Tagged: Brighton

Le Weekend..


The plan was to get out of the urban bubble and see the sea..so we leapt on a train and headed for a grey, blustery Brighton.


Charlie and his gloves: Is this style, laziness..or a deep understanding of recycling??


Not that the kids cared about the weather..the sea is the sea after all..


It was bracing enough to freeze cheeks and brighten eyes.

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Then the boys went to see Arsenal play..Charlie’s first proper match..seventh heaven for him.


So the girls got out the power tools…and played..


The table is our reproduction mahogany dining table that has got damaged over the years.  Rather than replace it, I wanted to know if we could sand off the varnish and paint the pedestal leg to transform it into a classic but more rustic/practical piece of furniture.  Can mahogany be more like a farmhouse table, happy to take dings and knocks? Not be so ‘precious’ and permanently hidden under a tablecloth? The only way to know was to experiment…


I had my helper with me for a while..but then she got bored and went to clean out her hamsters.


Oh joy! Lesson for mummy: Never assume you’re child’s intelligence.  Lesson for Bella…we all have to make mistakes..but please don’t repeat this one again!


(Particularly when due to the building works, this sink represents our kitchen sink. Arggghhhh!)


By the end we looked like 2 orange oompa lumpa’s, but thankfully the table looked fab – I already prefer it…though I have no idea what to do as the next stage….oil? Wax? I know I don’t want the shiny red again..I want to knock back the red if at all possible, but not entirely sure what to do?….any suggestions very gratefully received…

Laters, Kate x

Le Weekend..

IMG_0338I made the huge decision to not touch the internet for the time we were away in Brighton so this gives me the first chance to say a very BIG thank you for all my birthday wishes! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
IMG_0343It was an amazing birthday..but I did take rather too many photos which has meant a massive editing session.  The weather was falling into autumn with storms, strong winds and outrageous clouds..far too much temptation for a mere mortal.

IMG_0330Rain, sun, blue, black all jumbled together.

IMG_0345 Within five minutes it would change again.

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Was the vintage jeans shop successful?

IMG_3127I’ll tell you next post!

IMG_3098But the weekend was a true atmospheric delight!

Laters, Kate x