Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Dash & Albert's - Stone Soup

Stone Soup, a fabulous Dash & Albert cotton woven rug - available at stockists nationwide
just drop me a line and I'll head you in the right direction!
That fabulous tote will be back in stock just in time for Christmas, 
great gift idea.....

Friday, September 16, 2011

Win A Copy - Fresh American Spaces by Annie Selke

Win A Copy of this Fabulous Book
just by leaving a comment
(Australian residence only)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Highlands Equestrian Centre - Just for Fun Gymkana

The Highlands Equestrian Centre in Sutton Forest 
held a 
Just For Fun Gymkana on Sunday 11th September

It was a fabulous day with local kids riding their own horses and kids from the riding school using school horses, all having fun.

The day was split into three sections - Hacking, Showjumping and Sporting

In the Hacking the kids got to compete in Best Presented, Rider, Pairs & Consolation Classes - the Showjumping  classes were 40cm, 55cm, 70cm heights - the Sporting events were Bending, Barrels, Bounce Pony and Flagging.

Ribbons were handed out and points tallied with Reserve and Champion ribbons being presented at the end of the day.

Overall, you couldn't have asked for a better or more fun experience for the children.

I'd like to thank Nikki, Chrissy and the Court Family (the owners of Highlands Equestrian Centre) so much, for all the work that went into organizing a great day for the kids and parents. 

Izzy is looking forward to the next Gymkana already, 
I’m actually feeling a little shattered myself! 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11th

Do you think you'll ever forget exactly where you were then you heard 
the World Trade Towers had been hit?

I never will and I'll never forget the absolute fear, and urgency I felt, when we couldn't access  any of the major networks websites, all we knew is that we had to get out of the build and head home. 
 I wasn't living in New York at the time, I was way south in Dallas, Texas.

Watching the news in total shock and horror.  Calling home and crying with my parents, hoping that my husband was safe in his office and wondering how we could be bringing the 
baby in my stomach into a world like this.  

Explaining the need for security procedures to a child isn't fun either.  

"Mum, why do we have to take our shoes off?"  
"Mum, why do they put that scanner thing over us?" 
 "Mum, I'm scared, I want to go into the Statute of Liberty 
but that puffer machine, the man said it's a bomb detector" 

"Darling, it's for our protection, before you were born some terrible people did 
horrendous things and killed thousands of people"

"Why Mum?"

"I truly don't know darling but we've got God on our side, and He will protect us.  
If you ever feel afraid just ask Him to look after you."

  I'll Never Forget.....

Thinking of all my American friends and family today, 10 years on.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fresh American Spaces - Annie Selke - Win Your Own Copy

Fresh American Spaces

Annie Selke, the irrepressible design visionary behind Pine Cone Hill, Dash & Albert Rug Company, and Annie Selke Home, brings you 'Fresh American Spaces' a modern look at five distinctly American decorating styles: Everyday Exuberance, Refined Romantic, Happy Preppy, Nuanced Neutral
and Cultured Eclectic.

The book is absolutely gorgeous, Annie has a wonderful eye for detail and I know I'm going to spend hours reading and taking in the details of every image.

Become a Winton House follower
 & leave a comment & you have the opportunity to win a copy
three copies available
(running until 20th September - Australian residence only)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Two Loves?

Antiquaire Online
Halloran & Sons Antiques
I love Faux Bois

& my other love,
 the furniture Joe Vink's creates in the Southern Highlnads

Malvini Blog
Constant Gatherer blog
Faux bois various auction house images 
Joe Vinks from his website