The Cobalt Blue Pot-28th May 2022

My youngest niece got married on the 7th of May this year. I wanted to post this piece on that day but was away on holiday with no access to my files. Hopefully, this will be a case of better late than never. When she got engaged, I asked my sister if there was some… Continue reading The Cobalt Blue Pot-28th May 2022

Make or break lighting-21st Mar 2022

It seems appropriate at this Equinox point of the year, when the light is balanced between day and night, to talk a bit about lighting. I mentioned the inglenook fireplace yesterday as a decorating challenge. There really isn’t a lot you can do to change something like this. It is going to dominate the room.… Continue reading Make or break lighting-21st Mar 2022

A rush of blood to the head-20th Mar 2022

Meet “Ting”. This phone came to live with us after we redecorated the dining room last year. Wait. I will back up and tell you the story. Settle in. It’s quite a tale. We have lived in this old house for 22 years now. The dining room is one of two large reception rooms at… Continue reading A rush of blood to the head-20th Mar 2022

A crocheted bedspread-19th Mar 2022

Okay. Now you’re just showing off. I have had these very words spoken to me so many times in my life and, sometimes, it has been true. But, why are the words flung out with such bitterness by the accuser, as if being good at something is a bad thing? And why is taking pride… Continue reading A crocheted bedspread-19th Mar 2022

Planning ahead-14th Mar 2022

When I was growing up, my Mom had a little sign on her desk at home that looked something like this: I think it must have taken it to heart as being prepared ahead of time has always featured heavily in my thinking throughout my life. I just hate the feeling of panic that arises… Continue reading Planning ahead-14th Mar 2022

My other sewing machine-13th Mar 2022

I did promise I would tell you about the other one. It may not be what you think. And, if I love the first one so much, why do I need another one? One word: zig-zag. My beloved 201K is a straight stitch machine and there are sometimes when a girl could really do with… Continue reading My other sewing machine-13th Mar 2022

The posh glasses-10th Mar 2022

While these glasses ARE more posh than the Duralex ones I spoke of in a previous post, we have used them everyday since we bought them in Jan 2021 and they are not as delicate as you might expect. The Covid business was dragging on by then and we thought we would treat ourselves to… Continue reading The posh glasses-10th Mar 2022

My 1st Singer sewing machine-9th Mar 2022

We met my Singer treadle sewing machine yesterday but I would like to tell you a bit more about it. This particular one was built in about 1945. Actually, I can tell you exactly when it was built. By looking up the serial number that is on the little metal plate attached at the front… Continue reading My 1st Singer sewing machine-9th Mar 2022