November 07, 2008

Ships in the night ....

At least that's what it has felt like over the past couple of weeks. Between my erratic working hours the girls with their various after school commitments, volunteer work and Craig's full time job almost an hours drive away. So last Sunday Craig decided that we should go on a 'family drive' forcing us to spend 'quality' family time together. This was met with groans, rolling of eyes and slumped shoulders, and that was just me! Only kidding, we all went along with his special request and meandered around the back streets of the valley for a couple of hours, only getting lost once, which after a quick group study of the map set us in the right direction again.
Our unplanned route took us past this place
Tangled Garden
Run by a friendly lady called Beverley who chatted to us whilst preparing some herbal concoction behind the counter. Her business and premises are quite enchanting and we will most certainly be going back for a visit in the summertime when her gardens are looking their best. If you are into gourmet food then it's a gem of a find, some of the jellies looked yummy and the bottled vinegars quite intriguing!
I can see myself snuggled up by the wood stove on a snowy Saturday evening sipping one of her new liqueurs too :)
The girls disappeared outside with the camera to take a few snaps in the now out of season garden which still looks delightful. You can see from Beverley's website link that it does look stunning in the summer.
Jemma amongst the 'tousle bushes'
All in all, our spontaneous drive went very well, with a more than a little reminiscing taking place in the confined space of our car. Remembering what, when and where funny and memorable events have taken place over the many years and several countries on our travels can be quite challenging but between the four of us we came to realise what a huge catalogue of memories we have built up and it was a great afternoon.
Thanks to Craig's persistence I might add ;)
Hazel xx


  1. What a wonderful family outing, Hazel :) It's so true, as our children get older, the less time we spend together as a family! Well done Craig for instigating a lovely family day out :)

    Love as always,
    Kathy xx
    PS: I've tagged you...2nd posting on my blog :)

  2. Hi Hazel
    what a pretty place the tangled garden looks, and lovely to hear that you bonded well as a family through it, once the girls are off at UNI i expect it won't be so easy to have days out together, so i think its wise of you and Craig to have these trips now.
    sorry to hear your etsy isnt doing so much business. i'm sure its not down to that one comment though. I will post up some pics of my little animals form you,on my blog soon, spread the word a bit to different eyes and ears, every little helps doesnt it.
    kathryn x

  3. Hi Hazel - family moments are always so precious. The Tangled Garden looks like my sort of place - fancy just finding it as you drove along. Serendipity.

  4. We know you were dragged out kicking and screaming, lol, but ooh... what a gem of a find the Tangled Garden was. Can imagine many more return visits for you in the future :)
    We think the Cranberry Sage Chutney would be a fantastic with your Turkey Burgers, Hazel. Hope you bought some.

    Lovely photo of Jem, as usual.

    Much love to all,
    T & G
    xx xx

  5. hiya
    did that post on your little animals yesterday on my blog, and melissa of the blog 'Melissa Loves'(for link see under header 'design blogs' on top right of my blog page)said she likes them, she has added one of your white birds to her etsy favourites list i noticed too,
    luv K

  6. Sounds like such a nice day!


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