It has been a typical March day here in Torbay … sunshine and showers all day long. This is the view from the side window (in the bay window) in our sitting room when the rain had momentarily stopped!
I have had another quiet day. My plan was to clear my desk, to file cuttings, deal with all kinds of paperwork, finish an article and file copy, and generally have a tidy up. Well, it just didn’t happen. Instead I made a beef casserole for our lunch, using beef skirt, and it was so tender the meat just fell apart, quite delicious. We didn’t need a pudding after that, but had tea and some amoretti biscuits this afternoon.
I was delighted that an inexpensive 2nd hand (or many-hand) book arrived this morning …
If you have been reading my blog for the past few months, you will know how I love books that show interiors and this book has gone right up there with my favourites. We don’t have a cottage – our house is 1985-modern – but if I had my choice of dwelling, it would be a lovely Georgian or Queen Anne style town house, or one set in lovely grounds (you notice I have delusions of grandeur … “grounds” rather than merely a “garden”!) but I also love the idea (rather than the practicality!) of having a cottage and this shows some delightful cottages.
Indeed, I spent the afternoon imagining what it might be like to live in each of these cottages. I had my favourites right away, those that were more lightly decorated and filled with flowers and pretty china than those that were more ‘rustique’ with heavy beams and twisty stairs.
This is my kind of cottage bedroom … toile de jouy, pastel shades, and lots of books and flowers.
And then the sun decided to put in an appearance again …
And how the sunshine lights up a room!
As well as this lovely book, I had ordered another novel by Katharine Swartz and that also arrived this morning, and if the one I’m currently reading, The Second Bride, is anything to go by, I think I will enjoy this one, too …
And so I’ve had another quiet day and most enjoyable it has been. Absolutely no housekeeping done (apart from making the bed and clearing up after meals), only the minimum of cooking, boiled eggs and ‘soldiers’ for our supper, but lots of lovely cups of tea. I think we all need quiet days sometimes, and rarely do I have two in a row and it’s been absolutely lovely. I hope you are able to have a quiet day soon.