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 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!


ShabbyInTheCity said...

Pretty photos as always Kim!
I also have some painting to do this week and must decide on a color.

twiggypeasticks said...

What a lovely surprise, now go and check out my blog, there's a little something waiting for you
Twiggy x

Lucy Bloom said...

Hi Kim, your hallway is looking lovely in white, I'll have to try that trick of starting to paint a room - then maybe Mr. Bloom will finish it - hee hee. I'm going to have to buy a copy of I Capture the Castle, you have me intrigued. Congratulations to Lynn for winning, I hadn't seen Lynn's blog but have just popped over for a look and it's beautiful.
Have a good week,
Lucy x

Pondside said...

Lovely photos and a beautiful blog page. Very nice place to visit on a cold and wet Pacific coast day.

Vintage Amethyst said...

Glad to hear you had a lovely weekend.
Well done to Lynn!
Lovely photos as always.
Alison x

Katherines Dream said...

Hi Kim...he-he I know exactly what you mean about it seemed like a good idea at the time....
Sounds like you had a lovely weekend. Your hall is looking fab and the mirror is very much like the one that Katie(no.1 daught) is painting white at the momment. I sit here blogging with the smell of F&B all around me - not so nice.
Have a great week.
Carol xx

Heidi said...

I am so glad you enjoyed your surprise! I enjoyed putting it together for you. And to make you smile makes it all worth while.

It sounds like your party was okay afterall. Glad you had fun.

Congratulations to Lynn on winning the giveaway! Enjoy your gifts!

Hugs ~

She'sSewPretty said...

I love bright newly painted white walls. Now, If I could only motivate myself to paint them. Good for you!

Vanessa said...

Sounds like a perfect weekend! I used to have a dirty yellow hall, I did not realise how dark it was until a painted it!

What a nice parcel!

Hope your head is better now!

Garden girl said...

Your hall looks all lovely, fresh and springlike..Have you finished the chocolate yet?!xxx

Cowboys & Custard said...

Your weekend sounds calm and serene just like your beautiful photographs..
Did Mr Roses enjoy his shin-dig??
It is nice to be reckless and engage in some folly now and again.. as long as you can sleep it off the next day!
Congratulations Lynn.. what a lot of loveliness to win!

Have a restorative week Kim.. if possible!


Lynda said...

Sounds like a lovely weekend, Kim. Yesterday I watched "I Capture the Castle" again and thought of you and your girls while viewing it. Have a wonderful week. ~ Lynda xox

Thimbleanna said...

What??? Does this mean you didn't like my shameless begging??? LOL. Oh well, I will get that sweet little book before long. It's on my very long list of keepers -- blogs are so full of fabulous recommendations! It sounds as though you've had a wonderful weekend!

Summer by the sea said...

Sounds like a lovely weekend - and your photos are lovely - Natalie x

mountainear said...

I've just read my first Persephone book - Margharita Laski's 'The Village'. I found the work itself somewhat disappointing. Maybe I needed to take my 'feminist goggles' off. But aren't the books themselves little treasures - those gorgeous dove grey covers and period endpapers?

driftwood said...

your mirror is gorgeous!

Heidijayhawk said...

i really am loving the idea of white lately. always love hearing about the adventures you have on the weekend!

periwinkle said...

A lie in--oh you lucky thing. Your hallway looks lovely and I especially like the jug with the flowers. That plaque is just gorgeous too.
Lisa x

julia said...

Good luck with the painting, It's not too bad once you get into it!
Love the mirror! Glad you had a lovely weekend, we could do with a quiet one here.
Julia x

Gill at Lucy Locket said...

Sounds like a lovely weekend Kim, I'm looking forward to some of that myself for the next couple of weeks,bit of time off work, yay! I always find the thought of decorating puts me off but once you start you have no choice but to finish the job and it becomes enjoyable...your hall looks fresh and spring-like. Have a good week.

Sea Angels said...

Hello Kim, Thankyou so VERY VERY much, I am going to collect my parcel tommorow, from the Post Office, I wanted you to know it's here!!! I can't get my hands on it yet, but I am very very close, what a wonderful treat thankyou.
I love this post very thing looks so fresh and light, I can smell the flowers from here.
Easter Hugs Kim
Lynn xx

Jennie said...

The hall looks lovely.
I haven't seen Lynns blog but will check it out now. Congratulations to her!!!