Home Sweet Home

We´re back from a hectic but wonderful week in London, catching up with family and friends.  We were wined and dined and thoroughly spoilt, drank far too much wine, walked for miles and laughed for the entire week.

We ate broccoli grown in my parent´s London garden.

Best friend Ria made us an amazing Chicken and Leek Pie, and extra marks to her for cooking it in her sister´s kitchen as her heating and hot water weren´t working for a few days.

We spent a day walking through London.

Of course, we stopped for coffee to revive us.

We drank good old British bitter.


We helped our pals Donna and Craig “christen” their new home in style.

We had "Bolly" too - lucky us...hic!

Entertainment in their new home village, Lewes, was fun and quirky.

Check out those amazing sideburns!

We even managed to spend a few days down on the south coast combining business with a little relaxation.  Of course, we had to take a romantic walk along the seafront at night when a sea fog was making everything look very atmospheric. We were in St Leonard´s on Sea, where my parents have a holiday place, and also home of Promenade Plantings.

We spent a wonderful day with my parents walking around beautiful Hampton Court, one of Henry VIII´s amazing Tudor Palaces.

"Mamma & Papá Russo" - the Royal Elders of our family!

My favourite part of the Palace? Well, the Tudor Kitchens of course!

Peacock Pie anyone?!

And last night we arrived home, weary but happy.  Our case was packed with goodies….dressmaking patterns and fabric, antique carpentry tools, some vines from my father´s garden to plant here in Spain, salad seeds, a new mini baking tray… so much to look forward to.  And guess what?  When we unpacked, we found we had a stowaway.  Flat Ruthie has come to visit, so we´ll be enjoying some time with her very soon and cooking together!

Stowaway on Board!


65 thoughts on “Home Sweet Home

  1. Looks like you had a lot of fun. And next time if you need help with the wine or beer…let me know 🙂 Not saying that you did need help, but you never know.

  2. Welcome back! I wondered where you’ve been!! Sounds like a wonderful time with family and friends!! Love the toast to the new home, made me want to sit right down and join you all!!

  3. Sounds like a terrific trip home! I love visiting palaces/castles and pretending I was once an important inhabitant (one of my favorites: Palácio da Pena in Sintra, Portugal). Welcome back. 🙂

  4. Hi T, Pleased to hear you had a great time and that you got back safely. Fab photos. Lovely one of your Ma and Pa. TFS.
    Regards Florence x

  5. Welcome home, welcome wordpress home too dear Chica. Seems that you had a nice vacation with your family. Your photographs are amazing… Brokoli so beautiful… Thank you, have a nice weekend, with my love, nia

  6. Yaay a great trip home! I’ve been waiting and wondering how the trip went and I can see from the photos you had a wonderful time. I can’t make up my mind which is my favourite photo, I love the one in London – a great shot!, I looove the coffees, and yes the one of you two on the prom in the dark! I have to admit we have a few of those photos too 🙂
    thanks for the shout out, and great to have you back home in Spain, getting ready to cook up a storm! Claire

    1. Thanks so much Claire – it was a wonderful trip and I´m glad to hear you too have some “cheesy” shots on the prom. It was a really misty afternoon and evening…the sea mist rolled in, the temperature dropped and it all looked amazing. Great to be back and I´m looking forward to getting back into the kitchen.

  7. oh I miss dirty old London.. thanks for the wee walk. and how awesome that you went out and did so much, i tend to stop at the wine and just hang about there!! c

    1. Yes, me too, it´s just a bit easier for me to get a fix! I do lubricate the wanderings with plenty of pub stops along the way – so that Big Man can appreciate the culture you understand 😉

  8. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip, Tanya. You not only were able to spend time with your family & friends but you and your Big Man got some alone time, too. What more could you want from a vist back home? And what a treasure trove you brought back with you! With all of those goods, it’s no wonder that Flat Ruthie was able to catch a ride unnoticed. She’s pretty crafty, that one. Welcome home!

    1. You´re right – we managed to squeeze in all the people we wanted to see and have a little breather all to ourselves too! That cheeky little Ruthie and I don´t remember her showing her passport 😉

  9. I’m so happy that you had a wonderful visit with your family and friends. Thank you for sharing with us. I love your Butterick patterns…from the envelopes, they look like they are collectibles.

    1. Hi Karen – it was wonderful! The two patterns are quite similar but with different tops. Both vintage reproductions and I went mad and bought one Butterick and Vogue (first time of buying a Vogue pattern for me as they are expensive ;( )!

  10. Aren’t holiday’s wonderful? And London looks as cold as I remember for this time of year, though I do still miss it from time to time.

    Hope the garden and livestock survived your absence!


    1. London was chilly some days and the day we walked around it was a little grey, but most days we managed to sit in my parent´s garden and enjoy a drink or a cup of coffee in the sunshine!

  11. How funny – your new friend in the pink envelope went on a trip with me to the wobbly bridge and St. Pauls. It was definitely a different day though, we got sunshine 😉

  12. So glad to have you back, Tanya! It looks like a wonderful holiday!! I love your vintage sewing patterns!! I can’t wait to see what you do with your little baking tray!!

    1. Thank you – it´s lovely to be home again! I´ll be making one of the patterns up pretty quickly (I hope) for a wedding at the end of April and I hope I´ll christen my new little baking tray soon…

  13. Looks as if and Big Man had a wonderful holiday! Love the pictures, the one of your parents is adorable! Look at the patterns… you will be having fun for some time to come. Welcome back!

    1. Thanks RaeDi! I love that one of my parents, especially as the main point of our trip was to see my dad who has been unwell but it now recovered…as you can see!

  14. Welcome back Chica – sounds like quite the trip – loving the look of that chicken and leek pie… and that pint of bitter… mmmmmm 😀 Incidentally, your friends, Donna and Craig, have the exact same champagne flutes as my parents – haha 🙂

    1. Well, they were only fake peacocks, but it seems that in the times of Henry VIIth of England, peacock was a bit of a delicacy! Can´t imagine there would be much meat on them though 😉

  15. Hola Tanya!
    Aunque sea muy muy tarde, ¡bienvenida a casa!! Me alegro mucho de que vuestra semana en Londres haya sido tan provechosa.
    Muchas gracias por ese fantástico resumen, ha sido como estar allí 🙂

  16. I’m so glad you had such a great trip. I used to live about 15 minutes from Hampton Court Palace in Chertsey and the palace and the village next to it were one of my favorite places to visit. So pretty.

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