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Red and Yellow and Pink and Green, Purple and Orange and Blue

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.


About Margaret Powling

Margaret Powling
Margaret’s main interests are her husband and family, her friends, her home, her garden, writing, literature, architecture, décor, social history, photography, historic houses and gardens, and towns, villages and the countryside. She writes about the things she enjoys: flowers, scent, fine soap, monthly style magazines, and other such small indulgences, such as afternoon tea or simply enjoying her summerhouse with a book. She invites you to enjoy this virtual visit to South Devon, England.

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  1. Eloise. (thisissixty.blog)

    Cloud formations fascinate me. What a lovely shade of blue the sky is.
    I wouldn’t like to match my ironing board either (except perhaps in having a flat middle), but I do like the idea of a pale blue egg! I remember when my children were small dyeing the shells of hard boiled eggs by dipping them in water with a drop of food colouring.
    I like stripes and I find some of Cath Kidston’s designs acceptable, However, I am not at all a fan of Orla Kiely.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      The pale blue eggs (which I bought in Waitrose) were very pretty, but once cracked open, they were just like any other egg and at double the price. Oh, how we can be seduced by something that looks different on the outside but inside it’s just the same! Yes, I’d like an ironing-board-middle, too! And I love cloud formations too – I’ve even considered joining the Cloud Appreciation Society! Just think how boring the sky would be if it was always wall-to-wall blue without any clouds!.

  2. Eloise. (thisissixty.blog)

    Oh I have often be seduced by packaging and then disappointed by the contents. Those marketing people know that they’re doing!

  3. One of my children has a farmlet. It’s not really big enough to officially be a farm, so farmlet it is. She has given me small green eggs sometimes. And yes, of course, they are exactly the same as any other egg, inside. Like you, I love colour. Except I have great problems wearing brown, as brown in my clothing, depresses me. Just a weird quirk thing. I went to a Colour Me Beautiful type consultations a couple of years ago, with strict instructions to the lady about no brown in my clothing. She wanted me out of basic black and wearing brown instead. Gggrrr. That was an expensive waste of time. Basic black with strong, bright colour is me.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      I loved brown with black in my teenage years, thought it looked a bit boho, I used to were a black polo neck jumper with a brown skirt and then black stockings (this was in the days before tights) with gunmetal coloured stiletto shoes. But now I’m grey haired I don’t wear brown, and you are right, it can be depressing. I do have some brown jeans, but they only look good with a white T-shirt, little else. I love the neutrals, black, grey, white, (and navy) with splashes of red.
      The farmlet sounds lovely, and how pretty green eggs will look!

      • I love the neutrals too and have just been adding silver grey, I wear a lot of black and white, and have been searching for the perfect red!! I would have loved to have been Boho in my teens. I was recently in Auckland’s Central Business district, and I remembered when it was the dodgy part of town, in my teenage years, but I went there to… The Beatle Inn!!! to dance the night away. Ah, teenage memories, eh? So far away yet forever in our mind. The farmlet is lovely, and hilarious. It’s like watching “The Secret Life of Animals.” You can still do this in New Zealand, live on a small bit of land, grow vegetables, graze animals, have chickens running everywhere, have fruit orchards., ponies, dogs.

        • Margaret Powling
          Margaret Powling

          The farmlet (what we might call a smallholding) sounds lovely, Ratnamurti! It’s a lot of people’s dream to live thus, having a few animals and being almost self-sufficient.
          Ah, teenage memories! It is exactly 57 years since I went on a youth exchange visit to Germany (then West Germany as this was before German unification) and I stayed with a lovely family in Luneburg. They made me so welcome, especially when you consider this was only 15 years after WW2. I had the most marvellous time, and then the following October my German friend came to stay with us in Torquay. WE have since lost touch, but the memories are still vivid. And as you have described, some districts come up, and some go down; who would’ve thought that a rather dodgy area of town would now be the business area!

  4. Oh yes, I had a swirling rich conker brown wool skirt with black trimmed slanting pockets which I wore with a black polo neck and black boots. Occasionally and daringly I would add a leopard print silk scarf tied like a stock. The effect reminded me of a riding habit. I’ve just read the autumn fashion round-up in today’s Guardian which is a distillation of all the September fashion mags and it would appear that we’re going back to the 1970s/1980s Margaret and I’m already regretting getting rid of my Prince of Wales check coat dress bought for a 1986 interview. (I got the job!) I have a very ordinary grey ironing board cover but next time … And I could no sooner live in an all-white or all-beige or even all-black house than fly to the moon. When real clouds aren’t available John Constable’s paintings are a very good alternative. His tiny oil painting of the gleaners on the South Downs above Brighton is just sublime.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Oh yes, Constable’s wonderful paintings! I have some paintings (or rather, watercolours) by a commercial artist called W H Sweet. My mother bought them many years ago and two of them, currently in the loft and due for re-hanging, are of the Wills Tower and St Mary Redcliffe, both in Bristol. He also painted lovely skies. Not quite up to Constable’s standard, of course, but certainly rather beautiful.
      We’d have looked like twins in our brown/black outfits, Sarah, although I wrote mine c1961, very Juliette Greco, the French chanteuse at that time. Indeed, if well put-together, brown and black can look stunning, think of a conker brown coat with a black velvet collar, for example, and black buttons.

  5. That is a smashing bangle Margaret and how kind of your hairdresser to find one for you.
    Must admit that I am very much a navy and white kind of dresser, with splashes of accent colours such as poppy red. On the whole our cottage is quite neutrally decorated but I do rely on soft furnishings and accessories to add colour and interest. To go back to a previous post on pictures and paintings most of ours tend to be purchased as a reminder of a trip or holiday, a A Heaton Cooper print following a spell in the Lake District, a charcoal drawing of flamenco dancers that reminds us of a long weekend in Madrid. It’s like hanging our memories on the wall 😊.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      That is a lovely way of describing such art work, Elaine – memories on the wall! A friend of ours has a Heaton Cooper print, too, to remind him of a holiday in the Lake District! Glad you like the bangle, I really like it. I just wish they did other colours, I’d buy another one at least. It has no maker’s name inside, but I did see it on Amazon. Yes, I’m a navy and white fan, too!

  6. Your hairdresser is a very kind person to have given you that bangle. I think having a good hairdresser is one of the essentials in life. When I moved to a new area almost ten years ago I had to find a new doctor, dentist, etc but the most important things in my mind were a good hairdresser and beautician !!

    Those photos of blue skies look beautiful. We have had a very mild winter this year and had day after day of blue, sunny skies instead. No such thing as the winter blues for us …. I fear that our summer may be another record breaking scorcher 🙁

    I wil now google Cath Kidston designs to have a sticky beak.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      My hairdresser is, indeed, a lovely person, Lara. I happened upon her salon quite by chance. I was in Totnes one day, walking past and decided to book an appointment. And I’ve been going there for almost ten years. We also have an excellent doctor and dentist, the three essentials. I’ve never visited a beautician although I have on occasion had a manicure at my hairdresser’s, but not this hairdresser who I don’t think offers manicures, it must be more than 25 years since I had a professional manicure. Husband and I once stayed in a lovely hotel (I was there for review purposes) and we were offered head and face massages which we had and quite enjoyed but I’d certainly not pay to have someone pummel my face and head, it was OK but not that wonderful.
      Last year, as I posted about, I did have a professional make-up session in a local department store and that was pleasant (and free, although I bought some cosmetics afterwards.)

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