1. With the weather being a duck's perfect holiday, it's been so hard to get out (not that I can do too much yet anyway). It was ok for me to just look out of the rain spotted windows and look at the rich dark mud which you just knew would swallow you as soon as your foot set on it. Thank goodness I have lots of colourful things on windowsills and strewn about the house to keep my eyes focused on something bright! My crackle-glaze chicken in the kitchen has been doubling up as a prop for the extra heavy hyacinths, and how glorious it was when the sun came out today to highlight the blooms.
2. This week I have started de-cluttering and tidying. There's a lot I can do sitting down! Oh the feel of very old books, the sepia colours creeping into the pages and that unmistakable smell of aged paper. Books that have been on the shelves and safe places in boxes, waiting to have their pages turned again. It was a heart flutter moment when I opened one of them to see a note inside from my Grandad to me. Written many years ago and enjoyed again today.
3. One attempt at going out at the beginning of the week resulted in me trying to find wool for a new project which has colours that I love during summer, Canal/Narrow boat colours. I adore the sweet paintings on these vessels and, I'm afraid to say, rather quickly impulse bought gorgeous colours without taking a book of narrow boats with me (well the ankles were swelling and the left toe was complaining!). I love these colours but have since found an inspiring pattern at Sandra's on Cherry Heart's blog (here). I'll be buying the pattern today and getting the right colours to cheer me along for this year.
4. Today I look out of my study window and can see the most gorgeous deep blue, something that hasn't happened in these parts for oh so long. I have missed that crisp start in the morning with vapoured breath and cold finger tips, and then being brave enough to hang out washing without it coming back into the house wetter than it was when I hung it out to dry. I love the smell of cold, nearly dry laundry and the freshness that it brings to the whole house. I wish they could bottle up that smell.
5. At the beginning of the week a friend popped by with the most gorgeous tulips. If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen these little darlings earlier. My favourite colour combination of pink, white and green and the lacy edges were the icing on the cake. I couldn't not show you. Isn't it wonderful when they get to that droopy stage and frame things around them so perfectly.
Well, that's my five for this week. Please go over to Amy at Love Made My Home and Share my Cup to enjoy their link parties.