Nina Nixon


I'm Nina, a photographer, film maker and forever wanderer.  Passionate about nature, the great outdoors and all of life's adventures.  This is the place where I keep all my 'field notes'

Perfect English Cottages

Oh my - it's Friday already. Where did that week go?

Not that I'm complaining at all. I love my weekends though I wouldn't say I live for them - well, not like I did in my early twenties, but weekends around here means family time.

All of us together doing family stuff, not always enjoying all the activities that make up a weekend like getting up early for swimming club - that's me - or cramming in a week's homework, ahem! Or having to tidy your room - actually that's me again!

But at least what ever we do or where ever we go it's as a family, together.

No work restraints, no emails or phone calls, deadlines or ties (however you read that) just pure family stuff and with the way the weather has turned today all blustery and leaves falling around me then I have a feeling we will be hunkering down together having a somewhat chilled out weekend.

Unless of course it doesn't rain - what's the chances of that?! Then we will hit the beach to take on all the autumnal forces that are thrown our way.

Anyhow, cottages. I'm not too sure if it's just me being a complete newbie to this book, but I thought I would share it with you anyway.

Perfect English Cottage by Ros Byam Shaw. Don't you just love double barreled names? They sound so positively English and proper to me. No? That will be just me then.

Another little sneaky purchase I made back when I bought this book.

Now I haven't been holding back on you - honest. I just guessed that as this book wasn't so new then maybe it didn't need sharing, but...

...if you are not (like me) new to it then you are in for a wonderful, delicious treat.

Think Virginia and Leonard Woolf, Caroline Zoob and Sara Mahon from Girl's Own Store. This book is all those (literally) and many more and whom all own/rent the most - well, perfect country cottages.

And I want them alllllllllllllllllllll!

But that's not going to happen - not right now in my life so this book is the next best thing for me.

I can curl up and pour over the pages, the interviews and decor imaging myself transformed within their walls sat around the farmhouse table eating freshly baked scones from the Aga with a proper cup of tea or sprawled out on the sofa in front of the wood burning stove surrounded by books and blankets, classical music tinkling softly in the background or being buried under eiderdowns on the squishiest of beds uncurling from my slumber whilst the birds sing to me from the over hanging oak tree that gentle taps away at the window.

All Mary Poppins stuff I know, but a girl's got to dream.

It maybe only the rosy coloured romantic things that fill my head, but this is how I imagine my family and I snuggling up for a weekend.

Have a fabulous one and however it's spent - enjoy.