Thursday, January 07, 2010

A Winter Wonderland...

What an incredible start to the New Year! It seems that every inch of the UK woke to a layer of snow this week! Whilst it can be disruptive to road travel and day-to-day life, there is no denying that it is a wonderful, magical sight to behold. Luckily we had no travel plans this week and in between preparing new stock for the website, we snapped some snowy pictures for you. I don't doubt that blogland is knee-deep in snow scenes - but just like cushions, mugs, chocolate and vintage eiderdowns, one really cannot tire of them! So, I hope you will indulge me as I show you a few photos from our garden and lane.

We are fortunate that our place of work is just a stroll down to the bottom of the garden.

The Clock House is nice and toasty inside and it is here that we spend much of our working day, updating the website and packing orders.

Our curly willow looks quite beautiful with the layers of snow upon the intricate boughs.

Looking down the lane towards the bridle path - there were plenty of walkers making their way down here as the day wore on - some were very well prepared and carried ski poles!!

Our Union Jack looks particularly colourful against the stark white landscape.

The boughs of the wisteria are laden with snow and our Pottery Cottage sign is standing up very well to the sub-zero temperatures.

We commissioned the talented ceramic artist Mary Rose Young to make our sign and it was the first time she had made one; her speciality is tableware (but with a difference - do check out her website if you haven't already!) so her ceramics aren't usually subjected to outdoor life!

The Christmas wreath was still on the door because we had the photographer and stylist with us that day, for the Christmas shoot. The weather was perfectly seasonal, so there should be some snowy oudoor scenes as well as cosy indoor scenes for all to see!

It is set to remain very cold for a while so the snow may be around for some time. We are keeping nice and warm by the woodburner in the evenings - that is, when the cat isn't hogging it! He has been having great fun playing in the snow so we'll try and catch him in the act and snap a few photos of him.

We'll be updating the Vintage Home online shop in a few days with a selection of vintage goodies - if there are any postal delays due to the weather we will keep you informed.

That's all for now - we'll be back soon; keep warm, have fun and stay frosty!


  1. Breathtakingly beautiful. I want a clockhouse :)

  2. Love the snow pics! I don't think I could ever get bored of them! xx

  3. I can't tell you how envious I am! Beautiful!

  4. Oh what a cute house,simply adorable.Aren´t you lucky working in such surroundings.And with all that snow it´s like a fairytale!!!!!!!!

  5. Really wonderful photos Clare. Much of the snow near us is grimy and slushy today from lots of walkers and cars but yours looks virginal! Keep warm my friend!

  6. Clare, oh my God!! this is the most lovely, enchanting, beautiful house I´ve ever seen... and in all that huge amount of snow it looks like a fairy tale. I imagine I you home would look like in spring and summer time with lots of flowers around. I have felt in love and this is a so good sensation!!... thank you for this.
    Muchos cariños, and a very happy and blessed 2010.
    Maria Cecilia

  7. Stunning. I'm so jealous. I haven't seen snow since I was a small child in Tasmania. I would love to sit in your cozy house with that beautiful fairytale scene outside. Happy New Year to you. xx

  8. Hi Clare,

    Happy New Year! What a winter wonderland! You have certainly had a lot of snow this has even been talked about on the news here in Canada.

    Stay warm and enjoy that hot chocolate.

    Marie x

  9. it all looks beautiful, keep warm! Lizzie x

  10. It's been terribly cold here and I just can't seem to get warm. I heard about your snow in the news, how about that, you got lots. Such beautiful pictures, thank you for sharing.

  11. Oh, what gorgeous photos you've shared with us! I love your blog, and wish you had time to post more often. Miss it!

  12. I had forgotten how much I love this place! And your clock house is so darling. It's exactly what a billion of us work-at-home folks wish and pray for. We're in Illinois near the Chicago area so we've had a lot of snow here too lately. But somehow it looks so much more charming on your blog than mine =)

    Blessings... Polly

  13. I so enjoyed the photos of your cottage and the views down the lane. Make sure to let us all know which magazine you'll be featured in nearer the event won't you. I don't want to miss it.


  14. You wonderful blog never fails to delight me - everything you post about is so beautiful, you are such a positive, uplifting person !! We are suffering through a heatwave here in Australia right now - it has been 45 degrees celcius (113 F.)for the past 4 days and today is set to be the same - your darling snow pictures are so refreshing !!! I feel like I am looking at old time Christmas postcard scenes !! Thankyou for sharing these lovely images and for always being so joyful - even about your big winter cold snap over there (it has mae the news here)Love to you and yours ! XX

  15. Such a lovely post! I love your garden studio! Thought about importing one from the UK - you´re so good at garden studios and conservatories, we imported our conservatory from Cornwall - but now I found another vintage train carriage that I´m going to convert to a permanent shop for my textile craft.

    We have lots of snow here in Denmark, too and I agree, it´s lovely! Much better than cold rain and endless grey days!

    Happy New Year, Kirsten

  16. What lovely photographs! I just discovered your blog this week and had to comment today! What I great find this is!

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  18. I just recently discovered your blog and added it to my blogroll. Lovely, lovely photographs - I could never tire of seeing more snow scenes when they are all this beautiful!
    Stay warm!

  19. If only all workplaces could be so lovely!

  20. Thanks for your pictures, I never get bored of beautiful snow shots!

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