Wednesday, 14 September 2011

A good day...

Today has been a good day.
Ray had some time off so we spent some good quality time together as a family..

We've been trying to use up food in the house before we go on holiday, so we packed up a lovely picnic with a flask of coffee and went to some pretty gardens in Chichester for lunch.

It's lovely having Ray there with us so that I get a little time to be able to read and also go around taking photo's of things.  I felt a little self-conscious at times thinking that people would be looking at me with my camera... but then I thought 'What the hell! No one cares what I'm doing!' so I carried on snapping away and I'm so glad I did because I think I got some really nice photo's.  :-)

We ended up spending a few hours there and obviously the fresh air had a good effect on Rose because she ended up have a 2 and a half hour sleep this afternoon! It was a good job she did because I had loads of packing to get on with. We've been on holiday with Rose before but just to the Isle of Wight, so we could pile everything except the kitchen sink into the car. But this time I'm having to pack a suitcase with all of Rose's and my things in it (most of Ray's stuff in a smaller suitcase that classes as hand luggage) and I'm quickly running out of space!

This evening I cooked a beef and ale casserole from one of Jamie Oliver's recipe books and it really was very yummy. It was a recipe that I haven't used before and I think it's the only one I'll use from now on as it was so good.

For pudding we had an apple berry pie, definitely not Slimming World!
But I'm feeling a little more relaxed about food, until we come back from Spain anyway... then I'll have to lose all the weight I would have put on whilst we're away..!

Okay, well I'm now off to carry on with knitting my current WIP.
I hope everyone's had a lovely day.



  1. Did you make that pie? It looks amazing, I could totally eat it. Sounds like a lovely autumn feast you had for dins!

    I love that you're a proper housewife/baker/mummy/sewer/crocheter and you're so young. And you're gorgeous and fashionable too. I don't want to sound patronising but I AM at least ten years older than you :-) You're my kind of girl!

    Lovely photos - have a good holiday! Hope you have a fantastic time.

    Nicki xx

  2. Mmm that apple berry pie looks delicious and so pretty too.

  3. OMG I just want to spring board into your pie (oow that sounds a bit naughty), I love what you've done with the pastry, I don't find pastry easy but I won't let it beat me!!! and the casserole sounds yummy, its nearly that time of year again isn't it, stew and dumplings...delicious.

    You snap away to your hearts content, you do it so well and you should have entered a snap in the 'country file' competition.

    Enjoy the delights of the Isle of Wight, I have many many funny memories of that place, great.

    Luv Bee xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  4. Lovely pics and your pie looks just gorgeous!!

    S x

  5. Domestic godess!! Jose is in situ, Her bedroom looks VERY empty xx

  6. Wow! Apple Berry pie looks totally scrummy... I am feeling mighty hungry after reading your post! Agree totaly with above comment... You are indeed a Domestic Godess!!! Hope u and your lovely little family have a fantastic holiday :)

    Take care
    Louise xx

  7. It sounds like you had a wonderful day, and what a gorgeous dinner to come home to. Your pie looks delicious.

  8. OOOooooh that apple berry pie looks AMAZING and i bet it was delish...what i'd give for a slice right now!
    hope you have a wonderful holiday x
    jooles x

    P.S beautiful photos

  9. What beautiful pictures.

    I love Chichester - though have yet to discover the 'off the beaten track' I always get lost in the high street.

    Have a lovely weekend,

    Nina x

  10. Hi Ashley, just enjoyed your blog for the first time, so cozy! I'm an artist in NY but come to England often because my boyfriend is there (he's English). I LOVE England and I'll be settling there eventually. I keep a blog about nature sketching and my painting, and over the past few years I blogged a lot about my time in England (nature related)If you want to see those click on any of the England links in the right hand column on my blog page.
    Your baby daughter is sweet and I'm glad you're home with her, I was a stay at home mom too. I also used to teach sewing lessons!
    Nice meeting you!
    ( is

  11. Hi Ashley,

    What a beautiful blog you've got! I love the gorgeous country feel you share here.

    And can I have some of your apple pie? It looks Yummy!!

    I've signed ip to follow you!


  12. Hello! I just wanted to say hi :D I've just read LaaLaa's advent swap posting and I'm your Advent Swap partner! Could you save me a slice of your pie for looks super scrummy!!!

    Jo x x x

  13. Hi Ashley,

    I've followed your blog for a while now and I just wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award!

    Sam (