 info it really was very interesting, I find all this stuff so fascinating

this is my patch said...

Congratulations on your award Sal, you have a great blog, I like it too! Some more lovely purchases, I would love to come shopping with you, although we would fight over who was going to have what! I can't believe the photos of the woodpeckers, you are so lucky to see this going on in your garden, amazing. x