Wednesday, 4 April 2007

Bright 'n' breezy

Just one bad thing (and it is a very little thing) to say about all this sunshine - where did all this dust come from? Living in an old Victorian house is wonderful but it does have its drawbacks. I swear that it acts as some sort of dust magnet attracting dust from surrounding houses as well. This dust then somehow manages to overwinter in all the shadows and nooks and crannies until ... one day you open the bedroom curtains, the sun pours through and all is revealed!

First step was to take the rugs out into the garden for a good old airing. This rug is one I made a couple of years ago - I called it my "sweeties" rug, because the colours reminded me of boiled sweets , the kind I used to eat tons of when I was younger and I think are probably banned these days! Anyway out in the garden the rug stayed and I got to thinking how great it would be to have a flower bed with similar colours - probably dahlias would do it. The colours looked great against the green of the grass and the cats enjoyed spending the rest of the day lying on, having pulled it down to sunbathe on (You can see the cat in the corner eyeing it up as possible deckchair material).
The rug usually lives in our bedroom next to my side of the bed, nice and cosy ( and probably looks better on the white floorboards too).

After a very brief flirtation with some more housework, we went over to Rottingdean. Met some friends and had chips on the beach - delicious. The kids clambered over the rocks and we chatted and relaxed. It was good to feel the sea breeze again and to have some cobwebs of my own blown away!


andsewtosleep said...

Oh boy what a beautiful creation. I have a rag rugging workshop booked in August. Doubt a one day effort would produce a rug like this. Mary

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Ahhhh chips on the beach! Sounds just like home! And the dust??? I think it comes from the beach, too, as I have a truckload full each day it seems. That rug is just stunning and I love the colors!

Marie said...

I love the colours in your rug. What a great sight to wake up to in the morning. Sounds like you are making the most of the Spring weather.

smilnsigh said...

"Living in an old Victorian house"

Even though you tell us, that it attracts dust {-smile-}, it must be so wonderful to live there. Do you have lots of pictures of your house up, somewhere on your blog, maybe? :-)

Hope you daughter continues to get better!!! Yes!!!


The Polka Dot Pixie said...

What a beautiful rug! Such gorgeous colors! Enjoy your good weather :-)

Rowan said...

The rag rug is beautiful, such lovely vibrant colours. Spring sunshine is very unforgiving isn't it? But so good to see - I always feel so much more energized when the sun shines.

Clare said...

Hi Kim,

The rug is beautiful, such a lot of work! One of my cats likes to pull washing off the airer and lie on it - particularly anything nice and white!!!

Yes I'm noticing more dust just lately - and cobwebs!

My paternal grandmother came from Rottingdean and my husband and I spent a holiday there with my parents, back in the 90s, when we traced a bit of family history. We found a few family members in the churchyard!

Hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter!

Clare x

GigerVamp said...

Lol, hubby and I had chips on the beach yesterday too!

Love the colours of your rug, and I know what you mean about the spring sunshine, I noticed that our living room windows are absolutely filthy!

Lynda said...

What a gorgeous rug! I love the colours ~ and I love the garden plans that it's inspired! ♥

Naturegirl said...

Yes! I can see my garden with flowers the color of the rug! Is that a black kitty I see in the corner!! I have 2!
hugs NG

Vintage to Victorian said...

Someone once told me that if you leave the dust it only gets so thick and then stays exactly the same, never getting any worse. I'm just not sure how long you have to wait to find out whether that's true or not!

Dahlias, roses, sweetpeas, cosmos, peonies ... the list is endless for your 'carpet' of flowers.

Ooooh, I'd love a chip!

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Gypsy Purple said...

Have a great and blessed

weirdbunny said...

I love your rug ! Boiled sweets are wonderful aren't they. There's nothing better than the pick'n' mix at woolworths !
Have a brilliant Easter - Julia x