The ‘champagne’ of the title of this post is not the effervescent kind, I’m sorry to say, but the colour of our bathroom suite. I thought, as I showed photos of our small shower room yesterday, I’d show you our small bathroom upstairs. I’m sure lots of people would go ‘yuk’ and rip it all out and install a pristine white suite, and yes, that would be nice, but to us it would be extremely wasteful.
The main reason it would be wasteful is that I’ve not had a bath since 2004! No, I’m not stinky-poo; I shower twice a day, morning and night. With arthritis in my hips, I can’t bend to get in and out of a bath. Yes, I could have one of those contraptions to lower and raise me into the water, but really, that would just make me feel ‘disabled’ and, in any case, I love to shower. So our bath is actually redundant. We keep it there for/if we have guests.
What I like, too, about our small shower room (above) is that I can ring the colour changes with accessories. Here are pink roses plus a cranberry glass jug and a box of Roger & Gallet soaps. Unfortunately (this photo was taken about four years ago when husband decorated the room) this toiletries company has since changed the pattern on this box and I much prefer the old one. I wish I’d now kept one of the boxes, but you never expect lovely designs to be changed, do you? Well, I thought it was a lovely design, the company obviously thought otherwise!
You might’ve noticed on the photos of yesterday, that there are none of our personal ‘implements’ on the glass shelves, only perfumes, colognes, and some of my makeup items too large to go into my makeup basket. The reason for this is that husband made a cupboard which fits neatly into a corner above the loo (seen above.) I asked him, instead of painting it, to wallpaper the door to match the walls, and in fact, when you are in the room you hardly notice this cupboard. Inside we keep all the things which are necessary but which aren’t pretty: toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouth wash, foot cream, anti-perspirant and so forth (again, this photo was taken a couple of years ago.)
So, that’s our two small bathrooms dealt with. The upstairs bathroom is wallpapered in pastel yellow and white wallpaper with a wisteria design. I love it, but I think it’s been discontinued, if not completely at least in this particular colour. It’s a Nina Campbell design for Osborne & Little.
I think it’s a combination of age and winter, but we are waking up very late each morning. Of course, not sleeping well doesn’t help, and although we both slept better last night we didn’t wake up until gone 9 o’clock this morning. This meant that by the time we had ‘come around’ as we say, and had had our first cup of coffee (drinking it in the cosy warmth of bed) it was well gone 10 o’clock by the time we got up. Another half hour at least before we got into the kitchen where husband made himself porridge and I cut up fruit for myself. It was all we wanted to eat this morning.
After that we each completed a few chores – I made the bed, filled the dishwasher, put on the first load of laundry to wash, emptied the recycling waste, changed the flower water, watered the cyclamen plants, washed the worktops in the kitchen and swept the kitchen floor, and washed the basin and loo in the shower room (something I try and do daily but don’t always succeed in doing daily) I felt I needed to sit down. By then it was gone midday. I sat down with husband to have a cup of coffee and watch the News on TV when the sunlight began to fade and the clouds rolled over. I began to feel sleepy again even though I’d only been up for a couple of hours at most.
And so I suggested that instead of lazing on the sofa a moment longer, we go down to ‘our’ seafront hotel and have a light lunch, just a shared round of beef sandwiches, half a pint of beer each, and then come home again.
Regular readers will recognise this photo (above) as I’ve used it, and similar ones, several times before, but for newer readers, this is the hotel we enjoy visiting on the sea front. We can park there for free, and it’s a nice, inexpensive place for a snack lunch (lunches are mainly served in the conservatory you can see in the centre of this photo.)
As we have smaller appetites than when we were much younger, we tend to order a round of sandwiches with an extra plate, and then share it out between us. Today we had beef, and it comes with salad and crisps. We ordered a portion of chips (not on the photo) also to share, and half pints of beer. With the beer also comes a little dish of peanuts and olives, and they are always much more delicious than any I can find in the supermarkets!
This is what we share, plus the portion of chips (not shown here.) It’s quite sufficient for our lunch.
After that we returned home and had a little snooze, but we felt all the better having been out, if only for an hour or so. I then watched two lovely programmes on catch up TV, one on the River Nile and one on the River Mississippi. I had seen the first in this series of three films, on the River Amazon. Indeed, quite a lazy day.
Supper has been easy, too. Just scrambled eggs, on trays on our knees in the sitting room. Cosy and warm, winter food for a winter’s evening.
Until next time.