You just know it’s going to be good weekend when you go to the supermarket and find all the Spring bouquets discounted to £1. Even then, buying flowers for yourself is somehow deliciously decadent. Add baguettes, fresh figs, french cheese and drizzling honey and you have a sunshine feast in the making; never mind that I forgot the far more crucial household staples (domesticity will never come easily to me; lack of effort, I suspect…).
The same trip took me past a haberdashery store which was selling roll-ends of fabric; I bought some majestic raspberry velvet which will easily see Harry through a childhood of Harry Potter cloaks, wise man nativity outfits and Santa hats, plus a length of this cheery tea-party cotton for which I have a myriad of ideas; it will hang over my desk till inspiration settles.
And on the theme of lovely-but-unnecessary purchases, the postman delivered me a long-awaited and utterly impractical lukrecja cotton apron from Polish company COOKie. Whilst serious cooks would doubtless throw up their hands at the skittishness of my apron, I am giddy with adoration for it. In its defence, it is made of heavyweight industrial cotton and designed for the kind of heavy-duty labour a kitchen skivvy needs.
Undermining this defence completely is the publicity shot for the apron (below), with the tagline ’it is easy for Lukrecja to leave the kitchen to buy vegetables whilst absent-mindedly forgetting to wear clothes under her apron’. Hmmm. Completely mad, and all the better for it. I have been waltzing round the kitchen in my jeans and apron, twirling and admiring myself in the oven door and every other reflective surface. Dinner has been late.
In other despatches from the weekend, we’ve been channeling our inner Picasso, making a homemade picture for Harry’s grown-up brother who has recently moved house. Harry adores Chris, so going to Chris’s first grown-up house is a very big deal. In real life, Chris and his girlfriend Emma look as if they have stepped from the pages of an Abercrombie catalogue. Harry, in the manner of Lucian Freud, has chosen to render them looking rather simian and obese, with no hint of flattery. He stood back to examine them, then waved his hand dismissively; ‘they are done, mummy’. A 3yr old artiste.
Harry draws BIG, so I took his two pictures and scanned them in, adding the names and date, then mounted the print and placed it in a simple silver frame; he is immensely proud of his efforts, which manage to look stylish and understated in C&E’s hip neutral living room.
The sun has shone this weekend, almost throughout, causing Britons up and down the country to hurl off their clothes and lie on every available patch of grass. It’s a cultural kind of carpe diem; sunlight is so rare and cherished that we tend to overreact completely to the melting of frost and make the most of every ray of warmth. In a rather more domesticated reaction, we hung washing on the line for the first time this year, and Harry tackled the spring-cleaning of his playhouse (for about 5 minutes; he gets that staying-power from me).
We’ve planted our sunflowers, turned over a couple of flower beds and then there’s just been time, as the spring sunshine fades today and the air cools again, to lie on the still-damp grass and look up through our magnificent magnolia tree, which has suddenly burst into bud and bloom.
I hope you had a lovely weekend too…especially those who planted sunflowers with us; let the race begin!!