Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Half Term Holidays.
The half term holidays are turning into the loveliest of breaks: lazy mornings with coffee and knitting, brunches of pancakes, maple syrup and crispy bacon and walks to favourite places such as Coombe which I have blogged about a time or two before. Such pretty houses nestling by the river's edge.
Banks filled with snowdrops glistening with droplets from the spring-fine showers, the type that barely register yet leave you covered with a shimmering coating.
Tiny orchards of gnarled trees and picturesque gateways such as these.
Laneside stalls where you least expect them, tucked away and almost hidden on barely used tracks.
The next one saw us purchase two pretty pots full of snowdrops for the princely sum of 75p per pot! If only there had been more.
All so lovely.
Then down the lane toward the river once more
to look at the boats moored along the banks
and watch the sprinkling of raindrops playing on the water as we took shelter under the twisted branches of Kea plum trees which dip into the river when the tide is high and scratch at your hair as you wander the pathway when the tide is low.
Once home we put the snowdrops on the ledge by the front door where we could smell their delicate perfume every time we come up the steps. I will plant them in the green once they have finished flowering - I love the fun of choosing where to place things and think these would be pretty under the hedge by the courtyard where they can spread to their hearts content and we can appreciate them as we sit wrapped up with mugs of tea in chilly hands.
The weather is slowly improving here with a real warmth in the air today. I am hoping the blue skies last as I need to work in the sewing room in a mo - yes, I am still running a business, just not so moved to chat about it at the moment. This of course is because I am working on designs and as ever am struggling with the actuality of getting things exactly as I want them, but there will be more on this soon as I am nearly there.
Later today I will take the children out into the garden and start the clearing away of winter debris to allow spring to burst forth. The children can collect the eggs, though if I don't get baking soon we will run out of bowls to put them in!
More walks are also planned though whether beaches, rivers or woodlands feature only time will tell.
Most likely a mix of all if we can manage it.
Bound to be more photos like these I imagine.
Somehow boats always pop up in my blogs don't they? Hard not to be taken by their beauty when you are pretty much surrounded by them.
Well, after that mammoth post I will leave you with a picture to make you smile: moving on from the headless model of yesteryear we now have the strangely positioned model of today. Pipany shows you the boucle jumper which despite unpromising beginnings is now being worn almost constantly. Warm enough to require little beneath (ooh, squire!!!), light enough to be comfy not bulky and just peachy with skirts or jeans. A success then. Shame about the model!
Have fun x