Did you have a lovely weekend? We had a divine long weekend of sunshine, friends and downtime, with very few places to be and nothing which required more sartorial effort than t-shirts and deck shoes. Perfect. it gave me a chance to plant up the windowboxes which line our sills and always make me think of those beautiful hidden squares in the heart of French villages..
We managed to eat al fresco every single day, with picnics in the park and long, lazy lunches in the garden at home. The magnolia trees continue to explode in bloom so I snipped a handful of buds to float in a bowl in the centre of the table;
We feasted on some tried-and-tested family favourites like this tomato salad with grilled halloumi cheese, torn basil and balsamic glaze;
…and experimented with some new decadent dessert recipes which I’ll share with you properly in due course. The cocktail glasses were all scraped clean with happy sighs so I’m considering that a resounding success!
There was one small shadow cast over the weekend, and a grave reminder that pride surely comes before a fall. My sunflower, which shot off the proverbial starting blocks just a week ago, has now developed a worrying lean. Like a teenager in the midst of an ungainly growth spurt, it has somehow overshot itself. We’ve called in the fire brigade to assist but I’m not confident. The other two are standing strong, but I may make an early and untimely exit from the family race..
And finally… one of the loveliest things about the gradual arrival of summer is the long balmy nights. I spent one evening this weekend with the garden door propped open, glass of chilled white wine to hand, making these cards (top and below) using a photograph I took of my Valentines typewriter. I’ve included a printable version at the bottom if you want to use this yourself; just trim around the main image, then carefully slice around the top three sides of the typewriter-paper which is inserted into it. Roll the flap lightly around a pencil to create a curve (see below), then glue the main image to card stock, being careful to avoid glueing your flap down. Ta-da; a 3d typewriter correspondence card. I added simple white shirt buttons to the keys as further embellishment..
Before I sign off, a huge thank you for the lovely comments recently, and welcome to those who are new here; it’s wonderful to hear from you and to have you along for the ride.
Have a good week, and may the sunshine be with you!