A little (colourful) treat for the weekend
I’m not quite going to sing a rainbow or even paint a rainbow, but today’s post is rather colourful. I don’t expect it has escaped the notice of any readers who have been following my blog for some time (or even fairly new readers) that I love colour. Not necessarily harsh colours, or bright colours – and there are colours which I prefer and those which I only like in small ‘doses’ in the home, such as purple and orange although they can look spectacular in the garden or when a jockey wears the Queen’s racing colours – but generally speaking, I love colour, both pure and applied.
I will start with the drive from our house to the town of Totnes, just five miles away. Husband was driving and I took some photos through the windscreen as the sky was blue, the leaves on the trees were what I call summer-rich-green, and the crops in the fields had recently been harvested leaving just a blanket of pale gold. Added to this the white clouds and we had a very pretty journey.
As we rounded the bend (above) we met a long queue of traffic into the town, so we took a detour (known only to locals) through some back lanes, from where there is a fine view of the town, nestled in the hills.
According to Nikolaus Pevsner in his book, Devon (part of his Buildings of England series) he says that “the [Totnes] castle is a large motte-and-bailey … established after the Norman Conquest at the highest point of the town …”
The circular castle walls can just be seen behind the church in the middle distance. In the distance you can see the hills of Dartmoor.
This photo (above) was taken a few years ago on a much duller, winter’s day, but at least you have a view of the castle
We were going to Totnes as I had a hair appointment (after which we did some supermarket shopping) and I was both surprised and delighted because, having admired a lovely enamel bangle my hairdresser was wearing some months ago, she found one for me online. I love it!
It will be lovely with almost any colours that I wear, it’s in French navy.
I can see this will fast become my go-to bangle! Formerly this has been a narrow red one that I’ve had for about 40 years, but this new one is just my kind of thing. I don’t like ‘fussy’ things, and I think it looks classy even though it was inexpensive.
When we returned home there had been a postal delivery. It was a new ironing board cover that I had ordered from …
I have fallen in love with their products! I know there is a great fondness for Cath Kidston and Orla Kiely products, but they do seem rather ubiquitous now and I do like to find something just that bit different. Not that stripes are particularly different, but you don’t see them around as much these days. This company’s website states that, “This company was conceived as a tribute to the Deckchair, reviving stripes in all the bold and beautiful brilliance of seaside, sports and leisure and the Stripes Company have brought all the Sporting stripes of a bygone era back to life!” I love the quality of the cotton and the wonderful colours; they sell garden cushions and oven gloves, too. And so here is my new ironing board cover …
I couldn’t find anywhere in the house suitable to put it up to show you, so it’s here in the dining end of our sitting/dining room, just temporarily. This should jolly up ironing, should it not? And I love it so much that I’ve now ordered an apron, although not in the same design (I don’t do ‘matching’; it tends to look like you’ve either bought a job lot or you suffer from lack imagination, or both, and I don’t want to wear something that matches my ironing board, do I, even if it’s only an apron?)
And now my egg man, who calls with lovely locally-produced fresh eggs, brought these …
A box of eggs containing one pure white one. Of course, I can remember the days when all the eggs in the shops were white. To see a tray that contain nothing but pure white eggs looks rather anaemic, but to have just one is a treat. My egg man assured me that it has a lovely golden yolk as he has had one, too. Like me, he loves colour and how the egg farm is now considering having a few Old Cotswold Legbar hens as they produce eggs with a pastel blue shell. Of course, inside, the eggs are all much the same, but my goodness, pastel blue eggs are so pretty!
I hope you have had an equally colourful day.
Until next time.