I said I would transfer the spray carnations to something more suitable than the tall cut-glass vase, and here they are in a blue & white jug (yet another inherited piece.) I think they look much better even if the colour blue is nowhere else to be seen! A contrast isn’t always a bad thing.
This morning we made a trip to B&Q, one of the DIY chain of stores. Yesterday, we had been for 3 x 5ltr cans of Sandtex masonry paint for our garden wall (the painter is coming in the next couple of weeks to paint the wall) but we were a bit miffed as the colour we wanted, which matches the walls of our house, Light Cream, appeared to have been discontinued.
Therefore, we bought the next best thing: three cans of Cornish Cream which, from what I recall many years ago when we similarly tried to match the colour, is much darker and more yellow than the Light Cream that we prefer.
Anyway, this morning I had a look at the Sandtex website and found that they do produce Light Cream. Perhaps B&Q only have a limited range? So we returned those we bought yesterday and then went to Brewers, another paint and wallpaper specialist, and bought two cans of the Light Cream and ordered a third (as two were all they had in stock.) I felt quite pleased that instead of having to ‘put up’ with a colour we didn’t really want, a little web research gave us the result we did want.
When we got home, the post had arrived and as well as an autumn bulb catalogue (already! We’re not out of spring yet!) there was the lipstick I’d ordered.
They say that nice things come in small parcels and this is such a thing!
I love my new nail polish so much (OPI’s Miami Beet) that I wanted a lipstick that would look good with it, and opted for one from Look Fabulous Forever, makeup and skin products which have been formulated for mature skin (i.e. a kind way of saying for oldies.)
The OPI polish is actually much more plummy than you see here, more the shade of the lipstick. I really don’t know why my camera has difficulty with this colour, but it’s much darker than it looks in the bottle here, and the lipstick is lovely with it. The lipstick container is exactly like those for Chanel, only the band is ‘silver’ and not ‘gold’. When my hair was brown-with-blonde-highlights, I couldn’t wear these plummy shades, they looked awful; I used coppery/bronze shades. Now my hair is grey-highlighted-with-silver, I’m delighted I can now wear plummy shades.
On our way home I popped into a local convenience store for some crusty rolls and saw some pretty tulips, pink with variegated leaves. Seldom have I seen tulips with variegated leaves so they found their way into the basket …
I often go to bed early to read, especially when there is nothing I wish to see on television, and the evening light in our bedroom is pleasant, even though the room faces south and not west, and I like to see flowers on the dressing chest.
We had crusty rolls filled with cheese for our lunch (coq au vin from the freezer for supper, with new potatoes and runner beans) and then I planted up some Regal pelargoniums …
We have two pale green planters on either side of the back door, and I think these will make a change from the heliotrope I usually plant in them. I’m now thinking of softening the lines by buying some trailing white lobelia to go in with the pelargoniums.
I only did a few pots and then decided it was too hot for more gardening until this evening. Husband was busy painting a bench with some left-over paint from his re-painting of the summerhouse (same colour as before, Farrow & Ball’s Vert de Terre) and I decided to have a cup of tea and read in the summerhouse, but not before I’d cut a few springs of euphorbia and nipped a few of the spray carnations from the kitchen jug, and put those in the summerhouse, along with a cup of Earl Grey (I love Earl Grey in summer, but only without milk.)
The chunk of wood you can see through the window is the trunk of the walnut tree, it’s the colour of elephant hide
You can’t beat a cup of tea on a warm, spring afternoon
Until next time.