White cherry blossom in the small park yesterday in town (where we needed to buy paint for the garage door after we had done the food shopping)
We awakened to sunshine, yesterday; it was a truly beautiful morning. I had been up early, catching a glimpse of the sunrise, before I headed back to bed for another hour’s sleep …
This was the sky just before six this morning, the reflections of pink streaking the sea. You can’t beat Nature for a gorgeous colour scheme, can you?
Once up, we decided to drive to Lidl, where we’d stocked up on washing up liquid, washing machine liquid detergent, all those necessary but not necessarily inspiring products, and then we headed to Waitrose. Car park almost empty, and the store again almost to ourselves. Also, another rather nice food display in the entrance – I couldn’t tell you what the recipe was, I was too busy choosing flowers after I’d taken this photo, but there were leaflets and ingredients so that you could pick them all up and make whatever was the recipe of the week (or day) at home …
I had already bought pink roses and daffodils in Lidl, but wanted something scented and, as we know, roses from supermarkets have absolutely no scent. So bought freesias yet again (a wonderful bunch with no less than 9 stems this week) and some Brompton stocks (unfortunately, only 4 flowers to the packet which I think it is a little mean.)
Don’t worry, I won’t dot these various colours all around the sitting room like floral Smarties! The daffodils are for the kitchen, the roses for our bedroom, the stocks for the sitting room, with the freesias for the dining end of our sitting/dining room but once the daffs are ‘over’ and the freesias have opened out fully, they may find their way to the kitchen where I spend a lot of my time.
Are these daffodils last hurrah?
Stocks behind the sofa – their scent is wonderful (I added some greenery from the garden)
Roses in our bedroom
Freesias, but they are yet to come fully into bloom
A couple of floral items I’m not totally convinced about are a pair of pillow cases I have bought. I got carried away with a half-price offer! I just thought they might make a nice change from the plain white bed linen that we have used since forever (I don’t mean the same bed linen, but I always buy white) but they are not quite me, I have to say, and they also clash with the cushions on the bed and the prints above the bed of Redoute roses. See what you think …
However, husband remarked at how beautifully soft the cotton is and how comfortable these new pillow cases have made the pillows.
It is now Friday. The computer failed again yesterday when I was halfway through writing this post, but my computer man instructed me in how to reset the router, so all is well again.
To continue …
I have been a little disappointed with the tulips this year. A combination of perhaps the wrong choice of tulips and the atrocious weather we have had, with snow and rain, the rain for weeks on end. Most tulips are over now, but these are still looking pretty, our tulips’ last hurrah!
We actually did some gardening yesterday, I emptied some pots of jonquils and narcissi, and I’ve planted up four pots, two with white antirrhinum and two with delicate purple violas. Once I empty all the pots of bulbs I can see how many plants I need to get for a summer display. I have bought some pretty pink geraniums and I think I will plant those in the pale green planters by our back door.
Unlike my two other monthly style magazines, that have opted for yellow as their leading cover colours, these, these two have chosen pink. I think these covers really do suggest the kinds of style magazines each are: on the left, the magazine which shows mainly stylish readers’ homes, not particularly grand, but beautifully decorated, and on the right, the more grand country houses, seldom starkly modern, and usually with the most glorious antiques.
I had heard great things about …
Fever-Tree mixers. Even one of the check-out assistants in Waitrose mentioned to me that they were far superior to any other mixers she had tasted … and she wasn’t trying the hard sell, I am sure! … and so yesterday I succumbed to Tonic Water which has angostura bitters in it as flavouring, i.e. making a pink gin (which I’d never had before.)
We don’t drink regularly, just occasionally, and unless the day is very hot I don’t add ice to G&T because I don’t want my drink watered down (of course, some may down it in one, so there’s little chance of the ice melting!) I loved the flavour of the tonic, but husband found it slightly too bitter. My glass is on the left … as you can see, I’ve already had a sip!
And while I didn’t have the fruit cake (above) with my G&T, I thought I’d show you my latest baking effort … the all-in-one fruit cake which I make from an old Stork advert recipe from the early 1970s. You put all the ingredients into the bowl together, mix, put in a tin and bake and it always comes out perfectly. No sunken fruit, and really moist and tasty. This is just to demonstrate the even distribution of fruit (raisins, sultanas and glace cherries.)
And finally … the sea yesterday afternoon, a really deep blue. I have zoomed very slightly, it looks a little further away from our sitting room than this, but it’s still a pretty view over the rooftops to the sea.
THE DRAW FOR THE GIVEAWAY WILL TAKE PLACE THIS WEEKEND – I WILL POST THE WINNER’S NAME ON MY BLOG, AND THEN EMAIL THAT PERSON FOR THEIR ADDRESS SO THAT I CAN POST THE BOX TO THEM.
Until next time.