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One of the nicest finds of my new area has been …..


Mayfield House, NY ….

No not New York ….

New Yatt

do you see all those Happy Hens?

apparently it all started with 10 hens and a hobby,

but like Topsy it has grown and grown ….. and grown!

Into Happy Hen Haven!

which means ….

lots and lots of bountiful, beautiful, breakfasts!

FREE RANGE EGGS!

HERE THEY ARE in close up beauty! …..

don’t they just look Happy and Content ,

I don’t know if they all have names ….

you can follow their story –

http://www.mayfieldhouse.eu/

or if you live near NY you could try them for yourself ….

BUT

I do know that Fiona has names for her lovely ladies …….

so

without further ado …..

Introducing …..

drumroll please! …….

From left to right,

Cluck, Geraldine, Margery and Lady Gaga.

I have been Inspired by Fiona’s blog many times …. well every time I visit actually!

(It was Fiona who had the inspiration to start 20 Minuters)

If you haven’t met up with her pop over and be Inspired yourself!

http://marmaladerose.blogspot.com/

or see my posting under Inspiration Plus on the 1st April 2010

you won’t be disappointed!

Fiona’s posting about her New Girls is a really happy read ….

though at the time of her writing there had been no real product!

Which made me smile because I had just been watching

Series One of   “THE GOOD LIFE”

(for those of you who are not old enough to remember them being shown first time around)

the DVD is well worth a buy …. though it costs much more that a

dozen eggs!

The episode “Say Little Hen” is really funny, just old fashioned

good English humour

where “Poor Barbara” paints the greenhouse converted into henhouse – pink

what made me smile is that Tom and Barbara have the same situation as Fiona ….

NO EGGS!

(I won’t give away the ending!)

The series is probably not politically correct by today’s standards but is soooooo Good!

Oh, by the way …

The Good Life - Complete Series 1 [DVD] [1975]

from Amazon ….. it is Eggcellent viewing!

Now I am saving my pennies for ….

The Good Life - Complete Series 2 [DVD] [1976]The Complete Series 2!

As   BILL COSBY once said   …

“You can turn painful situations around through laughter.

If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.”

I think that really sums up the series ….

and life itself …..

even Hens and no Eggs!

Hope you all have an EGGCELLENT  INSPIRATIONAL DAY wherever you are ….

NY or New Yatt!

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Moving in …. inspirations

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Apparently …..

Moving to a new place can be a very traumatic and stressful time …..

OR

on the other hand it can be

a very exciting and exhilarating time filled with new opportunities

new places to discover …..

new people to meet …..

new adventures to take …..

YES!

That’s the option for me!

So why not

come along for a short tour as I find out about places near to me ….

and a little further away from me ……

or within walking distance

a bit like a Tourist Information blog!

So lets begin with  …..

MY NEW SHOPPING place  ..

Top of the High Street in Witney

part of High Street

the town is a market town, with also a Farmer’s Market at sometime in the month.

It was world famous for a certain product in the wool industry,

sadly no more.

Lots of history to discover with a small museum tucked away in a little courtyard,

I will pop in ….

but unfortunately my Bella wont, as she isn’t allowed. Sad!

MY NEW PLACES TO VISIT – not too far away

Woodstock

WOODSTOCK

apparently  is often visited for two reasons:

Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and his grave in nearby Bladon.

However the brochure says, Woodstock has much more to offer…

so I will have to have a trip out and discover just WHAT!

– As soon as my bus pass turns up in the post!

But THIS does look impressive!

Blenheim Palace

“Set in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace is considered to be one of the finest baroque houses in the country. It was a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his famous victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. It is now the home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough and is lived in and cared for by the family for whom it was built. Inside the Palace can be found a superb collection of tapestries, paintings, porcelain and furniture in the magnificent State Rooms.

Sir Winston Churchill was born in the Palace in 1874 and a permanent exhibition about him is located next to his birth room – both are included in the Palace tour. Sir Winston loved Blenheim and, as a member of the family, was a frequent visitor during his long life. He is buried in a simple grave in the nearby church at Bladon. A separate exhibition, ‘Churchills’ Destiny – the story of two great war leaders’, celebrates the achievements of Winston and his great hero and ancestor, John Churchill.”

Seeing as I am reading Churchill’s 6 volumes of the Second World War, I think I MUST

go and see where he was born.  I had assumed that as such a great leader of our country

that he would have been buried in Westminster Abbey ……

So I will have to make a trip to:

BLADON

is a place of pilgrimage.


” It was January 1965 that the greatest Prime Minister in British history came back to the Cotswolds to be buried. Sir Winston Churchill was laid to rest, next to his parents and other members of the Spencer-Churchill families. in the small cemetery at St Martins.”

One thing I do already know about Bladon

is that it has a gorgeous ….

typically Cotswolds ….

Must visit ….

TEA ROOM!

Dog Template

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YummY!


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CHIPPING NORTON

“Perched on the highest point in Oxfordshire,

Chipping Norton was once a centre for the Cotswold wool trade

and was given a Royal charter by King John in 1205.

The medieval Guildhall and St Mary’s Church reflect the prosperity brought by the wool trade.”

Isn’t this so pretty? and so typically English?

ONLY A WALK AWAY …..

River Windrush at Minster Lovell Hall

along the banks of the River Windrush

and I arrive at …..

Minster Lovell Hall

MINSTER LOVELL HALL

“Located in a picturesque position beside the River Windrush in the lovely village of Minster Lovell are the ruins of this 15th century manor house, home of the Lovel family for centuries. The manor of Lovell was once in the hands of the crown, and appears to have been granted to the Lovel family by Henry I prior to 1124. The manor holding passed through a succession of Lovels until John Lovel (d. 1310) was created first Lord Lovel.”

SO …..

lots to see …

places to go …..

people to meet!

I think it is all very  INSPIRING.


I hope you have enjoyed visiting my new area with me!

I wonder if anyone knows where I now live?

See you around!

Inspiration Plus!

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For quite a while now I have been happily occupied each day with my

Please drop in and encourage us!

I must say and own up – it may not be EVERY day, but it mostly is …

Sometimes it is MUCH more!

Well, the 20 Minuters idea is the brilliantly great idea of Fiona at

http://marmaladerose.blogspot.com

For serious INSPIRATIONS pop along and take a

L O N G,   L O N G,  LOOK at  Fiona’s zero calorie baking ….

birthday cake

Christmas pudding

and You simply  MUST, MUST,  M  U  S  T see her cupcakes ….

and …… her

WEDDING CAKE!!

How awesome is that!

I am absolutely amazed at her talent and inspiration ….

no wonder so many enjoy being 20 Minuters,

….. go on NOW and have a calorie free FEAST …..

Yummy!

perhaps you might want to become a 20 Minuter yourself

and enjoy the inspiration and generosity we share from FIONA

just visit her blog and click the 20 Minuter button!

20 Minuters

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This has been a great crafty group to belong to.  I really have been inspired to “do my bit” most days and enjoy the diversity it has given me. Here is my latest post for my efforts …. a fabric flower!

Looking at it makes me smile.  It reminds me of a silly song popular on the “wireless” when I was growing up ….. “I’m a lonely little Petunia in an onion patch …… and all I do is cry all day”

The great spin off of belonging to a crafty group like Fiona of http://marmaladerose.blogspot.com/ (the Originator of the 20 Minuters) is that you meet up with other inspiring crafting folks ……. Like for example …… Alison at

http://alisonb2.wordpress.com

We have never met, but through this lovely internet group I have found that I have lots in common with Alison and I am really encouraged by her writings (I wish I could write like Alison!)  her exuberance and her creativity.

Take a look and see what I mean!

You won’t be disappointed!

I’m sure you WILL be inspired!

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photos by Rae Hokestra

http://madebyrae.blogspot.com/

CELEBRATE THE BOYS

If you are in need of inspirations for ” The Boys”  in your life then skip along to madebyrae blogspot for some really fantastic ideas and tutorials.  Under the heading Celebrate the Boys you can spend ages just dipping in and about of the post for gift ideas, imaginative dressing up clothes, tutorials and lots lots more!

The whole of Rae’s blog is an Inspiration ……… so go on! Put the kettle on, have a cup of tea, put your feet up …… and ENJOY!