I've really, really enjoyed this week, we've all had such a relaxing time (discounting the two five year old Birthday parties I attended back to back with Little B on Saturday). It's felt good to spend simple family time at home lazing the days away and taking it easy. There have been many hours dedicated to personal pleasures, which for each of us here in the Attic means something different. Sometimes we were all in separate rooms engaged with our own pursuits, other times we would come together in the living room to watch tv, play games, read, crochet, lark about.
My own personal relaxation, as you can see from the pictures above, involved colourful hooky beside the fire (pretty much there with sampling my new granny square!), sniffing and admiring the hyacinths on the mantel, scoffing hot toasted fruit bread, drinking copious mugs of chocolate dusted coffee and dancing through the beautiful and inspiring page of Country Living magazine (oh, how I LoVe love love the Spring issues!)
Of course there have been some necessary chores too - food shopping, multiple loads of laundry, the seemingly endless process of keeping our seriously cluttered house under control, but nothing too taxing. We all trooped out into the drizzly rain on Thursday to enjoy a lovely pub lunch with J's parents (doesn't it feel a bit naughty to drink wine at lunch time on a week day?!). I do love pubs in Wintertime, especially if there happens to be a huge roaring log fire belting out some heat and feel-good comfort. This afternoon as an end-of-holiday treat, I offered to take the family to the local cinema to see the Disney film Big Hero 6. In the end it was only Little Lady who wanted to come out into the pouring rain with me, so off we went just the two of us. Our local cinema is just wonderful, very retro and very red! There was even a teenager who arrived during the intermission with a tray of ice creams hanging around his neck, so beautifully old fashioned. I enjoyed the film too, sweet and funny.
So back to routine tomorrow, J back to work, kiddos back to school, and me.....well I'm back to my studio, oh the bliss of that thought fills me to the brim with gratitude, it really does.
I've got something colourful to share with you tomorrow, can't wait for that!
See you then xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx