zondag 10 januari 2016


When browsing through my photo's, I came upon a few colourful ones taken in Bath gardens in Bakewell, a small but beautiful town in Derbyshire (UK). I thought I would share them with you. Bakewell has one of the most colourful communal gardens I have ever seen.

The town is famous for it's Bakewell tart. A real delicacy,  consisting of a shortcrust pastry shell beneath layers of jam, fragipane and a topping of lemon icing and toasted almonds. I used the recipe from, I believe the first Great British Bake off book, but you can also find it on the internet.  It's really tasty and very addictive.
In this post I would like to thank my friend Ilse, who made me the fabulous vintage roses style tea cosy. A warm thank you to Jenny as well, who sent me some amazing vintage textiles and an absolutely beautiful handmade bag. Which is a real eye catcher. Dear Ilse and Jenny, thank you so much. A big kiss to both of you.

If you like today's photo's and would like to see more, please have a look at Jenny's blog The Custards. Jenny makes the most fabulous things out of vintage linens, has a love for gardening and all things colourful and vintage. It's one of my favourite blogs.

I want to thank  you too for your kind suggestions on what  to plant in my garden this year. They are very useful!

Wishing you a happy week ahead.


Madelief x

A big kiss to my daughter M. Love the anemones! And to Carolyn for sending me the sweet snowman.

31 opmerkingen:

  1. Bakewell tart is one of my favourites. Delicious.

  2. What beautiful gardens Madelief ..... so colourful and so very ' you ' !! The textiles take me back to my childhood ..... most UK households had very similar in the 1950's.
    Anenomes are one of my favourite flowers, so a great choice from your daughter.
    Wishing you a lovely week Madelief. XXXX

  3. Wow, you are very loved and spoiled to get those gifts sent to you! I will go visit your friends blog. Thank you for sharing the fabulous images of summer gardens.. it's pretty bleak here in Oregon now as far as flowers go.. but we are being treated to cloudless skies and brilliant sunshine.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Such a gorgeous, colour post. Your photos are always so vibrant and beautiful.
    Marianne x

  5. Lieve Madelief,

    Met al die mooie bloemen op je foto's ga ik toch echt naar het voorjaar verlangen hoor! Prachtig om te zien. Lief ook dat je deze geschenken kreeg, daar word je toch vanzelf blij van!

    Ik wens je een hele fijne week! Veel liefs, Ingrid

  6. Wat een heerlijke post weer vol met kleur en lekkers genieten met een hele grote G !!..fijn dat je zo verwend word...liefs fijne week Ria x ❤️

  7. So much beautiful color. Just what we need as we look out upon our snow covered landscape. We do long for our garden flowers, don't we? The linens are beautiful and so nice to give them a second life.

  8. This post is a tonic for my eyes with the lovely colours and blooms. I've never had Bakewell tart but it looks delicious. Wonderful handmade gifts are the best.

  9. Just the pick me up that I needed on this cold grey day! Thank you :) xxx

  10. Hello Madelief!
    Wonderful post, vintage flowers and handmade gifts...lovely!!! Gardens, cake and colors beautiful!
    xx happy week!

  11. Such a lovely bright cheerful post Madelief, thank you!
    V x

  12. You have confirmed that I MUST seek out the recipe for this Bakewell tart. I had heard of it before, seen photos of it, but now know that I need to try it. After having viewed all the seasons of Downton Abbey, we are convinced that England (specifically the places you mention) are on our MUST-SEE list!

    Madelief, your colors are brilliant. To have subjects as such, these gardens, that is a photographer's dream. I have been encouraged by a few sources who carry some weight with them, that I need to sell my photos...HAHHAHAHA! Who would have thought. But I live in a very beautiful city, but limited....I am learning however, that I don't need to be in a famous city rife with iconic monuments, but rather look for the beauty in small places. You are able to find that beauty in both the famous and every day.

    Thank you for this colorful walk to start my day. HUGS!

  13. Ooh wat een heerlijke frisse vrolijke boel bij jou zeg! echt genieten!
    fijne dag

  14. hoi madelief leuke vrolijk kleurijke post mooi die kleuren heb wel van de bakewell tart gehoord maar heb hem nog nooit geproeft proeft het beetje als the victoria sponge cake want die heb ik al wel vaker gegeten wat een leuke tea cosy of thee muts erg vrolijk groetjes en fijne dag

  15. Madelief, thank for all this joyous color on a very cold January day. Yes, Jenny's posts are a wondrous treat, too. Bakewell tart...I'd love a slice! xo

  16. bonjour
    le " cache - théière" est superbe , les sacs également sont de toute beauté
    se promener dans des allées de jardin aussi fleuris sont bien agréable
    un peu de couleurs dans notre ciel tout gris
    bonne semaine
    gros bisous

  17. Hoi Désirée,
    Wat een prachtige theemuts heeft je vriendin Ilse voor je gemaakt. Ik heb volgens mij afgelopen zomer ook al van haar creaties mogen genieten bij jou in de tuin? En die tas van Jenny is ook al zo mooi.
    Allemaal mooie plaatjes ook weer overigens, je taart ziet er verrukkelijk uit en je bloemen.. oh wat is dit toch telkens weer genieten.
    Heel fijne avond,

  18. Hi,this post is marvellous,such beautiful colourful things.I live very close to Bakewell,it's such a pretty town isn't it?I have followed The Custards blog for a long time, it is my favourite as it's full of things I love and has witty banter from dear Jenny.

  19. Your lovely post is such a reminder of summer, it's gorgeous. Bakewell tart was one of the first dishes I made in cookery classes at school! Sarah x

  20. Dearest Madelief,
    Amazed each time at how well you combine gardens, china and vintage linens all in the very same color scheme! Makes for dreamy blog posts and a joy to view in mid winter! Thank you so much.
    Blog friends do love you as is evident by the lovely gifts here. Enjoy them and wishing you some cozy coffee or tea drinking with your baked dessert.

  21. I love to visit you and see all the lovely colors everything is just pretty, happy new week with love Janice

  22. Such beautiful eye candy you have given us with this post, Dear Madelief! Everything is just lovely and what special treasures you have received from your friends. The colors are so cheery and happy. Wishing you more happy moments this week. xo Karen

  23. Bloemen, kopjes en kleurtjes. Dat is helemaal madelief. De taart ziet er heerlijk uit. Groetjes Hetty

  24. What a colourful post Madelief! I really enjoyd your pictures and the flowers...the bag´s are LOVELY!
    Have a happy week, take care!

  25. Well I'm almost not missing the lack of color in my garden right now Madelief - your sharing of so much color and beauty is almost better! Crosstitched flowers on linen are exquisite - your handiwork?

    Love, love Bakewell tart - growing up mum made a really great one - I haven't tried making it in many years but need to as I love it!

    Happiest New Year ever.
    Hugs - Mary

  26. Lovely photos as always Madelief, and that Bakewell tart looks delicious! I haven't made this tart before but it is quite an English staple in most coffee/tea shops. Lovely photos I can't wait to follow along and see your garden as it blossoms into Spring. Have a lovely week. Sharon x

  27. Such lovely colour in your photo's - just a joy to look at.

    Hope 2016 has started well for you.

    All the best Jan

  28. I am full of happiness seeing your colorful photos. The dessert does look very delicious. What sweet gifts of linens, tea cozy, and bag. The garden makes me swoon. Happy New Year!

  29. Your pictures are so life-giving and full of beauty! It is a joy to look at them. Thank you for sharing with all of us!

  30. Hello again my dear - how lovely it all looks and the bag fits your home a treat. I love that little flowery fork!
    Thank you for your kind words and sorry for the slowness in response.
    Wishing you the happiest of gardening times
    Best wishes


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