This past week has felt very, very long and very full. Getting back into the swing of life after a two week break takes quite a bit of adjusting to, and sometimes I have to stop myself from sinking into a bit of a sulk with it. I really love the ease of being home in the holidays, the break from routine, the relaxed attitude to food, activity and the clock. It's usually only the first week mind you, then I am back on track and pretty happy with six weeks of being scheduled.
We had our first picnic tea of the year on Monday last week after a family visit to the dentist. We go out of town to our dentist, a small, friendly practice in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales village of Grassington. Afterwards, we often stop off for tea in one of our favourite pubs, The Fountaine Inn at Linton. That's it above there look, it is so impossibly picturesque and the food is wonderful. However, the weather on Monday was warm and sunny (hoorrraaaay!) so we decided to picnic on the green instead.
We settled down beside the river and enjoyed a lovely, simple al fresco meal (delicious Cornish pasties from a local baker with a large bowl of crunchy salad, then fresh strawberries from the market and some delicious chocolate covered cereal bars). It was lovely, and a great start to our week.
I managed to sneak a little bit of time in the studio last week, just a smidge of time in a busy week, but it was great. A little window of creativity making me long for more. September. I will be here every morning in September. Hold onto that thought.
I finished my basket liner on Friday too, just waiting for some decent light to photograph it so I can show you. I've got some more furniture prettifying to share with you too, oh those Liberty lined drawers are a bit heart-fluttery!
There hasn't been an awful lot of time for simply sitting quietly just lately. My days are long and busy, both at home and with various Little B things and Yarndale things out and about. I really appreciate the small pockets of me-time that appear occasionally. Like I say, quite rare, but you can be sure I make the absolute most of it. I whizz around the room like a dervish straightening blankets, plumping cushions and tidying away objects before I flop down and reeeeelax. Sometimes it's only ten minutes or so, but yes, I do appreciate those times very much.
I've been reading during these little patches of quiet time, which is quite unusual for me, as I am not a reader. Well not of novels anyhow. I much prefer magazines and homey/creative type books (still in love with this beauty and dive into the delicious pages day after day), but from time to time I do like to immerse myself in some light fiction. I have loved this book (Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher), all one thousand pages of it. Described as "serene and beguiling story telling", it's been a real pleasure to get lost in the details of someone else's imagined world.
I am love love loving the lengthening days here as we gently edge into Spring. It's such a relief to know that Winter is finally behind us now, gosh what a long haul it's been.
I'm not often out in the evenings, but on the odd occasion that I am, I find myself completely mesmerised by the colours and the light. So beautiful, with that pinky golden glow touching upon everything.
I confess I am finding life a little tricky at the moment, I wonder if it shows in my writing? The words aren't coming out very well, I've been trying to write up this post for many days, a bit here, a bit there. I am so short of time always, and often flat out tired in the evenings which is my only writing/blog time when the days are full of life.
Adjustment. Yes indeed. Hope it doens't take too much longer for it all to even out again. I feel like I could really do with another holiday.
Edit to add :: re Rosamunde Pilcher...I have read and re-read The Shell Seekers countless times over many years, it is my go-to comfort read. I've also read September but the Shell Seekers remains my absolute favourite, I just love the descriptive writing so much. I've just ordered The Empty House and can't wait for it to arrive :0)