Today was once more like a summers day, so we set off for the Canterbury shaker Museum in Canterbury New Hampshire New England USA.
The houses and paint colours are amazing, and the whole place exudes calm and tranquility, sadly no shakers live there now and only four shakers exist in Maine.
We had a 90 minute guided tour of the inside of some of the houses, unfortunately no photography is allowed inside so I only have outside views for you.
They were extremely talented at woodwork and inventions of all kinds, including seed packets and the first ever washing machine. They also had an original Kitchen Aid mixer, nothing like the ones we have now but you could see certain similarities.
If we were fortunate enough to buy an original shaker made house now, not only would it be of the highest standard of craftsmanship and materials, but you would have an excellent amount of storage, space, and beautiful hardware in every room. I was truly envious.
On our way home I spotted the hugest wagon containing the hugest amount of pumpkins, thought you might like your pumpkin fix today so here you go.
I love wall stickers, my favourite ones are word phrases, check out this one newly installed in my kitchen. If you like this sort of thing then I have a treat for you, you can get 10% off your order. All you have to do is click here choose your wall sticker, then give the very lovely and super efficient people at deluxe wall stickers a call on 0121 3733047 mention the Karen Barclay blog and place your order (please do not place it on ebay the offer only stands if you ring them) They are open monday-friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. Do you remember my other wall sticker?
Our new baby! I feel a cake coming on or a scrummy loaf of sour dough bread!
Just realised we chose a floor to match our cat Treacle!
Some of my inspirational cooker hood magnets, remember I like word phrases all over the house.
My very special cooker hood magnet, visit www.millfalls.com to see why! Put it on your bucket list to visit, this is your U.K ambassador speaking! E-mail me for more info, and to wet your appetite click here for some of my Mill Falls pictures.
Let me know if you order a wall sticker, better still send me a picture once you have put it in place, they are very easy to apply you just need a bit of confidence and patience, you will receive full fitting instructions with your order.