It’s been a while, it really has. Most of my life at the moment is lived at a rate of knots, juggling a lot of balls, multitasking and at the same time trying to find some sort of balance and appreciating the little things in life. There really hasn’t been much being a domestic goddess for a good long while
Today is the last day of a four day weekend for me. Three days were spent doing necessary and absolutely unexciting stuff: shopping, cleaning, washing, collecting things, you know the score. But today? Today I saved. For me and for pottering and doing some of the lovely things that I don’t find time for on the average weekend…
Making hot cross buns – you can see the recipe here. (We won’t go into the fact that I did something strange at some point and they turned out a bit like rock buns. I’m working on the premise that if I put good things in, then they are going to taste delicious anyway, even if they aren’t quite what people are expecting!)
Potting up my hanging baskets
And my patio pots
Making preserved lemons,
so that I can make some lovely Moroccan food from this recipe book….
I love Jamie and his photos of Marrakech in the Morocco section are absolutely the Morocco I saw and loved when I was there last month with Quiltova…
Doing a little weeding (OK, I know that counts as work and is necessary, but at this time of year before the garden has turned into a jungle it doesn’t seem so unpleasant at all)
Putting a collar on my blouse.
I’ve ended up using an absolutely ancient Butterick pattern for this – I know it’s ancient because the collar was so big it would have flapped in the wind, and I had to cut it seriously down to size. The fabric came from Japan and I actually bought a Japanese tunic pattern to make with it. I’ve been pondering the tunic for a while and finally decided against because a) I am categorically way too curvy for a Japanese pattern and b) I had a more than sneaking suspicion that it would end up looking like a maternity smock and cause sniggers all round. So I am going for a shaped short-sleeved blouse of the conventional variety in which I will look reassuringly normal and in which I am unlikely to be disowned by the teenagers.
We also welcomed a new member of the family this weekend. Please meet Pablo – an Italian cat who needed a new home. He is the soppiest animal alive and if I don’t fall down the stairs while he is winding himself around my legs it will be a miracle. It feels really good to have a cat here again. I missed that.
On that happy note I’d better go and give Pablo his dinner!