Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Moments in May


May's been pretty marvellous I think. It began with cool, dry days that brightened, warmed a little and brought the cow parsley out in foaming clouds.

It's been a month of discovery and making new connections. Blogtacular was brilliant and I'm still thinking often of great people I met and so many things I learned. A big highlight was being asked to join the tremendous, extensive writing team at This is Your Kingdom (you can find my posts through the badge on my side bar). It's a huge treasure trove of quirky, extra-special places to discover, do go and explore.

The best bits of the rest of my month have been spent outdoors. It got really warm and my garden surged ahead. I popped into the city to visit the new garden at the fab Emma Bridgewater factory. It's a beautiful walled garden that is going to mature wonderfully - and the tea and cake is superb! 

I love Bridgewater for their passion and commitment to producing ceramics in Stoke. As the granddaughter of Potters I really admire that; they're great champions of the skills and creative talent around here too. Really looking forward to the Hot Air Literary Festival being held there this month.

Then the sea beckoned. Norfolk for the first time where we fell in love with huge skies, calm sandy beaches, tranquil lanes and great houses. And finally good, old friends came to stay. It was so brilliant to catch up, share good food, potter about the town and walk in the woods together. Pretty marvellous.

You can see more of my photos from May on my Instagram feed via the little camera icon at the top of my side bar x

20 comments:

SandyShoes Cornwall said...

Great to see you having such a lovely time, summer is blooming everywhere.

SandyShoes Cornwall said...

Great to see you having such a lovely time, summer is blooming everywhere.

Country Rabbit said...

i love your post steph, your boys walking in the cow parsley and down by the sea, just lovely. ive just clicked follow on all your lovely ig pics ;0)

Linda said...

Stunning photography. Linda xx

Karen said...

Love the new look to your blog. Emma Bridgewater is inspirational - I am reading her memoir ''Toast and Marmalade' at the moment and its full of lovely tales.

The Vintage Folk Painter said...

Aaahhhh, you've done my heart good this morning.
Beautiful.

cheers
Fi

Sue said...

I love your new look too Steph and I also love your photos especially the beach pic.

I have been reading about blogtacular, it sounded fun if a bit too business oriented for me -or was there something for every blogger? At any rate it's good to feel reinvigorated about blogging, I'm feeling that way myself.

Lisa said...

Lots of lovely things happening.
I like TIYK, I've pinned a few ideas from there in the past for places to visit on my Pinterest board, congarts on being asked to join the team.
Lisa x

Christals Creations said...

Great pictures. I really need a decent camera. Mine wasn't too bad until my children poked it one too many times. :)

Curlew Country said...

Hi and thanks for the comment, don't tell anyone but all taken on my iPhone ;) x

Curlew Country said...

Thanks Sue, after seven years I felt in need! You're posts have been ringing very true with me lately!
There certainly was lots of interest for everyone at Blogtacular. Really enjoyed the creative stuff (only had chance to do photowalk and video workshops which were great experiences). The styling one looked very interesting too.

I can't really get my head around the business stuff but I feel I'd like to get involved in more things so hoping my blog can help me connect with more like minded souls.

Take care
Steph x

Hayley said...

What a beautiful life you have Steph- you are a lucky girl xxx

Amanda said...

Thats one gorgeous May post! My grandads were miners but the women in the family worked in the potbanks. Emma and Matthew have certainly done the city lots of good.

Helloitsgemma said...

May is my face month. I love your photos, each one is so inviting. I want to step in.

Angela said...

I love following your blog. Beautiful photos on this blog. In fact, the one through the greenhouse door has inspired one of my pieces of art. Wonderful blog.

Curlew Country said...

Oh that's very kind Angela. Thanks so much. X

Curlew Country said...

That's really kind, thanks Gemma. May was a belter wasn't it x

Curlew Country said...

My grandad's family were miners in the past but his mum banned him from going down the mines and he became a master teapot maker instead. He met grandma as she made the lids. Stoke romance or what!

Heather LeFebvre said...

So happy for you to be asked to participate on "This is Your Kingdom"!

thehouseatnabend said...

Looks like it's been blooming marvellous! Congratulations on joining This is Your Kingdom - I've been using that site for inspiration for about a year, and plucked up courage last week to submit something to them. Nice to find you on Pinterest too!