I confess I have cheated: the above photo was taken in May 2015, but yesterday the countryside looked much like this … but more of that later.
First of all, I was up early yesterday but, of course, the hour had moved forward into British Summer Time, so it wasn’t quite as early as I thought it was.
Nonetheless, I thought a cooked breakfast would make a change from porridge or brioche (yes, porridge is cooked, but I think of it as hot cereal) and so we had prunes and lychees to start …
followed by grilled bacon & tomatoes on toast, then toast, butter & marmalade, and tea …
I am using the little cut glass ‘salts’ I found in the Quay Antiques Centre for butter and marmalade, for which they are ideal
You can just see part of husband on the left, waiting to be ‘allowed’ to start … the conversation thus: “Have you finished? Can I start? It’s going cold!” Only joking; I’m very quick when it comes to taking photos … years of experience, a’hem!
You might also notice that the freesias I bought last week are now fully open and looking beautiful. However, while the three deep blue hyacinths look splendid, whenever elder son comes into the kitchen (he only lives about 50 yards away in his house with our daughter in law and grandson) he says, “Oooh, what’s that smell! It’s like the monkey house in here!” He can’t stand the scent of hyacinths and I have to admit, they are a bit strong! Husband is fine with them as he’s totally lost his sense of smell. This is a shame as he can’t smell nice things or nasty things, and it’s also a tad dangerous as he can’t smell gas or burning, either. I’m his ‘nose’ from now on!
I wouldn’t say that the hour going forward has ‘upset’ our equilibrium too much but we both seemed to be a bit out of sorts yesterday, not quite knowing what to do, whether to start some household chores (it was too chilly for actual gardening even though the sun was shining) or to go for a walk (we actually felt quite tired) so in the end I suggested our local garden centre where we could have a cup of tea, look at the lovely view and perhaps buy a couple of plants.
So that is what we did. The first photo above is the view from the café and little tea garden at this small garden centre, and here is another, although similar, view …
I was so mad with myself for having forgotten my camera. This is the 2nd time recently I’d forgotten my camera; I had downloaded the photos of breakfast and left it on my desk. However, I have several photos of this garden centre, so I am using those, although I wasn’t able to photograph their lovely Easter displays, both of plants and also of garden ornaments (even though I wouldn’t want a pottery rabbit, lamb, cat or even a pig.)
Inside the centre they have an area where they display kitchenalia, and that is where I usually head, as they have some attractive items.
And outside, of course, lots of lovely plants …
Again, this photo was taken in May 2015, so the flowers weren’t quite as advanced yesterday as shown here
We decided first to have a cup of coffee and when I saw the various cakes on the counter of the coffee shop, I decided to buy a slice of Easter Simnel cake so that we could share it, as the slices are generous. Here is a photo (again taken in May 2015) of some of the cakes (the prices have gone up a bit since then, I might add.)
This doesn’t, of course, show the lovely selection available yesterday which included a wonderful coffee & walnut sponge and the Simnel cake. But all the food is home-made, and very good.
I was on the hunt for a hellebore plant (I love hellebores but we’ve only managed to get one, so far, to grow well, the others are small and don’t seem to want to grow even though they are in partial shade, which is the environment they like) and I bought this one …
It will have to remain in its pot, parked temporarily on a square plant pot, until it’s warm enough for gardening; we don’t garden in cold weather, we’re now beyond that!
I also bought two red primroses for the dining table at Easter. Yes, I know! Red isn’t ‘my’ colour! I wanted pastel yellow but husband saw these and said, “Oh, I like those red ones!” And really, I have my own way re décor 99% of the time and felt it only right he could have red flowers on the table if that is what he wanted, so they will be on our dining table, shining like beacons, at Easter. Subtle they are not.
I have popped them into a pair of cups and saucers … I might find a more suitable pair, but for now this is where they are, on the sitting room mantelpiece.
I also bought a couple of packs of small (but not the tiny ones for decorating cakes) chocolate Easter eggs, and these are also for the Easter dining table … I admit I’m gradually being sucked into the world of Easter commerce! This kind of behaviour must stop. Now!
Today, I think we might venture forth to the emporium that is Lidl. I need to stock up on basics, such as dishwasher tabs, washing machine liquid detergent, foil, kitchen caddy biodegradable waste bags, and so forth. I also want to look, tentatively, for some curtains (not in Lidl, of course) for our hall for the summer. I’ve never changed the curtains in summer and winter as our grandparents used to do – thick in winter to keep out cold and draughts, and thin in summer to float in the breeze but allow some privacy at night. I rather fancy some cream, unlined curtains, to bring some airiness to the hall, but privacy at night. Of course, when I see the prices, I might change my mind, but it doesn’t hurt to look, does it?
Until next time.