I thought I’d better kick start the day with a tasty breakfast, even if it was a light one. While husband went to collect the paper, I prepared fruit (tinned cherries, and fresh raspberries, banana and grapes) followed by a warmed brioche with blackcurrant jam for me, and a boiled egg with wholegrain granary bread for husband, and tea. By the time we’d had that we didn’t even want extra toast with the lovely lemon & lime marmalade during the evening with a cup of tea.
After I’d tidied the kitchen, filled the dishwasher, filled the washing machine, and made the bed, I returned to the job of cleaning the bookshelves here in the study. I find the ‘other’ side of the room is slightly easier to clean, although I don’t really know why. I have removed a lot of small books from the top shelves and they will go into wicker baskets upstairs to make room for other books which I use more often. I still had to part with 30 books and also I’ve parted with another bundle of magazines. I truly hate doing this, but space is finite.
Books and magazines (above) awaiting transportation to the charity shop in Torquay – appropriate that one of them is Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui (I’m sure that won’t have escaped your notice!) It’s years since Feng Shui was all the rage, isn’t it? How trends date so! When will “mindfulness” have had its day, or perhaps it already has, ha ha!
Anyway, the shelves have all now been cleaned and all that remains to be done is clean out my little cupboard next to where I sit at my computer, and also weed through some wicker baskets on the bench, and go through some files that need weeding, too. Then clean the windowsill, vacuum the Venetian blind, wash the windows on the inside (our window cleaner does the exterior), vacuum the carpet, add some flowers, and the job will be done.
Photo taken yesterday (above)
Photo taken today (above)
Above, the bookshelves next to where husband sits. I will explain the ‘gap’ in the bookshelves, where there are now piles of magazines and overflow books, and some files: when husband first retired he did contract work for his company. He was a senior design engineer and he made the bookshelves thus so that his large A1 printer for design work could sit there. When he gave up contract work a year or two after he retired, there was no need of this large machine, so the space is now used for my magazines and large books. He could fill the space with more shelves, but we find it just as useful as it is.
I kept some small books back, though – they didn’t all go upstairs; I thought these might look pretty facing outwards on the shelves, as in a bookshop … books as decorative objects …
And while I’m parting with some books, two new ones arrived this morning …
I hope they will be entertaining, and I shall read these once I’ve finished re-reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (in preparation for seeing the film next week) and that is certainly entertaining!
A short post today as I’m quite tired now, but I’m also very satisfied with my efforts, each book having been removed, dusted, and returned to its place on clean shelves.
Until next time.