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A Continuation …

This is something of a continuation of yesterday’s post, starting with the hellebore above.   What gorgeous flowers helleboresare. This morning the flower heads of those in our bedroom were drooping, but I propped this one up and took its photograph, but so it wouldn’t get a crick in its neck, I allowed it to droop back down again (I must be soft in the head!)

The weather, as those in the UK will already know, has turned very cold again, and last night, while we waited for the beginning of the new Endeavour drama, we lit the fire and, unusually for me, lit the candles on the mantelpiece.  It’s not that I dislike candles, but I have always considered them a fire risk, and don’t, as so many do these days, automatically have candles lit in the house.  I suppose I could source some of the batter-operated candles, which look very realistic, but I’ve just not bothered to do so as yet.  But once lit I think to myself, oh, they’re so pretty, and then wonder why I don’t light them more often.  But, as I say, they’re a fire risk and should never be left unattended.

We enjoyed Endeavour and especially the two-handed scenes between Morse and Fred Thursday (actor Roger Allam), his immediate superior. I also like Mr Bright, played by actor Anton Lesser.  He first came to my attention in a drama series from a few years ago, The Hour.  There were two series of The Hour but nothing since, sadly.  And before we drew the curtains, we could see the reflection of the lamps and candles in the sitting room window …

This morning, however, although it was very cold, there was lots of lovely sunshine.  I wasn’t feeling particularly well and was seated on the sofa and took a photo of the sunshine making patterns on our fireside rug.  It was positively spring-like.

Some nice post, though, which cheered me … the latest issue of The English Home.  This really must be my favourite monthly magazine.  I think, if I had to give them all up except one, this would be the one I would keep.

I love seeing the various styles of house and how their owners have decorated and furnished them.  And I have to say I have a fondness for pastel colours, rose pinks, duck egg blues, eau de nil, and cream.  I’m not particularly fond of heavily beamed Tudor or even Tudor-style cottages with or without thatched roofs.  Nor do I like artfully ‘distressed’ painted furniture which, to me, looks like it needs a good coat of paint.

I thought I would add another lamb to my spring display in the hall.  This little chap is damaged, but it has always been damaged as far as I’m aware, with the bocage (referred to thus in the pottery industry; small hedges and trees) at the back having always been broken off while it was in my mother’s family.  But I thought he’d look nice with the woman with her little lamb.

And when the sun shone and the daffodils positively glowed, I thought, regardless of the coldness outside, that spring had arrived.

As I say, this is more of a continuation of yesterday’s post rather than something entirely new.

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. Beautiful flowers. Can’t wait to see the new Endeavour series, I really enjoy that programme. Our summer has disappeared into storms and cold spells. But it’s not yet autumn here.

    • Margaret Powling

      Yes, the flowers right now are looking very pretty. And Endeavour was good. I was going to mention the plot but then I remembered that not everyone will see it at the moment, so haven’t mentioned the actual plot only the quality of the acting, which is always excellent.
      Sorry to hear you have storms and cold weather … autumn is approaching although not with you yet!

  2. I love that little lamb next to the woman with her lamb. I almost never have tapers lit. Maybe you should try votives or candles in jars – those are almost exclusively what I use. Somehow they seem less dangerous than tapers. Just a thought.

    • Margaret Powling

      Yes, perhaps votives might be less-dangerous, but I’m still wary of any kind of candle, Jeannine. The little lamb is very pretty, I think. He usually sits on a glass shelf in the bathroom so I thought he might enjoy a change of venue!

  3. The hellebores are lovely, exotic looking flowers and yours are such a beautiful, deep colour! They don’t probably grow well in tropical climes, I haven’t seen any before.
    The sun, the daffodils and your small assortment of colour coordinated figurines definitely herald spring:)

    • Margaret Powling

      Hellebores are mainly found in woodlands here in the UK, Kavitha, where – in some areas – the grow in profusion. Our are planted under taller shrubs to give them the shade they love. There are may varieties but I’ve never had much success with them before, perhaps because they do love to sit in the shade (a bit like me!) I love the daffs, even though they are such a very bright yellow, a really startling colour. But after our long winter, that is what we need, I think. My favourite spring flowers are primroses, which are a much paler yellow.

  4. It’s lovely to see your flowers, both homegrown and purchased Margaret, especially as looking out of the window at the moment all that I can see is a blizzard, the snow has arrived in East Anglia!
    Have to admit to being a big fan of the Willowwick candles which come in their own glass container, I especially like the way they crackle as they burn, most effective and the scent tends to be more subtle than some of the other brands.

    • Margaret Powling

      Oh my goodness, snow in East Anglia, Elaine! Well, it is closer to Siberia in East Anglia, ha ha! Only joking, this cold weather is awful. We’ve not got snow yet, but we’re ruling nothing out.
      Not heard of Willowwick candles, they sound rather nice! I’ve never liked scented candles very much, and as I’ve said, I’ve always considered them a fire risk, but you never know, I might be converted yet to their use!

  5. The hellebore photographed is lovely – such unusual markings on the petals. You mentioned “The Hour”, Margaret, which I remember enjoying and thought it might have returned too. I like programmes set in the recent past when I can remember things! “Back in time for Tea” this evening could be interesting as I enjoyed the previous “Back in Time” programmes. Here on the edge of the vale of Belvoir we woke to a very pretty sprinkling of snow but it vanished quite quickly and the sky is grey. We certainly need these cheerful flowers to brighten our winter.

    • Margaret Powling

      Yes, I also like programmes set in our recent past, Anne (the 1950s and 1960s, for example), times that I can remember. ‘Back in time for Tea’ might be interesting, even though it’s a different family. I was surprised when, in the previous series, the wife/mother didn’t have a clue how to use a tin opener, though!
      Speaking of the vale of Belvoir, I read the book The Secret Rooms which was about Belvoir Castle, and very interesting it was, too, even though I’ve never been to your part of the country. Here, it’s been a sunny day, but very cold.
      Glad you liked seeing the close up of the hellebore, I think they’re beautiful.

  6. I love your freckled hellebore Margaret. The freckled ones are my favourites. I picked a posy of hellebores yesterday (cream with pink freckles) and plunged the cut stems into a just boiled cup of water for a few minutes. It really does prevent the droop and they are looking beautifully perky in my blue swirl Caithness vase. We’re off for a night at the Pig hotel in the New Forest tomorrow. I’ve planned a stop at Mottisfont on the way down for snowdropping and on the way back we plant to stop in Winchester and walk in John Keats’ footsteps to the top of St Catherine’s Hill overlooking the city. We will avoid the New Forest because as my daughter so eloquently put it during one particularly damp Duke of Edinburgh expedition, “The New Forest is basically one giant bog!”. So far I have resisted buying daffodils, even the pretty pale yellow ones from Cornwall that I saw outside a florist yesterday, and will wait patiently until my allotment daffodils, are ready. I agree with you about primroses, and walking along a Devon hedgerow during the Easter holidays must be the best place on earth to see and smell these beautiful plants. Time to get ready for yoga – I hope tonight’s class is a little gentler on the old bones!

    • Margaret Powling

      I didn’t know about the plugning-into-just-boiled water, Sarah, and I will do this in future, as the ones I cut have now wilted.
      That is a coincidence. Our friends who had Combe House Hotel in Gittisham, near Honiton, sold to the Pig Group of hotels, and now their hotel is the Pig at Combe. I hope you enjoy your stay in the New Forest, parts of which we saw on today’s Escape to the Country programme. The scent of primroses is heavenly, I prefer it to bluebells, and we have plenty of both in Devon. Sadly, there has recently been a road ‘improvement’ (moot point!) scheme locally and a whole bank which is a picture, filled with primroses in spring, has been removed. Yes, the ‘improvement’ might help speed the traffic along, but only for about half a mile. In the great scheme of things I would rather have kept the road exactly as it was and saved the primroses.

  7. Another cheerful and lovely post Margaret.
    Sorry that you had a spell of not feeling well, do hope that that has passed now and also that your back is feeling better.
    It might be a good idea to visit the spa for a bit of pampering, a facial or massage would be my first choice as I feel I can do the pedicure and manicure myself just as well.
    Best wishes, hope it is not too cold in Devon.
    Pam in TX.x

    • Margaret Powling

      Yes, a facial sounds just the ticket, Pam, I might just do that!
      It’s really cold but so far we’re without snow in our area, and we’re snug as bugs in rugs in our home.

  8. Eloise. (thisissixty.blog)

    I’ve never watched Morse or Endeavour though I know they are very popular. I always liked Ruth Rendell’s detective, Wexford and thought, having read the books) that George Baker (I think that was his name) played him to perfection. I also enjoyed the detective, Adam Dalgleish, created by PD James. My favourite of all is a more recent one, Jackson Brodie, the creation of Kate Atkinson.
    I use a lot of battery candles and the flickering ones are very realistic when lit.

    • Margaret Powling

      Never watched Morse? NEVER WATCHED MORSE? The best crime/cop drama on TV of the 1980s/90s! Of course, the very best in my opinion has been Line of Duty, but that’s different as it’s the police investigating themselves, but Morse was so different from anything that had been on before, and we loved it. It would seem a trifle old-fashioned now, though. Yes, I liked Wexford, but Morse was my favourite. Oh, Adam Dalgleish! Forgotten him, oh yes! I remember the first one I saw was Death of an Expert Witness which starred Barry Foster (who was later Van der Valk) who I adored in the 1950s when I was at school!

  9. Eloise. (thisissixty.blog)

    Ooooh yes, Line of Duty is excellent. Another recent detective series (not police) is Strike (Robert Galbraith a.k.a JK Rowling). I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  10. I hope that you are feeling better by the time you read my comment.

    I feel like I’m a bit late to the party, as everyone has made their comments and I am simply echoing them. Ha ha.

    Your arrangement on the hall table is just lovely.

    We haven’t had flowers in the house for months but because it’s been far too hot and they don’t last. Now that the life-sapping heat and humidity have abated I can look forward to some flowers in the house again.


    • Margaret Powling

      Yes, thank you, Lara, I am feeling much better. So much so, that husband and I went out this afternoon (but only in the car as it was very cold.)
      Never mind about echoing what others have said, it’s always lovely to hear from you and have your comments. Regarding the hall table, I thought it was time I had some different things on it. If you don’t change things around occasionally, you begin not to notice things because they are so familiar. And no, you’d not want flowers in the house that didn’t last because of the intense heat. Let’s hope that the heat will soon be gone and you will be able to have flowers again.

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