Yesterday – Friday – was a very rainy day. Not only rainy, but cold also. I am not going to complain about the English summer weather, that’s rather a cliché! But what I did do was to nip into the garden, as quickly as I could to dodge showers, and rescued some of the very last of the roses. Dark red Ingrid Bergman, pale pink You’re Beautiful, and the delicate rose pink bud of Gertrude Jekyll. They made a pretty display in yet another corner, this time on the worktop in the kitchen, next to the red kettle. They have been a cheerful sight on a rather dark day.
However, to further brighten a dull, damp day there were nice things in the post. But how, do you ask, can the arrival of two aprons be cheering? An apron spells “work”, does it not? I’ve not only received my lovely new ironing board cover from The Stripes Company, but also these two aprons. I love the variety of striped goods that this company has to offer. I will enjoy wearing these either for cooking or for housekeeping.
Here the two aprons are, against the ironing board
It was that Beth M who mentioned a book to me, upon reading my recent post on the art of interiors. How could I resist buying this when it was only 34p plus postage, a mint-condition hardback, much less than what I pay for a monthly magazine! What a lovely book it is, thank you, Beth M, for mentioning it. It shows daily life from medieval times to the 20th century, people in bed, people washing, doing the laundry, checking the laundry, eating meals, sweeping floors, writing letters, reading. I particularly like the section on Dutch interiors. Furthermore, there is so much history to be gleaned from these paintings – for example why doors were generally open to the street in the Dutch paintings and their emphasis on their pristine floors even in days before proper drainage systems so that effluent and rubbish might very well be in the streets outside.
I particularly like the painting of the two servants ‘ear-wigging’!
And the other book which has arrived is …
I even have a suitable postcard to act as book mark, one featuring apples. I’m looking forward to reading this book, it even mentions Burrow Hill (a dome shaped hill with a single tree on top) in Somerset …
and the Somerset Cider Brandy company (one of their old buildings below) …
and which is situated next door to the B&B where we stayed two years ago. Our B&B was right opposite Burrow Hill. This was a lovely B&B, we had a very happy time here.
Burrow Hill B&B, Somerset
Back to what Postie brought: I recently used my last personalized correspondence card which shows a little design of a inkwell and pen, and had ordered another box which arrived yesterday. The company that sell these cards has several designs, but this is easily my favourite (especially as I still use a fountain pen, but not a smart one like the one shown on these cards, just a bright yellow Lamy Safari pen.)
These things, two books, two aprons, correspondence cards and the last of the summer’s roses, really cheered a somewhat wet Friday.
Until next time.