Earlier in the week, this bright blue ceramic bowl was host to white hyacinths. They became ‘leggy’ and so I’m letting them finish off their last few days in our hall as cut flowers.
Hyacinths on the hall table
I love this blue bowl. It is such an intense shade of blue. It doesn’t ‘go’ with anything else in the house, but that doesn’t bother me in the least – I love it for itself, and this is how I think we should decorate our homes. It’s having something that stands out, something that isn’t matchy-matchy that makes our homes individual and interesting. I love individuality even if I don’t always love some o fthe individual items I might see in others’ homes.
This bowl isn’t by any studio potter, and it didn’t cost a fortune. I saw it when my mother and I were shopping together in a supermarket many years ago (I think it might’ve been Sainsbury’s) and because we’d both admired it she kindly offered to buy it for me. I don’t always have it on display, but it was ideal for white hyacinths and now it hold tangerines – yes, it requires more of them; it needs to be filled to the rim, but we’ve been eating them! I shall buy more when I go shopping tomorrow.
And so to the theme – if there is one? – of this post. In our hall I have changed a watercolour of the harbour at St Ives (Cornwall) for a print which I bought over 30 years ago. I saw it on the wall of a Totnes gallery (sadly, no longer there – the chap there framed a number of my mother’s and my pictures – by that I don’t mean we’d painted them!) and I just loved it. It had already been mounted and framed …
It is difficult taking a photo of this print, as the light shines on the glass from every angle. I have hung it on the wall opposite the staircase. The title on the print is “The Clerk of His Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council, in Ordinary” and dated 19th July 1821. Even then this fellow might’ve appeared slightly over-dressed, would he not? But there again, perhaps not. George IV, formerly the Prince Regent (1820-1830) had been on the throne for just 1 year in 1821. So this print pre-dates the reigns of William IV, Queen Victoria, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII (the little fellow who abdicated in order to marry Mrs Simpson), George VI and our present Queen Elizabeth (who became Queen on the death of her father on 6th February 1952, which was 67 years ago yesterday.) I have had this print in the loft for many years, I simply couldn’t think where I might hang it, and now it’s in our hall. Yes, it possibly clashes with the wallpaper, but it’s certainly a splash of colour!
Still with colour …
Three inexpensive T-shirts from M&S which arrived this morning. I intend to be summer-ready for when the hot weather arrives. I’m often caught on the hop without any decent summer clothes, so I thought (as with items for next Christmas!) I might start selecting-and-collecting them now. They are all cotton, have 3/4 length sleeves (my preferred length for T-shirts, elderly women’s upper arms not the most attractive parts of the anatomy) and a slash neck. Lovely with chinos, linen trousers or jeans.
Not a very good ‘selfie’ as I don’t have a smart phone or iPad, but this is the red/white T-shirt. My hair is to be highlighted next week, it is more than ready for it.
As well as the T-shirts, the March issue of The English Home arrived this morning, so I sat down about 11 o’clock and had coffee and a quick look through …
It is my favourite monthly magazine. Others are very nice, but this is the cream of the crop. Well, in my opinion. However, the cover this month I find a little less than inspiring. If I didn’t know this magazine well, or didn’t buy it on subscription, I don’t think I’d have been enticed to remove it from the shelf in the supermarket …
But I do know the magazine, and I do have it on subscription, so I could overlook my perceived lack of inspirational cover, ha ha!
And finally, today’s lunch. I need to do some cooking for the freezer – you know what I mean; replacing things we’ve eaten – and this was the last pork casserole that I’d frozen. I allowed it to thaw before re-heating it, and served it with new potatoes (with a sprinkling of basil leaves as I didn’t have any fresh parsley), and cabbage to which I’d added Normandy butter and nutmeg. Nutmeg really makes cabbage so tasty.
I like the old dinner service which I inherited from my mother as the dinner plates have a little ‘well’ in them, so that you know to put the food inside the ‘well’. Modern rim-less plates don’t have this and some people are therefore inclined to over-fill their plates, there being no guide line where they should stop!
I have to say it really was very tasty!
Until next time.