Living the dream…

November 19th, 2015

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Well, we’ve done it… we have moved… it wasn’t an easy road getting here, but now we are here we can barely believe Marr House is ours.

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Beautiful isn’t it…? with gorgeous open views from every window, lovely long walks in every direction, we keep pinching ourselves…

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We really are living the dream at Marr House, Lynesack, Butterknowle, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL13 5QF

ljohnsonrichards@gmail.com

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~ “Dreams do come true, if only you dare to dream them” ~
Someone once said

Our New Life in the Country…

September 14th, 2015

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Change is afoot, we are sold, we are leaving our ‘home sweet home’ to follow our dreams of a new life in the country…

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We have happy memories living here for the past 17+ years, Rebecca was born two days after we moved in, she was 4 weeks early… !

Kitchen 2 LJR

Our kitchen really is the ‘heart’ of our home we’ve had many a celebration in here and lots of conversations around the table…

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Hard to believe this was once a dingy hole open to the elements, I can remember my knees buckling putting the oak beam in with Mr. JR…

Living Room LJR

This was the first room we renovated, Mr. JR sanded the original Victorian floorboards, breathing life back into them, I love Mr. JR…

Our Reading Room LJR

Our reading room, this really is my favourite room, its had a dramatic overhaul from what it once was, Mr. JR and I love sitting in here…

Christian's bedroom LJR

Christian’s bedroom… I sanded the drawers, made the headboard, painted the clock and furniture in Farrow & Ball, my one weakness…

Rebecca's bedroom LJR

Rebecca’s bedroom… with beautiful French furniture it truly is a room fit for a Princess, don’t you agree…?

Our Guest Bedroom LJR

Our Guest bedroom has such a cosy feel to it with its crisp white bedding and frills… oh I do love a frill…

Our Master Suite LJR

Our Master Suite, poor Mr. JR renovated our loft single handed, it almost broke him but we love it and we’re thrilled with the results…

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We are all going to live in the country, Dad and Denby are coming, we are all very excited…

Christian & Rebecca LJR

These two are coming, though Christian is going off to Newcastle Uni, its okay I know he’ll be home most weekends with his dirty washing…

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And, the naughty one is coming too, I only left the room for two minutes to get matches to light the candles. Ooh its all very exciting…

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Keep watching for updates on our big move.
Meanwhile, this is my new email address…
ljohnsonrichards@gmail.com

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~ “My life isn’t perfect but it has perfect moments” ~

The Little Snowdrop…

June 12th, 2013

It has taken me almost four months to find the courage to write this post to let all of my lovely followers know my sad news…

My beautiful Mum was finally released from her pain and passed away on Wednesday 27th February at 12.24pm.
Dad and I were with her until the end, by her bedside in the QE Hospital. We are absolutely inconsolable but we take some comfort
from knowing she is no longer suffering.

Mum has left a huge void which shall never be filled, we do not think we shall ever get over her passing, our only hope is that she is with her Mum and Dad who passed away when she was such a young age and who Mum was calling for towards the end.
We are heartbroken and the pain we are feeling is only getting worse… I hope in time we will learn to live with our loss although I know in our hearts we won’t ever get over loosing Mum… I miss her terribly, she was my everything, she was my Best Friend…

ღ ….… Rest in Peace Mum ….… ღ

Mum’s most favourite flower was the delicate Snowdrop hence the poem above which we had printed on an A6 card and had handed out at the Service of ‘Celebration’ of Mums life on Thursday 7th March at South Tyneside Crematorium. The words of the poem mean so much to us as they remind us of Mum… ‘our little snowdrop.’

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I would like to take this opportunity to reassure all of my most wonderful clients past, present and future, that I am still working albeit at a slower pace and I am accepting orders and most importantly to thank You all from the bottom of my heart for your patience and continued support… “Thank You.”

As always if you should have any questions or queries not matter how small, please do e~mail me…
ljohnsonrichards@gmail.com

The world may never notice if a snowdrop doesn’t bloom
Or even pause to wonder if the petals fall too soon.
But every life whatever forms, or ever comes to be,
Touches the world in some small way for all eternity.
The little one we long for was swiftly here and gone,
But the love that was then planted is a light that still shines on.
And though are arms are empty,
Our hearts know what to do,
by beating out a rhythm
reminding us of you.

~ unknown ~

Our Highland Holiday………

September 8th, 2010

… Were just home from two wonderful weeks …
… in the Highlands of Scotland … with its breathtaking views …

….. The view from our terrace … spectacular … hu…? …..
…… Loch Sunart, Ardnamurchan Peninsular ……

… we took a stroll through the woods for an hour …
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……….. to reach our breathtaking destination ………..
…….. the secluded Singing-Sands beach ……..

…….. we had the whole beach to ourselves ……..
………… it was magical …………

………….. Christian and Sophie tested the water …………..
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…. then, we all had lots of fun with a diving competition ….
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….. and long jumping competitions …..
……… can you guess who won ……….?

…………………. I’ll give you a clue ………………….
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… every evening we fed Pine Martens …
….. then sat back and watched their antics in the garden …..

…… and daily we saw a family of deer in the 13 acre garden ……
…………….. the baby still had his spots ……………..

…. Mum saw one of these and it made her day ….
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….. we saw lots of Highland Cattle too …..
……. this one was having a bad hair day …….

….. all of the roads in Ardnamurchan are single track …..
……. but there are lots of passing places …….

…… We walked across the sands to Tioram castle ……
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….. standing beside Tioram castle … we heard …..
…… the haunting sound of bagpipes travel across by the winds ……

… and we took a ferry across …
….. to the picture postcard village of Tobermory …..

….. on the isle of Mull, so pretty …..
… did you know Balamory is filmed there …

… while I did this …
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…… I did a lot of this ……
………….. finishing two books and starting a third …………..

…….. and I did quite a bit of this too ……..
……… b.l.i.s.s ………

….. Rebecca loved ‘rock-pooling’ …..
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…. when she wasn’t doing this ….
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……. or this …….
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…….. she did …… lots and lots of this ……..
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……….. and …. this ………..
…. g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s ….

… Rebecca also spent many hours in the sun hand~making these …
…. they’re my one weakness don’t you know …..? ….

…… Christian did quite a bit of this ……
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…………. this ………….
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……………. and this …………….
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… while Mark had to do a lot of this …
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…… and between them they caught quite few of these ……
……. though we always put them back …….

…………… they also spent a fair bit of time in the dingy ……………
………. unravelling the fishing line ……….

……… when he wasn’t fishing Christian did a bit of this ………
……….. ha, caught … ya … !! ………..

………. and this ……….
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……….. Dad with his new best friend ………..
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….. who did lots and lots of this …..
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… and this …
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… afterwards Sophie did quite a bit of this …
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….. with its beaches of white sands …..
….. and oceans of turquoise blue, who wouldn’t fall in love …..
………………………….. Happy Days …………………………..

……. I’m fully recharged and raring to go …….
….. watch this space for the release of my new dolls …..

Lisa x

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open
doors for you where there were only walls.”
~ Joseph Campbell ~

Laughter is Medicine for the Soul………….

July 8th, 2010

I thought I’d share with you a couple of pictures of Christian, taken today in my parents garden.

……………… At first he was a little camera shy ………………

……………………. Avoiding it as best he could …………………….

………………..A.N.D………………..
then came the laughter……………….!!
…This picture makes me smile every time I look at it…

… Someone else who desperately wanted his picture taken …


Lisa x

“Sometimes people go searching for a fairytale…
not knowing…if they open their eyes, they have
one right in front of them.”
~ Anon ~

When Life Gives You Lemons…………..

July 7th, 2010

There’s been a lot of Lemonade making in the Johnson-Richards home at the moment…

Firstly, Sophie has been poorly, again………..!
After a visit to the vet…………….. even though she’s not been in a Kennel and she’s been injected against it, she’s been diagnosed with Kennel Cough……………………….. and its fair to say
she’s feeling rather sorry for herself!!

Then… later that very same day Christian, flew over the handle-bars of a BMX bike… and that little stunt…
{forgive the pun}
…left him with a cracked collar bone……. AND the consultant explained it appears from the foreign body showing on the x-rays he also has a fracture……
{……………Way to Go Christian……………}
Poor Christian, now the tears have gone, all I can say is…
‘Boys will be Boys’………….!


Lisa x

“You don’t need a weatherman to know
which way the wind blows.”
~ Bob Dylan ~

Welcome Friends Old & New…………..

June 29th, 2010

Not only do I want to give my warmest
W.E.L.C.O.M.E
to all of my ‘New Friends’…………..

…………..but I’d like to take this opportunity to say a big
T.H.A.N.K Y.O.U
to my ‘Friends of Old’ for your continued support and wonderful comments…………..!!

Finally, and by no means least……. I thought I’d share with you a picture of my gorgeous son Christian… (13)

Its one of the few ‘recent’ pictures I have of him, because he hates having his picture taken…

{unlike someone else who shall remain nameless………….}

….Anyway, this one was taken while he was sleeping in the back of the car with his ipod on…….
…….”caught ya” bonnie lad……. !!

Lisa x


“The shortest distance between
new friends is a smile.”
~ Anon ~

My Living Doll……………………..

June 28th, 2010

I wanted to share with you some more pictures of my little Beckie Boo.

They were taken at a professional modelling shoot last month, I think you will agree she really is quite gorgeous………………..

I wouldn’t change a thing about her,
she really is ‘My Living Doll’ made with love & care………!

…………Of course I see her through rose-tinted glasses…………

(…………and perhaps I’m a little biased too…………)

Oh but she really is quite GORGEOUS both inside and out!!

Lisa x

“A mothers love is peace.
It need not be acquired…it need not be deserved.”
~ Erich Fromm ~

Hello Gorgeous…

May 28th, 2010

I wanted to tell you about my ‘Gorgeous’ daughter, Rebecca, at the sweet age of 12 her dreams are coming true… because she just got signed up with a modelling agency in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne…

Well you can imagine can’t you, a little girl signed up by a modelling agency… she’s just as excited as she can be… so I thought I would share a couple of pictures taken at the photo shoot…

Anyone who knows me, knows I love all things shabby chic… especially if they have hearts on them… I have hearts scattered all over our home, so you can imagine my excitement when I came across a ‘Gorgeous’ blog…
Busy Bee Studio

And what’s even better, she has a shop only a few miles away from me… wonderful…! Take a look at her ‘animals’ you will fall in love as I did…

Finally, last but by no means least… I wanted to give my warmest W.E.L.C.O.M.E
to all of my new followers…………..

…………..I’m so thrilled that there are now 102 of you ‘Gorgeous’ people following me… and I Thank You all from the bottom of my heart…………..!!

Lisa x


“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be…
The last of life…for which the first was made.”
~ Robert Browning ~

A Mother’s Pride…

April 28th, 2010

Where has the time gone?
I’ve been so busy renovating… while working on doll order’s along with dolls to sell on my web site… I blinked & almost three weeks have passed without my posting a thing! By way of an apology, I thought I’d share with you, something very precious to me…

This is my youngest, my daughter Rebecca, she is desperate to be a model…!
Sick of her constant begging & pleading, finally after a year I gave in and asked a friend’s daughter, who is a professional model and also a keen photographer if she would take a few pictures of Rebecca.

Thinking, a friendly ‘photo shoot’ would fill her curiosity but, I also thought because Rebecca is so quiet and she appears to have no confidence I thought she would hate the attention it would bring and thus, she’d would decide not want to take it any further… but no
{errrr… wrong}
she loved it and I think you will agree considering this is her first ever time in front of a camera, she really shines!

The pictures above & below were taken during the Easter holidays in a play park which was “full” of parents, children and older boys… and posing while having her picture taken didn’t bother her at all… in fact to my surprise, she was very confident in front of the camera.

We sent the pictures off via e-mail to a leading modeling agency at 10pm on Friday evening and before 9am Monday morning we received a phone call inviting Rebecca along to do a to ‘test shoot’ to see how she reacts and cope’s around strangers and also to see if her personality shines through…

My little princess has her fingers tightly crossed that they will decide to take her on their books and represent her, she also has any money she will earn ear marked already! I wonder who she takes after?

Lisa x

“Do not regret having lost yesterday…
Do not fear that you will lose tomorrow…
Enjoy today.”
~ Robert Ingersoll ~