The Happiest of Valleys…

Yesterday was spent at Happy Valley’s Wedding Festival in Norfolk, a camping/glamping & wedding venue where numerous little hideaways are tucked between the Pines. It’s created & owned by my super creative & hardworking friends Katy & Scottie, they’re like the real life version of Ben & Holly & here is their little kingdom…

It’s ALWAYS a pleasure Katy Babe, thank you for having us, now please give me your dress and puppy.  πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†βœ¨πŸŒˆπŸ•ŠπŸ’— (you can visit their Instagram here or have a peep online here.


Elderberry & Honey…Β 

I mean, technically this is a booster for if you’re feeling like a poorly pants… but I’m currently having a spoonful over some gin, ice & tonic sooooooo….. πŸ˜¬πŸ’πŸΌπŸ’• 

Here’s what you do… (*flower crown is essential.)

Pick a whole load of Elderberries, the really black ones are best as they just fall of the bunches easily & are at their sweetest.

You need the same amount of water as berries so if you pick a whole cup of berries, you’ll need a whole cup of water. 

I always add a teaspoon of lavender, but just for it’s relaxing properties rather than taste as the honey & elderberries will drown it out in the cordial!

(No I’m STILL not bored of lavender!!!) πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Or Chinese lanterns! Which I’m so so pleased I have some growing this year!!! Last year for some reason I only got ONE stem where as every year before that I’ve had hundreds! **anyone know why??! Anyway-I digress… 

Back to the cordial…

Add the same amount of water as your pickings… one cup of water for one cup of berries & half a cup of honey! (I know it’s a lot but it’s cordial so you will be diluting it don’t panic!)

Simmer for 45 mins on the hob then strain & cool…

It will last 2/3 months in the fridge & is mega for a cold if you’re unlucky enough to get them… or if like me, you just want to drink it with alcohol… go ahead! It’s YUMMO!!! 

Enjoy!!! πŸ’•πŸŒΏ

Botanical beauty…

On a dreary rain showered day we are playing with petals & making pretty faces with some of my fave cosmetics & homemade potions!

Fading hydrangers & roses mean soaking the petals in warm water to make a beautiful toner, safe for sensitive babes & Mama…because Flora obviously joins in too! 

Some left over raspberry & apricot scrub made with porridge oats & almond milk followed by some ‘stick petals to your face Mama…’ 

Then Rose toner & my only splurge, Cath Kidston Flora Geranium hand cream (on my face!) & matching lip balm! 

All enjoyed with a cup of Kew Gardens & Taylors collaboration, Rose & Lemonade… my current fave tea. 

Hopefully you can imagine the glorious scent of our blustery afternoon indoors & you’re inspired to play with petals this weekend! 

Kim & me are going on a friends Hen weekend tomorrow so I’m now feeling pre-pampered & ready to have a pretty couple of days on the Norfolk coast! Wish us luck!!!! 

Happy Friday Florabundas! 🌸

Handmade happiness…

Is there anything better than a petal picnic on a handmade blanket??! (Except maybe cakes rather than petals??? πŸ€”) 

Anyway, I have a couple more of my Cottage Collection knitted picnic blankets finished, they’re 2 rows smaller than the last bunch, because you know, mum life etc etc… so they’re only Β£40 each+Β£4.99pp I also have a couple of mix n match grannies ready which are only Β£15, I usually use up old scraps of wool on them & use them in a big patchwork of picnic blankets like the second pic  πŸ‘†πŸ»πŸ‘†πŸ»πŸ‘†πŸ» so if you want more than one, I can pop them into the same parcel to save pp! 

Oh & I also STILL have my rainbow & pastel rainbow MAMA size blankies here, they’re Β£50 with huge Pom poms (obvs!) 

Let me know on Instagram if you’d like anything pretty! 

In the meantime, happy summer days from Rose Cottage 🌸🌸🌸

Florafairweather Heirlooms…

My newest blanket might seem expensive to begin, but if you divide the years I hope you will keep it plus the years it will be passed down for, by the time it takes to make, I’m hoping it works out pretty flippin cheap…that’s why I’ve decided it’s an Florafairweather heirloom. 

Totally different to my usual blankets, it has crocheted Pom poms all the way round & 3D flower granny squares in my usual bonkers colour palette! 

They’re Β£70, approx a 2/3wk turnaround & im about to put the first one for sale in my Shop. I reeeeeeaLLy hope you love them so I can get some pretty boxes & tags made up to package it as a new airloom range! FINALLY something new for Florafairweather that’s not adverts I hear you cry!!! πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜† Please leave me your thoughts, as long as they’re kind…you know I’m emotional!!! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸŒˆπŸ’—πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

Posy Pig…Β 

So those of you who know the story, it really is a true one, despite Dylan saying I concocted the whole thing because I wanted a pig… it does sound like something I’d do, I do like pigs, but she REALLY did just wander into our garden one night when he was at work!!!!! Amazing!!!! 😭

She was sooooo small!!! πŸ‘†πŸ»* I don’t know why there’s such a big white gap there but I can’t get rid of it so it’s just there ok?!!! πŸ€”

Anyway, she’s settled in super & despite not knowing where she came from, she’s very very sweet & now living happily at Rose Cottage… We think she’s about a year old now which is good news for her as farmed pigs only live to 9 months before they’re slaughtered. I can’t even think further than writing that sentence but I’ll leave it there. She plays like our dogs, she makes her bed before she gets in it & she always poos in the same spot so she doesn’t make her pen messy…our dogs are pretty thick compared to her if I’m honest. 

SO… she’s growing growing growing & will soon need more space!!!! We originally let her loose in the field but she couldn’t be trusted to stay put so until we can buy more stock fencing she’s got to stay where she is! I’ve started a fund & figured I’d make her some of her very own ‘merch to promote her cause!!! 

I dreamt up these bags because every Friday, the grocer at our market gives us a bag of wonky carrots because she has a soft spot for pigs & wouldn’t believe my story of how Posy arrived, I invited her to Rose Cottage for a coffee & we’ve been friends ever since!!! Anyway, my usual shopper is always full of junk & the plastic ones are the devil!!! SO…everyone needs one for their veggies right???! You don’t have to be a Vegan to buy one, just a believer in a better life for pigs & therefore the world!!! They’re printed on Earth Positive bags which means they were produced using ONLY renewable wind & solar energy therefore being carbon neutral! Good eh??! 🌱🌎

So, they’re XL shoppers, Β£15 & free first class post so if it’s market day tomorrow it can be with you just in time!!! (I only have 10 so get in touch if you’d like to have one!) 

(Oh they’ll actually be in my shop in two ticks! Click HERE to shop!!!) 

Oh and here’s Posy’s cheerleader reprezenting today!!! πŸ˜†πŸŒ±πŸ‘†πŸ»πŸ’— 

And thank you from πŸ‘‡πŸ» who can’t use iPhones… πŸ™πŸ»