I’d just like to say that I am very proud to be British right now. The streets are still lined with bunting and the Union Jack continues to fly from most of the gardens and windows in our neighborhood. I’m very glad that we have regained our beautiful flag from certain ugly and disgusting groups of people and would love to think that we could fly it proudly from our houses at any time of the year as the Americans do and not just when there is a football tournament on or it’s Jubilee time.
I’m a fan of stoicism so appreciated the way in which the Queen stood for the entire length of the river pageant. I thought her family were appropriate and I hope Prince Phillip gets better soon. I love camaraderie, joyfulness and fun. I love spirit, humour and irreverence. And I think the Brits have that in spades so it was great to have an entire weekend dedicated to celebrating all of these things.
I’d love to say a massive thank you to all of you who helped my first ever eBook reach number 1. It hit the top spot on Amazon in the Party Planning, Hobbies and Crafts and Special Occasions chart and also made number 1 on the Apple iBooks Food and Drink chart. I couldn’t believe it when I was told and have never experienced such a feeling. We put it all together in a very short space of time and this week I begin work on Easy Halloween which I hope you enjoy even more.
Yesterday evening, after the kids had gone to bed, Robert and I started to potter in the Living Room. We have decided to get the room that we want to relax in decorated and comfortable before we start on the other projects. First of all Robert rewired the TV so it is now in the correct corner of the room. We had previously given the walls their first coat of new paint and only have one more to do so we felt comfortable moving furniture about and seeing where things should go permanently.
This is what the top end of this room needs doing to it. I find that breaking jobs down in to bite sized pieces much more manageable than tackling the whole thing in one go and I am a big fan of lists. I have a notebook that goes everywhere with me and I cross stuff out as and when it gets done.
But even though there are certain makeover jobs to be done we still have to live here and I want the kids to feel comfortable and cosy. So last night, after a sudden burst of energy, I started to potter and unpack some more boxes.
I bought this mirror for a few quid several years ago in a charity shop and I don’t think I’ve ever hung it up. It shall go above this table just off centre on the right hand side.
The roses are from a rose bush right outside the back door that was here when we arrived. It’s a beautiful thing to inherit with a house and suddenly became even more beautiful when I pulled its label out from under the soil and read that it was a climber! I’ll transplant it in the Autumn.
Simple items that I love, candles and books.
More treasures from the charity shop in the shape of this drop-leaf table with barley twist legs. I think this cost ten pounds. I am undecided as to what I shall do with it by way of a makeover so I’ll wait until the rest of the room is complete and come back to it. I have a decorative process and I’ve learned to deviate from it at my peril.
If I have the room I always try to put a table behind a sofa, especially when the sofa has a low back such as this one. It’s lovely for larger coffee table style books but also great for glasses of wine, nibbles and chocolates at Christmas. It also means that you can forgo the end tables.
This window seat was here when we arrived and the cat has already shown a fondness for sitting and staring out of the window. I’ve never had a window seat before and am really happy to be able to go to town on making seating and curtains for it. Another cosy corner and one that overlooks the garden, which I think is why Boo loves it so.
Of course there will always be toys littering the floor and wet wipes to be found in stray corners for a while yet.
It’s a family home and needs to be able to take a good battering.
But it can still be a place of peace, calm and happiness in amongst the laughter, chaos and raised voices. It’s here and that is what counts.
I love you and thank you so much for reading today.
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