This was my first cup of coffee of the day. The cup looks normal size, doesn’t it? Let me assure you that it is a breakfast-size cup and saucer and it weighs a ton when filled with coffee so that when I carry it I use both hands, and when I take my first sips I also hold it in both hands. But that first cup of ground coffee of the day is the best one, isn’t it?
I was up early this morning and saw that it was raining. Husband was still asleep but even on a winter’s morning, I enjoy the early morning. I mooched around the house, quietly, and had a look at a couple of my interiors/décor books. And then I realized that one of the houses in one book was also in another book – how had I missed this? I often see the same houses in different magazines, and when this occurs I slip one magazine inside the other so that I can see the two features, side by side. In this case it was a cottage in Wiltshire but it went under two different names in the two books: Keeper’s Lodge and Waterside Cottage. It is a habit – perhaps a quirk? – of mine to spot duplications of properties such as these in the various books and magazines that I buy.
I then decided to lay the breakfast table and make a start preparing our breakfast before making a fresh pot of coffee and taking one to my now-waking husband. I thought, as it was such a dark and rainy morning, I would make a cooked breakfast and so we had prunes (for husband) and grapefruit (for me – I segment a fresh half grapefruit and put it into a bowl; I don’t want to be fiddling with the half a grapefruit at the table) and scrambled eggs on toast with a rasher of bacon, toast and marmalade, and apple juice and a pot of tea. I told husband that as the bed linen had been changed yesterday, so all was beautifully fresh last night, and he’d had coffee brought to him as he woke up, and breakfast made for him, if he was in an up-market B&B what had been provided would have cost him at least £120, if not more! I told him he was a very lucky chap! But he knows that!
I thought it would be a change to have a pretty embroidered cloth on the table today, and I particularly like this one as it has blue stitching which goes well with the blue & white crockery.
After breakfast, and after I’d loaded the dishwasher and husband had made the bed, we decided we would go out. Husband put the cushions on the bed differently from how I arrange them and wondered whether I’d notice? What a silly question, when have I missed anything like that? But how he’s placed them looks just as nice; he thought I’d change them as they weren’t as I placed them!
The post then arrived: two new books …
I thought I’d try this novel by Elizabeth Goudge but in a way I wish now I’d opted for an older copy, even if showing obvious signs of previous use. This s an attractive paperback, but I think it’s one of those publish-on-demand books and somehow, while looking perfectly alright, it lacks character. I can’t explain this, but somehow a book which was first published in 1963 should (to me, anyway) look like a 1963-published book. This one doesn’t. To many, this won’t make any difference, the words are the same, but the book just does not look nor feel right.
The other book is …
I enjoyed Harriet Welty Rochefort’s book, Joie de Vivre, so thought I’d read one of her previous books.
The other item in the post was not as exciting as books, but infinitely more practical: two pairs of oven gloves, the kind where you slip your hands into either end …
I’m not keen on ‘fancy’ kitchen items, I much prefer plain and simple. And yesterday the following item arrived …
Yes, it’s a radiator brush! For the first time we hope to be able to clean out our the radiators, although we think we will need the vacuum cleaner alongside to vacuum the brush as it emerges, dust-full, from each section of the radiators. But I’m leaving this job to my husband, he’ll have hours of fun doing this, won’t he? Indeed, this brush looks much nicer than it appears here. It’s pliable and reminds me (if you overlook the handle) of the prehensile tail of a monkey, as it’s long and very soft.
After we’d tidied away the breakfast things, made the bed, and opened the post, we decided to go to one of our favourite shops, one of those wonderful shops which sell everything that you can’t find elsewhere. We love it there, you name it, it will have it. And so I bought a new cake board for next Christmas (nothing like being early, eh?), eight new candles – I will have to eat my words about candles! – a new bottle of silver polish, and a new small baking tin, just large enough for a few roasted veggies for the two of us.
After that we walked back to our car in the light rain, and decided to go to our favourite sea front hotel for hot chocolate and a shared toasted tea cake. (after our cooked breakfast that was all we wanted.)
The alstromeria are now fully open and look very pretty …
And with that I will close and make a cup of tea.
Until next time.