Thursday, June 28, 2012

Stars in Her Eyes

A scrambled post of several topics...
One: a quick reminder that Saturday is the Giant Vintage Rag Market at the Cheese & Grain, Frome. 9am to 3pm. I've sorted out loads of stuff at bargain prices. Hope you can make it as it promises to be a fabulous opportunity to buy some vintage textiles and related items at great prices.
Two: This man, and another one who I shall mention in a moment, have a lot to answer for when it comes to our eldest daughter's exploits! He is one of the reasons that she now lives in New Zealand! He inspired her to study Film Production at uni, and then, with her degree in hand, to pursue her dreams on the other side of the world. But I can't be sad...Just look at that beaming smile...Its not often that one has an opportunity to meet one's heroes in real life...(Actually, doesn't he look a kind, friendly man?)
And this is our daughter's lovely man meeting PJ too. For those who don't know, this is director Peter Jackson - Creator of the epic Lord of the Rings Films.
AND her hero number two, all on the same night! - Sir Ian McKellen.
They had gone to watch Ian McKellen’s one-man show in Wellington, which was to raise funds for the benefit of Christchurch’s earthquake-damaged Isaac Theatre Royal. Afterwards he, and many members of the cast of The Hobbit (and Peter Jackson), who had been in the audience all evening, were happy to meet and chat to fans afterwards. 
Meeting Martin Freeman and Billy Connolly was a bonus! ;-))

Three: Tomorrow my blog will be 6 years old! Six years ago, our home had just been featured in 25 Beautiful Homes magazine. (Article can be seen on my website under 'press'.)
At that time our kitchen was blue and white. It has had several incarnations since then, but it is now back to blue again - I have gone full circle...Maybe I should just leave things as they are and save myself a whole lot of time and energy?!! Thankfully no 
money was spent, as I had everything stored away from last time. Actually, I lie! - I bought a (very!) rustic shelf/hook thingy from Trevoole Farm last week, but that is waiting to be fixed to the wall by Hubby. The two red dining chairs will need a re-paint, but otherwise the kitchen is very much how it once was. 
Well, except for a little red in here...
And when you open up some of the cupboards! 

Actually a customer to my shop, who called in last week, said she'd been looking through some old magazines and found our feature in one...and telling me off(!), she asked me why I had changed my kitchen over the years, as she liked it how it was...
'Funny you should say that' I said...
Thanks for your opinion June! :) 

Four: With a busy weekend getting under-way, (my parents are arriving tomorrow), I may not have a chance to be back at my blog until next week. So I'll leave you with some seasonal colour from the flowers blooming in our garden at the moment.

Enjoy the rest of your week,
Love Niki x


  1. Hello Niki and a huge congratulations on your blog's birthday!!! I have enjoyed each and every post. You have so many things always going on, I don't know how you have the energy to do it all.
    I love your kitchen by the fact your whole home that you've shared on this blog is awesome.
    I hope your weekend is lovely, and many blessings to you and yours!

  2. Hi Mum,

    I can't believe it's been 6 years since you started the blog! Congrats on keeping so many people interested and entertained!! Me included!

    I like the blue kitchen, but then the house always looks amazing whatever you do with it ;)

    Looks like you had a lovely time in Trevoole too, I loved the story that you decided to go on a whim!

    Thanks for mentioning me and my heroes, it really was an amazing experience and one I will remember forever - though hopefully if the film career takes off it won't be my last meeting with PJ ;)

    Love Kay xxx

  3. Hi Niki.
    You are lucky, you always have so many beautiful things to see and do!
    I want to be there tomorrow, but always...
    Dear regards, Maria
    (with translator)

  4. Happy 'Blog Birthday' Niki! I'm meeting a friend in Frome, so hope to see you at the market! Jane xx

  5. Looking forward to seeing you in Frome tomorrow. I would have been totally star struck as I absolutely adore Sir Ian McKellen such a wonderful actor. I love your kitchen in blue and white, funnily enough I've just changed the fabric behind our large cupboard doors to blue and white check!
    Jo xx

  6. Love your kitchen and garden. Everything looks so beautiful. Congratulations on 6 years of blogging!

  7. Congratulations on your blog's birthday, Niki! Yours was one of the very first I stumbled upon when I first started blogging, and I've been a fan ever since.

    What a total THRILL for your daughter! How fabulous she followed her dream. My oldest son is such a huge fan of LOTR, and he has been ever since he was quite young (in fact, he'll be attending college to study creative writing). I can hardly wait to show him your photos! ;)

  8. Hello Niki,
    Just had to comment here!
    I bought that copy of 25 beautiful homes and fell in love with your home and then your blog...
    I still have the copy under my bed (must admit).....
    I am soo pleased for your lass, just shows, Good things do come to good people.
    With lots of hard work and commitment any thing is possible!!
    wishing you a week full of inspiration and best wishes for your 6 years!
    Kind regards Maria x


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