Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The swallows have arrived.....

Summer must be on it's way as the swallows arrived this weekend. Sunday was such a glorious day, made even more special by their arrival, sat twittering away on the wire above. One pair has arrived, so hopefully there will be more to follow.

It's all go here at the moment, we have set a date for the "Grand Opening", Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June, so do come and join us for our tea party in the garden. The studio will be open with a new range of products (in the process of being made at the moment!) along with a collection of work from other artist friends. Katie's fab felted jewellery, Rach's stunning handmade quilts, Lynne's gorgeous felt and feather brooches, Claire's organic range of soaps and smellies, Ali's beautiful handmade cards, aswell as a nice little collection of gardening goodies to tempt you with.

We're having a marquee in the garden with a few other stalls in it, Pat selling her wonderful range of herbs and flowers, Katie with her range of vintage bits and bobs (she's a very busy lady!) and hopefully a local girl who sells the most divine cake and candy. We'll be serving tea, coffee and lots of home made cakes all day from 10am until 4pm, so if you can make it along it would be lovely to see you.

Over the past couple of years I have met a range of extremely talented people, so the plan has always been that as soon as I had my own dedicated space we would start to run day courses here too. I have managed to cajole a few friends into agreeing to come and teach others their wonderful skills so we will be holding classes in Keeping Chickens, Dry Stane Dyking, Needle Felting, Quilting, Knitting and Willow Weaving to name a few. Having done a few courses up at the pottery, the best bit (other than learning a new skill!) has most definitely been the great spread of food we've had throughout the day, from morning coffee with fresh scones, a great lunch and then afternoon tea with a huge selection of cakes, yum! We will most definitely be following suit in that department! So, if any of you are interested in the above please do let me know as I'll be getting dates in the diary fairly soon.

It's another sunny day here today but it's back to the sewing machine for me!

L x

P.S. The gorgeous posy of flowers are courtesy of my gardening guru and great friend John, fresh from his garden. x


Cathy said...

Those flowers look like they have jumped straight from the pages of Country Living! They are beautiful. I only wish I lived near enough to come over for your sale - it sounds fantastic. Hope it all goes well.
Cathy X

Vanessa said...

If only I lived closer, I would love to come to the open day with my wallet in tow!

Is there any chance that any of the courses are going to be on between the 12th - 19th July as were on holiday near you then.

My Mum & Dad have a couple of swallows that come back every year, unfortunately this year only one bird has tuned up, so sad!

tea and cake said...

Lisa, the flowers do look gorgeous! I'm really looking forward to the opening, and the swallows seem to have set the timer for you, don't they? See you soon, K xx

Poppy Black said...

I wish I could come! Best wishes! We are heading into winter here so your flowers brightened up my day XXX

Janice said...

I would love to be at you graand oening but I think you are just a few thousand miles too far away. It sounds like it will be a wonderful day. You'll have to take lots of pictures!!

Ragged Roses said...

Oh I wish I lived nearer, I would love to visit! Good luck with it all Lisa, it sounds like it's going to be wonderful.
Beautiful flowers too!

Primrose Hill said...

Ladies, I would love it if you could all come too....never mind you'll just have to come up here for your holidays and come for a wee visit!

Vanessa, I'll let you know the dates of the courses once I'm orgainsed, I'll see what I can do!

L x

Poppy said...


I too wish we were home in Scotland so I could come to the grand opening, we are currently in Fiji. It really does sound like a wonderful event! I'm sure you will be kept bust until then.
Looking forward to hearing all about it.


Nonnie said...

Wow, it all sounds very exciting. I wish I lived near enough to come to your open day or one of your courses. I'm sure you will have lots of visitors. Good luck with it all.

Primrose Hill said...

Hi Poppy,

Haven't heard from you for a while, sounds like you're having a great time on your travels, did you get itchy feet after you returned from your honeymoon?

Have you sold your little house in Scotland, it sounded like you had done so much to it before the wedding too?

You should send me a photo of you on Fiji, it's somewhere I'd love to go, hopefully when we visit family in NZ fairly soon. You should keep a blog of your travels, that way everyone can see where you are...
Remember and send me that photo info@primrosehillinteriors.com !

Hi Fiona, good to see you back in blogland, hope you enjoyed your break. Life in Oxfordshire sounds bliss!

L x

carolyn said...

Exciting times indeed!

Clover Yard said...

Hi Lisa, ooh the event sounds so exciting! We are travelling back from our hols on the Saturday so I will try to come over on the Sunday. Please save some things for me!!! Look forward to it.

Gillian L. said...

I really enjoy your photographs. I am inspired to go out to the
Garden Centre and work out in my own garden this weekend. Lovely!