Isn't it lovely out here - I have spent most early mornings either in my conservatory or in the garden with my cup of tea. The floorspace is disappearing - the snap dragons on the table were £2 each in the market . My supermarket chilli plant was dying and had lost all its leaves so was a bargain 50 pence - it soon picked up and is now producing more chillis than I can use.
Yesterday I went to Cuckfield, it's only 20 minutes away from me (near Balcombe which has been in the press due to anti fracking demonstrations)... I went to see the tiny museum which holds a 'cache'... a collection of items from the 1800s which were hidden in the local houses to repel witchcraft....
- it was delightful to see these things (tiny shoes, I think people were much smaller in those days) Superstition was rife in that era and I find the origins of these beliefs interesting ... No pictures allowed in the museum ... so I have to refer you HERE ... there were two super friendly volunteers who explained all the displays to me ... they also have a display of workhouse items as the nearby hospital was once the workhouse, there is also some fabulous, vibrant old stained glass on display from local houses.
The village is full of very old, pretty houses with cottage gardens overflowing with flowers and is very picturesque.
This month I have tried to do better with my reading and finished this very funny book: It begins at school with Shappi's arrival in the UK from Iran and tells of the impact on her family as the Shah of Iran departs and the Ayatollah Komeini takes control - her fathers published, somewhat controversial, political poetry and cartoons caused the family to become a target for terrorism - in addition she faced huge cultural challenges as a schoolgirl in the UK, her sense of humour shines through and it's not surprising that she now entertains the public with her wit.
(linky to her website if you're interested in more)
I also read this book (Shelter for the Spirit, Victoria Moran), I read about it on a blog I follow, tried to find who it was to credit them but failed - thank you so much for pointing me towards it. It's the kind of book you keep and read again ..the writer inspires us all to make our homes a spiritual haven for the family.
Cuckfield window display - isn't this the prettiest fabric?
Back soon. Hope everyone is getting to know their swap partner. I am making a woodland/country theme swap for my partner .. if anyone is stopping to leave a comment I would love to hear how you are getting on - don't forget, it's a slow swap so no need to hurry with this one.
I will leave you with a view of my front garden - when I water it early morning, a lot of small birds come swooping down, Ambercat doesn't know about that.