Life in the Attic feels wonderfully slooooow for me at the moment, and I am absolutely loving it. I am spending a lot of time at home during the week days, enjoying my own quiet company and the luxury of time spent doing simple, pleasurable domestic things.
I am back to baking bread again after some time without it, and the whole process is just as comforting as I remember it (this is an incredible no-knead, slow-rise Artisan type bread, the recipe is on my blog here).
I've been enjoying time spent in the kitchen making soup, experimenting with different recipes and trying them out on the Little People each week to see which ones work for us all. Interestingly, I prefer chunky soups whereas the rest of the family prefer smooth soups, so I've been bending to their preference and using my whizzing stick.
I made leek and potato soup this morning (Delia's recipe) which I ate for lunch with a couple slices of freshly baked bread. I thought it was really yummy, but when I fed it to the Little People this evening (with thick slices of cheese on toast to dunk in) they weren't so keen. Little B positively hated it (his screwed up face was a picture!) and they've jointly put in a request for a simple tomato soup next time. Ok then, I get the message. So far they have loved minestrone and also the sweet potato/tomato/red pepper one I made last week, so I conclude that tomato based flavours are the way to go.
Our weekend was exceptionally slow and relaxed, spent mainly at home with a couple of short trips out to run errands. I took the opportunity yesterday to do a little more Hama-beading (pattern here), these little plastic beads really do delight me!
Little Lady decided to get out this 500 piece jigsaw on Saturday evening, we've a small but well loved collection of jigsaws that see the light of day from time to time, mostly in the winter months. We've had this one (The Corner Shop) for a number of years and although we've completed it lots of times it really is a good one.
We all ended up joining in to complete it yesterday, it got quite competitive towards the end! I like 500 piece jigsaws because they fit neatly onto an A1 size piece of card/mountboard (with all the pieces spread out around the edge) meaning the whole thing can easily be moved when we want to use the table for meals. And this size jigsaw is easily do-able in a day or two, which makes it less prone to disaster. I'm a bit excited cos I've got this hidden away ready for the Christmas holidays..... I know, I'm a bit of a jigsaw nutter on the quiet, I used to do them all the time when I was a child.
Little B's latest obsession is good ol' fashioned dominoes. For a four year old he is remarkably quick and sharp minded and loves anything to do with numbers, it's been a real pleasure to take him on! We played loads of games over the weekend, sometimes just the two of us, sometimes with J and Little Lady joining in. I managed to lose a remarkable number of times, why is that? Are there tactics to master when playing dominoes, any secrets that I should know about?
And guess what? Still no frost here!!!! This Autumn has been very mild, and after a very wet, damp grey week the sunshine finally returned this weekend. Little Lady and I ventured out of the house to visit the supermarket late yesterday afternoon and the light was so beautiful. That's our two shadows there on the canal bank, it was a short but sweet trip (to buy hot chocolate powder and crumpets!)
A scented candle and a sweet little Autumn posy on my table today. I picked a couple dried hydrangea flowers from my neighbour's front garden and added in some sprigs of rosemary and some dried berries. The little blue jug is new, well that's to say it's new to me. I found it at the collectors centre last week, it was only £3 as it has a small chip, but I loved it as soon as I saw it.
I have been entranced by the skies lately, most especially in the mornings. These pink clouds greeted me when I opened the curtains just before breakfast....
....and this was our walk to school this morning.
I've not been at the studio much, but today I spent some lovely hours sitting in my favourite chair in a glorious patch of warm sunlight. I was working on this.....
....a bit of nifty ribbing no less! Yes, something new on my 6.5 mm hook, pop by tomorrow and I'll show you what I'm up to........