I can’t decide whether the greyest month of the year here in England is January or February. Certainly both seem a little bleak and colourless after the intensity of Australia. Last weekend I was at the supermarket,
wandering around aimlessly choosing ingredients for dinner when I saw a rack of chillies on sale. They looked vibrant and gorgeous. I can’t remember the last time I used any sizeable amount of chillies in my cooking, but they looked so good that I bought them all; all ten packs (this is why you’re supposed to go armed with a shopping list).
I bought bay leaves too (the kind you find in slim packs in the herb section)…
And then strung the chillies together along a length of florists wire with the bay leaves and some leftover dried orange slices;
Then I twisted the wired bunches around a simple wreath frame, lifting it up every now and then to check that they stayed in place and were secure.
Then when I ran out of chillies and oranges, I wrapped the last bit of the frame in ribbon..
If you don’t have a Greek god available to wear your chilli, bay and orange wreath once it is completed, can I suggest hanging it in the kitchen? That’s where mine is now, and it catches my eye and makes me smile and think of summer.
Have a wonderful weekend when it comes; I’ve been travelling for work this week and am now just back home, eagerly awaiting Harry’s return from school.
Thanks again for the wonderful suggestions in last week’s post; we’ve a trip planned to the library and the bookstore tomorrow!