Monday, 17 March 2008
A quiet day
Hello, hope you all enjoyed the weekend. Ours was good, quiet, relaxed and spontaneous, just the way I like it! Big Sister and Little Sister both were able to see friends, M and I were able to read the papers have a mooch round town, a spot of decorating and most importantly, recover from the fuzzy heads we'd earned at a party we went to on Friday- the alcohol seemed like such a good idea at the time! It's a good feeling when you know you can wake up on Monday knowing that everyone in the family has done something they wanted - one that's not always achievable.
On Friday morning this is what the postman delivered to me. Now I'll never say no to a pressie and am always delighted to receive anything but there is something so exciting about getting an unexpected parcel in the post. You have to savour every moment, hold the parcel, examine the parcel for clues, stamps, handwriting etc. Then unwrap the parcel, slowly mind, it's all part of the fun of it. And this is what was inside a lovely bundle of spring cheer from the very kind Heidi. Thank you Heidi, I am still beaming from your generosity and thoughtfulness - A golden pouch of Easter eggs, a lovely Van Gogh postcard and the prettiest spring plaque which looks perfect in my little blue room - a completely unprovoked act of kindness.
More "thank yous" to all of you who left a comment on my blog birthday post, we have a winner. Little Sister chose a number from all the comments, and the winner is Lynn. It was Lynn's birthday on Saturday, so Happy Birthday to you and I'm really pleased to be able to send you a belated gift. I wish I could have sent you all a little something too, especially those of you who wanted to win the book (not very subtle Miss Thimbleanna!) - I did notice on Abebooks.co.uk that you can get hold of copies for 49p, so if you fancy a read ...
I've finished two of my Persephone books now. " Marianna" and "Miss Pettigrew lives for a day" and loved them both. I was able to finish Miss Pettigrew yesterday morning in bed (oh the very rare luxury of a Sunday lie-in) and found it completely enchanting and charming and although very light-hearted I was at times very moved. Miss Pettigrew had lived such a quiet, lonely life that it was good to see her enjoying the fun and frivolity of life - I wonder if she spent the next day feeling as fuzzy headed as me!!!
I decided, somewhat recklessly, to start painting the hall yesterday. A huge job but I've started so now I've got to finish it. It will be white which will be much fresher than the dirty lemony colour that we have lived with since we've moved here. I started by painting my favourite parts of the hall, the wall with the mirror on I love, and the rest of the hall looks so shabby now that I'm forced to continue! I hope to be resurfacing some time this week for another post. The weather forecast this morning on Radio 4 said that it was going to be "a quiet day" - I hope so!