The white hyacinths, just one week after they showed the first signs of blooming
After getting up late I have quite busy. Sorry, I will re-phrase that. After getting up late, I’ve been almost-but-not-quite busy. By the time I’d showered, dried my hair, cleaned my teeth, dressed, applied some makeup and made the bed, it was past midday. Half the day gone when it’s dark by 4.30 pm.
But the dull weather dulls my senses and it took all my initiative to prepare something for lunch. After having made stir fry for supper last night, using two turkey breasts chopped up, with other veg and my home made sweet/sour sauce, there were two turkey breasts left in the fridge. Therefore I decided to make turkey escallops and serve those with a mixed salad and new potatoes. In fact, a reasonably healthy meal after the excesses of Christmas.
Turkey is a dry old bird really, it needs a little help in the way of moisture, hence a little dish of sweet chilli sauce each, plus butter on the new potatoes and a lemon vinaigrette on the salad (of shredded lettuce, cucumber – which I de-seed and peel and chop – spring onions and salad cress, plus some slices of vine-ripened small tomatoes, but not cherry tomatoes which we don’t really care for). This produced an easy lunch but by the time I’d filled the dishwasher afterwards, washed up the delicate plates by hand, and tidied the kitchen, I felt tired. What did I say about this weather removing my initiative?
But the shower room needed a clean and even if I left the floor for another day, I knew that if I cleaned the shelves, the mirrors, the loo, the basin, changed the towels, etc, it would look and smell a whole lot sweeter. It is a very small room, installed when bathrooms weren’t given the prominence that they are given today. But at least we do have two bathrooms, which was considered something of a luxury in 1985, one upstairs, one downstairs (although neither of them are en-suite rooms).
This little bathroom, or shower room as I refer to it as it doesn’t have a bath (that is in the bathroom upstairs), is as it was when it was installed, with the champagne- coloured basin, loo, and shower tray. We have considered changing it, installing a modern white suite, but really, why do this when what we have is functional and in good working order and not a totally horrendous colour? At least it’s different from everyone else’s white suite! Colour (but perhaps not avocado!) will make a come-back, mark my words!
And so a few years ago husband wallpapered the shower room, put new tiles in the shower cubicle, new tiles behind the basin, new flooring was installed, we added a new Venetian blind, new glass shelves, a new mirror and a new light above the basin, new deeper skirting board, and well, the result was fine for us.
With light on
We chose a pretty toile-style paper, and I then added a print of the famous Rainbow portrait of Queen Elizabeth 1 (which, incidentally I used to have in our hall, I seldom buy anything new like this, I simply change things around). The original painting is in Hatfield House.
I didn’t know whether to show you this tiny room with the light on above the basin, or with the light off, so I might as well show you both!
With light off
The shower is to the left of the basin and opposite the basin is the loo (you don’t need to see a loo!) and, next to and above that, a couple of glass shelves on which I keep some perfumes and makeup and husband’s colognes.
So that is what I’ve been doing today. Not a lot, but now I’m off to the sofa with a cup of tea. Making a light lunch and cleaning part of the shower room is all I feel I have the energy for today. But it’s already 16 days since the winter solstice, lighting-up time for the street lights will gradually become later and later, and by the end of the month, on a clear day, it will be light at 5 o’clock. I must bear that in mind when I’m feeling hemmed in by such winter darkness. Now for that cup of tea, a soft woollen throw and a hot water bottle. It’s that kind of day.
Until next time.