I won an EBay bid for another Karisa skirt (reversible, wrap,made from vintage sari silks), this one is mid length and was mine for a fiver! It's very swishy, ideal for holiday packing as lightweight and versatile and when washed dries within an hour if I do lots of smoothing on the floor when its damp it almost can miss the iron.
I am aiming to take very little in my suitcase as we will be moving around a lot starting with the Cloud Forest and ending at the beach. Swimwear doubles as undies and beach kaftans are wearable into the evening with a pair of leggings and a little vest. You can never have too many sarongs in my opinion, the more sparkly the better too - so I am currently keeping my eyes open in the charity shops.
I haven't been able to pick elderberry this year due to the very wet weather and not having an escort available to get to the remote places where I find them. The UK weather is cool and we have had torrential downpours here so no woodland walks. My 'escorts' are busy - oldest graduated (YAY!!!) but doesn't allow me to post his pictures here ... both boys are working at the airport until year end saving up for travel, there is much shift work and people arriving and leaving at 4am so we are all adjusting to being woken at odd times, no hot water and the 'wrong' food (curry for breakfast?!).
I noticed on Susan Branch's blog she has 'my' Beatrix Potter book as a giveaway. I treasure mine - given to me by my penpal Nana.
It looks like BPs very own scrapbook with letters and pictures and in the back is her tiny black and white first edition book which I colour in sometimes. Like me, Susan loves all things Beatrix and appreciates what an important impact she made in her lifetime and with her legacy of land left to The National Trust. I hope to visit Hilltop and see Beatrix's garden and little house one day.
Our house is in need of the feminine touch methinks, we have all been busy working and I have neglected home making for some time. The only picture/decor is a huge map of Vietnam on the wall - a long distance travel plan - it's really fun to plan a trip and watch it grow, researching places to go, train timetables, etc. very fun! Travel is all anyone talks about in this house in fact! My son's army burgen bag has become enviable and may get stolen soon, I now trawl the internet for sensible walking boots instead of fashion shoes and lie in the gym sauna imagining myself on a beach, in the shower I am in a tropical rain forest and in the garden I am hacking my way through the jungle when I clear the borders back! Imagination is a wonderful thing (often crushed as children grow but luckily my mother thoroughly embraced and nurtured it, which is why I am, of course, a fully grown wood fairy).
I would like to live in here. One day I will go back to claim this, if it's still there. Such a pretty little mouse house, I regret not buying it years ago.
I'm off now to read Meadowland again, it was very good last time round so think it deserves reading again. .... have a lovely August, I will .. doing lots of Augusty things that I can look back on in the Winter months, despite the rain it's a month full of outdoor opportunities don't you think?