niki.at.the.cottage@niki.at.the.cottage

🌿Seasonal daydreams from a cottage in rural Suffolk.
#acottagewreath

...'The glory of gardening : hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.' {Alfred Austin}
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...'tis true, but rather more my neighbour than me who has grown these beets, left on my doorstep yesterday. Shaved over a salad, this little ruby root is at its peak now, and super healthy :)
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#wholeheartedliving #heitermoments #moodofmymorning #appetitejournal #ourfoodstories #slowsimpleseasonal #kinfolktable #myopenkitchen #asimplekitchen #tableconversations #mycommontable #scrumptiouskitchen #thatvelvetfeeling #embracingtheseasonsathome #inasoftlight #mystoryoflight #ofquietmoments #aslowmoment #belightinspired #savourtheseasonalshift #aquietstyle_shadow


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...Sometimes, there just has to be cake in the house. And this rhubarb shortbread cake is a firm favourite of mine, baked many times now, for its ease, versatility and deliciousness. The recipe can be found on Laura's blog @circleofpines.
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...I'm about half way into knitting this cable cowl - with the lightest, softest yarn I can barely feel running through my fingers...a ravishing bundle hand dyed by the so very clever Sherry @sherry_iris, who delightfully names her yarns after her favourite books, films and characters.
...(This yarn is 'Reeds by the Riverbank', Wind in the Willows.)
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Cowl design : @indigochickendolls
#knittingthroughtheseasons #naturebakingjournal #appetitejournal #scrumptiouskitchen #asimplekitchen #ourfoodstories #wholeheartedliving #seekinspirecreate #slowandsimpledays #kinfolktable #thathyggefeeling #moodofmymorning #belightinspired #tableconversations #heitermoments #ofcosymoments #myopenkitchen #mycommontable #styleonmytable #pocketsofslow #homeisacupoftea #onequietcup #cupoftheday #adoremycupoftea #tea_is_my_religion


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...Yesterday, Pink joined me to watch the falling rain. It rained hard all afternoon...a thirsty garden enjoying a long drink...the early morning dark grey sky had me nipping out to rescue my last rose.
.And I'm hoping Monty is right, that the rain will now encourage another show of roses...
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#gardentovase #moodofmywindow #a_sill_life #throughmywindow #mycozywindow #inasoftlight #mystoryoflight #ofquietmoments #windowsillwednesday #petalsandbottles #aprettyishkindof_wilderness #booksandbotanicals #wildforflowers #seasonspoetry #slowsimpleseasonal #myseasonalgarden_august


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...“The month of August had turned into a griddle, where the days just lay there and sizzled.” {The Secret Life of Bees : Sue Monk Kidd}
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...I loved that book, and this describes August days here very well...I believe it will reach over 30c again today. . .but, it's the last very hot one for a while :)
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#simplystyledflowers #wildforflowers #slowsimpleseasonal #underthefloralspell #savourtheseasonalshift #thefloralseasons #realflowersoftheseason #inspiredbypetals #flowersandotherstories #myfloraldays #moodytones #flowersgivemepower #91magazine_floral #inspirewithblooms #moodybynature #moodforfloral


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..."The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer...like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning.
...It is motionless, and hot...curiously silent too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much colour."
.{Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting}
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#flatfordmill #nationaltrusteastofengland #whenyouborrowwindows #soenglishithurts#tostandandstare #thisjaneaustenlife #moodofmywindow #a_sill_life #throughmywindow #mycozywindow #inasoftlight #mystoryoflight #ofquietmoments #91magazine_floral #windowsillwednesday #petalsandbottles #wildforflowers #seasonspoetry #slowsimpleseasonal #simplystyledflowers #theblisspr0ject #summer_inbloom #thebest_windowsdoors


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...Do you think we could pretend the page is turned to August? I wanted to record these agapanthus here, and meant to post it Tuesday - but forgot about them - I know I'm a div!🙈
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...'Lily of the Nile'...a wonderful name for agapanthus, even if they are from South Africa :)
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#aquietstyle_shadow #summer_inbloom #booksandbotanicals #inasoftlight #mystoryoflight #savourtheseasonalshift #thatvelvetfeeling #embracingtheseasonsathome #myseasonalgarden_august #ofquietmoments #aslowmoment #smallmomentsofcalm #91magazine_floral #thefloralseasons #flowersgivemepower #moody_tones #thefloralseasons #savourtheseasonalshift #eleganceintheeveryday


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..."August : the evenings are velvet-rich with golden light as the days draw in, and the month has a fullness that pervades the whole garden." {Monty Don}
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...Storm snapped twiggy bits of hibiscus and crab apple.
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#summer_inbloom #simplystyledflowers #moodofmymorning #slowsimpleseasonal #seasonspoetry #seeing_the_ordinary #ofquietmoments #aslowmoment #smallmomentsofcalm #capturequiet #91magazine_floral #mymagicalmorning #thefloralseasons #flowersgivemepower #wildforflowers #flowersandotherstories #moodytones #moodybynature #booksandbotanicals #savourtheseasonalshift


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...So good to have fresh cool air blowing in through the door and the curtain gently flapping, it's been so long. The rain hammering down, drenching and quenching the garden's thirst was a soothing sight indeed.
...Cosmos looking rather battered out there but it'll perk up soon. Hope you've had a shower or deluge too...
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#moodofmywindow #a_sill_life #throughmywindow #mycozywindow #awakethelight #inasoftlight #mystoryoflight #ofquietmoments #91magazine_floral #windowsillwednesday #petalsandbottles #aquietstyle_shadow #booksandbotanicals #gardentovase #myseasonalgarden_july #wildforflowers #seasonspoetry #slowsimpleseasonal


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