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18th century colourful cottages & townhouses

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18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb

So yes, at last some pictures from our wee trip to the Lake District a couple of weeks ago - it's been a busy couple of weeks! Anyhow today I want to share a few colourful snaps from around the little town we stayed in...


18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb

The place we stayed is the historic market town of Cockermouth on the western edge of the Lake District. Pausing for a sec until the cheeky giggles die down... I know. It's unfortunate. But the town sits on the mouth of the river Cocker and that's why it has it's called Cockermouth. It's likely that if you're not English speaking this will make no sense to you, but for all of you that are I thought I would give a wee explanation. And I am sure that for anyone who is in a fit of giggles it won't be helping that I keep typing Cockermouth for you to read.

Anyhow! We stayed at the Allerdale at the east end of main street amongst the colourful 18th century buildings of St. Helen's Street and the Kirkgate. A really, really pretty part of the town! It was such a joy to wake up to these colours every morning instead of the drab sandstone of the city.

18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb
18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb
18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb
18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb
18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb

I think I spent an hour one morning snapping details and colours along St. Helen's Street and I loved that the further I went the wonkier and shabbier the buildings got. It almost felt as through I was going back in time. Some of these buildings (or at least parts of them) are close to 250 years old and have settled a little over the centuries. Roof lines aren't level anymore, chimney stacks lean over, corner walls seems to bulge disconcertingly in places and window frames have twisted in all directions. See the little red and white house below? I don't think there's a true vertical or horizontal line on it! That one is my favourite, I marvel every time I see it!

18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb
18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb
18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb

Even inside the Allerdale where we stayed the floor and ceiling were all a bit wonky too. The main staircase leading up to the rooms had that distinctive sloping in the centre. If you're wondering it was a decent place to stay. Maybe a little old fashioned inside (80s/90s old fashioned instead of a lovely historic vibe), especially in the old part of the building at the front where our room was. But it was clean and friendly and the full Cumbrian breakfasts every morning were great - Cumberland ring sausage, two rashers of bacon, black pudding, two eggs cooked to your preference, tomatoes, beans and mushrooms with tea and toast! Fantastic!! Plus the £5 per night fee for Spanner was brilliant. The Lake District is dog country after all so the wee man has to come along too :)

Emma, x

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colour palette : tulips are better when they're dead

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tulips are better when they're dead | Emma Lamb

For me enjoying a vase of flowers isn't just about watching them go from bud to beautiful bloom, it's more about watching their full life cycle and the transformation they undergo from bud to wilted death. I suppose it's the same as people who appreciate the beauty in dead butterflies or birds... *shudder* ...but maybe a little less morbid!


These tulips are the ones from last week just as they were beginning to die. Tulips are one of my favourites because as they begin to go the petals thin and become translucent, they twist and contort into the most amazing shapes as they take on a whole new beauty. I love how the veins remain and you get to see their skeletal structure. If you're very lucky you can get them to dry out leaving incredibly delicate but perfectly papery petals... I wasn't so lucky with these ones, but they were gorgeous nonetheless!

tulips are better when they're dead | Emma Lamb
tulips are better when they're dead | Emma Lamb
tulips are better when they're dead | Emma Lamb
tulips are better when they're dead | Emma Lamb
tulips are better when they're dead | Emma Lamb
tulips are better when they're dead | Emma Lamb

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winter colour : bare branches

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winter branches | Emma Lamb

winter branches | Emma Lamb
winter branches | Emma Lamb
winter branches | Emma Lamb
winter branches | Emma Lamb

This almost feels like is should be one of those 'wordless' posts. The colour, pattern and texture totally speak for themselves and obviously I am feeling hugely inspired by my snaps otherwise I wouldn't be blogging and sharing them with you! All were found in my local park along with these pics and I am still amazed by the beauty and colour I can overlook all too easily. These simple bare branches in all their natural and colourful beauty make me realise that winter isn't quite so bleak as it might appear on first glance. Also, I'm loving how my wee bit of 'dazzle' editing is reminding of those spotty colour perception tests - just had to throw that in there since they are on my mind after watching Little Miss Sunshine a few days ago. Always a favourite!

Emma, x

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snippets

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snippets : spring flowers | Emma Lamb

Hi guys, sorry for the bloggy silence these last few days. I've not been feeling 100% and one of the big promises I've made to myself for 2014 is to go easy on myself and really listen to the needs of my mind and body.


In practical terms it simply means that when I'm not feeling great I'll be prioritising restful things like leisurely walks with the wee man, crochet or knitting and making sure I eat well with lots of fresh and healthy food. (Winter is soup season and I love soup season!) I'll also be going easy on myself and not agonising over blog posts and the like (if I have pretty, exciting or colourful stuff to share it will be just as pretty, exciting and colourful tomorrow or the next day, or even the next after that!), so if I drop offline for a few days it's just me being totally selfish with my time ;)

So these last few days I've been selfishly smelling the flowers, starting a new blanket for the wee man, flipping through the pages of my new Pompoms, swooning over delicious hand dyed yarns, hanging out at Ravelry finding new friends and projects to love as well as getting to know this utterly gorgeous linen yarn!

snippets : ^^^^^ & linen | Emma Lamb
snippets : linen & Pompoms | Emma Lamb
snippets : remains of the day | Emma Lamb

Oh it feels so good to be selfish... I could really get used to this!
Emma, x

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colour palette : unexpected buds

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Hi everyone! Remember last week when I talked about Creative Courageous Year, Stephanie Levy's creative inspiration e-course, and how we're being encouraged to really observe the seasonal colours around us? Well one of our projects was to take a nature walk and see what we could find. I chose to take my camera to our local park one day while walking Spanner with the intent to look further than the boggy muddy field and dreary grey skies that I see every day. (Still no snow as yet in Edinburgh this winter, but I'm feeling hopeful as it gets colder!) I have to admit I wasn't too hopeful when first I set out but as I forced myself to really look around me I found some utterly beautiful details...

budding winter colour | Emma Lamb

Even though it's been a very wet and mild winter here it was still a surprise to find these budding branches. Those tiny bright green clusters of buds were like tiny glittering jewels of colour set against their purple tinged branches and the grey wall behind. In fact the green looked almost neon and instantly made me think of this crochet blanket. When you see colours like those in this blanket it's hard to imagine that you could find them in nature, never mind in your local park, but here they are!


I'm still on my grey kick right now so I'm loving the depth and variety of grey shades here, especially with this bluish purple tinge which makes them feel very wintry yet fresh. They're vibrant and energised instead of dull and lifeless. Uplifting and inspiring which is just what I need right now!

budding winter colour | Emma Lamb
budding winter colour | Emma Lamb
budding winter colour | Emma Lamb

I'll be sharing more found winter colour as I get time to sort through my photos, but until then keep your fingers crossed for a dusting of snow or even some frost in these parts. I wouldn't mind snapping a few 'real' winter pics too!

Emma, x

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