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Busy doing nothing …

Eloise has kindly emailed me to tell me that access is being denied to my blog.  I have contacted my computer guru to seek assistance in putting matters right and I hope you will be able to access my blog before too long.

Meanwhile, today (in which I have been, as in the song, busy doing nothing, working the whole day through, trying to find lots of things not to do) I have needed a rest day.  We all do sometimes, but after being unwell at the weekend and at the beginning of the week, I confess I did a bit too much yesterday – the DIY store, Waitrose, podiatrist, a snack at the café on Babbacombe Downs, and then if all that wasn’t sufficient, a visit to Specsavers.  And so today I’ve taken things really easy. Only made the bed and made lunch and the rest of the time I’ve been looking at my latest magazine, House & Garden, for which I recently took out a subscription for a year on one of their excellent offers.

This is a lovely magazine, different from my favourite, The English Home, and the lovely antiques-based magazine, Homes & Antiques.  It is very much ‘style’ oriented, promoting designers, both interior and garden, and all the high-end suppliers of such things as light switches and garden furniture.

It has been very restful, actually, not forcing myself  ‘to get on and do something’!  This is my mantra when I know I’m being lazy.  But today I didn’t feel lazy, I felt that I really needed to rest and I think there is a distinction between being able and lazy and getting over a bout of illness and resting.

I had a cup of tea, a rock bun, and watched Escape to the Country and imagined what it might be like living in the three lovely homes visited today:  a town house in the centre of an historic Shropshire town; an excellent barn conversion (I’m not keen on barn conversions – they were never meant for human habitation and what usually happens is that the living space is over-large, with a vaulted ceiling – all space which is in-usable and which has to be heated nonetheless – and very small bedrooms often with roof lights rather than proper windows. Oh yes, and a surfeit of exposed timber, not my style at all) and the third property, a traditional-looking timber framed building which looked like it might be centuries old but which was, in fact, a 20th century build.  It’s 3/4 hr of “I wonder what it might be like to live there” time for me.

As well as my magazine, delivery also of the dinner plates from Burleigh.  I really love this bright blue and white ware.

I apologise for the shadow bands across this photo, but I took the photo in our bay window as the sunshine was pouring in.

Just for fun I thought I’d show you my new glasses.  My reading glasses are grey, darker on the front of the frame, over the bridge of the nose, and the arms soften to the palest grey, so that they actually look OK with my hair.  The distance glasses are blue.  I’m totally hopeless at taking my own photo, the only thing I can say is that husband is even worse at taking it!  So here I am, with my new glasses.  I do look severe, don’t I!  My cousin, to whom I sent these photos, said I looked like “Miss Prim and Proper”!  But I don’t have a smart phone and so I take ‘selfies’ with my compact Sony camera, not the easiest thing to do.

Instead of putting the roses I bought yesterday into our bedroom, I have put them with white alstromeria in the sitting room. I seldom mix flowers in this way, but I thought the white ones – husband’s choice, and still in bud – looked a little colourless (obviously, they’re white!) and needed a bit of a colour-lift.

I do hope my blog will be up and running again shortly.

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. Hello Margaret, it’s evening here in southern California and I was able to access your blog. I do hope you take it easy and continue to feel better. Your new glasses look very nice on you! My daughter just bought frames quite similar. So happy your lovely new plates arrived. I’m sure you will enjoy using them during theses upcoming winter months. My best to you, Pat

    • Margaret Powling

      Hello, Pat. This is wonderful. I don’t know what had happened to my blog but while I could access it and read it, apparently no one else could and so my computer man was called in to help. I don’t know how these things happen, especially when I have up-to-date malware installed, but they do. But if major computer systems get hacked, then why should I be surprised if my little blog gets a virus? But delighted you have been able to read it and comment.

  2. Hello Margaret…What a nice surprise I had this morning, being able to see your November 3 blogpost! Hopefully, it will all be fixed again soon. Just wanted you to know that it was visible for at least some of us.
    Also, your glasses look very nice on you. Lately, I’ve been wondering if I need an update on mine since I’ve had the same frames for a few years now. Time for an eye exam so will decide then.

    • Margaret Powling

      Hello, Joyce, and it’s good to be back in the blog world again. I am indebted to a person whom I contacted through the website Fiverr for all her hard work.
      Yes, glasses can ‘date’ as much as clothes, can’t they? Of course, there are some people who seldom change the style of their glasses, such as Iris Apfel or even Diana Wintour of American Vogue, but sometimes it’s nice to have a change provided we choose frames to suit us and not just because they are currently fashionable. Also, the choice we have is often limited. Yes, when we visit the optician it looks like there are lots of styles, but when you begin to look, they are all very similar in shape. Yes, do have an eye test if you’ve not had one for some time. Opticians these days check for early signs of problems, such as glaucoma, so it makes sense to have your eyes checked regularly (sorry, I sound like Nanny Margaret!)

  3. what lovely photos of you. Most attractive xxxx

  4. Your new specs are lovely. So nice to have two pairs. I have worn glasses since my early 20s for driving at first, and then had to wear full time a couple of years later. Contact lenses irritate my eyes (and yes I’ve tried every new brand especially for dry eyes) so glasses it is. Im so used to them now that they ar part of me. I recently moved to multifocals as I was becoming long-sighted (having difficulty reading tiny labels during the day and reading anything in bed in the evenings) in addition to my shortsightedness. It took me several days to get used to the new lenses and the optician was lovely enough to warn me to be especially careful going upstairs as she herself had tripped in her first days of multifocals. Now that I have them I love them ! I have mine treated so the lenses darken in the sunlight (called transition lenses her in Australia) as having both clear prescription lenses and prescription sunglasses is expensive and fiddle when going from indoor to outdoors and vice versa. After checking with my friend who is a self-appointed member of the Fashion Police that transition lenses were acceptable I made the move from two pairs of specs to one and haven’t looked back 🙂

    A quiet day (or two) to recover after a bug is essential. I became sick and run down about four years ago whilst working full time, resuming studies on a (very) part-time basis and everything else. I had always been fit, healthy and never had a major illness. After several months of having to leave work early on many occasions due to overwhelming tiredness and then experiencing episodes of dizziness, mouth ulcers, fatigue, aches, forgetfulness, etc I was subject to a barrage of tests which found ‘nothing remarkable’ (I paid someone $320 to hear that comment !). I was later diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (called CFS/ME in UK and USA). Four years later I am tired every day, reaching exhaustion by as early as 2pm some days but other days not til 6pm. There is no cure for CFS and no one knows what causes it. I have had to change my life completely to stay within my energy limits and need to rest much more often. I never begrudge anyone the opportunity to rest !

    Your new plates are beautiful and show up so well in the photos. A lovely pattern and colour.

    • Margaret Powling

      First of all, let me say how sorry I am to hear of your debilitating illness, ME. Yes, that is what it is called here and a friend of mine has suffered from this for many years. As with you, it started when she was perhaps doing too much. She had recently divorced from her husband, had two children to bring up and was studying as well. I’m glad that you do rest more now, but it’s a case of having to, isn’t it? I know about total exhaustion because this is what it felt like when I was undergoing chemotherapy. I’d be OK one moment and the next was an overwhelming desire to just lie down and go to sleep. I couldn’t even finish whatever I was doing. So don’t push your body, rest when you can, Lara.
      I also love the deep blue of my new plates, a bit of an extravagance, but I just fancied a change. Husband isn’t keen on them. We usually share the same tastes in most things, but this is one on which we disagree, but as long as he has a meal put in front of him, he doesn’t exactly object ha ha!
      I must now download some photos I have taken and write a new blog post! It’s really good to be back.

  5. Eloise (thisissixty.blog)

    Hello Margaret, I do hope you are feeling well now.
    What a nice picture of you and the glasses look good too. What pretty plates – they look perfect with a rockbun on top!
    I’m not keen on barn conversions either. They’re interesting to look at but I wouldn’t want to live in one. The ones I have been in feel too bare; I think it’s all the overhead space that I dislike. A square Georgian house is my dream!

    • Margaret Powling

      Yes, thank you, Eloise, I’m feeling much better. Thank you for the kind words re my new glasses. I just wish now that I’d remembered to ask for transition lenses, I totally forgot and they never offered them. But I might get another pair in due course with transition lenses so that they darken in sunshine.
      Oh yes, a lovely square Georgian house is my ideal home, too! Filled with lovely Oriental rugs on polished wood floors, Chinese porcelain and mahogany furniture, damask on the walls of course … we can all dream!

  6. Margaret, I am so happy to see your blog back in business! I was worried that something had happened and it was permanently shut down! Your glasses are very becoming – as a matter of fact, when I saw your pictures my first thought was that you look younger! Hope you’re feeling better!

    • Margaret Powling

      Ooh, thank you for the kind comments regarding my new glasses, Jeannine. Yes, I’m glad to be back with the blog, too. It was only a week but seemed far longer.

  7. Hi Margaret! I tried to leave a comment earlier, but it didn’t go. I am so glad you’re back! Yours is one of my favorite blogs and I missed it. Love your new eyeglasses. I’ve always thought you look like Dame Judi when she played Jean on As Time Goes By and those glasses clinch it! :O) Your new dishes are very pretty, as well. Off to catch up on your other new posts. Enjoy your weekend, Bess

    • Margaret Powling

      Hello, Bess, and thank you for leaving a comment now that my blog is working again. My goodness, what an accolade to be thought like Dame Judi Dench! If only I could act like her, that would be great! Glad you like the new glasses, I particularly like the blue frames. I never thought I’d buy blue as I have green eyes, but I really like them now I have them.
      So glad you enjoy my blog – I enjoy writing it.

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