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weekend woollens in the highlands

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, July 22, 2012

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Another wet and cold weekend in the highlands.  Whatever has happened to our sunny winter days and crystal blue skies.  My memories of winter are those of finding a sunny spot in the garden to sit with a tray ... pot of tea, a slice of boiled fruit cake and papers to read ... absolute bliss.  Not this year !!  I watch from the window as the first sign of bulbs appear under the trees and yearn for Spring.  Even our sasanqua camellias have rebelled with very few blossoms on show.  I am looking for a lot more colour with the Japonica's.  

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Instead we are cosying up inside with woolly blankets, throw rugs and open fires.

I do love the old fashioned check blankets and seek them out in antique shops.  I found some gorgeous ones at out local antique emporium that had come from Scotland ... such interesting colours and so homely.  More than anything I love a blanket stitch edge.  Even more homespun !! 

Cath Kidston does wonderful things with vintage blankets ... she makes cushions with them and even covers wing back chairs with one or a number of check blankets in patchwork .  They look fabulous.

Maybe our cold wet winter will inspire some of these creative activities ... in the meantime I will just bring out that scarf that I started to knit last year but didn't finish. No doubt Monday morning will bring the sun !!

 

stone houses and a weekend in the southern highlands

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, June 11, 2012

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Yes another wet weekend in the highlands but it doesn't seem to have deterred the holiday makers and visitors ..... people everywhere .... impossible to even get a seat in a cafe.  

Out of town, however, it is all very atmospheric .... misty rain and wintry landscape .... this is why people come to the highlands !!! 

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Driving through the countryside the many dry stone walls that this area is known for, are now more visible .... and seem to go on for miles. 

I have always been drawn to houses made of stone .... and there are quite a few in the highlands. They just seem to nestle into the landscape.

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On the inside, exposed stone works best with a soft neutral palette of creams, caramel and greys.

The use of timber whether it be natural, limed or painted ..... compliments or can contrast with the stone beautifully.

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Apart from its beautiful texture, exposed stone has a warmth that brings an interior to life. If a whole house made of stone isn't possible .... maybe a stone fireplace and hearth is !!

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