Pull Up a Chair...

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..the kettle's just clicked. Let me pour you a fresh cuppa while you chow down on a delicious fry up. This is breakfast Back to the Old House style - and you're invited!

One of my favourite things to do at the weekend, aside from enjoy a good, long (well-deserved!) lie in, is tuck into a proper brekkie. You know, the kind of long, drawn out affair you just don't have time for on a weekday, when you're rushing, hair sodden (I rarely have time to blow dry!) to your car, a measly piece of toast in hand.

So, let's savour every last mouthful this morning. Let's really enjoy that refreshing cup of tea, and each bite of that carefully buttered toast. Heck, why don't we go for it and have the works: fresh orange, toast with jam or honey, hot, buttery scrambled eggs, bacon, and black pudding?

This weekend, I'm enjoying breakfast from some brand new kitchen bits and pieces; I'm drizzling honey on bread via the cute cream honey pot you see below, pouring fresh tea into some brand new stacking Aztec-style mugs, and sipping fresh, bitty orange juice from brand spanking new grey glass tumblers. Behold!

Had enough? Fancy a tea top up? Go on, it gives me chance to use another of those cute stacking mugs. Don't forget to top up on toast, too - it's fresh off the grill.

So, that was breakfast chez Back to the Old House. Hey, don't be a stranger; I enjoyed catching up over a fresh pot of tea, glass of orange and huge cooked brekkie. And even better when said breakfast is enjoyed from brand new crockery.

In terms of my kitchen-style, I'm not one of these matchy-matchy types, with pristine plates and sparkly silver cutlery. Instead, I prefer one off vintage finds and, you know, just something a bit different from identikit beige bits and pieces.

It's why I loved scouting around the shop I picked these autumn/winter goodies up from, trolley in tow.

So, now a little challenge? Have a guess where I picked up the pieces you see above. Clue: It's a supermarket. You may well be as surprised as I am at the delights on offer. Considering I picked up over eight items for just less than £50 - result!

Until next time. Go on, I'll do the washing up!

PS: Keep your eyes peeled over on Twitter; I'll soon be revealing where you can get your hands on these cheap and cheerful kitchen finds - you'll be impressed!

* This is a collaborative post

This Really Takes the Biscuit...

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Someone at work told me the funniest story the other day involving a Tunnocks Teacake. Well, a woman dressed up as one (Tunnocks are from Scotland) for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth games. Apparently, the women in question, a nursery worker, had phoned her boss to tell him she was sick, but was later spotted on TV dancing around in a giant Tunnocks tea cake outfit. You couldn't make it up....

So now seemed a good a time as any to let you in on quite possibly THE best crockery ever made: the Tunnocks tea cake plate, via Hunkydory Home.

While they're are a bit on the pricey side (£14.50 each), how cool are these plates?! Although, I tell you what, they won't do much for anyone on a diet. If my tea was presented on one I'd definitely expect nothing less than a Tunnocks tea cake for 'afters', wouldn't you?

If a Tunnocks plate wasn't exciting enough for you (seriously??), feast your eyes on this super squishy Tunnocks cushion, also from Hunkydory Home.

And no living room would surely be complete without a custard cream footstool? This trio of treats has been designed by Scottish designer Gillian Kyle; the plate is bone china and has been hand finished in the UK's historic ceramic capital, Stoke on Trent.

What quirky bits and pieces have you spotted online recently? Found anything cooler than a custard cream footstool?

Christmas is a Coming...

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So, I feel now December 25 is but three months away I can drone on about the big day itself here on BTTOH. Can I?! Aww, please say I can....

Without further ado, then, I'm bringing you a colourful Christmas-y round up today on the blog, because I know some of you, like me, just love getting organised. Behold - isn't this little lot just a feast for the eyes?

Top row Honeycomb lanterns, Countdown to Christmas, Mel Smith Christmas cards. Bottom row: Retro fairy lights, Christmas garland.
Honeycomb Lanterns
These 'honeycomb'-style lanterns seem to be everywhere at the moment, so I just couldn't put this festive post together without including some. Available from Hunkydoryhome (seriously, check out this site if you love quirky, colourful bits and bobs for the home) and offer a modern take on Christmas decs. What do you reckon?

Countdown to Christmas

Feel too old for a choccy Advent calendar? Get one of these bad boys instead; if you can remember to flip it round everyday. I know I'd quickly forget; I have a memory like a sieve. Get yours via Tesco, who, alongside some of the other supermarkets, have really upped their game on the home ware front of late.

Quirky Christmas Cards

Looking for something a bit different when it comes to Christmas cards? I usually head straight to my nearest supermarket for mine and buy them in bulk. But you know what happens then? You get about half a dozen of the same cards through your own letterbox. Why? Because everyone else heads straight to the supermarket, too. Why not, instead, take a look at the fabulously quirky designs of Mel Smith, over here.

Retro Fairy Lights

You've got to love all things retro to bring a shot of festive nostalgia to proceedings. I love these retro lights from Ellie Ellie. Drape them around a doorway, over a mirror, or spruce up some shelves!

Merry Christmas Garland

A QUID. This Christmas decoration is just a QUID! Who says getting your home ready for the big day has to be costly. Get your festive garland for a pound, from...er...Poundland.

Until next time, folks....