Lazy days.

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Lazy Sundays are what life should be about. Ok, obviously life is more than that, but sleeping in? So good! So underrated! Most days I am up by 5.30am and out of the door by 6am for work, so you can imagine that my morning routine is far from relaxing and in any way ideal!

When I have time, though, I love slow starts. In fact, most weekends, I am in my pyjamas for about half the day (haha!), unless I’m running out of the door to a market or antiques fair! Eventually, when I can be bothered, I jump into the bath (a real treat as I’m usually a shower person!), and then maybe laze around with a book. So good.

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The beautiful silk nightshirt I am wearing is from Derek Rose. I discovered them on Instagram and instantly wanted one of their nightshirts. The 100% silk night shirt features the ‘Toile de Jouy’ print, which is inspired by the dreamscapes of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Young King’, about a Prince wandering through enchanted woods as he sleeps. Do check out their other beautiful kimonos and pyjamas, at https://www.derek-rose.com.

 

Images: Courage & Dash (not a sponsored post!)

 

 

The Adventures of Flappy Bird

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You know how you have this new year thing happening so you decide to do things a little differently this year, and mix things up a bit, learn from your mistakes, or just try something new? Well, this year I have decided to embark on more adventures. Such a great word, isn’t it, “adventures”? Makes me think of Christopher Robin and Pooh Bear or Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean. If I had more adventures in 2016, I would be very happy.

In keeping with that aim, I have joined Meetups, subscribed to Time Out, Secret London, and various other things. The thing is, there is so much going on that there is far too much to keep up with! But equally, I guess if I don’t try then I’ll soon slip back into my little routine (which is needed but dull). I found an Owl Experience Day with the English School of Falconry on Time Out and took the husband for a little jolly to Bedfordshire – 3 hours of handling owls and flying them? Yes, please! We were lucky it was sunny, because the day was amazing. Friendly staff, sweetest owls (how cute are they??), impressive falcons/eagles/other birds of prey in the falcony show, sunshine (although it was freezing cold)… it was such a fun afternoon. The School of Falconry has a range of experience days and demonstrations (by the way, England has very strict rules around birds of prey in captivity – the birds are well-looked after!) – do check them out!

 

Images: Courage & Dash

Thankful to be wild and free

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Often, when the husband and I sit down to a meal and remember our favourite people, we feel frustrated that our friends are now so spread out across the world. Even within London, they seem to live across the length and breadth of our (massive) city. It’s fun to have the excuse to travel and see people, but it’s also quite sad not to be able to spend as much time together now as we did when younger. 

We recently headed for the north of Edinburgh, to a place called Fife where our friends Stuart and Imo live. The husband was best man for Stuart, and Stuart composed my wedding entrance music, so they are terribly dear and special to us! It was a gorgeous weekend of eating haggis, meeting Percy (their new dachshund puppy), endless walks through fields and woods, and sitting by the wood-burning stove sipping whisky, laughing about everything and nothing.

Quality time with such wonderful people is priceless – we have so much to be thankful for. It’s a shame Fife and London are on quite the opposite ends of the country! Do you have close friends who live far away from you? How do you manage to keep in touch? Hopefully it won’t be too long before we are back in bonny Scotland! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating – what are you thankful for this week?

 

Images: Courage & Dash

Calligraphy and Cake in Cambridge

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I’ve been daydreaming all week about swapping my Excel spreadsheets for life as a photographer, styling and shooting events and gorgeous products. Not sure where this urge has suddenly come from, but I suspect my time at NOVI with Immie Owen at Quill’s latest modern calligraphy class might have something to do with it.

For those of you who don’t know Immie, she’s a fab self-taught calligrapher who teaches regular classes all over the country. She was so fun+funny and super welcoming! I had actually already done a workshop in August and was only popping by her Cambridge class on Saturday to take photos for the blog (too focused on learning to write my name during my session…) but Immie encouraged me to stay and practise if I wanted. What better way than to spend my morning with a bunch of friendly people in a beautiful venue being fed pain au chocolat whilst learning a new skill?

Meanwhile, the husband spent his two hours supervising an administrative law tutorial not too far away (exciting, I know…), before we met up and spent the rest of our afternoon wandering around the beautiful city. Maybe I will have a city guide here at some point!

Pop over to Quill London or Immie Owen’s websites for more information and do let me know if you go for a workshop.
Images: Courage & Dash

The Decorative Living Fair returns to London!

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I went to the Decorative Living Fair at Eridge Park in April this year and had so much fun wandering around picking out things for my friend’s bedroom. We ended up with various bits and bobs, including scented candles, a vintage pair of scissors (both mine), and a green glass jar + silk flowers (her). It was like going to a little brocante! There were so many things I wanted to buy though, especially those apothecary jars in the second-to-last image above – sadly, a guilty conscience (I had been spending too much) and common sense (we live in a tiny London flat) prevailed, and my husband+wallet were much pleased for it.

Tomorrow, the Fair returns to its home in London, at the Old Chelsea Town Hall, from 10am to 6pm. Unfortunately I will be stuck in Canary Wharf all day and will not be able to make it – but you could be there! The Fair/Courage & Dash are giving away a pair of tickets to the event – first person to email us at courageanddash@gmail.com will get the tickets! Otherwise,  you can purchase tickets at the door for £5. Ready, steady, go…!

 

Images: Caroline Zoob (The Decorative Living Fair)

Guide to antique-hunting in Lincolnshire/Hull

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I’m sorry it’s been AGES since I last posted!!! Between working long hours (waking at 5.30am is becoming increasingly difficult), harp practise (exam in November!), spending time with the husband and seeing friends, I’ve barely had enough time to write (or go to the gym, eek).

Last month, I went to Yorkshire/Hull to see some really fun+fab friends, plus do some antiques hunting (of course!). The weekend was so great for so many reasons – and not least because we had the most delicious BBQ at the home of our friend’s grandparents. As ex-antique dealers, they have a stylish home filled with the most beautiful treasures. Swoon. It was a fantastic, relaxing weekend – can’t wait to go back!

Here’s my guide to that part of the North East of England, if you ever do go:

1. Hemswell Antique Centres
Open Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm

Caenby Corner Estate,
Hemswell Cliff,
Gainsborough,
Lincolnshire, DN21 5TJ

Relaxing and easy vintage-hunting as all the stalls are beautifully laid out and all indoors. The centres are housed on an old airfield which belonged to the RAF (home of the Lancaster Bomber in WWII), and each one has a fairly extensive collection of furniture, jewellery, dining room bits, wall hangings, and decorative items.

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2. Kevin Marshall Antiques Warehouse
Open Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm

17-20A Wilton Street
Hull,
Kingston Upon Hull, HU8 7LG

Get ready for some proper rummaging. Drew Pritchard (from Salvage Hunter) said it was one of the last few remaining true-English junk shops, and if he means utterly eccentric and rammed full of treasure, then this is it! The warehouse is fairly large, set across two floors, and every inch of the shop floor is piled high with old treasures, apart from a path about 4 feet wide, winding through the shop. There’s plenty of Ercol furniture and industrial-style seating, as well as older Georgian chairs. I loved the 1920s cigerette advertising mannequins and Eastmans Tea cupboards. Didn’t buy anything (thought it was a bit pricey although am sure Kevin is up for some bargaining) although really enjoyed digging around and meeting Kevin.

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Images: Courage & Dash

Sarah Moore & Friends Vintage Barn Sale

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I love Sarah Moore’s vintage style, which often features colourful floral prints. Sarah Moore is an interior and homewares designer, and the winner of BBC2’s 1st Great Interior Design Challenge. She organised a barn sale at Hill Lands Farm,PO18 9JY, at the end of June, and I was gutted not to be able to attend. Look at what we missed out on! The sale was created/curated by Sarah Moore Vintage, Goose Home & Garden, Found Country Antiques, Primrose Lane, Sea Thrift Interiors, and Simply Country – it looked like such a fun day out in the countryside with scrummy tea+cake, and stacks gorgeous vintage fabrics and homewares!

Lucky for us, the wonderful Sacco & Sacco Photography were one location to document the day – and what beautiful photographs. If you are tempted, there is another barn sale on September 12 and 13 this year, which I have already blocked out in my diary. Cannot wait!

Images: Sacco & Sacco Phorography

(Please let me know if you were involved in the sale and you were not mentioned or  your website has not been linked.)