I keep trying to remind myself that we are in Summer. It's been so crazily un-summery here for so long now that it's easy to get muddled and forget what season we are in.
Last week I went to the park and picked elderflowers to make cordial. It's a beautiful, delicate drink that is the essence of summer. Strange to go and pick these sweet flowers wearing boots, tramping through soggy wet grass under leaden grey skies, wrapped up in a warm fleece jacket. I should have been skipping across a sun dappled field, wearing flip flops and a vest top! What has happened to our seasons? It's all gone skewy! Resulting cordial was/is utterly delicious though, I will post more on that tomorrow.
Indoors I am holding on to those summertime dreams. I bought a most gorgeous bunch of summery roses last week, sort of whitish petals with a deep pink blush to them.
I popped them into the most cheerful jug I have and stuck in some bright acid green alchamilla from the front garden. They cheer the room up so much, create an instant summer feel-good right there on the table.
I continue to beat the wet-weather blues by hunkering down indoors and being Creative.
Current Creative News in brief.....
♥ I am a thrilling six rows away from completing my ripple blanket!!!!
♥ I am almost finished hooking a secret project that I can't show you till next week when it arrives at it's destination.
♥ I am sampling new flower designs to make a second generation summer flower scarf (first generation flower scarf fell apart after too much daily usage). Hoping to get that under way and write a tutorial for this in a week or two.
♥ I am knitting (Yes, KNITing, with sticks! Me, KnitTiNg!! cripes!)...squares. Knitted squares for yet another secret project that I'll be revealing in due course. It's all rather ridiculously exciting, can't wait to tell all!!
I picked the first sweet peas from my back yard at the weekend. Shook the rain drops off, inhaled deeply, smiled broadly, and scurried in out of the rain with them. Popped them in an old bottle and put them beside my bed.
It's unbelievably wonderful to fall asleep at night and wake in the morning with the delicious scent of sweet pea in the air. Another reminder that yes, it is indeed Summer, believe it or not.
ps This delightful book is my current bedtime reading matter. Counting down (eleven more sleeps!) until we go on holiday to the sea....