I’m not a professional photographer, just an enthusiastic one, so I’m hoping that I’ve managed to capture what this morning has been like here at my home in West Sussex. I woke early after a very hot night, got up with the alarm at about 05.45am, headed straight for the shower and made the decision that today was going to be a day when I got things done that have been bugging me. My mum is with me each and every Friday taking care of the twins so I know that I’ll be able to clear some of the backlog of ‘stuff’ that has been around since we moved in.
As I get older and as our kids grow I’m finding the excuse that “I’m just a naturally messy person” too stressful to live with to be honest. It’s becoming an absolute necessity to know where things are, to have it all sorted and organised and to be able to live and enjoy our home instead of becoming tense within it due to chaos.
I may perhaps be painting a dramatic picture as the truth is we’ve only just recently moved in and it’s like this for everyone but I know how things go and I want a fresh start. Life gets busy, I want to be in the garden when the sun is out and not sorting out piles of junk. Besides before I know it the Prosecco has been opened and another day has gone.
Oops! * hic *
Oh, and the pile is still there, staring at me, daring me to deal with it.
I’m sorry but I find that after a while all of those piles begin to bug me and then when I can’t find a letter with a date or appointment on it because it’s in one of those aforementioned piles it gets stressful and Robert the Husband feels the full force of my Bugged By Clutter state of mind.
Of course it’s his stuff too so either move it or loose it buddy because I’m on a mission!
So that’s what I’m doing for the rest of the day. But before today even really started I nipped out in to the garden. The twins were having their first bottle and Robert was getting his breakfast so I went out and cut some of my roses to bring inside. There’s something about the smell of the morning that is impossible to describe in any real detail you just know it when it hits you.
The sun was coming in through the back door and hit the roses that were on the worktop waiting to be put in to water.
It’s this moment that I wanted to capture through my photographs. This moment was free, it didn’t cost anything, it just was.
Soon they were cut and in water and this time around I decided to use a tin tea caddy from Fortnum & Mason. I stole this from my mother-in-law because I love the Fortnum’s shade of blue and this picture sums up why I decorate with very neutral light shades. Because I then get to add points of bright vivid colour to the rooms that can be changed on a whim according to what is in the garden, the local thrift store at the time or, as in the case of the tea caddy, other peoples houses!
This screams the month of June to me. The roses are out and although it’s tempting to leave them on the bushes because it makes the garden look lovely, roses are so expensive to buy from the florist that I’d much rather save the money and just cut my own.
This is Jubilee Celebration by David Austin and I’m pleased with it.
And I’m pleased with the tea caddy vase too. I think a caddy this size costs about twelve quid which is cheaper than a lot of vases. So not only does one get the tea but also a vase in that perfect shade of blue.
Have a fabulous weekend. Apparently it’s going to hit 91 degrees here in the next few days but I’m not sure if that’s just the radio talking rubbish. Robert, the kids and I are dissembling a greenhouse, filling the paddling pool for the kids for the first time, having a bar-b-q and I am going to try to get some colour on my legs because they are embarrassing and I’m terrible at applying fake tan. I don’t want colour ANYWHERE else apart from my legs.
Oh, and we may head down to the beach.
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