I have water dripping through the kitchen ceiling from the upstairs bathroom. I'm sipping a gin and tonic and hoping it's not too serious...
My four simple happy things from this week. As always, joining in with Jen.
A Mackerel Sky
Well almost. November has been quite gloomy weather wise. Lots of dull days and rainy days. This was the sky on Tuesday. A washed out blue, with a furrow of cloud. The sun was very bright, not watery at all. And being low in the sky it lit up the grass over the Towans. I don't mind weather - rain, cold, wind. But it was refreshing to walk under a blue sky. Squinting at the horizon.
I bought this outfit from Jenny's stall at the recent table top sale. I missed out on the rather gorgeous Charlie & Lola dolls house and figures (I didn't wade in quick enough). I wasn't sure if Olly would go for it, but the photo says otherwise. I know that he is stirring a hot pan over a hot oven. He's making flapjacks. Look at the concentration on his face. I did draw the line when he wanted to use the oven glove to take the finished product out of the oven. Olly is my most independent child, and I relish it. I am also alarmed by it daily.
Well it beats using 70 denier tights. I bought it cheap, and this week I defrosted some berries (strictly benign ones) and made Blackberry and Apple Jelly. I got the setting point just right, made enough for six jars and it tastes delicious. Sweet and tart with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. I put my success solely down to the strainer.
Little Blue Shed
Last Friday I took Honey on a really long walk along the Towednack Road. It meanders slowly upwards, following the curve of Rosewall, with splendid views on both sides. You can see for miles. The landscape is farmland with houses dotted here and there under the watchful eye of majestic hills. I spotted this little blue building tucked away at the end of a garden. Although it was raining, I stood there and stared at it for a long time.
I've always had a thing about Wendy houses, sheds and summer houses. My greenhouse is the closest I come to one. No-one else goes into the greenhouse except for me really. But who wouldn't want that little blue space to oneself? Sat there watching the sun go down in summer, or hunkered inside wrapped in layers and writing in your journal in winter. I don't remember seeing it last time I walked there, so I'm guessing it's relatively new. I very nearly climbed the gate and wandered over, such was it's call. It may not be mine, but it made me feel happy.
It has been a challenging week so far. These are mainly internal, but the older boys have really tested me. My limit was reached earlier this evening. Things have calmed down now, mainly due to the massive support of my sister in law at literally just the right moment. I keep scrolling back up to the shed. It's picture tells me that I need some inner peace. Or at least look after myself a little better than I am doing right now.
Do you have a little blue shed? Or a place you go to to recharge either physically or figuratively?