John Lennon once said 'Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans'. This week has been ruled by illness. Jasper has commented on having 'cold tea' again, cut up veggies, cheese etc - bad Mummy - no cooking when I have flu. My lovely strong husband was so overwhelmed with pain in his back on Tuesday that he went to Casualty. He was wincing a lot! They kept him in, investigated him and after a big dose of pain killers they let him go. I remembered having very bad back ache at Christmas time followed by flu, so may be he is going to get a bad dose of flu. Oh dear! I hope not - we don't like doing illness in this family - it drives us mad! We are not good at sitting still.
I wish you could smell these absolutely gorgeous sweet peas. They are so fantastic.
For all my love of bright colours there is something so amazing about these beautiful pale blooms. The scent is uplifting.
I have been thoroughly enjoying reading shedchic by Sally Coulthard. I should rephrase that - looking at. There is something so fascinating about garden sheds isn't there? When I was a little girl I remember my Grandfather's potting shed. It smelt of tobacco smoke from his pipe (you know the nice sort of tobacco that smells of marshmallows) and warm compost. Little seedlings would be growing in uniform trays. I think when you are tiny the potting shed is such a big space - unconventional - you know a nice chair in there with a soft cushion but loads of MUD!
The front cover of the book is great because it shows through growing a bit of a rambling garden and rigging up some material and laying a table properly that once can transform a very small tiny area in to something really inspiring. I presume you could sew hooks on to the corners of a tablecloth which could be used for hooking the material up or when using outside on a big table also add little weights of stones to hold the tablecloth down on the table - especially useful here by the beach - tres breezy a lot of the time!
The book doesn't exactly cover the standard 6' x 4' shed but there are elements that could definitely be adapted. White washing the interior, adding a small table, then a few pieces of lovely china and a rickety old garden chair. I don't have a laptop, but I am sure one could find blogging on a laptop in those conditions quite addictive.
I love the ram-shackleness of this photo. I would definitely enjoy sitting there on a hot sunny afternoon reading my shedchic book! The reality of the british weather would mean gathering up all cushions, throws and tablecloth every time you wanted to use it but it would just be like packing up things for a picnic and driving off some where so definitely worth the effort. The more I think about it I really recommend this book.
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