Where does the first light of the day come into your home?
Making home the place I want to be..
So far in my efforts to get outstanding things done I have posted a book to a friend, sanded a worktop in the kitchen which got damaged by a leaking kettle, ordered paint for said worktop, hand washed two sweaters, got a quote for replacement of the solar panel invertor, recycled a mountain of flower pots, organised several bags for the charity shops, scrubbed dozens of terracotta pots, (how did I come to have so many?) made an appointment at the bank, planned meals for visitors, nearly got to the bottom of the ironing pile, made a staart on the dreaded shed, lined two kitvhen cupboards with fresh paper.....
Running a house can be challenging! Exhausting and expensive, but I am so happy and so privileged to have one to come home to.
If I can keep this up till the end of May I'll be astonsihed.
The joy of home.
The shops are full of vibrant colours and I could not resist the plate, mug and carrier bag, I just had to bring some of that vitality home with me today.
If yesterday's photograph represents the peace and quiet of home, this one represents the little jolt of city buzz which I need every now and then. I am so lucky to be able to have a bit of both.
Can you see the moonlight reflected in the ice on the water bowl? And of course there is also the reflection from the open door to the kitchen, and me standing there.
We Brits love talking about our weather. Today there is a diffetence of 27 degrees between the north and south of the country.
In our little corner of Scotland we have had the nnost remarkable run of sunny days. 13 days I think! On yesterday's trip to the city the sun spatkling on the water of Loch Long, Holy Loch and the River Clyde was beautiful. Blue water and blue sky.
I have had several breakfasts outside and one lunch in the greenhouse. At night the stars have been brilliant and the moonlight bright as day, transforming the landscape into some magical realm.
Loved this unexpected spell of sunshine and feel completely re-energised by it.
Full sun forecast for tomorrow, though it may snow on Sunday..
It's my word for the year after all, not just for February.
It struck me this morning that a good synonym for romantic in the wider sense that I am using the word could be life-affirming. Thank you Rosemary who described the image of my outdor breakfast as life-affirming and put this beautiful word into my head. It makes me want to do a series of paintings of life-affirming breakfasts!
I digress (as ever-the format of my blog allows full rein to my grasshopper brain).
I intended to write about a romantic home. Flowers, a certain amount of order, treasured things around, and for me, frequent small changes to keep it fresh and full of good gentle energy.
My bedrooom is very simple (all 'stuff' is out of sight). Softly lit, only one painting, plain bedlinen but I love to change the pillowcase with the seasons - from snowdrops in winter to daffodills and bluebells, then there is a summer one and an autumn one.
Add a bit of Mozart and it is a very romantic and life-affirming and peaceful place.
I am so grateful for it.
A little travel, a new window in the studio, and a Highland funeral in the beautiful village of Tayvallich.
Thank you so much for all your thoughts on the fence. I will be pondering..
That's the Scottish equivaalent of snuggle down which is what I am doing these cold days. The top of the hill on the right is north and the north-westerlies come loud down the glen..
..so I coorie doon by the fire for yet another lazy, cosy day, making plans for when the weather changes and spring comes.
..but it is mostly in cupboards and drawers, some of which are way too full.
Here is some advice Professor Gustavsson gave a student who was deciding where to position a tree in a landscape design. 'Honour it with its own space'.
I think the principle applies in the home. You might like to experiment with the idea. Choose an object which is really special to you and clear off a shelf, a table or a worktop and place just that one thing in the space and live with it for a few days.... For me it creates a feeling of calm, and a fuller appreciation of the bowl or jug of flowers or whatever item is chosen.
You might try it in each room of the house.
Take a before and an after picture! It helps you to see it more objectively.
..can go a long way. They are the first thing I see when I open my eyes in the morning
and are in every room of the house.
The huge bunch of gypsophila I bought on the 6th of December dried naturally in the vase and I now have them in the bedrooom. I love the different textures.
I also see this first thing.
Do you see something beautiful when you first ope n your eyes? Something to start your day with a smile?
The house lurches at this time of year from minimal to maximal! I absolutely love this look but it only lasted an hour or so as I fixed the mirror to the wall (it has rested against the wall for a long, long time)...
As I prepare for visitors and Hogmanay it now holds a pannetone, wine, raspberry liqueur, bread, biscuits, lettuce, cheese, garlic and herbs,, candles, matches, candlesticks, tea towels, a grater and a lemon squeezer.
Are you ready for 2023?
Maybe my word for 2023 could be minimal.
..as a stepping stone to Christmas.
I enjoyed this little video (Am I right in thinking that in the UN list of happiest countries UK didn't even appear? How very sad!)
I was tempted to buy a lovely white table wreath I saw lately, but I looked around at home and used this little 'running foxes' garland I bought cheaply in Ikea some years ago.
by listing the ingredients needed for some delicious holiday food. I am going to make this this week.
Tonorrow I will check what I have got - ingredients for recipes, wrapping paper etc, stamps and cards, and I might get the decorations box out from the cupboard under the eaves...
Nice things to do on grey wet November days.
What will you be doing?
I loove that the exquisite facade of Mackintosh's Willow Tearooms has been so beautifully restored. It is hard to beleive it opened in 1903. One of the delights of the city.
I also love that I can walk out of my front door into this..
I am so lucky to have access to both.
Town or country? Do you have a prefernece?