Monday, February 13, 2012

On the village green

I went to the markets at the little village of Chillingham, about 20 minutes north west of where I live yesterday. I met up with friends there, and relaxed in the shade with a cool drink and some good food.....samosas, salad and home made chutney, some easy listening music in the background, and soaked up the atmosphere.  Enjoy a walk in the sunshine around this very laid back, charming village market with me.

There's good food to be had....

All the tents spread out around the central green give it a medieval festive air...

A large old mulberry tree provides dense shade, a place to sit and eat, enjoy a coffee or cool drink and catch up with friends.

The wood fired pizza oven, with handsculptured frog atop....

 Local produce.....

Honey straight from the bee keeper
Homemade jams and chutneys, using produce from the maker's garden, as well as from the Community Garden.  I bought a Lime Chutney and Davidson Plum Jam.

Hand knitted goods

Chillingham boasts it's own community garden
 On the way home.....
The one-lane bridge, where you have to be on the look-out for traffic coming the other way, a trap for non-locals.  It was just starting to rain.

Racing the storm home....I made it just in time to bring in the washing and close the windows.
A storm has just blown in again with heavy rain, so after a brief respite this morning, with just enough of a break to get the lawn mown and finish some pruning, I'm more than happy to be indoors and to settle to a quiet afternoon of sewing.


  1. thanks for the tour of your market, it looks like a lovely day's outing, one day i'll come up for it. i liked the local produce, esp the vanilla beans, very tropical fare.
    any homemade icecream?
    lucky you got home just in time, and we've got large rain drops here right now.

  2. your a great tour guide and just loved that frog.

  3. It's a lovely spot to shop, eat and just hang out Kaite. No ice-cream this time. You'll be very welcome to come visit, I'll enjoy showing you all the sights of our rich caldera.

    Funny weather alright, still storming and carrying on here too.
    Stay dry.

  4. Glad you enjoyed the tour Deanna. Frog is great isn't he...there's a bit of froggy stuff going on, with Kaite having one in her backyard.

  5. Those markets look like an absolute dream come true. As for the storm clouds - they have been a daily occurrence around here too. I've got a little giveaway on my blog - for a Steiner doll - I thought you might be interested?! x

  6. Nanette, I could almost say I was there in Chillingham from seeing your great photos. A perfect outing, in my mind! I love that one-lane bridge, too. xo

  7. Glad you managed a nice day out.
    I seem to remember the name but not the exact village and I'm sure it would have changed from the late '70's.
    We too are having sunny dryish mornings and thunder storms in the afternoon. Everything is green.

  8. Hi Jodi, thanks for coming to visit, you're a first-timer, and I'm wondering how you found me. Welcome. Yes, the east coast is certainly "enjoying" stormy weather. I'll come visit you soon and check out your giveaway.

  9. Hi Peggy, glad you enjoyed the tour. It's a lovely place to spend the day.

  10. Hi Terry, you'd probably know C'ham if you saw it, I'm sure you've probably been's not far from Tyalgum. And it was a blessing to have a day of's been raining ever since.


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