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.