There’s nothing quite like a new bunch of tulips, is there? Such elegant flowers and if one bunch makes me smile, then three bring a broad grin to my face. I bought them in Lidl as they are such good value there. Three bunches of tulips, one bunch of roses, and two bunches of daffodils.
Before I go further, though, an announcement: soon after husband drew out Beth in USA as the winner of the re-draw for my books giveaway (and I had informed Beth) I had an email from the original winner, Margaret Simpson. She hadn’t seen my blog announcement that she was the original winner, and my three emails hadn’t reached her. It was by pure chance that she saw my name on another person’s blog and therefore was reminded of my own blog and thus got in touch. I posted the books to Beth yesterday and also another book to Margaret, the original winner, who had kindly said not to worry about sending her a book, but she was the winner and a book she will have. I hope both Beth and Margaret enjoy the books once they arrive.
Right, that announcement made, to continue … after Lidl we drove on to Waitrose and inside the door the display this week is all about making soup. Oh my goodness, they were speaking to the converted, weren’t they? I already make soup as you all know! But surprisingly, some people don’t make their own soup, they just open a tin, a packet, or a carton. I’ve done this in the past – I used to love Campbell’s condensed Tomato Rice soup which they discontinued (the story of my life; bet your bottom dollar if I like something, it will be discontinued!) But there’s nothing as lovely as home-made soup and I was delighted to see Waitrose promoting this, if only the ultimate goal was to sell more produce.
As soon as we’d finished our shopping we took our ‘free’ Waitrose coffee and a pack of prawn mayo sandwiches to what is now our regular spot, facing the sea at Meadfoot beach (photo above). The tide was out and although the sea looks relatively calm here, it was a little choppy. But the sun shining through the clouds really did remind me of the quotation from Shakespeare’s Richard II “This sceptred isle … a precious stone set in a silver sea …” for the sea did look silver.
We came home and I found that two new books had arrived. I say “new” but you know what I mean, I’m sure. New to me. Secondhand, via Amazon.
This is an interesting book on the subject of display but mainly for displaying photographs. I enjoyed a quick look through and I will no doubt read parts of it, but I don’t feel that I will love it as I do the books of Ben Pentreath, Ros Byam Shaw or William Yeoward. But a nice book to add to my collection.
The other book is a novel by Hilary Boyd which I have started reading and, so far, am enjoying.
All that was missing from the photo was my cup of tea!
While in Waitrose I saw Zoflora disinfectant. My attention was drawn to this by a ‘story’ on someone’s IG account. I had totally forgotten about Zoflora and it took me right back to the early 1960s when my parents had a hotel and we used this disinfectant there. There was only one floral fragrance then, I think, but now there are several. I bought …
It is a lovely fragrance, much nicer than the strong smell of Domestos (but there again, it’s disinfectant, not bleach.) You can add a little to water to wash floors, or you can use it neat, on a cloth, to wipe over surfaces. It is a small bottle, I don’t think it will last long, but it wasn’t expensive.
I also spied this miniature rose in Waitrose, reduced from £4 to £1.99. It has lots of buds and so it might be planted in the garden once the weather warms up. I have put one of the bunched of daffodils in this coffee-pot-minus-lid (I broke the lid some time ago) They will look lovely when they bloom. The other bunch is on the table in the hall.
And so to the other flowers I bought yesterday …
They do make a lovely splash of colour, I love purple and orange or flame-colour tulips together. And at the other end of the room …
I have cut-down the alstromeria which I bought on 7th February, so they’re doing well. I don’t think they will last much longer but they look pretty in the hearth …
And in our bedroom, pink roses …
And now to re-heat some cauliflower and blur cheese soup that I had in the freezer, with a crusty baguette. Then feet-up time, with the paper and my new books.
Until next time.