Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Topsham - Part 2

Does anyone remember this sign?!
These little scamps, on the blind of a window in the museum, are a reminder of old schooldays in Topsham.

Not to mention what happened if you misbehaved!

A bit of crafting on this blind..but no blog on which to report her day's work!

But the nautical flavour is with you constantly as you not only browse the museum but also browse Topsham itself.

I love to see wall art .This mural shows salmon fishing in the Exe estuary.Salmon fishing was once a thriving industry on the River Exe.

And of course, you can't escape the Dutch influence.

Along The Strand are the beautiful "Dutch" houses, with their delightful courtyards. The houses were built in approx 1700 by Topsham merchants. They were constructed from Dutch brick, brought back as ballast, and obviously with Dutch architecture in mind . Holland was then the largest customer for Devonshire serges, and these were the greatest days of the port.

Wherever you go in Topsham, you can't avoid the strong sense of past life as it is the streets, in the alleys and along the water front.

Finally... I have to show you my favourite residences!

And that's Topsham..or snippets of it!! One of my favourite Saturday trips, of which I never tire.

Monday, 14 July 2008

Look at my new kitchen !! ;-)

Most girls jump at the chance to have a new kitchen, don't they? So when my dear DH said that I could have one... PLUS all the accessories that I wanted, I couldn't refuse such an offer.
Well, would you?

It was about time that I had a new ironing board ... wood is so easy to mend, should it break...and I am rather heavy handed with the old ironing.To be truthful, I hate it and tend to slam the old iron down a bit hard! My iron's been playing up lately too, which is hardly surprising. There was quite a choice, so I went for one of these 'state of the art' very heavy cordless ones, (far right).

The new slimline oven appealed to me as it sits neatly in the corner of my kitchen and what's more it came with a set of free pans. And I did so need a new kettle!

I love these new pan racks.
I plumped for blue storage jars..they are new but have that 'used' look. It's all the rage you know!

I decided to do a bit of recycling and stick with the old Belfast sink from my old kitchen .

But hey look at my new draining board!

Anyone for a cuppa? Imagine my delight when I found this wireless. I asked if it could count as a kitchen accessory! I'll listen to the 'Light Programme', whilst I breakfast.

I chose a selection of new jelly mine had become err ...rather mouldy;-)
They complete the look..which I think looks just fine and dandy!
Don't you?

A new kitchen..every girls dream! I think I am one lucky girl...mod cons, you can't beat 'em, eh?! ;-)


Now then, before you all get incredibly green eyed and want to rush out and get the same kitchen as me, I'll just admit to telling a few fibs there!

Through the yew tree arch is Topsham Museum.

It's a wonderful little museum with a bit of nautical history... and a little bit the dream kitchen! It's so well worth a visit...and it is free admission. Plus at the end you can sit and have tea and home made cakes!!

More about my Saturday Topsham trip, next time!

Finally, thank you to April for my award! Two awards in one week is enough to make me grin from ear to ear! ;-) (Just like my new kitchen did!! LOL)