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A little bit of domestic goddessery

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

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…

Like…

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!)

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Potting up my hanging baskets

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And my patio pots

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Making preserved lemons,

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so that I can make some lovely Moroccan food from this recipe book….

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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)

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Putting a collar on my blouse.

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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.

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On that happy note I’d better go and give Pablo his dinner!

Helen

 

8 Responses to “A little bit of domestic goddessery”

  1. jan - isisjem Says:

    It looks like your weekend has had plenty of balance. I’m ignoring a big chunk of the house work. I really haven’t got what it takes to be a domestic goddess ;-)

  2. Elisabeth Says:

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day.
    Pablo looks like my perfect cat (psst,don’t tell Charlie); it’s my dream to one day have a big, soppy, ginger cat that I can call Godegisel. Please give him a big cuddle from me.

  3. Swissrose Says:

    He’s gorgeous, Helen!! give him an introductory fuss from me ;) <3
    Definitely a more balanced few days for you that I'm sure have done you the world of good – and adore your choice of fabric for that blouse!! I have sewing plans but am procrastinating about getting started… and may have to wrestle the sewing machine off C :o

    Hope you're feeling well set up for a good week!! See u soon, hopefully… xx

  4. Leanne Says:

    Your garden is beautiful and the cat looks so sweet. It sounds lovely to have a day to just do what you like.

  5. Catherine Says:

    Pablo looks a just gorgeous. I am so behind on my housework, but then again, I usually am!

  6. Dianne @ quitlova Says:

    I did some preserved lemons once, then forgot to put them into every tagine I made!!
    Your garden looks lovely
    xx

  7. Dianne @ quitlova Says:

    Oh and I forgot to say hi to Pablo! We ginga;s have to support each other!

  8. diane stanley Says:

    if you’s like to share the Moroccan chicken recipe, that would be lovely. I have some preserved lemons in the fridge that I made a while back