I really am very fotunate that Hugo likes to cook, I think about just how fortunate, quite a lot.
I know that some of you are curious to know how my knitted dress is progressing. 'Slowly but surely' is the answer! But it is progressing, yep indeedy, one of four panels is completed, and I'm enjoying the knitting of it enormously. It's easy enough to do whilst watching t.v. but not so easy that I get bored, I like that sort of knitting.
So not much to show at the moment, but getting there.
Just had to show you this tray of Primulas I bought recently. Each little plant should have been put in a pot, but because I love them in a cluster in their tray, I'm holding off doing just that. But I'm sure their little roots would like a bit of growing room, so I must get that done. I bought them to paint, I love their colours. Spring flowers, love 'em, I think they have to be my favourite seasonal flowers.
I bought these Primulas to paint, but recently, shopping has been something I'm trying to avoid. If I spend any money, it's on flowers for my paintings, art materials for work, or gifts for Hen, for our swap. No purchasing of clothes (apart from the odd 50p jumper from a charity shop!), has been taking place over the last few months here, because things have been tight.
But I still look at glossy catalogues and fantasise about buying a little something.
I turn down the corner of the pages as though I'm going to buy something off that page, and whilst it's frustrating because I know I can't afford these things I see, I like to pretend that at some point I will be able to buy them.
Like things in the Cath Kidston catalogue! I'm loving some of her new patterns, especially that Provence one, (top left pic).
Something I don't need.
I am absolutely convinced I need all these things.
Because you know how it is, you can never stop needing scarves, shoes and cardigans. They are essential to exist happily on this earth.
One thing I do have to buy for my work, is flowers to paint. My local florist is just brilliant, but I like the idea of growing my own flowers to use as subject matter. If there is one catalogue to inspire in that department, it's Sarah Raven's catalogue. Her website is here.
I'd like to grow the Zinnia's and Sweet Peas, pictured above. I always find growing things from seed makes me think of the word 'miracle'. The point when the seed becomes a seedling, and just starts to emerge from the soil, then starts stretching up, up, up, is a truly magical sight.
And then actually producing flowers, real flowers! If things actually grow into plants that flower, it makes you feel like a miracle worker, even if the plant is doing all the hard work.
And now for magazines, the purveyors of perfect dreams, those unattainable perfect dream homes is what I'm alluding to. I love interiors magazines, but from lots of past experience, am aware that they are full of pitfalls in terms of relieving you of cash.
Firstly, there's the cost. One magazine, well that's o.k.
Two magazines, you're getting into a suddenly much larger hole in your wallet.
Then there's all those things they list the price of, inside the magazines. Very dangerous. Such nice things, that would make your home so very nice, but would need to be hidden from one's better half.
Things that put a special glint in the eye, a glint of "I want, I need, I've always wanted, my life would be improved by having", that sort of glint.
I have many, many catalogues with pages turned down. I'm not sure how many years back some of these catalogues go, kept because they're nice to look at. I never throw out a Cath Kidston catalogue, they're so pretty.
Something I really do need to do now, is finish up. Hugo has gone to collect his Mum, because the weather is atrocious, and I need to be off the computer and ready to join in the conversation when she arrives.
So I'll love you and leave you till Monday. Have a good weekend, no, actually, have a GREAT weekend, hope you do! Cheerio. Love Vanessa xxx