LINGER

Roses to linger over

Had I not lingered, the charcoal paper the flowers were wrapped in would have been thrown in the trash.

There would have been no realisation it would make the perfect contrast to the softest blush petals.

Had I not lingered, the flowers would have gone straight into the vase and the capture that inspiration took, left dormant.

When we linger we make space for appreciation and creativity.  Life is progression between many ‘normal’ moments, but lingering gives opportunity for the fullness of life to become.
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How to: Style Hydrangeas with Lights

Darker nights = cosy lights and though we have zero need for any additional lights in our home, we spied these copper ones recently and had to purchase.  The same day I was given a whole bag full of hydrangea heads (as you do).  Though not intentional, I put the two together and the result is a rather effective decorative piece for the home that would liven up any empty space.  Here’s ‘how to’.

You will need:

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Hydrangea heads

A mirror (with any fixings on the back removed) or a nice tray would do

A mirror (with any fixings on the back removed) or a nice tray

Some fairy lights. These copper ones look better than plastic coated wires.

Some fairy lights. These copper ones look better than plastic coated wires.

Assemble

Lay the flowers out on the mirror (you could use an oasis to create height if needed)

Lay the flowers out on the mirror (you could use an oasis to create height if needed)

Till the whole mirror is filled

Fill the whole mirror

Weave the copper fairy lights round each flower

Weave the copper fairy lights round each flower (you can see here how fine the wire is making it almost invisible)

Slot the battery pack in underneath a flower

Slot the battery pack in underneath a flower

That's it! Notice how you can barley see the wire here.

That’s it. Notice you can barely see the wire here.

Wait for it to fall dark

Wait for it to fall dark

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I then faffed further adding the stare-y angel and some candles...

Faffing further, I added the starey angel and some candles…

That was the end of the post… till the next day during a room shuffle when I decided I needed the space the arrangement was taking up so popped the lot into a giant vase and added some copper baubles.  Little bit more faffing required to get the lights into the right place but by far my favourite end result that just looks so effective.

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Here endeth the hydrangea post.

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Coral Crush

Coral Crush 1Last weekend these coral crush’s entered my world that have

made…

me…

smile.

The colours are so blooming gorgeous and Spring has felt like a long time coming!  It’s been busier than ever at Butler HQ what with the pre-Easter crazy, but taking the time to appreciate what we have is so important.  Perfect antidote to ‘is it nearly Spring yet’ days.

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1. First up – linen loveliness.  Massimo Dutti do the best take on simple pieces – often there’s a little accent here or there that just ‘makes’ them.  Two of their tops made their way into my wardrobe in Autumn that I have worn so much, I was eager to see what they would do for Spring.  They haven’t disappointed.  The detailing with the fine buttons down the back and patched sleeves on this top I instantly loved.  It was only natural to get it in the navy aswell!

 


 

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2.  Next this GOR-GE-OUS nail colour.  butter polish colours are beautiful and this is no exception.  It went on yesterday for the first time and I have to say – I love it as a perfect midpoint between orange and pink.  Some polishes look old a few hours after application, however butter have such a great finish they look like a professional job.  This colour’s called Trout Pout.


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3.  Finally, these frilly tulips from M&S, which I’m told are parrot tulips…?  On a day when a little pick-me-up was needed, these and a bar of 85% did just the trick.  They are not as simplistic as ordinary tulips and have brought a lot of smiles.  Bloomin lovely!

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Hello Harlow Carr

Hello it’s been another glorious week and yes we have a NEW NAME – what do you think?  Underneath I’m still all about ‘OUR STYLE of LOVE’ and it’s been a wonderful part of my journey but felt LIFESTYLE | YORKSHIRE was more the direction of the future and the name is a little more ‘does what it says on the tin’.

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Throughout Summer, I was aware of so many people visiting RHS Harlow Carr… even my daughter went twice and without me!  I was told it was awash with Summer flowers and would be an amazing place to go take photos let alone be such an enjoyment.  Still I just never got there; summer passed…

One day last week, quite unexpectedly, having gone to meet my sister for another purpose, she said “do you fancy Harlow Carr?” and so with my two nephews in tow, we went on one of those gorgeously sunlit Autumn days that are so rare in their absolute perfection…. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL!

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Once the gardens had been explored, it was time to refuel at Bettys (how delighted was I they had a Bettys!) followed by a browse round the very well stocked and surprisingly large book and gift shop.  This is the kind of place to take your time, to wander… to take in your surroundings.

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Harlow Carr is a must-see if you are ever in the Harrogate vicinity.  There is an entrance fee but if you can hook up with someone who has an RHS annual pass that’s the way to go!  I look forward to returning in the Summer at the latest as I can imagine it will also be magical covered in frost and snow!  You can visit their website here.

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The Vale of Pickering and a night in a tent.

Last weekend we were offered the chance to go visit my parents in their new tent which they were trying out for a few nights. It was unplanned and owing to my workload, didn’t know if it would work out for us but on Thursday we decided the next morning we’d go for it. Ever think “agh what the heck – let’s?!’

So why blog about it… I mean we don’t do we… own up often to all the ‘non-cool/glamorous’ things we do and places we go?  Well cool or not, the following pics I took over our 22 hours there.  To me they are as much a part of our ‘lifestyle’ to be enjoyed as a night or two at a swanky hotel… being outdoors is grounding, centring and can be complete soul food… so here goes: (Incidentally, you can find details of the tent and campsite at the end of the blog).

We stayed in the field opposite this - so flat, you could see for miles.

The view for our stay… pretty stunning, even like this.

Little tradition my Momma has of making anywhere she goes more homely, hand-picked flowers.

Little tradition my Momma has of making anywhere she goes more homely, hand-picked flowers.

Glimpse through the hedgerow... could see for miles.

Glimpse through the hedgerow… we could see for miles.

Ok so disposable BBQ's... where you singe everything?  My Mom used a baking rack on top thus lifting all the food a tiny bit higher but it made all the difference... nothing burned!

Ok so disposable BBQ’s… where you singe everything? My Mom used a baking rack on top thus lifting all the food a tiny bit higher but it made all the difference… nothing burned!

Picked only hours earlier from the allotment.

Picked only hours earlier from the allotment.

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This capture made me smile… like peas in a pod, looking the same way and their stride matches.

As the light started to fade Mom and I walked to the edge of the field... I held back... result.

As the light started to fade Mom and I walked to the edge of the field… I held back… result.

These moments are priceless... story telling on GMomma's knee by lantern light.

These moments are priceless… story telling on GMomma’s knee by lantern light.

Droplets of the nights rain remain on the tent in the morning.

Droplets of the nights rain remain on the tent in the morning.

Those first few moments when a child wakes... and you can see them taking in their surroundings and just 'coming to'... that.

Those first few moments when a child wakes… and you can see them taking in their surroundings and just ‘coming to’… that.

Breakfast as it was.  Peanut butter, coffee and an oak leaf on dewy grass.

Breakfast as it was. Peanut butter, coffee and an oak leaf on dewy grass.

Green grass, luminous guy ropes, smell of cooking bacon... gotta love it!

Green grass, luminous guy ropes, smell of cooking bacon… gotta love it!

Got to road test a new SLAM cross-body wash bag I'd been given.  Waterproof, can hang it on the back of a door, opens enough so you can see everything inside... 10/10.

Got to road test a new SLAM cross-body wash bag I’d been given. Waterproof, can hang it on the back of a door, opens enough so you can see and get to everything inside… 10/10.

Right after waking she was over to the playing area before and after breakfast... still in her PJ's... utter simplicity.

Right after waking she was over to the playing area before and after breakfast… still in her PJ’s… utter simplicity.

Lickle creatures... I think?

Lickle creatures… I think?

Second cup of coffee and my cosy feet in socks I'm embarrassed I own owing to their totally non-cool colour... I don't care - they were warm and I was in fact, so hot in the night I took them off.

Second cup of coffee and my cosy feet in socks I’m embarrassed I own given their totally non-cool colour… I don’t care – they were warm and were in fact, so hot in the night they came off.

Another of the surrounding fields - altogether different on a sunny morning.

The surrounding fields – altogether different on a sunny morning.

The tree-lined road leaving the site... so pretty!

The tree-lined road leaving the site… so pretty!

Miss P suddenly exclaimed "Momma look at the sky!" not often it's like that.

On the way home Miss P suddenly exclaimed “Momma look at the sky!”

Our journey home took us through some very cute towns and villages.

Our journey home took us through some very cute towns and villages.

Always pass these fields but rarely get the chance to photograph... was glad on this occasion we did.

Always pass these fields but rarely get the chance to photograph… was glad on this occasion we did.

What is my ‘so what’ of this post…?  Get outdoors if you can, take life off the hook, do something different, explore, go get lost somewhere, live for a night in a place where the kettle doesn’t boil in 2 minutes but more like ten, somewhere with big sky… lots of sky, lose yourself in the vastness of creation and see what happens!

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The new tent (which we are going to also be purchasing), was an Outwell Nevada M.  You can view here.

The campsite was Vale of Pickering which you can visit here.

AN ENGLISH COUNTRY WEEKEND

Last weekend it was the village Gala.  Having hosted the Tour De France the week prior, this was always going to be seen by just a few thousand visitors less.  I couldn’t stay long and might have liked to have spent time getting some cute pics but as seems to be the way, it was a few hurried shots which I shared on Facebook (you can see all of them here).

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It is amusing just how old-fashioned these things seem… so quaint and typically villagey… and why?? Guess it comes down to community – to celebrating life in all its weird and wonderfulness… flowers in wellies, knobbly knees and all!

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Walking home we passed these, so colourful and attracting all the bees!

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The next day going out for a long run, the countryside was so pretty.  The sky was a brilliant blue and the fields so green.  I passed by the Ilkley International Tennis Tournament, miniature orange trees and a cricket match.  Oh so very English!


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Tour De Yorkshire: why Addingham has done itself proud

Powerwalking though Addingham the other day in the sunshine I marvelled at the creativity the locals have put into making the town so special for the Tour De France, which whizzes through not once, but twice in two days time.  I knew then I wanted to mark the occasion with a post of some kind, but what…?  Coloured bikes amongst plants is hardly sexy or appealing to anyone who doesn’t give a rip about either.  This kind of event… the kind people go ‘nuts’ about… I’m normally the person who doesn’t… but this… it’s got a real momentum and though I care not for the bikes, the local spirit of ‘we will do this excellently’ IS what grabs my attention. I LOVE it!!

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This week was already stretched and any time taking photos was going to be with my daughter in tow possibly searching for any number of the 23 bikes hidden in the town for a local competition.  I captured what I could (most of them on a grey day too just like it!).  Uploading these I settled for a post simply showcasing one ‘very Yorkshire’ towns’ effort for one of the biggest sporting events in the world.

The Addingham Garden Friends, in particular, have done themselves proud (I didn’t know they existed till this week!), not to mention the local businesses.  So here, on the penultimate eve of The Tour De France, Grand Depart 2014, are a few little moments from a beautifully quaint town near Ilkley, called Addingham.  Enjoy!

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So many Spotty Bikes!

Quite a spectacle don’t you think?!  Interesting to see how we all celebrate things in different ways; all wonderfully unique!  Here’s to a great Tour De Yorkshire!  Has your town hosted the Tour De France?  What kind of crazy went on there?

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