We have been ‘promised’ snow. It has already fallen on parts of the UK but, as yet, not a glimmer of the white stuff here in South Devon. Actually, I wouldn’t mind if we had a light snowfall. It makes everywhere look so pretty. But, of course, this is a rather selfish attitude; I should think about the people who have to go to work and not loll in bed with cups of coffee and hot water bottles and magazines and books. But all the same, it does make everywhere so pretty.
Although we haven’t yet had a snowfall, it’s very cold and so we’re staying indoors and therefore this post is more like a re-run of the previous one, as nothing much happens!
The freesias that I bought on Saturday have bloomed. Yes, a number of buds fell off and one of the stems was broken, but the rest revived in water and plant food. I cut them down substantially, so they’re more posy-size than grand-display size, and they’re now on the kitchen table; the scent is wonderful.
When we decide to stay indoors it’s always nice when Postie brings nice things, and yesterday was no exception. A magazine and a book.
I think this month’s cover is particularly attractive and the bright daffodil yellow will really stand out on the newsstands. And what a lovely room. It looks timeless to me. It could be a room in the 1930s or today, could it not?
I took out a subscription for this magazine a few months ago and I have not been disappointed. But that doesn’t mean to say I like all the homes featured. This month there are two homes I particularly dislike but I dare say I’m in a minority. They are modern and austere. I do not feel I could relax in them. But one home I really like, it has soft materials and lots of interesting artefacts, pictures and books.
This room is both smart and cosy at the same time. The furniture is elegantly placed, symmetrically, on either side of the fireplace; indeed, it is rather a formal look, but there are plain cream coloured curtains without elaborate pelmets and soft velvet for the upholstery which soften the overall slightly austere look. Another part of this room has an attractive desk:
The book which arrived was published in 1987 and so it’s 31 years old this year. It wasn’t expensive and as with another recent acquisition (below), the writing more than matches the quality of the photographs.
English Country, mind, is very much how the rather well-to-do lived (and at the time publication, live) in rather lovely country houses in England. Not the grand places such as Castle Howard, Blenheim Palace, Hardwick Hall, Chatsworth, but Georgian houses, Victorian rectories and so forth, places seldom (well, in 1987) open to the public but large enough to require a whole contingent of staff to run them. Even the writers, Caroline Seebohm and Christopher Simon Sykes, were brought up in such places where there were not only servants but also day and night nurseries and a schoolroom for the children, and of course a nanny to take charge of the young ones.
And so this book is therefore slightly ‘dated’ – it pre-dates the computer/mobile age – as well as being ‘timeless’. I am absolutely loving reading it and looking at all the lovely photos of the houses included therein.
I do like bedrooms that have sloping ceilings to have wallpaper continuing up the slope and right across the ceiling, and this is such a lovely small print wallpaper for a bedroom. And so yesterday, I spent quite a bit of time reading this lovely book and my latest magazine.
I also finished reading Lucinda Riley’s first novel in her Seven Sisters series, The Seven Sisters, and very good it was, too. Just a few little things that a good editor would’ve spotted, some speech which wasn’t quite as people might’ve spoken in the 1920s, and also at one point the term Art Deco was being explained during the 1920s when the term “Art Deco” wasn’t named thus until the 1960s. In the 1920s this style would’ve simply been referred to as “modern”. But a good story and I have now started the second in the series, The Storm Sister.
The day before yesterday, the sky at dusk looked really pretty, pink above the sea …
But yesterday, it was very windy and the sea was rough, so in the morning the view was quite different …
I have ‘zoomed’ this slightly so you can see the waves just crashing onto the beach. Today, all is calm again. (Sorry about those vertical reflection lines.) I wonder whether, before long, I shall be photographing snow?
Until next time.
PS At the beginning of this post there is now a User Rating. I don’t know how or why this has suddenly appeared, for I certainly didn’t put it there and I don’t know how to get rid of it. As yet I’ve managed not to have adverts on my blog, and now this kind of thing suddenly appears. Who needs ratings? I don’t write a blog to have ‘ratings’; I write it because I enjoy sharing my news and views with others, no more, no less than that. So I can only apologise for it being there.