I woke up to sunshine this morning and no rain in sight – still quite cool though, but I don’t mind that – I can just put a jumper on. I had a few chores and errands to attend to – the most important was a visit to my friend.
It was so lovely outside I decided to walk over to my friend’s house with these flowers and a card – she has just lost her dad – I know just how she will be feeling. It is twelve years since my dad died and the loss never goes away.
I like to customise my gifts of flowers by wrapping them myself to make them a bit more special. I also like to give small posy sized bunches of flowers rather than large bouquets but these can be hard to find in a supermarket so I just bought a small bunch of those ballerina blush pink roses from Sainsbury’s. I removed all their cellophane packaging and then wrapped them in plain brown parcel paper lined with the pretty tissue paper that came in the carrier bag with my Neal’s Yard creams and tied them with cord. I always keep a stash of used tissue paper – it comes in useful for many things – a quick smoothing over with the iron and voila it is like new and this has such a striking pattern I couldn’t throw it away. I added a little brown parcel tag that I had stamped with a simple message.
Once back home I filled my bathroom cupboard with the stock of lotions and potions I had bought on Wednesday. Unlike my recent hesitation with keeping too many grocery products I do like to see a good stock of toiletries – I only buy them when on offer and as few of them come from the supermarket stocking up means I can avoid having to go to town or Meadowhall all the time when something runs out.
I love the iconic blue glass bottles from Neal’s Yard and the fact that using these means they can leave out preservatives from most of their products. They are fully recyclable but I often find uses for them anyway. The little serum bottles I wash out and refill with my own mix of essential oils and use this for massaging my tense neck and shoulders after a hard day or my feet when I have a home style pedicure. Sheer bliss.
Most of the ironing is done now – I find ironing the linen quite rewarding – I love getting into a freshly made bed at night, somehow I am sure I sleep better. You cannot beat the smell and feel of line dried linen, especially on a windy day – I try to catch it just as it is still slightly damp and then spray with a linen spray and iron immediately – the mix of outdoor freshness with a little scent makes it a pleasurable task – this is my all time favourite with Orange Blossom and Bergamot essential oils – I am hoping I can recreate something similar myself when the bottle runs out as it is no longer available.
DH has been working his way up the cherry tree pruning branch by branch – it looks a little stark now but I know come next summer it will be heading for our windows at a rate of knots once again. What a shame the scaffolding around the house isn’t nearer the cherry tree – it would have served a dual purpose. As I mentioned to Mary (who is a bit concerned as to DH’s safety) I think climbing the cherry tree might just be his boy scout side coming out and he will soon realise he is getting a bit past that now!!
Tomorrow if the weather holds we have planned to attend the Bakewell Open Gardens event – we attended a couple of years ago and found some fascinating places we didn’t even know existed. The nice thing about Bakewell is that the open gardens are in a different part of the town each year so they are full of new surprises.
If by any chance it does rain as forecast then it will be more ironing (yes there is still more to go yet) and maybe some paperwork to attend to (for paperwork read bills to pay!) I have already prepared the guest room for my mum coming – I might just add a few flowers by the bedside tomorrow. I think she may well get a shock on Tuesday morning when she wakes up and opens the blind to see the builders staring back at her from the scaffold!!