Like many others, I have spent a lot of time indoors. We get out when we can, but for most part we have been quietly going about our business inside, while outside the elements do their worse. I read Gillian's post with interest last week. I concur that our house isn't particularly glamorous or swish. There are scuff marks on the floors and hand prints on the walls. The upstairs loo has a crack in the top and our sofas have two holes in the seats and collapsed arms and back thanks to the boys and their vaulting antics. But it is a home. One which I appreciate all the more during these wild weather days.
Although the children have plenty of writing implements, Marc and I are forever wandering around the house looking for a pen or pencil. So a couple of weeks ago I turned these obsolete mugs into pen holders. I bought the mushroom mug from Cath Kidston several months ago, but find it too big for a brew. The other one is an Orla Kiely mug that I bought several years ago when Sainsbury's had a range of her stuff. Not an original idea, I know, but it has made me very happy indeed.
Alfie has given Olly a box of Lego, and he has been spending his time inside time making and creating an imaginary world for himself. Yesterday he spent the day occupied in this way. I love listening to the conversations his characters and contraptions have. The complicated plots. The heroes and villains. The imaginative play. I am transported back to my own childhood and the hours I spent in front of the fire playing with Lego on a rainy day.
My new duvet cover. In the clearance section of my local supermarket. A total bargain. I love the smoky blue and the floral pattern. It is a pleasure to crawl into at night. My bedroom is a haven of female calm in this male dominated household. I like that it is kind of girly. Not too girly. But girly enough for me.
I have been reading a lot. Novels mainly. I have treated myself to Andrew Wyeth's autobiography. I adore his work, so this is one to savour. Helen Dunmore has a new novel out. I always buy her novels in hardback. She is probably my favourite British comtemporary author. I have heard rumours that she is to visit our Junior school soon, and I hope to meet and get this signed by her.
Thank you to everyone who offered support and advice on Olly's night terrors. They were all so appreciated. He has had another one since writing the post, but this time I sat with him quietly and just made sure that he didn't come to any harm. It was hard to just be with him, but I felt that maybe I was exacerbating the whole situation by trying to try soothe, cuddle and offering a drink. The terrors didn't last as long, and after about five minutes he snuggled himself back down again into a restful slumber. So I think I shall try this again.
Have a lovely weekend, inside or out.