Don’t let this photo of tea and a book fool you. For once we had a very social weekend! But that didn’t begin until late on Saturday afternoon, so I was able sit and simply read for a couple of hours.
We woke very late on Saturday morning, not having slept well. I can’t remember when we both slept until 10.20am unless we’d been ill, but we were simply tired. And so we took it easy on Saturday, and I found time after basic housekeeping, to sit and read another Alan Titchmarsh novel (above).
I’ve seldom read a whole series of books by one author since I read the cosy detective novels of Veronica Stallwood (featuring historical novelist/amateur sleuth, Kate Ivory) but I have been really enjoying Alan’s books. Well done that lad!
The fireplace wall as it is now
We have been contemplating hanging some of our paintings, currently stored away, on our sitting room walls. When we painted the walls in 2002 we liked having them plain (apart from the three watercolours of Italian fishermen on the wall opposite the fireplace, seen reflected in the mirror, and two Oriental prints at the far end of the room). We found it restful not to have to look at anything other than the plain walls. Now I’m wondering whether some paintings on either side of the fireplace would look nice again, and of course, paintings – in particular landscapes and seascapes – extend the view through the wall, so to speak.
Therefore, we’re contemplating digging them all out and having a look-see; perhaps we won’t like them sufficiently enough to re-hang them; perhaps some of my architect’s prints of rooms in a portfolio I have would look more attractive, if mounted and framed.
Anyway, the Jury’s out on this one for a while.
At 5pm we went to our son and daughter in law’s house, nearby, for supper. They eat early so that our little grandson, just 4 and a half, can keep to his bedtime of 7pm. Daughter in law’s mother is staying with them for half-term week, and it was lovely to see her again. She lives in East Anglia, almost 300 miles from where we live here in Devon. The dear woman brought me some pretty flowers and they are now gracing the kitchen table.
Our daughter in law cooked a delicious roast chicken supper, followed by individual lemon meringue tartlets. What a lovely evening we had, and we left just before grandson’s bedtime.
Yesterday, Sunday, we were invited to the 80th birthday celebration of a dear friend, a widower, whom we have known for almost 50 years. Very sadly his wife died three years ago but he has a lovely lady friend now, a widow herself, and together they planned this celebration which was held in Paignton Club, a classically designed building which (according to John Pike, a local historian) replaced a row of fishermen’s cottages.
The Club (originally for businessmen of the town) was opened on 22 January 1885 and has remained in use ever since. The semi-circular bay window is that of the dining room (below). It is now open to members of the public for coffee, lunches, teas, and functions such as weddings, christenings and wakes, and birthday celebrations.
The dining room had been beautifully arranged and decorated for the 36 of us having lunch, and a very tasty three-course lunch was served, followed by coffee and chocolates. I chose melon and a blackcurrant sorbet to start, followed by roast chicken, and then a dessert from those available.
I had been undecided what to wear for this celebratory lunch but in the end chose my navy blue lace dress and with it wore my navy suede shoes and a vintage navy leather bag. I assure you the shoes look better on than off! They have low, Louis-styled heels.
The bag which belonged to my mother dates from, in the very least, the 1950s or early 1960s. It is a very ‘structured’ bag, as bags often were in those days, with two ‘pockets’ with flaps on the front, decorated with Turks’ head knots in leather. The handle is leather tightly wound around a frame, very elegant. I’m not one for jewellery but wore a wide chased silver bangle which I’ve had since childhood (it’s one that is adjustable for the size of wrist.)
Today we were on our way to the upholsterer (where we recently had the two long seat cushions on our large sofa re-filled) but there were road works in the area and traffic was at a standstill, and so we headed back home. We were going there to request some pattern books of materials from which we could choose one suitable for two Chippendale-style chairs which need re-upholstering. They were last re-upholstered some 28 years ago when one of the chairs needed repairing and we said to the cabinet-maker who was making the repairs to have them re-upholstered at the same time. Somewhat naively we suggested he choose some suitable material, and we’ve never liked his choice of pink velvet! Why it has taken us 28 years to have them re-done, I cannot imagine!
So this is the ‘before’ picture of the chairs. I just hope we can find some really lovely material, more in keeping with the style of chair and with the décor in our rooms.
I hope you have enjoyed a lovely weekend, wherever you are.
Until next time.