Isn't this a lovely quote:
"Design is coming to grips with one's real lifestyle, one's real place in the world.
Rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one's well-being.
Well here I am emerged from the paint pots - we have ceilings whiter than white and walls in a nice sort of fudge colour, ferns, fern print cushions, - and I'm pleased it's all done. There is a new woody clock too! (Matalan) woodpecker on a tree - how fabulous is that! There was a moment of indecision about chalk painting my dresser, I was very keen but the men are completely against the idea so it remains as it is, woody - after all this is everyones home and it must feel nice for everyone in it! But just look at all the spare time I will have for other things now I don't have to paint furniture!
I have 'cauliflowers' in my colour wash - no idea how to avoid them - maybe just paint over them methinks.
The pencils were a pleasant surprise from Poundland made from twigs - I didn't expect much but they are really, really good to sketch with!
These are my library books this week - Mr Patel is a really good read - he has seen some difficult times as a Ugandan Asian immigrant to the UK in the 70s - I remember a few children coming to my school in that era because one girl (Heena) became a firm friend - she was so exotically different and interesting to a girl like me who had never travelled or met anyone from so far away; her mothers cooking was so delicious and her home was so very welcoming and colourful. Peaceful Places also an excellent book - so many places I want to visit. The cookery book is for oldest boy but he has already made it very clear that he won't be cooking much more than porridge or pasta at Uni so I should have left it on the shelf!
This has been a nice week of sunspots in the garden, a walk with teenage boy to pick berries and plenty of swimming on my days off. Hope next week will be the same! Thanks for all your comments on my last post and welcome to some new visitors... Betty x
p.s. I can't close this post without commenting on the devasting story in the UK News about the Manchester dogs home that has suffered an arson attack - at least 60 dogs have died... many more have been affected by smoke inhalation - but the huge public response in pledges of donations and help - over 1000 people turned up to help and bring blankets and food for these poor animals - is heart warming..