Sunday, 31 May 2015

A Day in Faversham

Matt and I have been very adventurous this week: my week off! On Tuesday, we set off to Faversham, a market town just up from Canterbury, which we knew of but hadn't visited before. Well, we were both pleasantly surprised- the houses were absolutely gorgeous; kentish cottages galore! We pretty much fell in love and had a wistful nose in the estate agent windows! There were beautiful little inns on the streets, a handful of quaint tearooms, a market selling fresh fruit and veg, fish and baked goods and plenty of quirky shops. We had a lovely light lunch at a coffee house overlooking the market square named Havisham's. Our favourite shop was the Aladdin's Loft along the Standard Quay. I wanted practically everything in there, from old Ladybird books to vintage luggage to an amazing, Victorian-esque wooden school desk. I just loved the whole feel of Faversham Old Town - it was delightful to see people buying flowers and walking their dogs amongst the hustle and bustle; a highlight for me was seeing a sweet elderly man create a painting of the town centre on a little deckchair. Faversham is a must visit - a pretty place to stroll through if you have a couple of hours on a sunny afternoon.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

English Country Kitchen Inspiration: Mix & Match

Howkapow Welsh Fisherman's Lamp in Cream / Jane Booth Ceramics Handmade Blue Wren Bowl / Small Smoke Grey Dotty Donut Dog Bed / Rose & Grey Reclaimed Hanging Wine Rack / MADE Bourbon Vintage Bench Distressed Grey / Rose & Grey Wire Kitchen Rack  / Live Laugh Love Cast Iron Egg Holder / Indru at Etsy Milking Stool / Cloth & Clover Hanbury Fabric in Mallow

The One with the Spontaneous Road Trip

Long time, no blog! I feel really content and happy at the moment with the loved ones I have around me and I felt like writing a little post! Dad's now in a local hospital (much, much better than being in London!!) and is about to start a rehab programme, so he couldn't make our little trip last night but we're finally heading onwards and upwards.
   Last night, as part of my Auntie's fortieth birthday celebration, my mum drove us, my Grandad and cousin down to the gorgeous cinque port town of Rye to meet my Auntie and Uncle for a surprise drink! It was so lovely that my Auntie had no idea - her face was a picture when they walked in and saw us hiding around a corner in the pub! We even took their adorable pug Henry as The Ship Inn where we went is super dog friendly- he definitely enjoyed rubbing noses with a very sweet (and giant!) Irish Wolfhound.
   Drinks turned into dinner and we chose an array of delicious dishes from the quirky menu- I went for southern fried chicken, corn on the cob and fries. The steak and fisherman's pie were also popular choices with my family! The dessert menu was nearly impossible to choose from, but I ended up settling for a trio of homemade icecreams - my custom flavour selection was cookie dough, rocky road and chocolate brownie. Sooo scrummy.
 We're big fans of The Ship Inn, having stayed there with Gen one summer, when we also visited Camber Sands beach, and we drank numerous hot chocolates on The Ship's squashy sofas last winter. It's a lovely pub with a ridiculously relaxed atmosphere and gourmet food, situated right amongst gems of antique and interior shops on the harbour front. Rye is just an hour from South East Kent, just over the border into Sussex and is more than worthy of a visit. 

Love, Izzy