17 August 2008


Rambling on about all my troubles....I don't know! Onto the Awards... I have just received three ! one from Louise who I have known via the airways for some time now.

Thank you Louise, you have two wonderful blogs - I enjoy them both very much.
A big thank you also to Deb, who I am new to and I have to say Deb, that I went back through your old posts too...lol...and I did enjoy the journey accompanied by your jolly music.
Gosh I feel a really honoured - number three. Thank you Lesley. I have never met you before and will go and have a good read of your Blog today. Lesley can be found @ notesfrommydays.blogspot.com/ I did have a quick peak. I do love to see room makeovers!
Looking at all of my favorite blogs and the great pictures that go so well with the music, is like have one of best glossy magazines ever. This makes its doubly hard to choose who to pass this award onto. I would like to award the 'I Love Your Blog' award to :-
  1. Saira @prettyshabby.blogspot.com/

  2. Kristina @shabbilyeverafter.blogspot.com/

  3. Mia @ miaslandliv.blogspot.com/

  4. Kelly @ vintagelifestyle.blogspot.com/

  5. Lisa @ periwinklepark.blogspot.com/

  6. Jane @ jane-petticoatlane.blogspot.com/

  7. Donna @ craftyoldthing.blogspot.com/

I am feeling both excited and scared. I have finally decided that I am going to 'try' and sell my little cottage in the Cotswolds. This is not the best of times to be doing this of course. But, I have thought long and hard. I want to be near the sea. It is a hard decision to make as it is such a beautiful cottage, so cosy in Winter. The Cotswolds is a most charming and well looked after part of this country...I will be very very sad to leave it behind, it feels so much like home even though it is only part time. I love the Winter months here, the smell of logs fires everywhere and always lots of twinkling lights.

And so pretty in the Spring. Rolling countryside for miles.

I have viewed so many cottages in Sussex over the weekend. I think we know when we have found something that feels just right......I have been back to a particular cottage 3 times now.....emmm...I really hope I will not regret this move ! if it ever happens. The housing market is in a terrible way, trust me to pick now of all times!
I am sure Guy thinks that he is a cat sometimes. He certainly has the agility of a feline. Funny little boy!


Ragged Roses said...

Congrats on those awards Carol, your mantlepiece must be very crowded! Well done they are very well deserved. Thanks too for passing one of them on to me, that was very kind of you. Good luck with the cottage hunting, hope you like having a little home by the sea (and fingers crossed for finding that house that feels just right, I know what you mean about somewhere that feels right, the moment you walk in). Take care

Amanda said...

So sorry to hear about the run of bad luck and illnesses you and your loved ones have been experiencing. Sending you all lots of love. Very exciting about the new move - but quite scary too I should think, when the cottage you're selling looks so beautiful! Can't wait to hear more!

Simone said...

The country cottage looks beautiful and I am sure that you will have no problem getting a buyer. Are you selling the house that you live in too? At least you will have the camper van to 'live' in should you find yourself without a roof!!!

Petticoat Lane said...

Carol, Thank you SO much...How excited am I? Now I just have to work out how the blinkin'eck I put it on the blog!!! Having only been 'blogging' for 2 weeks I haven't the foggiest what I'm doing..I still gasp in amazement everytime I manage to publish a post! My technical skills are as good as my Blancmange making.
I'm thrilled to have something pretty to put down the side now.
You've made my day. Thank you.
Jane. x

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on receiving 3 awards! What an honour! and thank you so much for giving one to me. I think I only ever received one award a LONG time ago, so I feel quite special now having received this one. with regards to the cottage, I can only imagine the concern about selling something that has become a part of your life but I must admit that if I could be anywhere, it would be somewhere by the sea. I do understand that longing. I hope the cottage sells well. I think pretty places with character will hold their value no matter what is going on with the house prices. I cant wait to hear more about your property search!

Garden Girl said...

You can't move now!! I need you every weekend, in drinking coffee with the lovely Jude! I wish you all the luck in the world with it Carol, your cottage is so beautiful and I am sure you will manage to sell it quickly. Stow is such a lovely place and cottages there do tend to still sell even when the market is difficult.I would love to live by the sea one day as well,so I can understand the attraction. if you do have regrets you'll just have to hop into Nigella and come back up here for a weekend!x

Donna said...

Thank you so much for the award Carol, I a truly flattered, although I haven't written anything on that blog since May 2007!!! Did you mean my more up to date one at fabricofmylife?!

Katherines Dream said...

oops sorry Donna I did click on the wrong link!
Carol x

periwinkle said...

Wow, thank you so much for my award :-))... I live beside the sea - fancy a swap - if only. I hope everything goes right for you and you find your little house by the sea
lisa x

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Great pictures!!! What a cute doggie!

M ^..^

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

What a lovely blog! I'm happy to have found you. Edward sends hearty greetings to Guy. We shall return to visit you both!

And, are you really, really sure you want to sell that adorable cottage? I do realize the lure of the sea is hard to resist. Best to you!

Miles Away In France said...

Well done on the awards.

As always Guy is looking adorable.

Your cottage is truly beautiful.

Thanks for the comment on my blog, it did make me smile. You were so right, I have been cheating, the summer seems to put blogging in the background a bit.

I promise to be a better blogger but after looking at your latest posts I fear that I cannot compete.

Racheal x

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

I think C.O.N.G.R.A.T.U.L.A.T.I.O.N.S
are in order!
Your blog just keeps getting better and better... I LOVE IT!
Good luck selling your beautiful home, I don`t think, you will have any problem selling it...
... Maybe the only problem that you will have, its to find one that its as beautiful as yours!
But, I`m sure that you will make it just as special!
Thanks for stopping by!

Debbie Moss

shabby chic said...

congratulations on your blog award,Hope everything is ok with your family and the babies, grandson & baby Guy!.
I am sure somebody will snap your home up as it is so gorgeous. By the sea will be lovely too and I am sure you will make it equally gorgeous. Hope your search in sussex goes well.
x Dom
there is something captivating about the sea and it will be lovely too

Sandi McBride said...

CONGRATS on your three awards! So well deserved, my friend! I can't get over guy...he is such a beauty...and I hope the search for the perfect cottage goes well!

Lulu said...

Congrats on the award...
I have always wanted to go to Englang, but thats beyond me..So, with your blog and others from the UK, i can see a bit of England..:-)
good luck selling the place, its a beautiful home..
Thats a big dream of mind, a little cottage by the sea, with a rocking chair overlooking the sea and crochet to my hearts content..Wow, dont i dream big..:-)
take care,

mollycupcakes said...

Fabulous awards sweetie well deserved.
Sad news on moving i'd love to buy it, it looks wonderful and we'd keep it a beautiful family home for you.
Would love to live in the Cotwolds or any of the lovely areas around it. You lucky lady.
Don't forget you're make anywhere new a home sweet home.
Many thanks for all you're kind comments they mean so much.
Catherine x

Miss sew n sew said...

I'm excited about your decision to buy by the sea. I'm sure the Cotswold's will always hold a special place in your heart your cottage there looks gorgeous but how exciting try pastures new I've always dreamed of a little place by the sea I hope it all goes smoothly for you and look forward to hearing more!

LOUISE said...

Do you know I am torn between the country and the sea, in an ideal world we would have both wouldn't we. If I could, and I can't, I would buy your Cotswold cottage, I do love that area of the country. Good luck anyway. Congratulations on the awards, we all love to come over to your blog. x

Lucy Bloom said...

Ooh, how can you bear to part with that lovely cottage, still, house hunting can be fun too!
Guy is looking cute as ever. Congratulations on the awards too.
Lucy x

dottydesigns said...

hi Carol just came across your blog and I think Nigella your camper and my camper Daisy are twins!! not on the outside but inside. Mine has blue and white spotty curtains, and loads of cath Kidston too. I just love campers too. Love your blog.

Mary Isabella said...

My your cottage is so pretty. I think it would be wonderful to live there....mary

Cowboys and Custard said...

Dear Carol.. why has it taken me so long to get here??
Many belated congratulations on your recent awards... you will have to pack them up very carefully in that tea chest if you find the cottage of your dreams..
I hope life turns the corner to a sunnier street for you now and you can enjoy the hunt for a new home..

Much love
Michele xx

Cassie said...

Congratulations on your awards! Your cottage looks lovely best of luck putting it up for sale. I think your dog looks cute as a cat, sitting there by the window.

Deb said...

I know your feeling of being scared about selling your place. We are planning to do the same and move into something more manageable in terms of the upkeep and yard work. It will all work out for you. Just think of it as a new adventure!

Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

This Vintage Life... said...

Hi Carol,
It must be a wrench...but how exciting to be looking for a new place and there is something about living near the sea isn't there? Deb x
ps: hope it's got a BIG mantlepiece for all those awards!well done you

Deb said...

Such an adorable picture of Guy!
Good luck with your cottage hunting ~ I can't imagine finding anything lovelier than your sweet home.

Mia said...

Thank you, thank you, dear Carol, for this lovely award! I am really touched and feel honored that you should think of me and that you like my blog. I have been away for a week, so unfortunately I have not been able to thank you earlier. Your blog is one of my favourites, and it is always lovely to visit you here.

Moving is always a bit thrilling and a bit sad at the same time. I shall follow with interest your search for a new home and the selling of your lovely cottage. I wish you the very best of luck with both.

MelMel said...

Hello, i'm new on here....just read your blog....sorry you have had a sad time with so many family members ill...are they better now?? i hope so......nice thing about this is getting good wishes and positive thoughts from ppl.....cheers your day up!

If your passing my blog...stop and say hi!! take care!!xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol,
Ooooh you are popular my lovely,congratulations to you and thank you so much for my award i was very giddy to say the least,when you have a minute can you pop over and collect another award? lol or have you enough? lol
The move sounds exciting...i know what you mean about it being scary but sometimes life needs a breath of fresh air and how lovely for it to be the sea air?
Wishing blue horizons for you and your loved ones
Love and Hugs Kristina XxX

LiLi M. said...

Hello there! I just came back from Paris and read your comment on my blog. One doesn't meet a fellow blogger who has received a triplet award every day! Congratulations on that, or do I have to congratulate myself?! I like your blog, I was just browsing a bit and I have to tell you that your children are adorable! I'll come back soon!

Rosie said...

I'm sure you will find the cottage of your dreams by the sea, and love it as much if not more than the one you have now. Congratulations on all the awards,theyall picked as great blog.
Rosie x

Sandi McBride said...

And yet another award at my place!

Heidi Ann said...

Carol, You deserve every award you receive!!!...You have one of the lovliest & most charming blogs out there!...And about your cottage,... I can't tell you how quickly I would snatch it right up!...Oozing charm!!!....heidi XO

prettyshabby said...

Hi Carol..thought I'd left a comment aaaaaages ago...oops sorry! thanks for the award, I'm most flattered as I love your blog too! Best of luck with the house hunt,I'm sure your pretty cottage will sell quickly, even if the market is dire! (cant wait to see the new house!)

Sea Angels said...

Congratulations on your awards, the house hunting sounds fun, I always think if somthing is meant to happen then it will, so if the time is right........how lovely and exciting for you.
Hugs Lynn xx