Here in the Attic we've spent this past week settling down and easing back into life at home. We've all been through the inevitable adjustment period that follows every holiday away, and I've noticed that each of us have dealt with it by gravitating to the things that we left behind/missed whilst we were on hols. It's interesting for me to look at these pictures and see what things I immediately chose to reconnect with at home, and to see that (shock-horror) this did not include any crochet!!! WHat the *&%@??!! I seem to be in a strange non-crochet phase right now, in part due to the fact that the only projects I have on the go are various Yarndale yarn bombing projects and I can't seem to get myself fully engaged with them just at the moment. However, my head suddenly seems to be FULL of ideas, they keep on arriving at the most unexpected of moments, popping in like brightly coloured bubbles, PING! I hope to be able to release some of them soonish before they begin to drive me crazy and stop me from sleeping. Oh, and whilst we're talking crochet, just to let you know that I'm working hard behind the scenes finishing up a full tute for edging a ripple blanket, and as soon as that is done and dusted I'll be ready to reveal my beloved coastal ripple blanket (eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeem very very very very excited for that!)
One of the very first things I did when I got home last week was check on my back yard pots. In fact, it was about 11pm on the night that we landed home when I suddenly thought CriKey, I do really hope everything has survived a week with no water!!!! I dashed outside in the dark and discovered that everything was on the verge of death, with some serious wilting happening left, right and centre. I spent the next 2o minutes throwing watering cans of water over everything and praying that it would all be ok....and by the following morning pretty much everything had perked up nicely. Phew. My pots are looking great actually, those flowers bring me such a lot of daily happiness :)
I snipped some stems to put on the table, do you know what, I don't think our table has been without flowers a-top of the mandala centre-piece since early May, isn't that a lovely thought?
There are now enough geraniums in flower for me to snip some stems without feeling guilty, so I did just that...snip, snip, snip, snip snip. I've got 5 different varieties/colours happening.....
.....a symphony of summer reds and pinks!
I put the jug beside my bed, does anyone else give themselves bedside flowers? You really should give it a go, the pleasure of waking up to the sight of a few colourful blooms just inches from your nose is really worth it.
When we holiday in Dorset, our bed there is supremely comfortable, it has a deep divan base and a newish mattress and a light but cosy feather duvet. But there is nothing nicer than the comfort of your own bed, is there? I love my bed, so very much, more than I think is completely normal actually.
Looking at the above photo, I think to myself I really, really must hang that beautiful framed print on the wall, it should be on the wall above my bed, not propped up there beside my bed on top of my books! I bought the print last Autumn after stumbling across it on Facebook and falling in love with the quirky style and delightful stitchiness of it. Would you like to take a closer look?
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...isn't it wonderful? Rosie Made A Thing is the name of the shop, and Rosie herself is an utter delight. Like me, she is a creative Mum to three Little People, and her work is unique and beautiful. I lover her writing style too, she has a very funny way with words and her Facebook page often has me laughing out loud. You can find the above print in Rosie's Etsy shop, along with some other real gems (by the way, Rosie has variations on the above image, with either 3, 4, 5 or 6 family members in the bed, so be sure to order the one that fits your own brood!)
Whilst settling down at home this week I have enjoyed being back in my own dinky little kitchen space. I have baked (fruity flapjacks and oaty cookies) as a little bit of home baked goodness is often very much appreciated by the Little People during school holidays. I've got some browning bananas to see to in a day or two (I love this recipe), which is perfect fodder for that "I'm staaaaaaaaaaaaarving" thing that my kiddos do without fail every day at 4pm.
I confess that it's not been so easy to ease back into cooking meals, in fact I've found that cooking up a nutritious family meal from scratch every day has felt like a real chore this past week. I loved the beach barbecues and easy no-cook salad meals we ate whilst on holiday! However, I have thrown myself back into the kitchen, even trying out some new recipes - this chorizo and spinach paella was a great success, although the hair-raising cost of the saffron made me weep a little.
One of the loveliest things about coming home from holiday is getting back together with good friends. It's a hard thing to capture in photographic form if you don't wish to include the actual Friends in person, but the above image says it pretty well I think. This is me, sat at the kitchen table of my friend at number 18 late yesterday afternoon, enjoying a glass of chilled white wine. Tracy (my studio buddy) was also there as she lives close by, and often the three of us can be found drinking, chatting, crocheting and roaring with laughter on a weekend afternoon before we each get down to the business of cooking dinner for our families. Good friends are worth their weight in gold, and I am blessed to have them so close by.