How lovely to awaken to sunshine pouring into our bedroom this morning, and then, not long after I’d made a pot of coffee, Postie brought a book I’d ordered. It was published in 1988 so is 30 years old, but it’s as interesting and as informative as any similar book written today.
Sadly, many books of this kind are often dismissed as “coffee table books” and I admit some are there simply to look pretty. But this one is very informative, and sometimes offers a different viewpoint, such as regardless of how attractively a town house might be decorated in country house style, it will never really be like a country house because of the light from the surrounding countryside.
Anyway, I wasn’t able to lounge in bed all morning, much as I’d have liked to! There were things to do, the breakfast to clear up (husband made porridge and I had that while still in bed), the bed to make, the shower room to clean, and then lunch to prepare. I decided to make a leek & potato soup, but as the leeks were quite old (how the time flies – I thought I bought them only a week or so ago and I was ashamed of myself for having left them in the fridge for so long – the date on the packet says “best before 28 Jan”! But once I’d cut away the outer leaves, they were perfectly fine but, obviously, not at their best!) I cut away the dry outer leaves and sliced the remainder, also three spring onions, a large white onion, and chopped three medium potatoes and lightly sauteed them in a large saucepan. I then added sufficient boiling water to cover, plus three crumbled vegetable Oxo cubes, salt, pepper, and simmered the soup for 20 minutes. Then I added a generous dessertspoon of reduced-fat double cream. I then used a stick blender while the soup was still in the saucepan, but didn’t blend it until smooth – we like some texture. I then re-heated it and adjusted the seasoning, and we had this with a baguette and cheese (Wookey Hole Somerset Cheddar and St Agur) and apple juice.
(This quantity of soup gave us sufficient for today’s lunch, and sufficient to freeze for another generous portion each.)
It was sunny all morning and it really lifted our spirits after the long, dark, dull and often wet days we’ve had for the last few months. Husband decided to wash the car (he’s from a generation who don’t take their cars to a car wash, they do it themselves; he’d think himself both lazy and spendthrift to go to a car wash, but in point of fact, he actually enjoys washing the car – I’m sure he’d not do it otherwise!)
The sunshine poured into our sitting room through the bay window – the room faces south – and I thought how pretty it looked shining on the cut glass bowl and vases.
The daffodils I bought in the pencil stage last week are still looking good on the breakfast table and on the hall table, and I have two other vases of daffodils, at various stages of opening, the bunches which I bought yesterday, and they will eventually replace last week’s, but right now, they ‘live’ on the kitchen table when we’re not using it for meals.
Imagine my delight when, after receiving one book on interiors this morning, another I had ordered several weeks ago also arrived by a later delivery. This is a brand new book, only published this month.
I have all but one of Ros Byam Shaw’s ‘Perfect’ books and I have liked them all, and I like this one, but somehow, while I can appreciate the individuality (nay, eccentricity!) of the interiors of the featured houses, I can’t say I would like to live in any of them, unlike the rooms in The English Country Room, where I could happily live in many of those! But it’s a lovely book with Jan Baldwin’s excellent photographs.
After lunch I loaded the dishwasher and tidied the kitchen, and then made a cup of Earl Grey and had just a few tiny Café Noir biscuits and spent the afternoon reading my two new books.
These biscuits are tiny so it’s not the wicked indulgence it might seem!
I hope you are having a good, relaxing weekend.
Until next time.