Well, it seems that we are being rewarded for surviving three months of floods and torrents; Spring has sprung in our small corner of the world and it feels amazing. Balmy days (though still frosty dawns and chilly nights), and the constant backdrop of birdsong and blossom, everywhere. Excuse me waxing lyrical; it’s hard to help it at this time of year. I unearthed from the loft all the faux birds nests I made last year and have been sprucing them up ready to adorn the house once again as Easter approaches (tutorial here, and more pics like the one below). This time I’ve scattered a few around the garden too, propping them in amongst the apple blossom, and even tucked in unlikely places… …like the saddle of my old vintage delivery bike, which leans against the wall where it just catches your eye as you sit with a cup of tea in the sunshine.
Last year I found some lovely old pictures of hares and printed those to use as placemats and napkin rings, but this year I wanted something a little more perky so have been sketching out rabbits using a new set of chalk pencils given to me for Christmas; when I’ve got it right I’m thinking of using the sketches in all sorts of ways, including perhaps on a t-shirt for Harry who is going through a Peter Rabbit phase; we’ll see!
From rabbits neatly onto radishes; possibly the most aesthetically lovely of all vegetables, even if its hard to think how to actually eat them (suggestions please…) I bought these purely to sit in a bowl and look enticing – less expensive than flowers and just as lovely – and they linger there whilst I work out what to do with them. One vegetable we can never get enough of in this house is carrots, which we’d happily eat for every meal; I used a recent glut to customise Harry’s old summer trilby, as a practice run for Easter-hat making at a party I’m dreaming up for April. Given Harry is now far too manly for bonnets and pastels, this seemed to do the trick; it has become his accessory of choice, at least for now until the carrots start shrivelling up (or get gradually eaten, one by one)…
Lest making hats out of carrots and planting nests in the undergrowth makes me sound like some kind of mad-lady, rest assured I have been doing sensible things too. Like going to work, and doing lots of washing, which somehow is revolutionised if you can peg it outside to dry in the sunshine and wind (note to self; do not buy anymore Breton tops – enough is enough).
…and I’ve been hunting down some of your brilliant book recommendations from last week (thank you); so far the library has offered up a copy of The Blue Afternoon and Purple Hibiscus, and I’ve tracked down a second-hand paperback of Siri Hustvedt’s What I loved. I can’t wait to begin them.
Have a great week, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing.