Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Kind-Hearted Miss Matty

(Image courtesy of BBC Video)

After listening to talk of Cranford on BBC Radio 2 for weeks, I finally had an opportunity to find out what all the fuss was about, when PBS broadcast the series over the course of three weeks.

I have to admit that I did not take to the series immediately; possibly because I was somewhat distracted during the first (double) episode and I found it hard to get interested in the story. All this changed however, by the time I had watched it the following week ~ I wanted to know more about the lives of sisters Miss Matty and Miss Deborah Jenkins and the other women of Cranford.

For those of you who have yet to see it; I won't spoil the plot. It is a costume drama based on Elizabeth Gaskell's novel of the same name. Life in the 1840's Cheshire market town of Cranford is on the cusp of change with the arrival of the railway. It is the time of the Industrial Revolution in Britain, but also a time of new and innovative ideas in medicine, which are witnessed with the arrival of a new physician; the handsome Dr Harrison.

I do hope that the BBC plan to make more period dramas, as no-one else manages to make them quite so well.

Saturday, 24 May 2008

Notes From Nova Scotia ~ Part Seven

Friday was a quiet day spent around Ingonish and Neil's Harbour, just south of our cottage. Ingonish is about 30 minutes' drive by car. We discovered the Seascape Restaurant early during our stay and had become frequent morning visitors for breakfast. Their dining room offers a panoramic view of the harbour and a mountain backdrop. We sit and watch the lobster fishermen in their boats: they come close to shore and the rocks in order to lay their lobster pots. The lobster season is almost over after just two months of fishing.

(Neil's Harbour)
It is so nice to sit and watch the tides, although we are still somewhat confused as to whether we are expecting the tide to be going in or out, as we have not seen a tide table! The place where we stayed in Lunenburg had a tide clock which I really liked ~ we are thinking of getting one and setting it for this coast, although we are a long way from the ocean in Ontario.

(Misty morning at Seascape)
This morning we were driving along the Cabot Trail when we came around the corner and there was a black bear in the road. It soon took off once it saw us and typically, I did not have our camera to hand! I have been asking Paul since we arrived if it is bear country and he kept saying no! I must admit that looking at the country and the amount of vegetation; I did not believe him!

Friday, 23 May 2008


This week I received an award from Tracy at Pink Purl. She kindly shared the Blogging With A Purpose Award with me, both here at Dreaming of Wild Roses and at my other blog.

Many thanks Tracy ~ you made my day. It is always nice to know that people enjoy reading my blogs: I have not been a very active blogger during the last couple of months, so I appreciate those readers who have stuck with me and continued to visit.

In turn, I would like to share this award with Natalie at Summer By The Sea. Natalie blogs about her home; family and crafts. Do drop by and read about what she has been making if you haven't visited her recently.

Monday, 19 May 2008

Margaret Rutherford Is Miss Marple

I suppose that I am a little biased when it comes to this movie collection, as I knew that I would love it even before I received it. I can remember watching these movie classics years ago and I have taken every opportunity since to enjoy them again. Margaret Rutherford is terrific as Miss Marple and the fact that they are in black and white adds to the atmosphere.

It could be said that these hark back to a simpler time when serious crime was something of a rarity and the village policeman still walked the beat and knew everyone.

Personally, I can't think of a better way of enjoying a rainy afternoon than sitting down with a cup of tea and indulging in a little nostalgia.

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Give Us A Twirl

There are days when only chocolate will do. I was downtown this morning when I remembered that I was close to a shop that sells British chocolate. It costs the earth, but a girl deserves a small treat now and then, so I headed through the door.

The Cadbury's Twirl caught my eye ~ crumbly flake-like chocolate encased in smooth milk chocolate. I also treated myself to something else, but I'll save that one for another day.

What could be finer than a cup of tea and the second stick of chocolate ~ okay, I couldn't resist and ate the first one on my way home!

Friday, 9 May 2008

Anyone For An Egg?

I spotted this cute little hen kitchen timer some time ago and then discovered one on eBay for only $5.00 How could I resist? My kitchen is badly in cheering up, so I have left it on display and just seeing it brightens my day.

There seems to be a bit of a hen thing going on at the moment. I opened the April issue of Country Living Magazine and was greeted by this centre-page spread. These pin-up girls are such fun ~ I put them on the fridge door and awaited a response. Needless to say, Paul didn't even notice until I pointed them out to him!

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Everything's Coming Up Rosy

In February, I posted about Carnate Buffing Cream and asked if anyone remembered it. Amongst the comments I received, was an e-mail from a lady who had read the post and told me that she had been using this product since she was a child, when her mother bought it to encourage her to grow her nails.

To cut the story short, we agreed a swap of a pot of buffing cream for a tin of my Rose Balm. It is some weeks since I received my cream and I have been remiss in posting about it, but as many of my readers know, I have been unwell with two viruses in the past five weeks and I forgot all about my gift.

Carnate has a pretty pink, rosy colour and contains carnation oil, hence the name. The aroma of this product brought back memories of using it years ago. Isn't it wonderful how smell triggers memory?

Many thanks to Ben Wright who sent me this gift. Ben doesn't have a blog, so I can't direct you there, but she is a talented photographer who has a website, so do drop by and take a look.