This week I've discovered that one distinct advantage of having a freezing cold kitchen with no heating is the fact that plant life stays remarkably perky and long lasting in the chilly atmosphere. It's possibly the only advantage, but I'd say it's not a bad one.
My kitchen is pretty dreadful, probably the worst room in the whole house actually. It's teeny-tiny, old, dingy and yes, cold, so I don't tend to hang around in there much unless I'm cooking/baking. But that doesn't mean to say that every so often this functional little room can't be treated to something pretty and lovely. I pin pictures and cards to the walls, hang colourful enamelware from hooks, and I'm about to install some fairy lights to add a bit of festive twinkle to the cold gloom in there. Why I haven't thought of this before I really don't know - fairy lights won't generate any heat, but I'm hoping the light and sparkle will at least give the impression of warmth.
Having these little flowers on my kitchen worktop in December is giving me more pleasure than I can really put into words. Every time I walk into the room, my heart skips at the sight of them, honestly they are just so impossibly cheery and colourful amidst the dull gloom (oh how I long for a new kitchen, how I dream of banishing the vast swathes of grotty grey tiles and dull grey work surfaces!)
The fact that I still have these summer annuals in December is a miracle in itself, I picked them on the day before the first hard frost arrived and turned most the plant life in my back yard to soggy mush. December flowers, you are extraordinary.
By the way, I can highly recommend putting a little jar of flowers/foliage in the kitchen, or somewhere else in the house where you wouldn't normally expect to see fresh flowers. The surprise effect of them lasts for such an unexpectedly long time - I've had these flowers in my kitchen for almost a week now, and the colourful sight of them is still catching me out. Yes, I'm easily pleased.