Day tripper: the windmill at Brill

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The weekend before last we were looking for somewhere outside to enjoy the gorgeous sunny weather. As Mia and Joe were very tired from late night partying at a wedding, a long countryside drive in the car seemed like a good idea! They both snoozed all the way to Brill, a tiny village near Aylesbury. I had visited the windmill here once before, and remembered the beautiful views, and, erm, the great pub! The windmill was even open to visitors the day we were there. Mia and Andrew explored the inside of the mill, whilst Joe and I enjoyed watching the tractors and cows in the sunshine.

thirty seven / fifty two

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025A portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2014

Mia: just wanted to sunbathe in the wheelbarrow…not impressed when she was asked to climb out. I like to take photos occasionally when Mia or Joe are grumpy, or angry, or mid-meltdown…perhaps I am crazy, but I think it gives a more accurate and rounded picture of them…it is too easy to just remember the good stuff!

Joseph: that smile…I have a feeling that it will get him out of many difficult situations in life!

Joining in with Jodi and the other lovely bloggers at Practising Simplicity for the 52 portraits project.

The veg patch in early autumn

010In the warm early autumn there are still stripey beetroots and flowers growing in the garden veg patch. There are a few clusters of elderberries left on the tree, and a couple of blackberries hidden in the most shaded part of the wild area.

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022Picking vegetables, herbs and flowers from the garden at this late stage of the year seems like an extra treat. This year I feel as if I am getting time to fully enjoy the autumn, whilst gently preparing for the winter. Once the beetroots are all picked I plan to transplant rosemary, thyme, parsley and sorrel into the veg patch over the winter, in the hope that some may survive, or grow back in the spring.Today I have also started to paint Mia’s wooden playhouse…having put this job off for two or three years! I have taken some before photos and will take some more once it is complete; I hope to share them soon.

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039The chioggia beetroot picked today were roasted with some carrots, olive oil, thyme leaves and flowers. A very simple and earthy side dish to have with mozzarella baked tortellini.

thirty six / fifty two

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DSCN1246edA portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2014

Mia: so high up

Joseph: trying his best to look angelic, but the muddy trousers are the giveaway

Joining in with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 portraits project.

Trevoole Farm & Gardens, Cornwall

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Trevoole Farm is set off  the windy road to Praze-an-Beeble, Cornwall. Almost unnoticeable, if it wasn’t for the lovely old car parked outside, and doubling as a signpost!  As well as the farm, with ponies and chickens, Trevoole has beautiful gardens, a vintage shop and tea room in a summer house. This is a slightly bittersweet post to write though, as the stunning Trevoole, has closed to the public since I visited. By some amazing luck (for us) we were fortunate enough to visit before it closed the following day. There were many locals and regulars visiting for the last time whilst we were there. So many pretty photos to share with you though…

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20140828_110031edThe summer house cafe, with the most amazing display of cakes…chocolate guinness, earl grey and raspberry, courgette cake and the freshest Victoria sandwich

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DSCN1078edVery inspirational planting…I now feel that I must have a stepladder display of terracotta pots and succulents in my own garden

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20140828_111041edThe good news is that the team behind Trevoole cafe are searching for a new location. Take a look at their Facebook page for the latest news. I know I will definitely be visiting their new cafe when I’m next in Cornwall!

There is also a farmhouse and cottage on the smallholding, both beautifully decorated, and available for weekly hire…I can’t think of a more idyllic setting for a holiday.