Thank you to everyone who commented on my plate problem! As you can see it's still ongoing! I went down to Camden Passage and picked up the one above a few weekends ago and decided that it looked much better above the fireplace than the other two. So now I'm on the hunt for other plates that will go with this one as I agree with you all that the chimney breast does look rather bare - watch this space!
I have visited Tobias and the Angel which has been featured in Country Living, Homes & Antiques and on Kirstie's Homemade Home. It's a great shop to have a wander in as it's set up like some one's home in fact Angel, the lady who owns it does in fact live there (her flat is directly above) and if you wander too enthusiastically you may accidentally find yourself in her kitchen! It is rather a pricey place but if you look carefully you can find a few reasonably priced things - though you can usually count out the textiles (which are gorgeous!)
I picked up this pair of little Victorian glass mugs with forget-me-not flowers on them. I love how the gilding has been worn away over time with the hands that have run over it, as the glass is hand blown it's very tactile.
And this lovely botanical drawing in it's original bird's eye maple frame.
We've got round to getting our shelf on the wall above the daybed in the second bedroom.
I think it looks rather good, although it does leave me with a dilemma - what to hang from the hooks? I've been banned from hanging any more lavender hearts as my husband has nightmares of them taking over the cottage! So far I've come up with pretty china teacups or glass baubles, any other suggestions?
Finally, my garden is starting to wake up for spring! This is a Rip Van Winkle daffodil slowly unfurling.
More daffodils to come and a pretty primula to brighten up the border (which is still a work in progress!)
Lovely forget-me-nots which I hope are going to self-sow and become a most welcome weed!
And finally, one of the delights of gardening, a surprise on the garden path - I didn't plant this and have no idea what it is but it is very welcome all the same! Happy Spring!