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Margaret Powling

Margaret Powling
Margaret’s main interests are her husband and family, her friends, her home, her garden, writing, literature, architecture, décor, social history, photography, historic houses and gardens, and towns, villages and the countryside. She writes about the things she enjoys: flowers, scent, fine soap, monthly style magazines, and other such small indulgences, such as afternoon tea or simply enjoying her summerhouse with a book. She invites you to enjoy this virtual visit to South Devon, England.

Christmas is Coming

Our little Christmas tree is now in the sitting room and decorated.  And it is a small one this year, but what it lacks in stature it more than gains in shape and the amount of lovely branches it has from which to hang decorations.  We love it! Indeed, I’ve …

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Rainy Weather = Relaxing at Home

It has been a wet and windy week – oh dear, this alliteration will have to cease! – and this kind of weather makes me lethargic.  I must be closer to the animals (not the human ones!) than most, because when the days are perpetually dark, I lose interest in …

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Getting Ready for Christmas

Plans were changed somewhat today.  I was going to sort out our wardrobes, taking all the clothes out, putting some to one side for the charity shop, cleaning the wardobe inside, removing some items which can go into the spare drawers in the guest bedroom, and putting everything tidily away.  …

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Sardines for Supper

Let’s be fair – I only gave the post this title because of alliteration; I could say “It’s Saturday so it’s sardines for a scrumptious supper …” couldn’t I?  But no, I’ve kept it simple, as supper was this evening. More of which later. I had a better night. I …

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A Friday Medley

To return to my recent theme of not sleeping well, I had another night when I didn’t sleep until after 4 am, but hey, things will change eventually, or least I hope they will. I was up at 3 am, reading my book and the first words I read were, …

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A Thursday Medley

We have had rain for several days now, and the darkness – while not giving me SAD –  has, nonetheless, made me sleepy during the day, but conversely, I’ve been unable to sleep at night.  This is the usual pattern I experience after the clocks have ‘gone back’.  I often …

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A Walk by the Sea

  We woke up rather late this morning.  The phone was ringing and then after I’d dealt with that (husband never even heard it, he was still fast asleep) I caught a glimpse of the window cleaner propping his ladder against the house wall … time to get up, I …

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An Autumn Weekend

We have not been out this weekend.  Yesterday, it was simply too wet for us even to want to venture out; today, we were up late and then husband went to see his brother who doesn’t live all that far away (I don’t call that ‘going out’). And so I’ve …

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