At last, rain. Indeed, I might be predisposed to say at long last, rain. Substantial rain. A downpour. And already the green shoots of recovery are making themselves visible, the grass already becoming less straw-like.
It was lovely, though, not to have the horrendous heat this weekend and after a quick trip to Wellswood on Saturday morning we spent the rest of the weekend at home. I confess to not having done very much, just kept things ticking over – bed made, meals made – and I spent a lot of time reading this novel (above) by Alison Bruce, the second in her crime series set in Cambridge (and two more are on their way to me as we speak.)
Today, lovely post! A book I had ordered arrived …
This is the fourth in a series by former fashion editor, Karen Wheeler who, in her mid-30s gave up her job in London, hung up her Manolos, and set off for a new life in France. As you do. The first three books are:
I have enjoyed them all and so I’m looking forward to reading the next instalment of her life in France. Only this isn’t just about France. In Sweet Encore, and accompanied by her 16-year-old niece and her little dog, Biff, Karen goes on a 3,000-kilometre trip around Spain and Portugal. I think this will be fun and it will be a rather nice literary palate-cleansing sorbet between the various crime novels of Alison Bruce.
As well as the new Karen Wheeler book, the latest House & Garden arrived, the September issue.
Because I’ve bought glossy magazines for as long as I can remember (even the late-lamented Nova in the 1960s – wish I had those copies now!) I am now able (or so I like to think!) to spot trends. I might be a little behind the times sometimes at spotting them, after all I’m no interior designer, but it is obvious that neutral has bitten the dust (thank goodness; I have never in my life painted anything builder’s magnolia and I don’t intend starting now.) No, the complete opposite of neutral, today everything is vibrantly coloured. I actually love this eye-popping yellow!
Another thing I’ve noticed is that lampshades are no longer plain, pleated silk in cream. I’m afraid I am right behind the times here as our lampshades are all ivory silk, and here are just three of them …
I don’t think I will be changing them any time soon, and they do give a good, clear light, but right now patterned and coloured shades are right “on trend”, as they say:
Maybe one of these days I might change just a couple of shades to patterned ones, perhaps those on our hall desk even though I’m not a follower of ‘trends’; if it’s become a trend then it’s already on the way out and passe, but these patterned shades are really rather pretty.
On Wednesday we are celebrating a dear friend’s 80th birthday and today we drove to a favourite garden centre close to the River Teign …
Not a good photo, taken while husband was driving and I was trying to dodge the high hedges. Tide almost out, as here the river is part of the River Teign estuary, and as you might see, the fields are not the bright green that they usually are, but parched and yellowed after so many weeks of sunshine.
We bought a rose for our friend and we hope that he will like it, and we’re looking forward to the get-together in celebration of this birthday on Wednesday. Of course, right now the garden centre is gearing itself up for autumn. There are Sales of garden furniture, and some rather lovely pots of dahlias, but we were on a mission simply to find a suitable rose for our friend.
There were plenty of roses from which to choose …
And in the end we chose …
It is sitting in the summerhouse, out of the wind and rain, until we take it to our friend on Wednesday. It is called Charlotte.
This post has been very much about the colour yellow … the yellow of the Batternberg cake with my cup of tea on Saturday afternoon, the yellow on the title of the crime novel and on the cover of the latest issue of House & Garden, the interior with the vibrant yellow paint, the mustard-yellow on Karen Wheeler’s latest book, and now this rose and even the parched straw-yellow landscape close to the River Teign. A good thing that yellow is one of my very favourite colours. I knew there would be a connection between a disparate group of topics if I looked closely enough!
Until next time.